Rostov R4: Yifan wins again, now 1.5 points ahead

8/6/2011 – Women's FIDE Grand Prix Hou Yifan continued her victory streak with a fourth consecutive win in this Grand Prix tournament. Kateryna Lahno also took home a full point after her opponent blundered in time trouble.The other four games were drawn, with Elina Danielian close to winning until a time trouble blunder. Hou Yifan leads by 1.5 point with Lahno alone in second place. Round four report.

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The Rostov Chess Federation in collaboration with FIDE and Global Chess is organising the first event for the 2011/2012 Women's Grand Prix series. The tournament is being held in the Don-Plaza Hotel and runs from August 1st (arrival, opening) until August 15 (departure). The eleven rounds are between August 2nd and 14, with rest days on the 6th and 11th. The start of the games from of rounds 1-10 is 3:00 p.m. local time, round 11 at starts at noon local time. The winner receives 6,500 Euros out of a total prize fund of 40,000 Euros, and the overall winner of the Women's Grand Prix will win a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series.

Round four

Round four: Friday August 05 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Danielian Elina
Lahno Kateryna
1-0
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Hou Yifan
1-0-
Muzychuk Anna
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Galliamova Alisa

Hou Yifan-Anna Muzychuk. Before this round these two players were in first and second place. They played a Marshall Attack in the Ruy Lopez, with a well-prepared Anna Muzychuk calling the shots. However her home analysis ended at move fifteen, as she confessed, and she missed a good drawing chance two moves later. After good defensive work in a scary position Hou took over and steered into a technically winning endgame. This encounter is definitely worth playing through.

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.05"] [Round "4"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Muzychuk, Anna"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C89"] [WhiteElo "2575"] [BlackElo "2538"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2011.08.01"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Qe2 Bg4 16. Qf1 Qh5 17. Nd2 Rae8 (17... Nf4 18. gxf4 Bxf4 {would have led to a draw.}) 18. f3 Bh3 19. Qf2 f5 20. Rxe8 Rxe8 21. Nf1 f4 22. Bxf4 Bxf4 23. gxf4 Qg6+ 24. Ng3 h5 25. Re1 h4 26. Rxe8+ Qxe8 27. Qe2 Qf7 28. Nf1 Qg6+ 29. Kf2 Kf8 30. Bxd5 cxd5 31. Ne3 Qd6 32. Ng2 Bxg2 33. Kxg2 Qxf4 34. Qe5 Qd2+ 35. Kh3 Qxb2 36. Qd6+ Ke8 37. Qxa6 Ke7 38. Qb7+ Kd6 39. Qb6+ Kd7 40. Qb7+ Kd6 41. Qxg7 Qxa2 42. Qe5+ Kc6 43. Qe8+ Kb6 44. Qb8+ Kc6 45. Qc8+ Kd6 46. Qc5+ Ke6 47. Qxb5 1-0


The phenomenal 4-0 Chinese GM in the press conference

Kateryna Lahno - Nadezhda Kosintseva was a Closed Catalan (or perhaps the Reti Opening) that turned into a slugfest. By the first time control they were down to a rook and opposite colored bishop ending in which Black had an extra pawn but White was calling the shots. With precise and imaginative play Kateryna steered it to victory.

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.05"] [Round "4"] [White "Lahno, Kateryna"] [Black "Kosintseva, Nadezhda"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E06"] [WhiteElo "2536"] [BlackElo "2560"] [PlyCount "187"] [EventDate "2011.08.01"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. d4 O-O 6. Qc2 c5 7. dxc5 d4 8. b4 a5 9. Bb2 axb4 10. Nxd4 Bxc5 11. Nb3 Be7 12. O-O Qc7 13. N1d2 e5 14. c5 Be6 15. Rfc1 Rc8 16. Qd3 Nc6 17. Qb5 Bd5 18. Bh3 Rd8 19. Nc4 Rab8 20. Qb6 Qxb6 21. Nxb6 Bxb3 22. axb3 Nd4 23. Bxd4 Rxd4 24. e3 Rd3 25. Nc8 Bf8 26. Rd1 Rxd1+ 27. Rxd1 g6 28. Rc1 Ne4 29. Nb6 Nxc5 30. Nd7 Nxd7 31. Bxd7 Ra8 32. Rc7 b6 33. Bb5 Bc5 34. Bc4 Rf8 35. g4 h6 36. h4 Kg7 37. g5 hxg5 38. hxg5 Bd6 39. Rd7 Bc5 40. Kg2 b5 41. Bd5 Bb6 42. Rb7 Bd8 43. f4 exf4 44. exf4 Ba5 45. Kg3 Bd8 46. Kg4 Ba5 47. f5 gxf5+ 48. Kxf5 Rd8 49. Bxf7 Rf8 50. g6 Bd8 51. Rxb5 Rh8 52. Rxb4 Rh5+ 53. Ke6 Bc7 54. Rb7 Rc5 55. b4 Rc3 56. b5 Ba5 57. Rb8 Re3+ 58. Kd5 Bc7 59. Rg8+ Kf6 60. Re8 Rd3+ 61. Kc6 Rc3+ 62. Kb7 Bf4 63. b6 Rc1 64. Re6+ Kg7 65. Rc6 Ra1 66. Kc8 Ra8+ 67. Kd7 Rb8 68. Re6 Bg3 69. Kc6 Rc8+ 70. Kb5 Rc1 71. Re4 Bd6 72. b7 Rb1+ 73. Kc6 Bg3 74. Re3 Bf4 75. Rf3 Be5 76. Rf5 Bb8 77. Rb5 Rc1+ 78. Kd5 Rd1+ 79. Kc4 Rc1+ 80. Kd3 Rd1+ 81. Kc2 Rd7 82. Rb6 Re7 83. Kd3 Rd7+ 84. Kc4 Rc7+ 85. Kd4 Rd7+ 86. Bd5 Re7 87. Be4 Rd7+ 88. Ke3 Rc7 89. Re6 Kf8 90. Bc6 Kg7 91. Ke4 Kh6 92. Re8 Ba7 93. Kd5 Kxg6 94. Ra8 1-0


In the press conference after the game, Nadezhda speaks...


... and Katya listens critically

Tatiana Kosintseva-Elina Danielian: Black chose the Caro-Kann Defence, with the typical plan of moving the knight to h6, aiming at f5. White exchanged and gave Black double pawns on the h-file. However the Armenian had the bishop pair and after her manoeuvre Bg7-f8-c5 things began to look very good for her. She must have been winning around move 23 but turned it into a drawish rook ending after the time control.

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.05"] [Round "4"] [White "Kosintseva, Tatiana"] [Black "Danielian, Elina"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2557"] [BlackElo "2521"] [PlyCount "115"] [EventDate "2011.08.01"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Be3 e6 5. Nd2 Nd7 6. Ngf3 Bg6 7. Be2 Nh6 8. Bxh6 gxh6 9. O-O Bg7 10. Ne1 Qb6 11. Nb3 c5 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. Nxc5 Qxc5 14. Nd3 Qc7 15. f4 Rc8 16. c3 O-O 17. Nf2 Qb6 18. Qd2 Rfd8 19. Rac1 Bf8 20. Bd3 Bc5 21. f5 Be3 22. Qe2 exf5 23. Rce1 f4 24. Bxg6 hxg6 25. Kh1 d4 26. cxd4 Rxd4 27. Ng4 Rd2 28. Qf3 Qe6 29. Nxe3 ({White could have tried} 29. Nxh6+ Kg7 30. Nxf7 Qxf7 ( 30... Kxf7 31. Qxe3) 31. Rxe3) 29... fxe3 30. Qxe3 Rcc2 31. Qe4 Kg7 $2 ({ Exchanging the two rooks for the queen would have given Black a winning advantage.} 31... Rxg2 32. Qxg2 Rxg2 33. Kxg2) 32. Qxb7 Rxb2 33. Qf3 Rxa2 $2 { Once again: taking on g2 would have been the winner.} 34. Qf6+ Qxf6 35. exf6+ Kh7 36. Re7 Rxg2 37. Rxf7+ Kg8 38. Rg7+ Kf8 39. Rb1 {Now the game is drawn.} Rxh2+ 40. Kg1 Rhg2+ 41. Kh1 Rh2+ 42. Kg1 Rag2+ 43. Kf1 Rb2 44. Rxb2 Rxb2 45. Rxg6 Rh2 46. Rg7 Ra2 47. Rh7 a5 48. Rxh6 Kf7 49. Ke1 Rb2 50. Kd1 a4 51. Kc1 Rb4 52. Kc2 a3 53. Rh7+ Kxf6 54. Ra7 Rb2+ 55. Kc3 Rh2 56. Rxa3 Rh3+ 57. Kb4 Rxa3 58. Kxa3 1/2-1/2

Lufei Ruan-Ekaterina Kovalevskaya was a determined Sicilian Defense by the Russian player. After her Chinese opponent took the advantage around move 21 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya defended grittily and wrapped it up to a kight and pawn vs knight and two pawns ending which she was able to hold. That brings her score from 0.5 to a full point at the bottom of the table.


That's how hard chess is: Ekaterina Kovalevskaya

Antoanetta Stefanova-Alexandra Kosteniuk, two former women's world champions, played a Queen's Indian developed into an interesting pieces battle. Black gained a distinct advantage which she threw away with an inaccuracy on move 35 (...Qd7 or ...Qc8 to attack the white g-pawn). After that precise defence secured White the draw.


In her day job the photographer in the background is arbiter WGM Zsuzsa Veröci

Humpy Koneru-Alisa Galliamova was a Slav with castling on opposite sides. Humpy gained a small advantage but her opponent managed to force the draw by repeating positions – four times, if the tournament records are to be trusted.


Humpy and Alisa in the press conference after their game


Humpy's father Ashok, who is always with her (as trainer and adviser)


The playing venue in the Don-Plaza Hotel in Rostov


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Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich and
Kema Goryaeva with kind permission of FIDE

Schedule and results

Round one: Tuesday August 02 at 15:00
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Koneru Humpy
0-1
Hou Yifan
Galliamova Alisa
0-1
Lahno Kateryna
Kosteniuk Alexandra
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Muzychuk Anna
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Danielian Elina
Round two: Wednesday August 03 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Danielian Elina
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
0-1
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Lahno Kateryna
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Hou Yifan
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Koneru Humpy
Round three: Thursday August 04 at 15:00
Koneru Humpy
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Galliamova Alisa
1-0
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kosteniuk Alexandra
0-1
Hou Yifan
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Lahno Kateryna
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Danielian Elina
1-0
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Round four: Friday August 05 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Danielian Elina
Lahno Kateryna
1-0
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Hou Yifan
1-0-
Muzychuk Anna
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Galliamova Alisa
Round five: Sunday August 07 at 15:00
Galliamova Alisa
-
Ruan Lufei
Kosteniuk Alexandra
-
Koneru Humpy
Muzychuk Anna
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Hou Yifan
Danielian Elina
-
Lahno Kateryna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
-
Kosintseva Tatiana
Round six: Monday August 08 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
-
Kosintseva Tatiana
Lahno Kateryna
-
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Hou Yifan
-
Danielian Elina
Stefanova Antoaneta
-
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Koneru Humpy
-
Muzychuk Anna
Galliamova Alisa
-
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Round seven: Tuesday August 09 at 15:00
Kosteniuk Alexandra
-
Ruan Lufei
Muzychuk Anna
-
Galliamova Alisa
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Koneru Humpy
Danielian Elina
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
-
Hou Yifan
Kosintseva Tatiana
-
Lahno Kateryna
Round eight: Thursday August 11 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
-
Lahno Kateryna
Hou Yifan
-
Kosintseva Tatiana
Stefanova Antoaneta
-
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Koneru Humpy
-
Danielian Elina
Galliamova Alisa
-
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Kosteniuk Alexandra
-
Muzychuk Anna
Round nine: Friday August 12 at 15:00
Muzychuk Anna
-
Ruan Lufei
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Danielian Elina
-
Galliamova Alisa
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
-
Koneru Humpy
Kosintseva Tatiana
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
Lahno Kateryna
-
Hou Yifan
Round ten: Saturday August 13 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
-
Hou Yifan
Stefanova Antoaneta
-
Lahno Kateryna
Koneru Humpy
-
Kosintseva Tatiana
Galliamova Alisa
-
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Kosteniuk Alexandra
-
Danielian Elina
Muzychuk Anna
-
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Round eleven: Sunday August 14at 12:00
Kosintseva Nadezhda
-
Ruan Lufei
Danielian Elina
-
Muzychuk Anna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
-
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Kosintseva Tatiana
-
Galliamova Alisa
Lahno Kateryna
-
Koneru Humpy
Hou Yifan
-
Stefanova Antoaneta
 

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