WGP Geneva: Muzychuk, Khotenashvili win and lead

5/14/2013 – Three decisive games, two with the black pieces, saw Anna Muzychuk and Bela Khotenashvili, who completed her final GM norm, stay in the lead. Tatiana Kosintseva beat Kateryna Lahno to move to clear third place, half a point behind the leaders. The local derby Ju Wenjun-Hou Yifan ended in a 40-move draw. On the free day some players gave a simul for children. Round nine report with GM analysis.

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Neva Women's Grand Prix in Geneva

The Neva Foundation in partnership with the Internation Chess Federation (FIDE) has organised the first leg of the official Women's Grand Prix series for the first time in Geneva. From May 3 to May 15, twelve of the best women players featuring current Women World Champion Anna Ushenina from Ukraine, will confront each other at the N'vY Manotel. The tournament is an eleven-round all-play-all at classical time controls.

Round nine report

Both leaders, Anna Muzychuk (Slovenia) and Bela Khotenashvili (Georgia), won their games in this round and continue to share the first place. The Georgian player defeated Olga Girya to complete her final GM norm. Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia) outplayed Katerina Lahno, while the Chinese derby Hou Yifan-Ju Wenjun finished in a draw, as did the games Ushenina-Dzagnidze and Cmilyte-Kosteniuk.

Round 9 on Monday, May 13th 2013 at 14:00
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
½-½
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
1-0
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
WGM Olga Girya 2463
0-1
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
0-1
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
½-½
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
½-½
GM Yifan Hou 2617

Bela Khotenashvili knew that draw in the game would give her the last GM norm and tried to play safely. As Black she didn’t face any problem in the opening and the position was about equal after 20 moves. Then her opponent Olga Girya played inaccurately and lost a pawn, after which White was suffering. Bela missed few chances to win, and after 74 moves the endgame knight against rook appeared on the board. After five and a half hours of play both opponents were really tired and didn’t play precisely. Olga Girya made a mistake on the 108th move and lost the game.

Tatiana Kosintseva beat Kateryna Lahno with black to move to third place

Second seed GM Anna Muzychuk in a fighting mood against...

... bottom seed Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, rated almost 300 points below

Analysis by Adrian Mikhalchishin

The famous chess trainer, who coached a number of participants of the Geneva Grand Prix from their pre-teen years, provides live commentary during the games.

[Event "Neva Foundation GP"] [Site "?"] [Date "2013.05.14"] [Round "?"] [White "Muzychuk, A."] [Black "Batchimeg, Tugvinsug"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C91"] [Annotator "MIKHALCHISHIN"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2013.05.03"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 {Anna's strength is that she can chose different systems and does not repeat the Fischer Spanish second time, despite her clear success against Kosintseva.} Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be3 {Another Fischer pet line, in which he won great game against Viktor Korchnoi in 1961 in Stockholm.} exd4 11. cxd4 d5 12. e5 Ne4 13. h3 (13. Nc3 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Na5 15. Bc2 Nc4 16. Qd3 g6 17. Bh6) 13... Bh5 14. Nbd2 $5 {A very rare move, prepared by Anna. Practically all modern players use the direct} (14. Nc3 {which does not promise real advantage.}) 14... Na5 ( 14... Nxd2 15. Bxd2 ({Anna planned here to sacrifice an exchange:} 15. Qxd2 Bb4 16. Qc2 Bxe1 17. Qxc6 Bxf3 18. gxf3 Ba5 19. Bxd5 Rb8 20. Be4 {with huge compensation.}) 15... Nxd4 16. g4 Nxb3 17. Qxb3 Bg6 18. Ba5 $1 Qd7 19. Rad1 { White has some, probably unsufficient, compensation for the pawn: Jensen,A (2245)-Kovacs,L (2340)/Copenhagen 1982}) 15. Bc2 Nxd2 16. Bxd2 Nc4 17. g4 ({ Some GMs prefer to keep the bishop pair} 17. Bc1 Qd7 18. b3 Nb6 19. Qe2 (19. Bd2 Qe6 20. Rc1 $16) 19... Rae8 20. Bd2 f5 21. a3 Qe6 22. Qd3 {with clear advantage in Zaitsev,I (2390)-Gola,M (2375)/Moscow 1989.}) 17... Bg6 18. b3 ({ Here a retreat was possible too} 18. Bc1 $5) 18... Nxd2 ({White would keep a slight advantage, because of c-file problems after} 18... Bxc2 19. Qxc2 Nxd2 20. Qxd2 Qd7 21. Rac1 h5 22. Qf4 Rac8 23. Qf5) 19. Qxd2 c5 {I dont believe that Black can survive without this move. The great Capablanca taught us that pressure on c-file can be decisive.} 20. dxc5 Bxc5 21. Bf5 {Typical setup.} ({ White could play Capablanca's plan here too} 21. Rac1 Qb6 22. Bxg6 hxg6 23. Rc2 Rad8 24. b4 Be7 25. Rec1) 21... a5 $6 ({It was necessary to play more dynamically:} 21... Bxf5 22. gxf5 Qd7 23. Qf4 Rac8 24. Rac1 d4) 22. Re2 d4 23. Rd1 Qb6 24. Qf4 Rad8 25. Rd3 ({It was better to keep the possibility to double on the c-file.} 25. Qe4) 25... Rfe8 26. h4 {It is not clear wheather this is the best plan, as the central approach connected with the c-file was still possible.} (26. Rc2 a4 27. Qe4) 26... Qc7 27. Qe4 ({Anna refused to play on the queenside.} 27. Rc2) 27... Qe7 28. h5 ({A very strong way to attack would be} 28. Bxg6 hxg6 29. Ng5 {threatening f2-f4.} f6 30. exf6 Qxe4 31. Nxe4) 28... Bxf5 29. gxf5 Kh8 30. Qg4 ({Not bad was} 30. Qc6 b4 31. h6) 30... Ba7 31. Nh4 $6 {Anna tries to attack her opponent's king at any price.} ({Much more unpleasant for Black was the central strategy} 31. e6) 31... Qc7 32. f4 ({ Still was better} 32. e6) 32... f6 33. Nf3 Bb8 34. Kh1 a4 35. Rg2 ({It was better to use the power of central passed pawn even now} 35. e6 axb3 36. axb3 Qc1+ 37. Kg2 Bxf4 38. Rxd4 Rxd4 39. Nxd4 Be5 40. Nf3 Bf4 41. Kh3) 35... axb3 36. axb3 Qb7 $6 ({Better was} 36... Rg8) 37. h6 $1 {Now White starts the final attack.} gxh6 ({Did not help} 37... Rg8 38. Rxd4 Rxd4 39. Nxd4 fxe5 40. Ne6 g6 41. Qg5) 38. Qh4 $1 Rf8 ({Or another defensive try} 38... Qf7 39. Qxh6 fxe5 40. Ng5 Qg7 41. Qh5 Re7 42. Ne6 {winning.}) 39. Qxh6 fxe5 ({Or once more} 39... Rf7 40. Nh4) 40. Nh4 $1 {This typical move now wins easily.} Rg8 41. Qf6+ 1-0

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Schedule and results

Round 1 on Friday, May 3rd 2013 at 14:00
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
½-½
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
½-½
GM Yifan Hou 2617
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
1-0
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
½-½
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
½-½
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
1-0
WGM Olga Girya 2463
Round 2 on Saturday, May 4th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
½-½
WGM Olga Girya ½-½
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
½-½
GM Anna Muzychuk 1-0
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
½-½
GM 1-0 2522
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
1-0
WGM ½-½ 2298
GM Yifan Hou 2617
1-0
IM Bela Khotenashvili ½-½
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
½-½
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 0-1
Round 3 on Sunday, May 5th 2013 at 14:00
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
½-½
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
1-0
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
1-0
GM Yifan Hou 2617
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
½-½
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
½-½
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
WGM Olga Girya 2463
0-1
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
Round 4 on Monday, May 6th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
0-1
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
½-½
WGM Olga Girya 2463
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
½-½
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
GM Yifan Hou 2617
1-0
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
1-0
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
1-0
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
Round 5 on Wednesday, May 8th 2013 at 14:00
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
1-0
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
½-½
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
½-½
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
1-0
GM Yifan Hou 2617
WGM Olga Girya 2463
0-1
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
½-½
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
Round 6 on Thursday, May 9th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
0-1
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
½-½
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
GM Yifan Hou 2617
½-½
WGM Olga Girya 2463
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
½-½
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
1-0
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
1-0
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
Round 7 on Friday, May 10th 2013 at 14:00
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
0-1
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
0-1
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
1-0
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
WGM Olga Girya 2463
0-1
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
0-1
GM Yifan Hou 2617
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
0-1
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
Round 8 on Saturday, May 11th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
1-0
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Yifan Hou 2617
0-1
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
0-1
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
1-0
WGM Olga Girya 2463
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
½-½
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
½-½
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
Round 9 on Monday, May 13th 2013 at 14:00
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
½-½
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
1-0
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
WGM Olga Girya 2463
0-1
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
0-1
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
GM Anna Ushenina 2491
½-½
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
½-½
GM Yifan Hou 2617
Round 10 on Tuesday, May 14th 2013 at 14:00
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491   GM Yifan Hou 2617
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545   WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517   GM Anna Ushenina 2491
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505   GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298   WGM Olga Girya 2463
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522   GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
Round 11 on Wednesday, May 15th 2013 at 12:00
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585   GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
WGM Olga Girya 2463   GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548   WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
GM Anna Ushenina 2491   IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544   GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
GM Yifan Hou 2617   GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545

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