Sharjah 08: Not many changes

by Alejandro Ramirez
9/2/2014 – The two Chinese leaders sat at the board and played a chess game, though not the most thrilling one. After 30 moves they had wiped out most of the pieces and it was obvious that a draw would be agreed. Tuvshintugs continues in hard pursuit and today she took advantage of a blunder of l'Ami when the Mongolian had a worse position. She is currently one point behind the leaders.

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The sixth and final stage of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series 2013-2014 is taking place at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, (UAE) from the 24th of August until the 7th of September 2014. Over eleven rounds, twelve of the strongest women players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament with the standard FIDE time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, with 30 minutes being added at that point and an additional 30 seconds per move through the entire game.

Round Eight

Round 08 –September 02 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
½-½
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Ushenina, Anna 2487
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2598
Zhu Chen 2461
½-½
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Ju Wenjun 2559
½-½
Hou Yifan 2661
Danielian, Elina 2490
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
1-0
l'Ami, Alina 2446

Psychically infusing the pawn with more powers?

Energy for the players!

Some less healthy than others...

Zhao Xue ½-½ Kosintseva, Tatiana
An extremely sharp King's Indian Defense. White's attack on the queenside was much quicker than Black's, but Kosintseva was not without counterplay. It is possible that at some point White had a winning continuation, but the position was so murky that it was difficult to find. The draw was probably a little lucky for Kosintseva, but not an unfair result.

A collection of local newspaper articles of the tournament!

Ushenina, Anna ½-½ Koneru Humpy
White's approach against the Ragozin even left her in a worse position, but not by much. Black had some pressure thanks to her powerful knight on f4 but it was not enough to give her a clear attack direction. The resulting mass trades in the queenside liquidated the game into a draw.

Anna had to defend today, but she was never in any real danger

Zhu Chen ½-½ Dronavalli Harika
White obtained very little in this Queen's Gambit Declined, but she could still have tried to play on in the final position instead of taking a quick repetition.

Harika giving Zhu Chen "the look"

Ju Wenjun ½-½ Hou Yifan
It didn't seem as if either side tried to hard to win. All the pieces came off and a draw was agreed past the 30 move mark.

They went through the motions, but it wasn't a very hard fought game

Danielian, Elina 1-0 Muminova, Nafisa
Danielian's choice of opening was spot-on as Muminova clearly was not familiar with the plans of the position. She quickly lost the pair of bishops and conceded the open c-file, more than enough for White to have an almost decisive advantage. Danielian put her pieces where they belonged and scooped an easy victory.

Nafisa was no match for her opponent today

Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 1-0 l'Ami, Alina
Black basically did everything right. Her opening netted her a good pawn structure with decent counter-chances; and a complex middle game emerged. White's control of the b-file and space advantage was compensated by Black's active queen and Tuvshintug's shattered pawn structure. Just when things were heating up and looking good for l'Ami, she blundered badly and lost a piece, effectively ending the game.

Batchimeg can be happy with the gift she received. She's solidly in third place now!

Alina has been very unlucky this tournament

Round Eight Games

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Standings

Photos by Maria Emelianova and A. Karlovich

Pairings and Schedule

Round 01 – August 25 2014, 15:00h
Zhu Chen 2461
0-1
Zhao Xue 2508
Ju Wenjun 2559
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
Danielian, Elina 2490
½-½
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
1-0
Koneru Humpy 2598
l'Ami, Alina 2446
0-1
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
0-1
Hou Yifan 2661
Round 02 –August 26 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
½-½
Hou Yifan 2661
Dronavalli Harika 2521
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
l'Ami, Alina 2446
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
½-½
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Ushenina, Anna 2487
1-0
Danielian, Elina 2490
Zhu Chen 2461
0-1
Ju Wenjun 2559
Round 03 –August 27 2014, 15:00h
Ju Wenjun 2559
1-0
Zhao Xue 2508
Danielian, Elina 2490
1-0
Zhu Chen 2461
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
l'Ami, Alina 2446
0-1
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2598
Hou Yifan 2661
½-½
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Round 04 –August 28 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
½-½
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Koneru Humpy 2598
0-1
Hou Yifan 2661
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
½-½
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Ushenina, Anna 2487
1-0
l'Ami, Alina 2446
Zhu Chen 2461
0-1
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Ju Wenjun 2559
1-0
Danielian, Elina 2490
Round 05 –August 30 2014, 15:00h
Danielian, Elina 2490
1-0
Zhao Xue 2508
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
½-½
Ju Wenjun 2559
l'Ami, Alina 2446
½-½
Zhu Chen 2461
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
Hou Yifan 2661
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Dronavalli Harika 2521
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2598
Round 06 –August 31 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
1-0
Koneru Humpy 2598
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
1-0
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Ushenina, Anna 2487
0-1
Hou Yifan 2661
Zhu Chen 2461
½-½
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Ju Wenjun 2559
1-0
l'Ami, Alina 2446
Danielian, Elina 2490
½-½
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Round 07 –September 01 2014, 15:00h
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
0-1
Zhao Xue 2508
l'Ami, Alina 2446
½-½
Danielian, Elina 2490
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
½-½
Ju Wenjun 2559
Hou Yifan 2661
1-0
Zhu Chen 2461
Dronavalli Harika 2521
½-½
Ushenina, Anna 2487
Koneru Humpy 2598
1-0
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Round 08 –September 02 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508
½-½
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Ushenina, Anna 2487
½-½
Koneru Humpy 2598
Zhu Chen 2461
½-½
Dronavalli Harika 2521
Ju Wenjun 2559
½-½
Hou Yifan 2661
Danielian, Elina 2490
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
1-0
l'Ami, Alina 2446
Round 09 – September 04 2014, 15:00h
l'Ami, Alina 2446   Zhao Xue 2508
Muminova, Nafisa 2315   Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Hou Yifan 2661   Danielian, Elina 2490
Dronavalli Harika 2521   Ju Wenjun 2559
Koneru Humpy 2598   Zhu Chen 2461
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494   Ushenina, Anna 2487
Round 10 –September 05 2014, 15:00h
Zhao Xue 2508   Ushenina, Anna 2487
Zhu Chen 2461   Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494
Ju Wenjun 2559   Koneru Humpy 2598
Danielian, Elina 2490   Dronavalli Harika 2521
Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346   Hou Yifan 2661
l'Ami, Alina 2446   Muminova, Nafisa 2315
Round 11 – September 06 2014, 13:00h
Muminova, Nafisa 2315   Zhao Xue 2508
Hou Yifan 2661   l'Ami, Alina 2446
Dronavalli Harika 2521   Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg 2346
Koneru Humpy 2598   Danielian, Elina 2490
Kosintseva, Tatiana 2494   Ju Wenjun 2559
Ushenina, Anna 2487   Zhu Chen 2461

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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