Women's Grand Prix, Round 10: Kosteniuk defends lead with narrow escape

by Klaus Besenthal
2/13/2023 – In round 10 of the Women's Grand Prix tournament in Munich, Koneru Humpy was close to winning against Alexandra Kosteniuk, but eventually had to settle for a draw and missed the chance to catch Kosteniuk at the top of the table. Now, Kosteniuk only needs a draw against Zhu Jiner in the 11th and last round to win the tournament. | Photos: Mark Livshitz (FIDE)

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FIDE Women's Grand Prix

Dinara Wagner had to wait a long time for her first win in this tournament, but today, against Alina Kashlinskaya, the time had come:



Dinara Wagner against Alina Kashlinskaya

Elisabeth Pähtz had a clearly better if not winning endgame against Zhu Jiner, but was pretty much won for Elisabeth Pähtz, but with only little time on the clock she spoilt her chances and the game ended in a draw.





Elisabeth Pähtz missed a good chance

With a win against Alexandra Kosteniuk, Koneru Humpy could have caught up with her opponent at the top of the table. And the Indian had this victory close at hand, but Kosteniuk seems to have several lives in this tournament:



Zhansaya Abdumalik won with White against Mariya Muzychuk, but just before the time control Black missed a hidden chance to save the game:



Tan Zhongyi made two weak moves in the critical phase of her game against Nana Dzagnidze, after which the game was almost over:



Interesting questions were addressed in the game between Harika Dronavalli and Anna Muzychuk. How complicated can an opening variation be so that it remains playable in a practical game? How well should one know the positions, the possible plans that can result from such an opening? 





Standings after round 10





Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.