Third Women's Chess Grand Prix in Nalchik

4/29/2010 – This event, which is taking place from April 25th to May 8th in the Kabardino-Balkaria region of Russia, has produced eight white win (and zero with black) in three rounds. In the first bottom seed Betul Cemre Yildiz of Turkey produced a shock win against the Grand Prix leader Zhao Xue of China. GM Tatiana Kosintseva leads with 2.5/3 points. Illustrated report.

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Women's Grand Prix in Nalchik

The Third Women's Chess Grand Prix is taking place in Nalchik, Russia, from April 25th (arrival) to May 8th (departure) 2010. Games start at 15:00 Local Time (GMT+3). The participants are:

No. Name Title  Rating Country 
Koneru, Humpy GM  2622 IND
Yifan, Hou GM 2570 CHN
Kosintseva, Tatiana GM 2524 RUS
Cramling, Pia GM  2523 SWE
Mkrtchan, Lilit IM 2503 ARM
Danielian, Elina IM 2491 ARM
7 Zhao, Xue  GM 2490 CHN 
8 Dzagnidze, Nana  GM  2479 GEO 
Chen, Zhu GM 2476 QAT
10  Batkhuyag, Munguntuul  WGM       2428 MGL
11  Kovanova, Baira  WGM  2385  RUS
12  Yildiz, Betul Cemre WIM  2244 TUR

Results of the first three rounds

Round one
Kosintseva, Tatiana
1-0
Hou Yifan
Dzagnidze, Nana
½-½
Zhu Chen
Yildiz, Betul Cemre
1-0
Zhao Xue
Kovanova, Baira
1-0
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag
Cramling, Pia
½-½
Mkrtchian, Lilit
Koneru, Humpy
1-0
Danielian, Elina

Four games in the first round ended with victories for the players with the white pieces. The big surprise was the defeat of the leader of the Grand Prix Series, Zhao Xue, at the hands of an outsider from Turkey, Juldiz Betul. The Chinese player chose the Alekhine Defense and easily equalized, but then Zhao committed a blunder.

Yildiz,B (2244) - Zhao Xue (2490) [B03]
FIDE GP w Nalchik RUS (1), 26.04.2010
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.d4 d6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Ne2 g6 8.0-0 Bg7 9.Be3 0-0 10.Nbc3 Bg4 11.f3 Bf5 12.b3 Re8 13.Bf2 Bxd3 14.Qxd3 a5 15.Rad1 d5 16.c5 Nc8 17.Qb5 Rb8 18.Nf4 N8e7 19.Rfe1 Qd7 20.Qa4 Bh6 21.Nd3 Nf5 22.Ne5 Nxe5 23.Rxe5 Qxa4 24.Nxa4 Rxe5 25.dxe5 c6 26.g3 Ng7 27.Kg2 Ne6 28.f4 Bf8 29.Kf3 f6 30.exf6 Kf7 31.Rc1 Kxf6 32.Be1 Ra8 33.Bc3+ Kf7 34.Be5 Be7 35.g4 Rf8 36.Ke3 Ke8 37.Rc2 Rf7 38.a3 Bf6 39.Bxf6 Rxf6 40.Rf2 Nc7 41.Nc3 Re6+ 42.Kd3 Kf7 43.b4 Re1 44.Rb2 Ne6 45.f5 gxf5 46.gxf5 Nf4+ 47.Kd2 Re7 48.bxa5 Kf6 49.Rb6 d4 50.Na4 Nd5 51.a6

51...Nxb6?? You have to take the pawn, Xue! You simply gotta. 52.cxb6 Kxf5. 52...bxa6 53.Nc5 Kxf5 54.b7 Rxb7 55.Nxb7 wins for White. 53.a7 Re8 54.Nc5 Ke5 55.Nd7+ Ke4 56.Nb8 Rg8 57.a8Q Rg2+ 58.Kc1 Rg1+ 59.Kb2 d3 60.Qa4+ Ke3 61.Qa5 Rf1 62.Qe5+ Kd2 63.Nxc6 Kd1 64.Qe3 1-0.

Russian GM Tatyana Kosintseva played a sharp variant of the French Defense against the vice-world champion Hou Yifan from China. Tatyana took the initiative and got an advantage in the middlegame. However, Hou managed to balance the position after the series of exchanges. But in time trouble the Chinese player chose a false plan on the 34 move and, having received the advantage a second time, Kosintseva confidently won the game.

Round two
Dzagnidze, Nana
1-0
Kovanova, Baira
Zhu Chen
1-0
Mkrtchian, Lilit
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag
1-0
Koneru, Humpy
Zhao Xue
½-½
Kosintseva, Tatiana
Hou Yifan
½-½
Cramling, Pia
Danielian, Elina
½-½
Yildiz, Betul Cemre

Once again there were only white wins in round two, and again there was a big upset. Top seed Koneru Humpy came a cropper* against WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag of Mogolia, two hundred points her inferior on the Elo scale. Humpy typically chose a sharp line of the Sicilian but then overreached.

Munguntuul,B (2428) - Koneru,H (2622) [B43]
FIDE GP w Nalchik RUS (2), 27.04.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 b5 7.0-0 b4 8.Na4 Bb7 9.Re1 Bd6 10.g3 Nf6 11.Bf3 Nc6 12.Bg2 0-0 13.Be3 Na5 14.Nb3 Nc4 15.Bc5 e5 16.Bf1

16...Nxe4 17.Rxe4 Bxc5 18.Nbxc5 [18.Rxc4 Qc6 leads to mate] 18...Bxe4 19.Nxe4. Two pieces for a rook and pawn – but Black does not have enough attacking potential. 19...Qc6 20.Bxc4 Qxc4 21.Nd6 Qc6 22.c3 bxc3 23.Nxc3 Rab8 24.Rc1 Rb4 25.Ne2 Qf3 26.Qd2 Rb6 27.Nc3 Rc6 28.Re1 Qf6 29.Rd1 Qe6 30.b4 Rb8 31.Nce4 h6 32.a4 Qb3 33.b5 axb5 34.axb5 Rc2 35.Qd5 Qf3 36.b6 Rb2 37.b7 Kf8 38.Rc1 Rxf2 39.Rc8+ Ke7 40.Qxe5# 1-0.

The third round was the most peaceful so far, with just one win, again with the white pieces.

Round three
Kosintseva, Tatiana
1-0
Danielian, Elina
Yildiz, Betul Cemre
½-½
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag
Kovanova, Baira
½-½
Zhu Chen
Cramling, Pia
½-½
Zhao Xue
Koneru, Humpy
½-½
Dzagnidze, Nana
Mkrtchian, Lilit
½-½
Hou Yifan

Standings after three rounds

Nalchik – Kabardino-Balkaria

The city of Nalchik is situated at an altitude of 550 meters (1,804 ft) in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. It covers an area of 131 square kilometers (50.6 sq mi). Population: 275,000. The city is named after the Nalchik River, on the shores of which it is located. The word "Nalchik" literally means "small horseshoe" in Kabardian – it is a diminutive of nal, the Turkic and Turkish word for "horseshoe". Nalchik was chosen the "second cleanest city of Russia" in 2003.

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A picture from the opening ceremony of the Women's Grand Prix


Russia's answer to the children's beauty pageants and the world of Little Miss Perfect


Press conference with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov


Grand Prix leader GM Zhao Xue of China about to suffer a shock defeat against...


... Turkish WIM Betul Cemre Yildiz, 12th seed and rated 2244


Giant slayer (in round two) Munguntuul Batkhuyag of Mongolia

Munguntuul, which coming here you liked more: this time or your first experience?

Munguntuul Batkhuyag: This time I haven’t been anywhere yet, but two years ago we were taken to Chegemsky Waterfalls, Blue Lakes, Elbrus mountain – we even managed to climb up to the mountains. The impressions are unforgettable.

One of the stages of Grand Prix tournament will be organized in Mongolia. Can you tell us some details of preparations for it?

They are preparing in a very serious way. I can say that participants will be seated in the “Chinggis Khan” or “Kempinski” hotels, which have also good playing halls. I think we’ll have good conditions there.

The fact that one of the stages will be held in Mongolia tells us much about the people’s interest in chess in this country. And how far is it popularized in Mongolia and why have you chosen chess?

Every member of a Mongolian family plays chess; it is loved in the country. My father used to play, taught my elder brother and sister, and then me. The elders gave up playing because of me.

You have a good command of Russian, accordingly we can draw the conclusion that you study in Russia.

You are absolutely right. I’m a fifth year student of the Russian State Social University.


Third seed GM Tatiana Kosintseva, of Russia is in the lead

Do you feel most comfortable in a leader position or prefer to sit out on start, and then to do your best on finish?

Tatiana Kosintseva: I did not think about it, I just try to play each round with all efforts; I try to use all chances in each round. Then the choice of the tactics and game strategy depends on the results of the previous game.

Two years ago, the World Championship became a knockout system and at that time your father and sister were with you. Now the system is a round robin and you are without your relatives….

First, these tournaments are absolutely different. Of course when your relatives are with you, you have great psychological support. Despite their absence I feel their support, I always ask Nadya for an advice.

What result will satisfy you at this tournament?

I do not place an accent on the result. The quality of the game interests me. It is more important for me to play beautifully and productively.


Former Women's World Champion Zhu Chen of Qatar in interview

In what are you interested in except chess?

Zhu Chen: The most important thing for me is to spend time with my kids, parents and husband. I used to devote most of my time to chess, that’s why I wanted now to do my duties.

How do you feel yourself in Qatar? Do you have any fans?

I feel great. I hope that I have many of them around the world. We have a lot of amateur players, and I think they believe in me

Do you use the Internet for communication?

I have my own page on the Facebook I have a lot of interesting friends there. I like Facebook, as far as you can find people you haven’t seen for a long time.

Schedule

25.04.2010 1st day: Arrivals & Opening Ceremony
26.04.2010 2nd day: Round 1
27.04.2010 3rd day: Round 2
28.04.2010 4th day: Round 3
29.04.2010 5th day: Round 4
30.04.2010 6th day: Round 5
01.05.2010 7th day: Free day
02.05.2010 8th day: Round 6
03.05.2010 9th day: Round 7
04.05.2010 10th day: Round 8
05.05.2010 11th day: Round 9
06.05.2010 12 day Round 10
07.05.2010 13th day: Round 11 & Closing Ceremony
08.05.2010 14th day: Departure

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