Rostov R9: all six games won by White!

8/13/2011 – This is not something you see every day: all games of round nine of the Women's Grand Prix were decisive and all were won by the player with the white pieces. Kateryna Lahno beat Hou Yifan, who in spite of this leads the field by a full point. Bottom seed Ekatrina Kovalevskaya beat top seed Koneru Humpy. Exciting stuff, two more rounds to go. Round nine 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 nine report

Round nine: Friday August 12
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Kosintseva Nadezhda
1-0
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Danielian Elina
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
1-0
Koneru Humpy
Kosintseva Tatiana
1-0
Stefanova Antoaneta
Lahno Kateryna
1-0
Hou Yifan

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Muzychuk, A."] [Black "Ruan Lufei"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2538"] [BlackElo "2479"] [PlyCount "123"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Bg5 Qd6 7. Nbd2 Be6 8. Bxf6 gxf6 9. Nc4 Bxc4 10. dxc4 Rg8 11. O-O O-O-O 12. Qe2 Qe6 13. Rad1 Qg4 14. g3 f5 15. Rxd8+ Rxd8 16. Re1 f6 17. Kg2 fxe4 18. Qxe4 Qxe4 19. Rxe4 Rd1 20. Re1 Rxe1 21. Nxe1 Kd7 22. Nd3 Bf8 23. g4 Ke6 24. f4 e4 25. f5+ Kd6 26. Nf4 Bh6 27. Ne6 Be3 28. Kf1 b5 29. b3 bxc4 30. bxc4 h6 31. Ke2 Bc1 32. h3 Bg5 33. Kf2 Bc1 34. Kg3 Be3 35. Kg2 Bc1 36. Kf2 Bd2 37. Kg3 Be3 38. a4 a5 39. Kg2 Bc1 40. Kf2 Bd2 41. Nd4 Bc3 42. Ne6 Bd2 43. Ke2 Bg5 44. Ke1 Be3 45. Kd1 Bg5 46. Ke2 Bc1 47. h4 Bb2 48. Ke3 Ke5 49. Nd8 Bd4+ 50. Ke2 Bc5 51. Nf7+ Kf4 {White has been trying to find a winning plan. The following exchanges lead to a path where the dominating knight can unfold its full power.} 52. Nxh6 Bf8 53. Ng8 Kxg4 54. Nxf6+ Kxf5 55. Nd7 Be7 56. h5 Ke6 57. Nb8 Kd6 58. h6 Bf6 59. h7 Bd4 60. Na6 Ke7 61. Nc5 Bh8 62. Nb7 {and Black cannot defend against the pawns on both flanks.} 1-0

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Kosintseva, N."] [Black "Kosteniuk, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C78"] [WhiteElo "2560"] [BlackElo "2497"] [PlyCount "103"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Bc5 6. c3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. d4 Bb6 9. Be3 Bg4 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. h3 Bh5 12. Bg5 Na5 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. Bc2 Re8 15. Qe2 h6 16. Bh4 Nb7 17. Rfd1 Nd6 18. a4 Rb8 19. Nf1 g5 20. Bg3 Nd7 21. N1h2 f5 22. exf5 e4 23. Ng4 Bxg4 24. hxg4 exf3 25. Qxf3 {White has given a piece for two pawns and the bishop pair. Apart from that the black king's position has been seriously compromised.} Ne5 26. Qd5+ Nef7 27. Bb3 Kg7 28. Re1 Nc4 29. Bxc4 bxc4 30. Qxc4 {Now White has three pawns for the piece and a clear advantage.} Qd2 31. Re6 Rxe6 32. Qxe6 Bc5 33. Re1 (33. f6+ Kg8 34. Qf5 {would have won the game for White on the spot.}) 33... Rb6 $2 {Gives White another shot at f6+.} (33... Kf8 {could have saved the game for Black.}) 34. f6+ {From now on White plays this impeccably and takes home the full point.} Kg8 35. Qc8+ Bf8 36. Re8 Rxf6 37. Rxf8+ Kh7 38. Qe8 Qd5 39. Qe7 Kg6 40. Rg8+ Kh7 41. Rc8 Kg6 42. Kh2 c6 43. Rg8+ Kh7 44. Ra8 Kg6 45. Rxa6 Qc4 46. Ra8 Qxg4 47. f3 Qc4 48. a5 h5 49. Rg8+ Kh7 50. Rxg5 Rf4 51. Rc5 Qa4 52. b3 1-0

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Danielian, E."] [Black "Galliamova, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D52"] [WhiteElo "2521"] [BlackElo "2492"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Qa5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Qd2 Bb4 9. Rc1 h6 10. Bh4 b6 11. a3 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Qxa3 13. e4 Ne7 14. Bd3 Ng6 15. Bg3 Qe7 16. h4 O-O 17. h5 Nh8 18. e5 Bb7 19. Bh4 f6 20. Rh3 Qe8 21. exf6 Nxf6 22. Ne5 Nxh5 23. Bg5 Rf5 ({After} 23... hxg5 24. Qxg5 Nf6 25. Kd2 Nf7 26. Rch1 {White has a clearly winning position.}) 24. Bxf5 exf5 25. Bxh6 Ng6 26. Kf1 Nxe5 27. dxe5 gxh6 28. Qxh6 Ng7 29. Re1 Qe6 30. Qh7+ Kf8 31. Rh6 Qg8 32. Qg6 c5 33. e6 Be4 34. Rh8 {and the black defences are completely overworked, so...} 1-0

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Kovalevskaya, E."] [Black "Koneru, H."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B40"] [WhiteElo "2427"] [BlackElo "2614"] [PlyCount "51"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 {This leads to an irregular game in what started out to be a Sicilian.} Nc6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Be2 Qb6 6. O-O Be7 7. d3 O-O 8. a3 Rd8 9. Bg5 h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. Bg3 d5 12. Na4 Qa5 13. b4 cxb4 14. axb4 Bxb4 15. exd5 exd5 16. d4 dxc4 17. Bxc4 Bg4 18. Qb3 Bxf3 19. Qxf3 Be7 20. d5 Nxd5 21. Rfb1 { White has invested two pawns in the attack, but it is unclear whether she is going to be able to make anything from it.} Ncb4 $4 {A present from Black, who was holding out okay until now.} 22. Nc3 Qc5 23. Rxb4 Nf4 ({One wonders: did Humpy overlook this:} 23... Nxb4 24. Qxf7+) 24. Bxf4 Qxb4 25. Bxf7+ Kh7 ({ Naturally} 25... Kxf7 26. Bd6+) 26. Be5 1-0


Anastasiya Karlovich, Humpy Koneru and Ekaterina Kovalevskaya...


... in the press conference that takes place after each game

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Kosintseva, T."] [Black "Stefanova, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2557"] [BlackElo "2524"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O Nc8 7. b3 Be7 8. c4 Nd7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Bd3 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 f5 {Not the wisest of plans.} 12. exf6 Rxf6 13. Re1 {White now has play against the weakened pawn on e6.} Nd6 14. Ne5 Nf5 15. Bf4 dxc4 16. bxc4 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 Rg6 18. Ne2 Qd7 19. Nf4 Rh6 20. Rab1 Rf8 21. g3 b6 22. Qe4 g5 {Weakening the king's position} 23. Nd3 Qe8 24. c5 bxc5 25. Nxc5 Bd6 26. Bxd6 Nxd6 27. Qg4 Rf5 28. Nb7 Qf8 29. Nxd6 Qxd6 30. Rb7 Qd5 31. h4 {and just when it looked like Black might be able to hold:} Qxa2 $4 32. Qxf5 $1 ({Because of} 32. Qxf5 exf5 33. Re8#) 1-0


Kateryna Lahno vs Hou Yifan in round nine

[Event "Rostov Women GP"] [Site "Rostov-on-Don RUS"] [Date "2011.08.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Lahno, Kateri"] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D31"] [WhiteElo "2536"] [BlackElo "2575"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2011.08.02"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Bb4 4. e3 Nf6 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 {The game started out as a Ragozin but has turned into a Nimzo Indian Rubinstein.} O-O 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bd3 b6 9. Ne2 c5 10. O-O Ba6 11. f3 Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Re8 13. Ng3 Nc6 14. Bb2 c4 15. Qd2 h5 {The reigning women's world champion is playing too actively and now embarks on a dubious plan involving her h-pawn.} 16. Rae1 Re6 17. Qc2 h4 18. Nf5 g6 19. Nxh4 Ng4 20. fxg4 Qxh4 21. e4 {White counter-attacks in the centre.} Rae8 22. e5 Qxg4 23. Re3 f5 24. Rg3 Qe4 25. Qc1 Qh4 26. Rxf5 Qxg3 27. hxg3 gxf5 {White has queen, bishop and pawn for two rooks and a knight, but Black's exposed king is her downfall.} 28. Qg5+ Kf7 29. Qxf5+ Ke7 30. Qf3 Rg8 31. Bc1 Nd8 32. Bf4 Reg6 33. Qxd5 Ne6 34. Qe4 a5 35. d5 Nxf4 36. gxf4 b5 37. d6+ Kd7 38. Qb7+ Ke6 39. Qe7+ Kd5 40. d7 Rxg2+ 41. Kh1 ({Black has no defence: } 41. Kh1 Rg1+ 42. Kh2 R1g2+ 43. Kh3 R2g3+ 44. Kh4 R3g4+ 45. Kh5) 1-0

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

Current standings

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
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Kosteniuk Alexandra
0-1
Koneru Humpy
Muzychuk Anna
½-½
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Hou Yifan
Danielian Elina
0-1
Lahno Kateryna
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
0-1
Kosintseva Tatiana
Round six: Monday August 08 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
0-1
Kosintseva Tatiana
Lahno Kateryna
½-½
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Hou Yifan
1-0
Danielian Elina
Stefanova Antoaneta
½-½
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Galliamova Alisa
½-½
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Round seven: Tuesday August 09 at 15:00
Kosteniuk Alexandra
½-½
Ruan Lufei
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
Koneru Humpy
Danielian Elina
0-1
Stefanova Antoaneta
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
0-1
Hou Yifan
Kosintseva Tatiana
½-½
Lahno Kateryna
Round eight: Wednesday August 10 at 15:00
Ruan Lufei
1-0
Lahno Kateryna
Hou Yifan
½-½
Kosintseva Tatiana
Stefanova Antoaneta
1-0
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
Koneru Humpy
½-½
Danielian Elina
Galliamova Alisa
½-½
Kosintseva Nadezhda
Kosteniuk Alexandra
½-½
Muzychuk Anna
Round nine: Friday August 12 at 15:00
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
Ruan Lufei
Kosintseva Nadezhda
1-0
Kosteniuk Alexandra
Danielian Elina
1-0
Galliamova Alisa
Kovalevskaya Ekat.
1-0
Koneru Humpy
Kosintseva Tatiana
1-0
Stefanova Antoaneta
Lahno Kateryna
1-0
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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