WGP Geneva: six wins, five with black

5/11/2013 – It is a well-known fact that women play uncompromised chess! All six games in round seven of the Neva Fondation Women Grand Prix in Geneva were decisive, and the victories of Black outnumbered White’s success by 5 to 1. After the smoke cleared we found Anna Muzychuk and Bela Khotenashvili in the joint lead with 5.0/7 points and four rounds to go. Big pictorial 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 seven report

It is a well-known fact that women play uncompromised chess! All six games in round seven of the Neva Fondation Women Grand Prix in Geneva were decisive, and the victories of Black outnumbered White’s success by 5 to 1.

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

Anna Muzychuk (right) outplayed co-leader Tatiana Kosintseva in a game
that is extensively analysed by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin below.

Bela Khotenashvili won another game to join Anna Muzychuk in the lead

Bela's victim this time: Lithunian GM Viktorija Cmilyte, who has lost three games
and has been playing almost 150 points below her nominal rating of 2522

The somewhat erratic performance in this event by former women's world champion Hou Yifan saw an encouraging win with the black pieces against one of her strongest rivals, Ukrainian GM Katerina Lahno.

There was an amusing little incident before the start of the game. Chinese WGM Ju Wenjun mixed up the tables and and took the place of Hou Yifan. Katerina was surprised to see her opponent from the previous round and said, “Do you want to play against me again??” – which brought a round of laughter in the tournament hall.

In the end Wenjun (above) found the correct table and went on to beat women's
world champion Anna Ushenina and take sole third place in this tournament

Alexandra Kosteniuk (above left) managed to break her unfortunate series of losses and ground down WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, 200 rating points below her, with the black pieces.

GM Nana Dzagnidze (above striped top) defeated Olga Girya and now has +1

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A full summary of all six games is to be found here on the official tournament site.

Current standings

Information and photos supplied by FIDE Press Officer Anastasiya Karlovich

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 "Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix"] [Site "Geneva"] [Date "2013.05.10"] [Round "7.6"] [White "Muzychuk, Anna"] [Black "Kosintseva, Tatiana"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C68"] [Annotator "Mikhalchishin"] [PlyCount "109"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:02:06"] [BlackClock "0:01:10"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 {A very interesting choice by Muzychuk, as Tatiana Kosintseva is big specialist of main lines and Anna Muzychuk herself is the best technician among girls. So her idea to play the Fischer Variation is a fantastic technical and psychological choice!} dxc6 5. O-O Bd6 { This line has become popular recently, but in my opinion it is much more passive than other lines.} 6. d4 exd4 7. Qxd4 f6 8. Be3 Ne7 9. Nbd2 Be6 10. Qc3 $1 {It is considered to be the best.} ({White can try to increase pressure in the center} 10. Rad1 Ng6 11. Nc4 Bxc4 12. Qxc4 Qe7 13. Rfe1 O-O-O 14. c3 $146 Rhe8 15. Bc1 Bc5 16. Rxd8+ Rxd8 17. g3 Bb6 18. Kg2 $14 {Laznicka,V (2596) -Fressinet,L (2640)/Deutschland 2006}) 10... Qd7 11. Nd4 O-O-O 12. Nxe6 Qxe6 13. Qb3 $1 {A very good move to exchange queens, as White's pawn majority on the kingside will be very dangerous in the future.} Qxb3 ({An interesting option is to avoid the exchange was} 13... Qe5 14. f4 Qh5 15. Nc4 Kb8 16. Nxd6 Rxd6 17. Rae1 Re8 18. e5 fxe5 19. fxe5 Rd5 20. Bf4 Nf5 21. c3 g5 22. Bc1 Qg6 { and Black started to take the initiative in Mladenov,P (2363)-Colin,V (2425)/ Saint Affrique 2010}) 14. axb3 Rhe8 $6 ({It seems the best way is to attack:} 14... f5 15. Rad1 (15. Rfd1 Rd7 16. Nc4 fxe4 17. Rd4 Nf5 18. Rxe4 Nxe3 19. Rxe3 Bc5 20. Re2 Bd4 {1/2 Shyam,N (2385)-Sriram,J (2507)/Bhubaneswar 2010}) 15... b5 (15... Rhe8 $142) 16. exf5 $2 {1/2 Radjabov,T (2717)-Aronian,L (2756)/Sochi 2006} (16. g3 Rhe8 17. Rfe1 fxe4 18. Nxe4 Nf5 19. Bg5 $14)) 15. Rfd1 {White has to keep her rook on a1 to be ready to play Ra5 at some moment.} Ng6 16. f3 f5 {I know from my considerable practice in different Spanish variations that these kind of positions are very difficut to hold. White has a comfortable pawn majority on the kingside and will capitalize on it sooner or later.} 17. g3 $1 ({Another try was possible too:} 17. exf5 Rxe3 18. fxg6 hxg6 19. Kf2 Bc5 20. Kf1 Re5 21. Ne4) 17... Be5 18. c3 f4 $6 {Black tries to block the white pawn structure, but it is simply not possible.} ({Slightly more active was} 18... Rd3 19. exf5 Nh4 20. Nc4 Rxd1+ 21. Rxd1 Nxf5 22. Bf2 Bf6 23. Kf1 Re6 24. f4 Nd6 25. Nd2) 19. Bf2 Rf8 20. Kg2 fxg3 {After such move it is clear that Black's plan has failed.} ({Or} 20... Rd3 21. Nc4 Rfd8 22. Rxd3 Rxd3 23. h4 h5 24. Nxe5 Nxe5 25. gxf4 Nxf3 26. Ra5 Nd2 27. Re5) 21. hxg3 Rd3 22. Kf1 $1 h5 23. Ke2 Rd7 24. Nc4 Bf6 ({Maybe it was necessary to risk} 24... Rdf7 25. f4 Bxf4 26. gxf4 Nxf4+ 27. Kd2 Re8) 25. Rxd7 Kxd7 26. f4 {From now it is clear that White has won fight on the kingside and her pawns will continue press the black pieces.} h4 27. f5 $1 hxg3 28. Bxg3 Ne7 29. Rg1 {White is ready to attack the weakness on g7.} c5 30. Bf4 ({Even better was} 30. Kf3) 30... b5 31. Ne3 Nc6 32. Nd5 Re8 ({A very bad endgame would appear after} 32... Ne5 33. Nxf6+ gxf6 34. Bxe5 fxe5 35. Rg7+ Kc6 36. Rg6+ Kb7 37. Re6) 33. Ke3 b4 34. Kd3 ({Very good was} 34. Nxc7 Rh8 35. Nxa6 bxc3 36. Nxc5+ Ke7 37. bxc3 Bxc3 38. Rg6 ) 34... bxc3 35. bxc3 Ne5+ 36. Bxe5 Bxe5 37. Rg6 $1 {All Black weaknesses are now maximally exposed.} c6 38. Nb6+ Kc7 39. Na4 {The power of the knight is its ability to attack different targets. A possible alternative attack was} ( 39. Nc4 Bf6 40. Rg1 Rd8+ 41. Kc2 Re8 42. e5 Bxe5 43. Re1) 39... Rh8 40. Kc4 Bf6 ({In the rook endgame the white pawns are much more dangerous} 40... Rh3 41. Kxc5 Bxc3 42. Nxc3 Rxc3+ 43. Kd4 Rxb3 44. Rxg7+ Kd8 45. f6) 41. Rg3 $1 {A very fine move, eliminating the activization of the black rook. Now White has a decisive advantage.} Kd6 42. Nxc5 a5 ({Or} 42... Ke5 43. Re3 Kf4 44. Re1 Rh4 45. b4 Kf3 46. Kd3) 43. Rd3+ Ke5 44. Rd4 $1 Kf4 45. Nd3+ Kg5 46. Rd6 $18 Re8 47. Nc5 Rc8 48. Ne6+ Kh4 ({No difference, with Black is losing, is seen after} 48... Kg4 49. Nxg7 Bxg7 50. Rg6+ Kf4 51. Rxg7 Kxe4 52. f6 Ke5 53. f7 Rf8 54. Kc5) 49. Nd4 Kg4 50. Rxc6 Ra8 51. Ne6 Ra7 52. Rc7 Ra8 53. Kd5 Rb8 54. e5 Bh4 55. Nd4 {Yes, a game in Karpov or Carlsen style!} 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   WGM Wenjun Ju 2544
GM Yifan Hou 2617   GM Anna Ushenina 2491
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545   GM Kateryna Lagno 2548
GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517   WGM Olga Girya 2463
IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505   GM Anna Muzychuk 2585
WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298   GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522
Round 9 on Monday, May 13th 2013 at 14:00
GM Viktorija Cmilyte 2522   GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491
GM Anna Muzychuk 2585   WGM Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298
WGM Olga Girya 2463   IM Bela Khotenashvili 2505
GM Kateryna Lagno 2548   GM Tatiana Kosintseva 2517
GM Anna Ushenina 2491   GM Nana Dzagnidze 2545
WGM Wenjun Ju 2544   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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