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Banda
04-10-2011, 07:44 PM
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Once again Nalchik, the capital of Kabardiono Balkaria is the focus of the chess world's attention. Twelve of the world's top female players will come to Nalchik to fight out the third leg of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix.

Apart from the three former Women World Champions GM Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia, GM Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria and GM Zhuch Chen from Qatar, Nalchik also has the pleasure of seeing the top two Russian sisters in action, Tatiana and Nadezhda Kosinteva. They will all be challenged by another two top world class players GM Katrina Lahno from Ukraine and WGM Ju Wenjun from China.

LIVE Games & results (http://pakchess.org/tournament-news/fide-women-grand-prix-nalchik-2011-live-russia)

Banda
11-10-2011, 06:36 PM
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Open Catalan happened in the game. Zhu Chen expected the line that appeared, but actually forgot the main variation. After the move 10...f6, Zhu Chen lost much time and get into real trouble. Alexandra played very confident and on move 36, Zhu Chen lost the game on time.

During the press-conference Alexandra said that she was a bit surprised with Catalan, but after that she decided to repeat the same line that happened in her game against Natalia Zhukova.
Zhu Chen on her side told the audience that of course she expected the variation chosen by Alexandra Kosteniuk, but forgot the line.

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Banda
11-10-2011, 06:38 PM
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After yesterday’s victory the Alexandra’s fans expected better result. But after move 13. Qf3 in the opening white gave an opportunity for black to push f7-f6 in the right moment. After move 14. … f6 black managed to use the advantage quite confident and transferred it into a victory.
In the conference Zhao Xue said that actually she hadn’t remembered how to play this line correctly. But she developed the initiative without any problems.
Alexandra didn’t expect two knights defense, because usually Zhao Xue played Italian. She confirmed that after move 14. … f6 her position had become bad. Of course she tried to keep her together and fight till the end.

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Banda
13-10-2011, 01:19 AM
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Stefanova Antoaneta – Cmilyte Viktorija

This game is really worth to be the most interesting and full of action battle of the round. After the opening the evaluation changed after every move, especially what concerned the play in a time trouble. Indian defense appeared in the opening. Viktorija got a better position, then winning position… But that was only the beginning of the real battle. After move 28… Qf7? Antoaneta had great chances to win the game. Because of a short time the former world champion didn’t manage to calculate the best possibilities and missed the advantage after 31.Bh4. The game ended with a perpetual in the queens endgame with 2 extra pawns for black.

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Banda
13-10-2011, 05:02 PM
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Kovalevskaya Ekaterina – Ju Wenjun

This game happened to finish the first in the 4th round. In the opening white didn’t manage to get any advantage and the position became drawn very soon. The endgame arose and it wasn’t any problem for the both sides to make an easy draw. So, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya made the 4th draw in a row. And on the question: “Katya, do you have any other result except a draw?”, she smiled and said that earlier she had managed to win the games also (laughed). But she lost many games during this year and considered draw to be a normal result. What concerned the game the Russian grandmaster added that maybe she had overestimated her position, because had thought it to be better.

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Agent Smith
15-10-2011, 12:36 AM
Fifth round - Alex Kosteniuk just went down in a ball of fire....

She was losing slowly positionally, but then had a go at some interesting sacrifices and attack, but came up a rook and a piece down.

She's struggled in the last couple of super tournaments she's played, and I don't know if her heart is still in it. Today's game was quite bizarre... though she does always play attacking chess.

Banda
15-10-2011, 04:51 PM
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Kosintseva Nadezhda – Munguntuul Batkhuyag

The first productive game of the round where the sharp Paulsen variation happened. After the incorrect move 16… g6?! (instead of 16… b5) white got some advantage. But after 20.Nf5?! instead of 20.f5 Nadezhda’s chances for a victory decreased. Nevertheless the most interesting for the Russian player had just started. In the worse endgame Tuul blundered the checkmate.

In the conversation Nadya admitted that had won the game because the opponent’s blunder and she considered the position to be equal.

We cannot but admit that the free day was very useful for the sisters. They visited the waterfalls. And both of them won their 5th round’s games.

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Max Illingworth
16-10-2011, 10:03 AM
[Event "Nalchik WGP 2011"]
[Site "Nalchik RUS"]
[Date "2011.10.15"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Zhu Chen"]
[Black "Zhao Xue"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E32"]
[WhiteElo "2490"]
[BlackElo "2497"]
[PlyCount "120"]
[EventDate "2011.10.09"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d6 7. f3 d5 8. Nh3
c5 9. dxc5 d4 10. Qc2 e5 11. Nf2 a5 12. e4 Be6 13. Rb1 a4 14. Bd2 Nfd7 15. Bb4
Nc6 16. Be2 Qe7 17. Nd3 Qh4+ 18. Nf2 f5 19. Bd3 f4 20. Be2 Qg5 21. Bf1 Rfc8 22.
Rc1 Qe7 23. Nd3 Nxb4 24. axb4 b6 25. Be2 bxc5 26. b5 Qh4+ 27. Nf2 Rf8 28. Ra1
Nb6 29. Bd3 Qg5 30. Kf1 Kh8 31. h3 h5 32. Rg1 Qe7 33. Ke2 Qf7 34. Rgc1 g5 35.
Kd2 Kg7 36. Be2 Kf6 37. Qd3 Rfd8 38. Ke1 Qg8 39. Rc2 Rd7 40. Rac1 Rg7 41. Qa3
Rc8 42. Kd2 d3 43. Bxd3 Rd7 44. Ke1 g4 45. fxg4 hxg4 46. hxg4 Bxg4 47. Bf1 Be6
48. Qf3 Rcd8 49. Qa3 Rc7 50. b4 axb3 51. Qxb3 Ra7 52. Rc3 Ra4 53. g3 Rb4 54.
Qa2 Qg5 55. Qa7 fxg3 56. Ng4+ Bxg4 57. Qxb6+ Kg7 58. Qa7+ Rd7 59. Qa2 Qf4 60.
Bg2 Rb3 0-1

Agent Smith
16-10-2011, 02:33 PM
Zhao Xue's 60 ...Rb3 was very nice.

Anna Kournikova played a very entertaining one. After another(!) piece sacrifice, she was a queen and a pawn against rook + bishop, but had no way to break through. I ran Ivanhoe on it for a few minutes, but there's no clear winning line ? She finally blundered a pawn and game was drawn.

If Ju had opted for the rook in this position, she loses her queen to a double knight combo.

[Event "Nalchik WGP 2011"]
[Site "Nalchik RUS"]
[Date "2011.10.15"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Kosteniuk, A"]
[Black "Ju Wenjun"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2469"]
[BlackElo "2536"]
[ECO "B96"]
[EventDate "2011.10.09"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 h6 8.Bh4 Qb6
9.Qd2 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.e5 dxe5 12.fxe5 g5 13.exf6 gxh4 14.Be2 Qa5 15.O-O
Nd7 16.Kh1 Qg5 17.Rf4 e5 18.Nd5 exd4 19.Qxd4 Kd8 20.Ne7 Qc5 21.Qd2 Bxe7
22.fxe7+ Qxe7 23.Bg4 Re8 24.Rc4 b6 25.Rd1 a5 26.h3 Ra7 27.Qc3 Ba6 28.Bxd7
Rxd7 29.Rxd7+ Qxd7 30.Rd4 Re6 31.Rxd7+ Kxd7 32.Qd4+ Ke8 33.Qxh4 Kf8 34.
Qd8+ Kg7 35.Qd4+ Kg8 36.Kh2 Bb7 37.g4 Be4 38.c4 Bb7 39.Kg3 Be4 40.c5 bxc5
41.Qd8+ Kg7 42.Qxa5 Bb7 43.Qxc5 Ba6 44.a4 Kg8 45.Qd4 Kh7 46.h4 Kg8 47.Kf4
Kh7 48.a5 Kg8 49.Qd8+ Kg7 50.g5 hxg5+ 51.Qxg5+ Kh7 52.h5 Rh6 53.Qe7 Kg7
54.Kg5 Re6 55.Qc7 Rh6 56.Qh2 Kh7 57.Qc2+ Kg7 58.Qc5 Re6 59.Qc1 Rh6 60.Kh4
Re6 61.Qg5+ Kh7 62.Kg3 Rh6 63.Kf4 Re6 64.Qd8 Kg7 65.Qa8 Rh6 66.Qg2+ Kh7
67.Qe4+ Kg7 68.Qe5+ Kh7 69.Qe4+ Kg7 70.Qd4+ Kh7 71.Kf5 Re6 72.Qb2 Rh6 73.
Ke5 Re6+ 74.Kd5 Rh6 75.Qf2 Kg7 76.Qg3+ Kh7 77.Qc3 Re6 78.Qa3 Kg7 79.Qb4
Rh6 80.Ke4

Max Illingworth
16-10-2011, 03:43 PM
20.Ne7 is a nice novelty by Kosteniuk (20.Rd1 was played in Nisipeanu-Wojtaszek, European Championships 2011). I stopped watching this game live after Ju blundered with 25...a5 (26.Bd7 Bd7 27.Re4 is 1-0), so I was very surprised to see the game end in a draw. I think 20...Qe5 is a theoretical improvement, though further practical tests are obviously needed.

Agent Smith
16-10-2011, 06:01 PM
20.Ne7 is a nice novelty by Kosteniuk (20.Rd1 was played in Nisipeanu-Wojtaszek, European Championships 2011).
Yes (in that game Black wins). Do you think Alex had prepared it ?

I stopped watching this game live after Ju blundered with 25...a5 (26.Bd7 Bd7 27.Re4 is 1-0), so I was very surprised to see the game end in a draw.
A.K. probably shouldnt have missed the immediate Bd7 :wall:

[Site "Aix-les-Bains FRA"]
[Date "2011.03.31"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu"]
[Black "Radoslaw Wojtaszek"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2673"]
[BlackElo "2711"]
[ECO "B96"]
[EventDate "2011.03.22"]
[PlyCount "78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 h6 8.Bh4 Qb6 9.Qd2 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.e5 dxe5 12.fxe5 g5 13.exf6 gxh4 14.Be2 Qa5 15.O-O Nd7 16.Kh1 Qg5 17.Rf4 e5 18.Nd5 exd4 19.Qxd4 Kd8 20.Rd1 h3 21.g3 Bd6 22.Re4 Re8 23.Nb6 Rxe4 24.Qxe4 Qc5 25.Nxa8 Nxf6 26.Qd3 Ke7 27.Bf3 h5 28.Qe2+ Be6 29.Bxb7 Ng4 30.Rf1 h4 31.gxh4 Nxh2 32.Rg1 Kf8 33.Rg5 Qb4 34.Qe4 Qb1+ 35.Rg1 Nf1 36.Qc6 Ng3+ 37.Kh2 Nf1+ 38.Kh1 Qd1 39.Qf3 Qd2 0-1

Max Illingworth
16-10-2011, 06:39 PM
Yes (in that game Black wins). Do you think Alex had prepared it ?

A.K. probably shouldnt have missed the immediate Bd7 :wall:

[Site "Aix-les-Bains FRA"]
[Date "2011.03.31"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu"]
[Black "Radoslaw Wojtaszek"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2673"]
[BlackElo "2711"]
[ECO "B96"]
[EventDate "2011.03.22"]
[PlyCount "78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 h6 8.Bh4 Qb6 9.Qd2 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.e5 dxe5 12.fxe5 g5 13.exf6 gxh4 14.Be2 Qa5 15.O-O Nd7 16.Kh1 Qg5 17.Rf4 e5 18.Nd5 exd4 19.Qxd4 Kd8 20.Rd1 h3 21.g3 Bd6 22.Re4 Re8 23.Nb6 Rxe4 24.Qxe4 Qc5 25.Nxa8 Nxf6 26.Qd3 Ke7 27.Bf3 h5 28.Qe2+ Be6 29.Bxb7 Ng4 30.Rf1 h4 31.gxh4 Nxh2 32.Rg1 Kf8 33.Rg5 Qb4 34.Qe4 Qb1+ 35.Rg1 Nf1 36.Qc6 Ng3+ 37.Kh2 Nf1+ 38.Kh1 Qd1 39.Qf3 Qd2 0-1

Having watched the game live, I am 100% sure she prepared it. Even after 26.h3 White should still be winning, albeit not as easily.

Only a complete collapse could stop Zhao Xue winning the event, and Ju Wenjun is on track to score her second GM norm and second place in the tournament.

Banda
17-10-2011, 12:17 AM
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Kosteniuk Alexandra – Ju Wenjun

Alexandra stopped the series of defeats and showed her usual style in this game. The Russian grandmaster showed all her courage in this battle. Her game became one of the most intriguing in the 6th round. Everything happened in the game: the sharp Najdorf variation, the sacrifice and counter sacrifice, the strange castle in the endgame. Unfortunately the Russian grandmaster didn’t use such brilliant opportunities as 26.Bd7 and 27.Re4.

In the conversation Alexandra shared that considered her position to be absolutely winning. And that the game could finish in 20 moves. The Chinese player admitted that she was very lucky to save Such a game. Also she said that Alexandra played great, but missed good chances.

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Banda
17-10-2011, 08:48 PM
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Stefanova Antoaneta – Lahno Kateryna

The interrupted song of Antoaneta. After three vicrtories in a row the former world champion played too optimistic in the opening and got a little bit worse position. But it didn’t mean that it was lost. Anyway Kateryna outplayed her opponent in the middlegame. Only in a time trouble before the control the Bulgarian player could try to find some chances to save the game. But some no confident moves afforded Katya to win the pawn first and then the game.

“I don’t think that this game will be included in a hundred best games of mine”, admitted Antoaneta with her usual good sense of humour. “Maybe I played not the best way with many mistakes, but nevertheless I won the game and of course satisfied with it”, added Kateryna.

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Banda
18-10-2011, 09:17 PM
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In the 8th round the winner of the tournament was almost defined. While Zhao Xue won her 7th game, the persecutors sorted out relations with each other.

Munguntuul Batkhuyag – Ju Wenjun

Yesterday’s draw against Tatiana Kosintseva inspired the Mongolian player. Without any time losses the girls made first 20 moves in the Najdorf variation. If you looked at their clocks at that time it was like 3-4 minutes more than in the beginning. In some moment white afforded 25...е4 and the pawn passed to e3. But Tuul found the way how to take under control the white squares – she changed the knights and put the pieces on the right places. The game transferred to an interesting endgame – the rook and the bishop against the rook and the bishop with an extra pawn for white. Thanks to the tricky move 47.Ra6 Tuul converted her advantage into a victory. She won the endgame the queen and the f-file pawn against the rook and g-file pawn easily.

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Agent Smith
19-10-2011, 07:58 AM
She won the endgame the queen and the f-file pawn against the rook and g-file pawn easily.
Ju was in with a decent chance of stalemate,. but only when the kings gets to d6 is white home.
68 .... Re5+ 69.Kd6

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Kh1 b6 10.Be3 Bb7 11.f3 b5 12.a4 b4 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.exd5 Nd7 15.c3 bxc3 16.bxc3 Bg5 17.Bxg5 Qxg5 18.Na5 Nc5 19.Rb1 Qe7 20.Rb6 Qc7 21.Nc4 Rad8 22.a5 f5 23.Qd2 Rf6 24.Rd1 f4 25.Qa2 e4 26.Rd4 e3 27.Nb2 Rdf8 28.Qc4 Qf7 29.Nd3 Nxd3 30.Bxd3 Re8 31.Be2 g5 32.Qb4 Bxd5 33.Rxa6 g4 34.Rxd6 gxf3 35.gxf3 Be6 36.Rd1 Rg6 37.a6 Qf5 38.Qb5 Qxb5 39.Bxb5 Re7 40.Rb6 Bh3 41.Rxg6+ hxg6 42.Be2 Kg7 43.Rb1 Bc8 44.Kg2 Rc7 45.Rb6 Rxc3 46.a7 Ra3 47.Ra6 Bxa6 48.a8=Q Ra2 49.Kh3 Rxe2 50.Qxa6 Rf2 51.Kg4 Rxh2 52.Kxf4 e2 53.Qa1+ Kf7 54.Kg3 Rh5 55.Qa2+ Kf6 56.Qxe2 Kf7 57.Kg4 Kf6 58.Qa6+ Kf7 59.Qc8 Kg7 60.Qe6 Rh7 61.Qe7+ Kg8 62.Qf6 Rh6 63.f4 Kh7 64.Qf7+ Kh8 65.Kg5 Rh5+ 66.Kxg6 Rg5+ 67.Kf6 Rf5+ 68.Ke6

Agent Smith
19-10-2011, 08:26 AM
A.K won with a lovely finish too.

[Event "Nalchik WGP 2011"]
[Site "Nalchik RUS"]
[Date "2011.10.17"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina"]
[Black "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2421"]
[BlackElo "2469"]
[ECO "A07"]
[EventDate "2011.10.09"]
[WhiteTitle "IM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "Reti"]
[Variation "King's Indian attack (Barcza system)"]
[WhiteFideId "4116704"]
[BlackFideId "4128125"]
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c6 3.Bg2 Bg4 4.O-O Nd7 5.d4 e6 6.Nbd2 Ngf6 7.Re1 Be7 8.e4
O-O 9.c3 Bh5 10.Qb3 Rb8 11.c4 Qa5 12.Qe3 Bb4 13.a3 dxc4 14.Nxc4 Qa6 15.Bd2
Be7 16.Rac1 c5 17.dxc5 Bxc5 18.Qe2 Rbc8 19.b4 Be7 20.h3 Rfd8 21.Bf4 h6 22.
g4 Bg6 23.Nfe5 Nxe5 24.Bxe5 Nd7 25.Bb2 Nb6 26.Ne3 Rxc1 27.Bxc1 Qxe2 28.
Rxe2 Bg5 29.Rc2 Bf4 30.Kf1 f6 31.Ke2 Be8 32.Kf3 g5 33.Bf1 a6 34.Rd2 Rc8
35.Bb2 Kf7 36.Bd4 Rd8 37.Bc3 Rxd2 38.Bxd2 Bc6 39.Bd3 Nd7 40.Bc3 b5 41.Nc2
f5 42.Ne3 Be5 43.Bd2 fxg4+ 44.Nxg4 Bg7 45.Ke2 Kg6 46.f4 Kh5 47.fxg5 hxg5
48.Nh2 Ne5 49.Ke3 Nc4+ 50.Bxc4 bxc4 51.Bc1 Be5 (51...Be5 52.Ng4 Bf4+ 53.Kd4 Bxc1)

Agent Smith
20-10-2011, 05:45 AM
And again! Very entertaining chess (below).

Tatianna has played 7 draws out of 9.

[Event "FIDE Women Grand Prix 2011"]
[Site "Nalchik, Russia"]
[Date "2011.10.19"]
[Round "round09"]
[White "Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS)"]
[Black "Galliamova, Alisa (RUS)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Board "a.g7l5x2"]
[Input "DGT4856"]
[Owner "FIDE"]
[WhiteClock "1:30"]
[BlackClock "1:30"]
[Clock "B/0:11.32"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f4 e5 8.Nf3 Ng4
9.Qd2 Nxe3 10.Qxe3 exf4 11.Qxf4 Be7 12.O-O-O Be6 13.h4 O-O 14.Nd5 Rc8 15.
a3 Na5 16.g4 Bxd5 17.exd5 Bf6 18.g5 Qc7 19.Rh2 Be5 20.Nxe5 dxe5 21.Qb4
Rcd8 22.d6 Qb6 23.Qxb6 axb6 24.d7 f5 25.gxf6 gxf6 26.Rg2+ Kh8 27.b4 Nc6
28.Bc4 e4 29.Be6 f5 30.Rg5 Ne7 31.c4 Rf6 32.Rd6 h6 33.Rg1 f4 34.c5 bxc5
35.bxc5 Nc6 36.Kd2 Kh7 37.Bg8+ Rxg8 38.Rxf6 e3+ 39.Ke2 Rxg1 40.Rxc6 Rg2+
41.Kf3 Rg3+ 42.Kxf4 e2 43.d8=Q e1=Q 44.Qd7+ Kh8 45.Rxh6+ Kg8 46.Qh7+ Kf8
47.Rf6+ Ke8 48.Qf7+ Kd8 49.Rd6+ Kc8 50.Qf8+

Banda
20-10-2011, 07:54 PM
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Kosintseva Nadezhda – Kovalevskaya Ekaterina

The duel between the Russian chess players is always fascinating and uncompromising struggle till the end. In Rauzer variation about 20 moves have been played with incredible speed and only before move 21.Bd2 Nadezhda started thinking for the first time. «I remembered that it was necessary to transfer the king to g8, and the bishop to f8, but what to do after that I really didn't know», - Ekaterina told jokingly at the press conference. Also Nadya admitted that had overestimated the position.

«It is obvious that 30.Qe3 would be better, than the mistake that happened in the game - 30.Re3», - said Nadezhda sadly. – «Actually tomorrow is my last fighting game in this tournament, because in the 11th round I’ll play against the sister. Anyway I hope that I can keep myself together and show the worthy game».

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Banda
22-10-2011, 06:07 AM
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Zhao Xue – Kosintseva Tatiana

You’ll laugh, but the Chinese won again! Well, either the stars have developed in the right way or Zhao is so fantastically strong. Probably both variations. After all Xue really put problems for her opponents in every game. And Tatiana also couldn’t resist a pressure. The Queen’s Indian happened in the game. Xue chose the variation with the pawn sacrifice on d5. And here the leader of the tournament showed enormous understanding of the position. She outplayed Tatiana, for whom the tournament wasn’t the best one. The apogee of the game was the brilliant sacrifice – 23. Ng7!

“In the opening I played the variation which happened in my practice before, by the way against the Russian girls. That’s why I knew the ideas”, - Xue said.
“This isn’t “my tournament”, Tatiana shared. “ I managed to win only one game. I got quite good positions with white, but couldn’t convert them into a victory”.

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Banda
22-10-2011, 06:09 AM
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The third stage of women’s Grand-Prix which was held in the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria Nalchik has finished with a triumph of the Chinese chess players. Zhao Xue won an absolute victory in the tournament and she ensured it over two rounds before the end of the competition. The last round which was held on Friday had to solve the question who will take the second and the third places.

After all Ju Wenjun finished the second, in the last round she managed to defeat the winner of the tournament, it was the only defeat for Xue. In the final standings Wenjun scored 7 out of 11, being behind her compatriot for 2.5 points.

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