Tashkent 09: Leaders Lose

9/29/2013 – In an amazing round all of the leaders of this event lost! Zhao Xue beat Lagno by playing a beautiful game. Harika lost track of her opponent's activity and lost the compensation she had for her missing pawn, Kosteniuk then won convincingly. Humpy was too aggressive against Khotenashvili and her opponent countered effectively, but the Indian still leads by a point. Report and analysis.

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The Tashkent Women's Grand Prix is currently being held in Uzbekistan from September 17th - October 1st. The tournament is part of the Women's World Championship cycle that will determine the next challenger for the world title. The twelve player round robin will feature 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 9

Round 09 – September 28 2013, 14:00h
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
0-1
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
0-1
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
Zhao Xue 2579
1-0
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
1-0
Koneru, Humpy 2607
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
0-1
Danielian, Elina 2470
Girya, Olga 2439
½-½
Ju Wenjun 2535

Lagno was soundly outplayed today by an inspired Zhao Xue

Zhao Xue 1-0 Lagno, Kateryna
Lagno calculated a variation in which she lost a pawn but was able to recover it swiftly. However Zhao Xue proved her wrong by ignoring the threat on her rook, and she consistently kept her exchange en prise to secure her extra pawn and to obtain strong positional pressure. Black could never regain her material and eventually lost a tough endgame.

The Chinese player got a much needed victory after three defeats in a row

Kateryna: "I think I had a lot of possibilities to play better, maybe 18…Qb219.Qc4 Qxe2 20.Nd4 Bxd4 21.Bxc6 bxc6 22.Qxd4 Rxa5 23.Rxc6 Qf3 with some draw chances. But then I just blundered."

Zhao Xue: "I think 14…a5 was a better move, with 15.bxa5 Qxa5"

The local player has a similar story to Nakhbayeva: she gets amazing positions, but isn't able to convert them or sometimes even loses them

Muminova, Nafisa 0-1 Stefanova, Antoaneta
Muminova bravely, and correctly, took a pawn on c6 which forced her knight to be stranded on b8. However she has sufficient resources to keep it alive and maintain her extra pawn. She made a crucial mistake on move 24, when she should have taken the knight on c4 instead of the one on c5. By taking the wrong knight she allowed Black to block the defense to the stranded knight and Stefanova got a pleasant advantage. White had some counterplay but it was simply never enough.

The players had a good time analyzing this very complicated game. Many tactical variations were possible!

Nafisa: "I didn't expect this opening. I should have played 22.f3, I completely missed that after 22.f3 g5 23.fxe4 gxf4 24.Nxf4 black can't take the knight on b8 because of 25.Bh5!"

Antoaneta: "Well I also didn't see this move. I was thinking for a long time about 22…g5. And I didn't consider that the variation with 24.Bxc4 to be so bad for Black."

Alexei Barsov: "27.Rd1 Rxb8 28.Rxd4 was equalizing the game."

Antoaneta: "30.Bg3 was the last chance for White, 30.c6 was a mistake, and after 31…Nd3 Black is already winning."

Stefanova is back at 50% with this victory

Kosteniuk has only had two draws this entire tournament

Dronavalli, Harika 0-1 Kosteniuk, Alexandra
White missed a brilliant opportunity for a strong advantage with the combination starting with 16.Rxe4!. She would regain the pawn she sacrificed in the opening and obtained a strong positional advantage. She had compensation regardless but she strangely advanced her a-pawn, weakening her structure and not gaining much in return. Kosteniuk consolidated, took the pawn on b5 and won with her extra material.

Harika: "I thought too long for 13.e4. It must be winning, but I thought how I played is even better. But then I just lost control."

Alexandra: "I am sure I was losing by force after 16…d6. 19.Qxd5 looked very scary in my opinion."

Evgenij Miroshnichenko: "Maybe better was 19.Qc3 Nbd7 20.Rxd5 Qxd5 with 21.Ne5 or even Ng5."

Harika: "Yes this looks fine for white, at least much better than what I played. I completely forgot, that after my 19.a5 she is not forced to answer a6. And after 21…e6 I understood how badly I've played."

Alexandra: "Yes, at the moment when I finished development by 20…Qb6 and 21…e6, it was already a very good position for Black."

Girya, Olga ½-½ Ju Wenjun
Black obtained a better endgame after a long closed game, but Girya was able to conjure enough counterplay to hold the draw.

Olga: "I think 12.b4 was not a good move. Better was 12.b3. If she played 17…d5, there would not have been any play for White."

Evgenij Miroshnichenko: "Yes, it was very easy to prepare the attack on White's king. Maybe by 20…Rf7 followed by f4."

Olga: "Maybe my opponent shouldn't exchange rooks on g4. After 24…Kh8 my position is terrible."

Ju Wenjun: "Maybe in the endgame I could play better. 36…h5 is interesting. And maybe 43...Bf5 44.Bh3 Bg6 45.Bg4 Rc4 46.Bh5 Kf5 with some better chances for Black."3

Nakhbayeva keeps getting good position, but she's had a tough time in this tournament

Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 0-1 Danielian, Elina
White obtained a strong advantage from the opening: a beautiful pair of bishops and considerable pressure on the queenside. However her awkward knight moves allowed Black to consolidate and White was slowly outplayed. On move 40 Nakhbayeva blundered a piece in an already uncomfortable endgame.

Elina: "White had to find an immediate active move. I think 14.Rab1 was very strong, and I can't play 14…Rb8 because of 15.Nc6. And after 14.Rfd1 I also didn't play Rb8 because of the same reason, so I decided first to push the knight away by 14…f6 and then develop my pieces. After that Black is already OK."

Guliskhan: "I spent too much time trying to find the best moves, and this was my mistake.  At the end I miscalculated under time pressure." I saw the line 20.Rxd7 Nxd7, but missed 21.Bd6! It looked very dangerous. And it was better to play 37.d6 with good chances for a draw, as after 37…Rc6 38.Bxc5 she can't capture with the rook (38…Rxg7+!), and after 38…bxc5 it is equal."

Once Danielian got her pieces out, her better time management and her superior positional skills allowed her to take the full point

A very important victory by Khotenashvili reminds the tournament that Humpy is not untouchable

Khotenashvili, Bela 1-0 Koneru, Humpy
A tense struggle emerged from this Bogo-Indian kind of opening, but Black slowly pushed White back and she strongly compensated for her structural weaknesses by having superior piece activity. Black's mistake came in move 28 when she exchanged bishops on c4 instead of e2, which allowed White to use her passed pawns to distract Black's pieces and obtain a strong advantage. Khotenashvili played a beautiful endgame and scores an important victory, tying her for second place one point below Humpy.

Humpy: "I was slightly better in the middle game. Maybe it was better to play 27…Rc4 with Nb6. I knew that 28…Bxe2 was a way to draw, but I wanted to play for more, and it was my mistake."

Humpy is still solidly in first place, but cannot allow more losses

Pictures by Maria Emelianova

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Schedule

Round 01 – September 18 2013, 14:00h
Danielian, Elina 2470
½-½
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
Koneru, Humpy 2607
1-0
Ju Wenjun 2535
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
½-½
Girya, Olga 2439
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
1-0
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
1-0
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
0-1
Zhao Xue 2579
Round 02 – September 19 2013, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
0-1
Zhao Xue 2579
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
½-½
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
Girya, Olga 2439
½-½
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
Ju Wenjun 2535
½-½
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
Danielian, Elina 2470
0-1
Koneru, Humpy 2607
Round 03 – September 20 2013, 14:00h
Koneru, Humpy 2607
1-0
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
1-0
Danielian, Elina 2470
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
0-1
Ju Wenjun 2535
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
1-0
Girya, Olga 2439
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
1-0
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
Zhao Xue 2579
0-1
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
Round 04 – September 21 2013, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
1-0
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
½-½
Zhao Xue 2579
Girya, Olga 2439
1-0
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
Ju Wenjun 2535
½-½
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
Danielian, Elina 2470
½-½
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
Koneru, Humpy 2607
½-½
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
Round 05 – September 23 2013, 14:00h
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
1-0
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
½-½
Koneru, Humpy 2607
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
1-0
Danielian, Elina 2470
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
1-0
Ju Wenjun 2535
Zhao Xue 2579
1-0
Girya, Olga 2439
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
1-0
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
Round 06 – September 24 2013, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
1-0
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
Girya, Olga 2439
0-1
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
Ju Wenjun 2535
1-0
Zhao Xue 2579
Danielian, Elina 2470
½-½
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
Koneru, Humpy 2607
½-½
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
1-0
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
Round 07 – September 25 2013, 14:00h
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
½-½
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
½-½
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
0-1
Koneru, Humpy 2607
Zhao Xue 2579
0-1
Danielian, Elina 2470
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
0-1
Ju Wenjun 2535
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
0-1
Girya, Olga 2439
Round 08 – September 26 2013, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
0-1
Girya, Olga 2439
Ju Wenjun 2535
½-½
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
Danielian, Elina 2470
½-½
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
Koneru, Humpy 2607
1-0
Zhao Xue 2579
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
½-½
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
½-½
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
Round 09 – September 28 2013, 14:00h
Dronavalli, Harika 2475
0-1
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
Muminova, Nafisa 2293
0-1
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
Zhao Xue 2579
1-0
Lagno, Kateryna 2532
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
1-0
Koneru, Humpy 2607
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
0-1
Danielian, Elina 2470
Girya, Olga 2439
½-½
Ju Wenjun 2535
Round 10 – September 29, 14:00h
Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495   Ju Wenjun 2535
Danielian, Elina 2470   Girya, Olga 2439
Koneru, Humpy 2607   Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307
Lagno, Kateryna 2532   Khotenashvili, Bela 2514
Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496   Zhao Xue 2579
Dronavalli, Harika 2475   Muminova, Nafisa 2293
Round 11 – September 30, 11:00h
Muminova, Nafisa 2293   Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2495
Zhao Xue 2579   Dronavalli, Harika 2475
Khotenashvili, Bela 2514   Stefanova, Antoaneta 2496
Nakhbayeva, Gulishkan 2307   Lagno, Kateryna 2532
Girya, Olga 2439   Koneru, Humpy 2607
Ju Wenjun 2535   Danielian, Elina 2470

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