Women's Grand Prix, Round 8: Kosteniuk remains clear first

by Klaus Besenthal
2/11/2023 – In the 8th round of the Munich Grand Prix on Friday, Alexandra Kosteniuk won against Anna Muzychuk to increase her score to 6.5/8. Nana Dzagnidze, who was second to Kosteniuk before the round, lost to Elisabeth Pähtz and dropped to third place, where she is now level on points with Pähtz. The new runner-up is Humpy Koneru after her win over Alina Kashlinskaya. Kosteniuk's lead over Humpy is 1.5 points with three rounds to go. | Photos: Mark Livshitz (FIDE)

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FIDE Women's Grand Prix

Alexandra Kosteniuk was initially given a pawn by her opponent Anna Muzychuk, but it was a tiny advantage that was to play no part in the outcome of this game. On the contrary, Kosteniuk made a remarkable breakthrough in the endgame with much reduced material, favoured by the unequal bishops:

 

 

Alexandra Kosteniuk is on the verge of winning the tournament in Munich, while Anna Muzychuk has had a disappointing tournament so far with 3.5/8 and 9th place.

Nana Dzagnidze dropped back a little after her loss to Elisabeth Pähtz. With a score of 4.5/8 each, Dzagnidze and Pähtz now share third place. In the game Dzagnidze had given her queen against the appropriate equivalent of R+N+P; but the necessary coordination of her pieces in the fight against Pähtz's queen then failed completely. Another tactical mistake followed, after which nothing more worked for the Georgian:

 

 

Elisabeth Pähtz and Nana Dzagnidze now share third and fourth place

Alina Kashlinskaya lost to Humpy Koneru when she was under pressure in a worse bishop endgame and couldn't find the right defence. Humpy Koneru is now sole second, 1.5 points behind Alexandra Kosteniuk and half a point ahead of Dzagnidze and Pähtz.

 

 

The opening of the game between Humpy Koneru and Alina Kashlinskaya

Dinara Wagner lost to Zhu Jiner, ostensibly due to a tactical error in the middlegame, but she had another chance in the endgame which she failed to take:

 

 

With 2.0/8 Dinara Wagner remains last

Finally, Harika Dronavalli and Zhansaya Abdumalik as well as Tan Zhongyi and Mariya Muzychuk all drew without leaving the draw range - although in both games Black had a certain "moral" advantage.

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Standings after round 8

 

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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.
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