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Kevin Bonham
01-01-2017, 09:43 PM
There is a thread for discussing contentious issues about dress codes (and other contentious matters) re this tournament here:
http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?16600-FIDE-quot-Womens-World-Championships-quot-shenanigans

Mostly I'd like this thread to be kept to event results, the field and so on.

The initial list of qualifiers was posted here: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9970-qualifiers-for-2017-womens-world-chess-championship.html

Of these qualifiers it is expected that Hou Yifan will boycott the event and relinquish the title in protest against unsatisfactory aspects of the Women's cycle. Nazi Paikidze is still the only announced boycott over the dress code issue.

WIM Emma Guo qualified to represent Australia but is unavailable. Her place has been taken by WIM Nancy Lane who placed second in the relevant Oceania Zonal.

It looks like Nancy will get a nice easy round one opponent like Humpy Koneru or Nana Dzagnidze!

Kevin Bonham
11-01-2017, 07:54 PM
Mariya Muzychuk has been quoted as boycotting, apparently via a translation of this article:

http://censor.net.ua/resonance/422454/marichka_muzychuk_na_chempionat_mira_v_tegeran_ne_ poedu_iran_nepodhodyaschaya_strana_dlya_takogo_pre stijnogo

The translations doing the rounds are along the lines that Iran is unsuitable for such a (supposedly) prestigious competition.

Humpy Koneru not playing either according to Nigel Short. (Reason unknown).

Adamski
11-01-2017, 08:08 PM
Best wishes to WIM Nancy Lane (my clubmate) for this important tournament. It's knockout, so really would love to see her get more than one match.

Kevin Bonham
11-01-2017, 08:13 PM
Best wishes to WIM Nancy Lane (my clubmate) for this important tournament. It's knockout, so really would love to see her get more than one match.

The 1-64, 2-63, 3-62 etc pairing system means that she will get someone incredibly strong so it would be a major achievement to get past the first round (by any means other than forfeit, that is).

MichaelBaron
11-01-2017, 10:29 PM
Best wishes to all of the participants (all 64 of them I will wish one by one separately)...but I think they key issue in this thread so far has been not the ''chess'' component but the participation/non-participation/difficulty with the participation one. Btw, Irina Krush also refused to travel to Iran.

Kevin Bonham
11-01-2017, 11:47 PM
Btw, Irina Krush also refused to travel to Iran.

Indeed, though Krush is citing security rather than dress code as the primary concern.

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2017, 04:38 PM
FIDE have published a revised entry list:

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9995-participants-of-the-world-womens-championship-2017.html

Not playing:

Hou Yifan (dissatisfaction over cycle)
Koneru
M Muzychuk (boycott)
T Kosintseva
Galliamova
Krush (security concerns)
Paikidze (boycott)
Lujan
Guo (unavailable)

I gather all the rest have signed.

Adamski
13-01-2017, 05:29 PM
Nancy Lane No. 58 of 64 at this point in time.

MichaelBaron
13-01-2017, 06:07 PM
FIDE have published a revised entry list:

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9995-participants-of-the-world-womens-championship-2017.html

Not playing:

Hou Yifan (dissatisfaction over cycle)
Koneru
M Muzychuk (apparent boycott)
T Kosintseva
Galliamova
Krush (security concerns)
Paikidze (boycott)
Lujan
Guo (unavailable)

I gather all the rest have signed.

And out of those who are playing...several are not entirely happy..but want the money and/or to have a go at the title.

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2017, 07:52 PM
Nancy Lane No. 58 of 64 at this point in time.

That is not in rating order. They are qualifier numbers, not seed numbers.

I think Nancy is in fact #64 by seeding and unless something changes will be playing world #2 Ju Wenjun.

Adamski
13-01-2017, 07:54 PM
A nice easy match!!

MichaelBaron
13-01-2017, 10:25 PM
A nice easy match!!

Being not a nice person...I say she will be simply making up the numbers :)

Kaitlin
15-01-2017, 06:28 PM
Being not a nice person...I say she will be simply making up the numbers :)

Your just jealous

MichaelBaron
16-01-2017, 11:28 PM
Your just jealous

1) not quite sure what could be my reason for being jealous
2) Let's wait for her games against the top seed ...and see ...

Bill Gletsos
17-01-2017, 11:31 PM
Pairings are up on the FIDE website.


FIDE announces the first round pairings for the forthcoming Women’s World Championship to be held in Tehran, Iran.

NAME Seed NAME Seed
Ju Wenjun 1 - Lane, Nancy 64

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2017, 11:55 PM
Being not a nice person...I say she will be simply making up the numbers :)

Good on her for having the guts to do so and at very short notice too. I wonder how you'd go if there was a society as restrictive of males as Iran is of females and you were offered the chance to travel there at your own expense to play a two-game match vs Caruana.

MichaelBaron
18-01-2017, 09:54 AM
Good on her for having the guts to do so and at very short notice too. I wonder how you'd go if there was a society as restrictive of males as Iran is of females and you were offered the chance to travel there at your own expense to play a two-game match vs Caruana.

What is the prize money this year? Usually even those who lose rd1 get enough to cover the expenses.
P.S. If I am to travel at my own expense to play 2 game-match with Caruana, I would not go unless the location is of interest to me and there are also other reasons for me to be there other than chess. If I am to travel and play 2-game match with Caruana but prize money covers expenses + I get 2000-3000 USD on top of it (again, i am not sure how much those who lose in early rounds get these days. Before, used to be USD5,000 for men I think), I would check my work schedule and would possibly go. In any case, I would feel sorry for poor Caruana having to waste his time on me. On the other hand, why feel sorry for a person who can get two easy points rather than play against someone rated around 2660 who is potentially capable of delivering good chess on his day.

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2017, 10:07 AM
What is the prize money this year? Usually even those who lose rd1 get enough to cover the expenses.

Actually it is not that bad. First round losers get 3,000 USD after FIDE takes its 20% cut - I thought it would be less than that or nothing!


P.S. If I am to travel at my own expense to play 2 game-match with Caruana, I would not go unless the location is of interest to me and there are also other reasons for me to be there other than chess. If I am to travel and play 2-game match with Caruana but prize money covers expenses + I get 2000-3000 USD on top of it (again, i am not sure how much those who lose in early rounds get these days. Before, used to be USD5,000 for men I think), I would check my work schedule and would possibly go.

Well there you go. Doesn't sound like 3000 USD would cover your appearance requirements.

Kevin Bonham
23-01-2017, 12:43 AM
As noted by lost in the shoutbox, Christina-Adela Foisor who was one of the qualifiers has sadly passed away at the age of 49. As this happened after the pairings were done I expect her opponent Olga Girya will receive a walkover through to round 2.

Adamski
23-01-2017, 05:18 PM
What a sad way to lose a player in a world champs - death. :(

MichaelBaron
23-01-2017, 06:32 PM
What a sad way to lose a player in a world champs - death. :(

Agreed. It is very sad.

MichaelBaron
23-01-2017, 06:34 PM
According to chess-news.ru - she had skin cancer and was unwell for a long time. However, she was fighting the disease bravely and planned to play in Iran as well as in some other events.

Brian_Jones
08-02-2017, 02:08 PM
Best wishes to WIM Nancy Lane (my clubmate) for this important tournament. It's knockout, so really would love to see her get more than one match.

Nancy leaves for Tehran on Thursday (tomorrow), with Gary as acting coach (Ryan could not get time off from school ;) )

First game is on Saturday. See official website at http://tehran2017.fide.com/

Frank
08-02-2017, 03:40 PM
Best wishes WIM Nancy Lane as she proceeds to FIDE Women's World Championship

Adamski
10-02-2017, 06:54 AM
Best wishes WIM Nancy Lane as she proceeds to FIDE Women's World Championship
Absolutely. As Brian noted, she was flying to Tehran yesterday with IM Gary. It happened to be both their wedding anniversary and my wife Deborah's and my wedding anniversary!

Capablanca-Fan
10-02-2017, 03:19 PM
Absolutely. As Brian noted, she was flying to Tehran yesterday with IM Gary. It happened to be both their wedding anniversary and my wife Deborah's and my wedding anniversary!

Happy anniversary to both couples!

Adamski
10-02-2017, 06:14 PM
Happy anniversary to both couples!
Thank you on behalf of the 4 of us, Jono. 37 years of marriage for Deborah and I. The Lanes are younger.

Andrew Hardegen
10-02-2017, 08:00 PM
Best of luck to WIM Nancy Lane at the Women's World Championship!

From Kathryn and Andrew Hardegen.

Kevin Bonham
10-02-2017, 08:14 PM
Wondering what sort of live coverage there will be. Link on FIDE page just goes to a section of FIDE website. http://tehran2017.fide.com/

Kevin Bonham
10-02-2017, 10:00 PM
Games start 10 10:30 pm Aus DST tomorrow.

Brian_Jones
11-02-2017, 08:32 AM
Games start 10 pm Aus DST tomorrow.

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/fide-womens-world-championship-2017/1/1/1

Ian Rout
11-02-2017, 09:35 AM
Games start 10 pm Aus DST tomorrow.chess24 is showing their broadcast starting 22:30, does this imply a 30-minute delay?

Incidentally for people looking for a second player to follow, IM Irine Sukander of Indonesia who has played in Australia is also in the event.

MichaelBaron
11-02-2017, 10:18 AM
chess24 is showing their broadcast starting 22:30, does this imply a 30-minute delay?

Incidentally for people looking for a second player to follow, IM Irine Sukander of Indonesia who has played in Australia is also in the event.

I am looking for a first player to follow :). Sukandar-Zhu Chen will indeed be an interesting match up. Other Interesting match ups could be Cori-Cashlinskaya and Khaldemalsharikeh -Guramishvili.

Kaitlin
11-02-2017, 11:28 AM
I'll watch

:( only Premium members can access the chat

Oh 10 pm tonight :doh:

Ian Rout
11-02-2017, 11:56 AM
:( only Premium members can access the chatAre premium members limited to those who have passed some sort of intelligence test and mental health screening, or just those who pay a fee? If the latter then you won't be missing much.

Kaitlin
11-02-2017, 12:56 PM
It's probably only limited to premium members at this stage, it will probably be open to all members to be able to chat when the game actually starts :) .

As you are eluding only Premium members would want to chat about a blank board. And Chess24 accommodations that, but makes them pay :lol:

Jesper Norgaard
11-02-2017, 08:27 PM
chess24 is showing their broadcast starting 22:30, does this imply a 30-minute delay?

Incidentally for people looking for a second player to follow, IM Irine Sukander of Indonesia who has played in Australia is also in the event.

Yes 22:30 AEDT is correct. The reason is Iran is on GMT+3.5 which explains the half hour offset. It starts on 15:00 local time.

Kevin Bonham
11-02-2017, 09:27 PM
Anyone know where the live video will be? It was mentioned on the FIDE site but I don't see it yet.

Kevin Bonham
11-02-2017, 10:00 PM
Only TFD coverage so far at http://tehran2017.fide.com/

Nancy is black in game 1 and it's a London System.

[edit: chess24 working now too]

MichaelBaron
11-02-2017, 10:57 PM
In Ju Wenjun -Lane, after 12 moves, black's position looks bad already.

MichaelBaron
11-02-2017, 11:26 PM
After move 17 - looks totally lost!

Kevin Bonham
12-02-2017, 12:51 AM
1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.Bg3 0-0 8.Bb5 Ne4 9.Nxe4 dxe4 10.Nd2 f5 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Qa4 Bxg3 13.hxg3 cxd4 14.cxd4 Bd7 15.Qa3 Qc7 16.Nc4 Rab8 17.Rc1 Qb7 18.0-0 Be8 19.Rc2 Qc7 20.Rfc1 g5 21.Ne5 Rb6 22.b4 Qb7 23.Rc4 Rf6 24.Qc3 h5 25.Nxc6 Bxc6 26.Rxc6 Rxb4 27.d5 Rf8 28.Rc7 1-0

8...Ne4 is not book and probably with good reason. It looks like 12...Bxg3 is a mistake and that 12...cxd4 gives black more fighting chances although white is better.

Ian Rout
12-02-2017, 11:13 AM
8...Ne4 is not book and probably with good reason. 8.Bb5 isn't really cutting-edge theory either. In Beating 1.d4 Sidelines Avrukh gives it ?! and advocates 8...Ne7 - I think not because exchanging on c6 is much of a threat but to allow ...b6 and ...Bb7.

MichaelBaron
12-02-2017, 11:36 AM
8.Bb5 isn't really cutting-edge theory either. In Beating 1.d4 Sidelines Avrukh gives it ?! and advocates 8...Ne7 - I think not because exchanging on c6 is much of a threat but to allow ...b6 and ...Bb7.

Bb5 may not be theory but it is a fairly logical move. 8...Ne4 on the other hand destroys black's pawn structure and leaves her with a lot of wholes on dark squares.

jammo
12-02-2017, 11:49 AM
Bb5 may not be theory but it is a fairly logical move. 8...Ne4 on the other hand destroys black's pawn structure and leaves her with a lot of wholes on dark squares.

Yes, there is nothing worse than having a lot of Alex Wohls on your dark squares. I'm going to use this game in a lesson on how to exploit a positional advantage.

MichaelBaron
12-02-2017, 12:07 PM
Yes, there is nothing worse than having a lot of Alex Wohls on your dark squares. I'm going to use this game in a lesson on how to exploit a positional advantage.

very funny :). Pity life of those who type something fast on mobile yet...double/triple check every word :). And yes, the game reminds me of the games from ''Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur'' book by Euwe (very good book by the way)

Kevin Bonham
12-02-2017, 12:20 PM
8.Bb5 isn't really cutting-edge theory either. In Beating 1.d4 Sidelines Avrukh gives it ?! and advocates 8...Ne7 - I think not because exchanging on c6 is much of a threat but to allow ...b6 and ...Bb7.

It seems to be a trendy line. Chessbase database has numerous top-level games with it from 2015-7 only. Kamsky is a major culprit, Carlsen also but only at fast time controls.

Kevin Bonham
12-02-2017, 12:37 PM
Dzagnidze lost with white to Khaled Mona (2150) from Egypt and now has to win with black to avoid elimination.

Kevin Bonham
12-02-2017, 09:32 PM
Live games for this round do not seem to be loading. There is also now a video link but it doesn't seem to work either.

Kevin Bonham
12-02-2017, 09:40 PM
Live games loading now. Nancy is playing the Colle in game 2.

Zane
12-02-2017, 11:19 PM
17. c5 is not a good positional move and after ...Bxe5 18.fxe5 g5 black has a dream Stonewall structure with a big advantage plus good Knight vs bad Bishop.

Kevin Bonham
13-02-2017, 12:14 AM
Another fairly easy win for the top seed.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Bf5 4.Bd3 e6 5.0-0 Bd6 6.b3 0-0 7.Bb2 Nbd7 8.Nbd2 a5 9.a4 Ne4 10.Ne5 Nxd2 11.Qxd2 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 c6 13.f4 Nf6 14.Rf3 Ne4 15.Raf1 f5 16.c4 Qe7 17.c5 Bxe5 18.fxe5 g5 19.Qe2 g4 20.Rf4 Rf7 21.Bc1 Rg7 22.Bd2 Rg6 23.Be1 Rh6 24.Bg3 Qe8 25.Qe1 Qh5 26.Qd1 Nxg3 27.hxg3 Kh8 28.Qe1 Qh2+ 29.Kf2 Rh3 30.Rh1 Qxg3+ 0-1

MichaelBaron
13-02-2017, 12:15 AM
Another fairly easy win for the top seed.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Bf5 4.Bd3 e6 5.0-0 Bd6 6.b3 0-0 7.Bb2 Nbd7 8.Nbd2 a5 9.a4 Ne4 10.Ne5 Nxd2 11.Qxd2 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 c6 13.f4 Nf6 14.Rf3 Ne4 15.Raf1 f5 16.c4 Qe7 17.c5 Bxe5 18.fxe5 g5 19.Qe2 g4 20.Rf4 Rf7 21.Bc1 Rg7 22.Bd2 Rg6 23.Be1 Rh6 24.Bg3 Qe8 25.Qe1 Qh5 26.Qd1 Nxg3 27.hxg3 Kh8 28.Qe1 Qh2+ 29.Kf2 Rh3 30.Rh1 Qxg3+ 0-1

One more game for Jammo's collection of instructive games.

MichaelBaron
13-02-2017, 10:56 AM
Some interesting tie-breaks coming up. Far more exciting to watch than long games!

Kevin Bonham
14-02-2017, 08:39 AM
Harika, Zhao Xue and Dzagnidze all got through the tiebreaks, though not before Dzagnidze went a game down again.

Bodnaruk-Hejazipour appears to have gone to Armageddon with Bodnaruk winning, though in the game as showing on the live games she appears much worse (perhaps black flagged).

MichaelBaron
14-02-2017, 10:22 AM
Bondaruk came back from the brink of the defeat 4 times by winning the 2nd game with each of the time controls before that! After this that legendary flagging came.

Kevin Bonham
14-02-2017, 06:19 PM
Bondaruk came back from the brink of the defeat 4 times by winning the 2nd game with each of the time controls before that! After this that legendary flagging came.

Hejazipour flagged on move 59, would have got increment from move 61. Ouch.

Kevin Bonham
14-02-2017, 11:00 PM
Nancy's play against the top seed was nowhere near as bad as Zhu Chen's shocker of a game tonight.

Jesper Norgaard
15-02-2017, 01:54 AM
Hejazipour flagged on move 59, would have got increment from move 61. Ouch.

Quite a nailbiter, since she was "winning" (whatever that means in an Armageddon game). I am baffled that none of the chessvibes or chessbase reports mention the increment for Armageddon, which have been obviously important in the mind of these two ladies. Nor do they mention the time control at move 60. Miroshcnichenko I heard commenting in the Live video (which is apparently not retrievable after the round) to the very same Armageddon game - "Ehh, I don't know if they have increment or not". Jeezuz. He is the official commenter, and he doesn't know??

In the page on the FIDE website
http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/WorldCup2017Regulations.pdf
it says that the increment for the Armageddon game is 3 seconds after move 60.

In the tournament's own page on
http://tehran2017.fide.com/en/main-page/1-news-en/306-round-1-tiebreaks
it says that the increment is 2 seconds after move 60.

In the
http://tehran2017.fide.com/en/component/turnuva/?task=fileview&kid=70
It says that game 7 was 5'3 which is obviously incorrect.

In the official PGN file it says


[Event "FIDE WWCC 2017"]
[Site "Tehran, Iran"]
[Date "2017.02.13"]
[Round "1.9"]
[White "Bodnaruk m, Anastasia"]
[Black "Hejazipour, Mitra"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C24"]
[PlyCount "117"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[EventType "blitz"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:02"]
[BlackClock "0:00:26"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. O-O d6 6. c3 O-O 7. Bb3 Bg4 8. h3
Bh5 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. Re1 Re8 11. Nf1 Bf8 12. Ng3 Bg6 13. Be3 d5 14. Bc2 Bd6
15. Qe2 Qc7 16. Rad1 a5 17. Nh4 Nf8 18. Nhf5 Ne6 19. Nxd6 Qxd6 20. Nf5 Qc7
21. Qf3 Rad8 22. Bb3 Bh5 23. g4 Bg6 24. Bc2 c5 25. Ba4 Rf8 26. Bc1 d4 27. c4 Ne8
28. h4 f6 29. Qg3 Nd6 30. Kh1 Be8 31. Bxe8 Rdxe8 32. Rf1 Nf7 33. Rg1 Nf4 34. Qf3
Nd6 35. Ng3 Nf7 36. Nf5 g6 37. Ng3 Nd8 38. Nf1 Nde6 39. Rg3 Kf7 40. Nh2 Ke7
41. Nf1 Kd8 42. Re1 Rh8 43. Kg1 Kc8 44. Qd1 Kb8 45. a3 h5 46. g5 fxg5 47. hxg5
h4 48. Rg4 h3 49. Kh2 Qe7 50. Ng3 Ref8 51. Rf1 Nxg5 52. f3 Nfe6 53. b4 axb4
54. axb4 cxb4 55. Bd2 Qf6 56. Qe2 Nxf3+ 57. Kh1 h2 58. Rf2 g5 59. Rf1 1-0


It seems that Black had 26 seconds on the clock, but White had 2 seconds on the clock, when Black lost on time!?

It is just like Trump's "alternative facts" you can select the ones you like. Personally I think the 3 second increment would be correct in the Armageddon game after move 60.

MichaelBaron
15-02-2017, 02:27 AM
Gunina lost to a little known Ni Shikun with white!

Kevin Bonham
15-02-2017, 10:14 AM
Quite a nailbiter, since she was "winning" (whatever that means in an Armageddon game). I am baffled that none of the chessvibes or chessbase reports mention the increment for Armageddon, which have been obviously important in the mind of these two ladies. Nor do they mention the time control at move 60. Miroshcnichenko I heard commenting in the Live video (which is apparently not retrievable after the round) to the very same Armageddon game - "Ehh, I don't know if they have increment or not". Jeezuz. He is the official commenter, and he doesn't know??

The fact that no-one seems to have bothered saving and uploading a video stream of the game itself seems a sign of general disinterest in the event. In past FIDE WWCs any Armageddon game would have quite likely been uploaded quickly.


In the page on the FIDE website
it says that the increment for the Armageddon game is 3 seconds after move 60.
http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/WorldCup2017Regulations.pdf

The correct page is https://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/regulationsWWCC.pdf but it also says 3 seconds.

MichaelBaron
15-02-2017, 10:32 AM
The fact that no-one seems to have bothered saving and uploading a video stream of the game itself seems a sign of general disinterest in the event. In past FIDE WWCs any Armageddon game would have quite likely been uploaded quickly.



The correct page is https://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/regulationsWWCC.pdf but it also says 3 seconds.

Not only there is no video, there have been some relay problems are very uncharacteristic for events of such caliber.

Kevin Bonham
16-02-2017, 12:35 AM
Gunina lost to a little known Ni Shikun with white!

And is being totally smashed in game two. Her Chinese opponent is only 19 so may be underrated.

MichaelBaron
16-02-2017, 01:41 AM
And is being totally smashed in game two. Her Chinese opponent is only 19 so may be underrated.

Absolutely...totally smashing win in 2.c3 Sicilian. Gunina must have been too nervous after game 1 though.

Capablanca-Fan
16-02-2017, 10:51 AM
Absolutely...totally smashing win in 2.c3 Sicilian. Gunina must have been too nervous after game 1 though.

[Event "Women's World Championship"]
[Site "Tehran IRI"]
[Date "2017.02.15"]
[EventDate "2017.02.11"]
[Round "2.2"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Shiqun Ni"]
[Black "Valentina Gunina"]
[ECO "B30"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "59"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Bg4 6. Be2 e6
7. h3 Bf5 8. Be3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 O-O-O 10. O-O Bd6 11. Nd2 Nge7
12. Qb3 Bb8 13. Rfd1 Qa5 14. Nb5 Rd5 15. Nc4 Qd8 16. Bf3 b6
17. Qa3 Kd7 18. Ncd6 Bg6 19. c4 Ne5 20. Be2 Bc2 21. cxd5 Nxd5
22. Rd2 Bg6 23. Nc4 Qf6 24. Nc3 Nxc4 25. Bxc4 Qe5 26. Nxd5
Qh2+ 27. Kf1 exd5 28. Rxd5+ Ke6 29. Re5+ Kxe5 30. Qe7+ 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
16-02-2017, 10:56 AM
Gunina lost to a little known Ni Shikun with white!

[Event "Women's World Championship"]
[Site "Tehran IRI"]
[Date "2017.02.14"]
[EventDate "2017.02.11"]
[Round "2.1"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Valentina Gunina"]
[Black "Shiqun Ni"]
[ECO "D12"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "84"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 h6
7. O-O e6 8. Bd3 Bxd3 9. Qxd3 Bb4 10. a3 Bxc3 11. bxc3 O-O
12. a4 Qc7 13. Ba3 Rc8 14. Nd2 Nbd7 15. f3 b5 16. c5 e5 17. e4
Re8 18. axb5 axb5 19. Bb4 Ra7 20. Rfe1 Qb8 21. Nb3 Rxa1
22. Nxa1 exd4 23. cxd4 dxe4 24. fxe4 Qf4 25. Bd2 Qg4 26. h3
Qg6 27. d5? {but White's centre was being undermined anyway} 27... Nxd5 28. Nb3 N5f6 29. Qd6 Rxe4 30. Rf1 Re6 31. Qc7
Qc2 32. Rf3 Nxc5 33. Nd4 Qxd2 34. Nxe6 Qe1+ 35. Kh2 Qxe6
36. Rc3 Nfe4 37. Rc1 Kh7 38. Rd1 b4 39. Rd8 b3 40. Qb8 Nd7
41. Qb7 Qe5+ 42. Kg1 b2 0-1

Jesper Norgaard
17-02-2017, 07:22 AM
Buksa, Nataliya vs. Guramishvili, Sopiko ended in a spectacular but
flawed rook hunt since stalemate should have ended the show:


122...Rg3+ 123.Kf1 Ne3+ 124.Ke1 Rg1+ 125.Kf2 Rg2+ 126.Kxe3??
[126.Ke1! is a draw since 126...Rxa2 is stalemate]
126...Rxa2 0-1

MichaelBaron
17-02-2017, 10:49 AM
Really sad to see WC titles decided in this way...but I guess its part of the game now...After so many games they are obviously very stressed and tired so did not see, its stalemate after Ke1 I guess.

Kevin Bonham
17-02-2017, 11:18 AM
Buksa, Nataliya vs. Guramishvili, Sopiko ended in a spectacular but
flawed rook hunt since stalemate should have ended the show:


122...Rg3+ 123.Kf1 Ne3+ 124.Ke1 Rg1+ 125.Kf2 Rg2+ 126.Kxe3??
[126.Ke1! is a draw since 126...Rxa2 is stalemate]
126...Rxa2 0-1

That was game 6 which Guramishvili needed to win to continue the playoff. Having done so she then won game eight and advanced.

Ushenina - Tan Zhongyi went to Armageddon after six black wins in a row in the playoff. Ushenina (white) was winning the Armageddon game but mucked up the ending and was eliminated. Tan Zhongyi managed to make it to move 60 and get the increment though at that stage she was losing.

Kevin Bonham
17-02-2017, 11:26 AM
Batsiashvili - Khurtsidze also ended with white stuffing a won Armageddon game but this time before the increment:

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 cxd4 6.exd4 Bf5 7.c3 e6 8.Qb3 Qc8 9.Nh4 Be4 10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.g3 Be7 12.Ng2 Nd5 13.Bb5 0-0 14.0-0 a6 15.Bxc6 Qxc6 16.Rae1 Nxf4 17.Nxf4 Bd6 18.Ng2 Rac8 19.Re3 Qd5 20.Rfe1 f5 21.R3e2 Qxb3 22.axb3 Kf7 23.Ne3 g6 24.Nc4 Bc7 25.f3 exf3 26.Rxe6 f4 27.g4 Rfe8 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.Rxe8 Kxe8 30.Kf2 Kf7 31.Kxf3 Kf6 32.h4 h5 33.g5+ Kf5 34.d5 b5 35.Nd2 Ke5 36.c4 Kd4 37.Ne4 bxc4 38.d6 Bd8 39.bxc4 Kxc4 40.d7 a5 41.Nd6+ Kb3 42.Kxf4 a4 43.Ke5 Kxb2 44.Nb5 [44.Nb7 Bb6 45.Kd6 a3 46.Kc6 a2 47.Kxb6 a1=Q 48.d8=Q] 44...Kb3 45.Ke6 Kb4 46.Nd4 Kc3 47.Nc6 Bc7 48.Ne7 Bd8 49.Nxg6 [49.Nc6 draws but that is not enough] 49...a3 50.Nf4 a2 51.g6 a1=Q 52.g7 Qa2+ 53.Nd5+ Kd4 0-1

MichaelBaron
17-02-2017, 11:47 AM
Batsiashvili - Khurtsidze also ended with white stuffing a won Armageddon game but this time before the increment:

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 cxd4 6.exd4 Bf5 7.c3 e6 8.Qb3 Qc8 9.Nh4 Be4 10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.g3 Be7 12.Ng2 Nd5 13.Bb5 0-0 14.0-0 a6 15.Bxc6 Qxc6 16.Rae1 Nxf4 17.Nxf4 Bd6 18.Ng2 Rac8 19.Re3 Qd5 20.Rfe1 f5 21.R3e2 Qxb3 22.axb3 Kf7 23.Ne3 g6 24.Nc4 Bc7 25.f3 exf3 26.Rxe6 f4 27.g4 Rfe8 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.Rxe8 Kxe8 30.Kf2 Kf7 31.Kxf3 Kf6 32.h4 h5 33.g5+ Kf5 34.d5 b5 35.Nd2 Ke5 36.c4 Kd4 37.Ne4 bxc4 38.d6 Bd8 39.bxc4 Kxc4 40.d7 a5 41.Nd6+ Kb3 42.Kxf4 a4 43.Ke5 Kxb2 44.Nb5 [44.Nb7 Bb6 45.Kd6 a3 46.Kc6 a2 47.Kxb6 a1=Q 48.d8=Q] 44...Kb3 45.Ke6 Kb4 46.Nd4 Kc3 47.Nc6 Bc7 48.Ne7 Bd8 49.Nxg6 [49.Nc6 draws but that is not enough] 49...a3 50.Nf4 a2 51.g6 a1=Q 52.g7 Qa2+ 53.Nd5+ Kd4 0-1

One should not be deceived by Khurtsidze's relatively low rating. Several kids ago, she was rated 2472 and was long-term member of the Georgian national team.

ER
17-02-2017, 01:24 PM
One should not be deceived by Khurtsidze's relatively low rating. Several kids ago, she was rated 2472 and was long-term member of the Georgian national team.

hey Michael is that a warning for mothers-to-be chess players? :P :)
Any statistical data of the percentage ELO/ACF points dropped per kid born? :P :)

Kevin Bonham
17-02-2017, 01:48 PM
Really sad to see WC titles decided in this way...but I guess its part of the game now...

If women's WC titles were decided in a credible way players of their level probably wouldn't even be qualifiers.

MichaelBaron
17-02-2017, 04:32 PM
hey Michael is that a warning for mothers-to-be chess players? :P :)
Any statistical data of the percentage ELO/ACF points dropped per kid born? :P :)

Not at all - as you can see she is bounding back! And there are some other mothers left in the field as well - Kostenyuk, Pogonina, Cramling..

Kevin Bonham
17-02-2017, 04:36 PM
Cramling-Kosteniuk will be an interesting round 3 matchup.

ER
17-02-2017, 06:50 PM
Cramling-Kosteniuk will be an interesting round 3 matchup.

Go Alexandra Konstantinovna!!!! I predict a 2-0 clean sheet! :P :)

MichaelBaron
17-02-2017, 07:35 PM
Go Alexandra Konstantinovna!!!! I predict a 2-0 clean sheet! :P :)

Its possible...but I hope not. She is not one of my favorite people in the chess world...but..she has been playing good chess recently.

Kevin Bonham
17-02-2017, 07:50 PM
Kosteniuk is obviously stronger on paper at the moment but Cramling is very capable of rolling back the clock. As she did last time, and the 2016 olympiad, and the 2014 olympiad ... Probably can't keep doing it every time though.

MichaelBaron
17-02-2017, 11:09 PM
Right now waiting to see if Cramling plays 14...Ne8. If she does - her position will be very promising.

Kevin Bonham
18-02-2017, 03:03 AM
Stefanova demonstrates KBN against Khurtsidze:

1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 g6 3.c3 b6 4.e4 Bb7 5.Qe2 Bg7 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.Na3 e6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d5 10.exd5 Qxd5 11.Nb5 Rc8 12.Nh4 Qd8 13.Bf4 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Bxg2 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Nxg2 Qd5 17.0-0 Ne7 18.Rfd1 Qc4 19.Qd2 Kf7 20.Ne3 Qb5 21.Qd7 Qxd7 22.Rxd7 Bxb2 23.Rb1 Bf6 24.Ng4 Rhd8 25.Rxa7 Ra8 26.Rb7 Rxa2 27.R1xb6 Rda8 28.h4 Bd4 29.Rb4 Bc5 30.Rc4 R2a7 31.Rxa7 Bxa7 32.Rc7 Bb8 33.Ne5+ Ke8 34.Rxe7+ Kxe7 35.Nc6+ Kf6 36.Nxb8 h5 37.Kg2 Kf5 38.Nc6 Ra6 39.Ne5 Ra5 40.Nc4 Ra4 41.Ne5 Ra6 42.Nf3 Ra4 43.Be5 Ke4 44.Bg7 Ra7 45.Bf6 Ra6 46.Bb2 Ra2 47.Bc1 Ra1 48.Be3 Ra4 49.Ng5+ Kf5 50.Kf3 Rc4 51.Nf7 Rc6 52.Bd4 e5 53.Bxe5 Ra6 54.Bd4 Ra3+ 55.Be3 Ke6 56.Ng5+ Kf5 57.Ne4 Ra4 58.Nc3 Rc4 59.Nb5 Ra4 60.Nd4+ Ke5 61.g4 hxg4+ 62.Kxg4 Kf6 63.Kf4 Kf7 64.Ke4 Ra1 65.Nf3 Rh1 66.Kf4 Rb1 67.Bd4 Rh1 68.Kg5 Rd1 69.Kh6 Rh1 70.Ne5+ Kf6 71.Nxg6+ Kf5 72.Be3 Kg4 73.Kg7 Rh2 74.Kf6 Kh5 75.f4 Ra2 76.f5 Kg4 77.Ne5+ Kxh4 78.Ke6 Ra6+ 79.Ke7 Ra3 80.Bf4 Ra7+ 81.Ke6 Ra6+ 82.Kf7 Kh5 83.f6 Ra4 84.Ng6 Ra7+ 85.Ne7 Ra6 86.Kg7 Rxf6 87.Kxf6 Kg4 88.Ke5 Kf3 89.Nd5 Kg2 90.Ke4 Kf2 91.Nc3 Kg2 92.Ke3 Kg1 93.Kf3 Kh1 94.Ne4 Kg1 95.Nf2 Kf1 96.Ne4 Kg1 97.Be5 Kh1 98.Bd6 Kg1 99.Nf2 Kf1 100.Bh2 Ke1 101.Bf4 Kf1 102.Bh2 Ke1 103.Ne4 Kf1 104.Nd2+ Ke1 105.Ke3 Kd1 106.Kd3 Ke1 107.Bg3+ Kd1 108.Bh4 Kc1 109.Nc4 Kd1 110.Nb2+ Kc1 111.Kc3 Kb1 112.Bg5 Ka2 113.Nc4 Kb1 114.Kb3 Ka1 115.Bf4 1-0

Jesper Norgaard
18-02-2017, 06:10 AM
Stefanova demonstrates KBN against Khurtsidze:

Indeed, I added some comments, indicating the optimal move whenever they made suboptimal moves. -1 means 1 move was lost compared to the optimal move(s) that are mentioned right after.
This game developed from an easy technical win towards a position with white knight and bishop and 2 pawns against
rook and one pawn, that was difficult to win without converting to N+B checkmate, to in fact landing in that ending,
and then Stefanova making several quick waiting moves in the wrong corner to gain time on the clock for making the checkmate
(if any doubts would occur).

1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 g6 3.c3 b6 4.e4 Bb7 5.Qe2 Bg7 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.Na3 e6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d5 10.exd5 Qxd5 11.Nb5 Rc8 12.Nh4 Qd8 13.Bf4 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Bxg2 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Nxg2 Qd5 17.0-0 Ne7 18.Rfd1 Qc4 19.Qd2 Kf7 20.Ne3 Qb5 21.Qd7 Qxd7 22.Rxd7 Bxb2 23.Rb1 Bf6 24.Ng4 Rhd8 25.Rxa7 Ra8 26.Rb7 Rxa2 27.R1xb6 Rda8 28.h4 Bd4 29.Rb4 Bc5 30.Rc4 R2a7 31.Rxa7 Bxa7 32.Rc7 Bb8 33.Ne5+ Ke8 34.Rxe7+ Kxe7 35.Nc6+ Kf6 36.Nxb8 h5 37.Kg2 Kf5 38.Nc6 Ra6 39.Ne5 Ra5 40.Nc4 Ra4 41.Ne5 Ra6 42.Nf3 Ra4 43.Be5 Ke4 44.Bg7 Ra7 45.Bf6 Ra6 46.Bb2 Ra2 47.Bc1 Ra1 48.Be3 Ra4 49.Ng5+ Kf5 50.Kf3 Rc4 51.Nf7 Rc6 52.Bd4 e5 53.Bxe5 Ra6 54.Bd4 Ra3+ 55.Be3 Ke6 56.Ng5+ Kf5 57.Ne4 Ra4 58.Nc3 Rc4 59.Nb5 Ra4 60.Nd4+ Ke5 61.g4 hxg4+ 62.Kxg4 Kf6 63.Kf4 Kf7 64.Ke4 Ra1 65.Nf3 Rh1 66.Kf4 Rb1 67.Bd4 Rh1 68.Kg5 Rd1 69.Kh6 Rh1 70.Ne5+ Kf6 71.Nxg6+ Kf5 72.Be3 Kg4 73.Kg7 Rh2 74.Kf6 Kh5 75.f4 Ra2 76.f5 Kg4 77.Ne5+ Kxh4 78.Ke6 Ra6+ 79.Ke7 Ra3 80.Bf4 Ra7+ 81.Ke6 Ra6+ 82.Kf7 Kh5 83.f6 Ra4 84.Ng6 Ra7+ 85.Ne7 Ra6 86.Kg7 Rxf6 87.Kxf6 Kg4 88.Ke5 Kf3 89.Nd5 [-1 89.Nf5] 89...Kg2 90.Ke4 Kf2 [-1 90...Kg1] 91.Nc3 [-1 91.Ne3] 91...Kg2 92.Ke3 [-1 92.Nd1] 92...Kg1 [-1 92...Kf1 or 92...Kh1] 93.Kf3 Kh1 94.Ne4 Kg1 95.Nf2 Kf1 96.Ne4 [-2 96.Bh2] 96...Kg1 97.Be5 [-2 97.Nf2] 97...Kh1 98.Bd6 Kg1 99.Nf2 Kf1 100.Bh2 Ke1 101.Bf4 [-2 101.Ne4] 101...Kf1 102.Bh2 Ke1 103.Ne4 Kf1?? [-3 103...Kd1
104.Ke3 Kc2 105.Nd2! Kb2! 106.Bd6 Kc3 107.Bc5 Kc2 108.Bb4 Kd1 109.Nb3 Kc2 110.Nd4+ Kd1 111.Kd3 Kc1 112.Ke2 Kb2 113.Kd2 Kb1 114.Ba3 Ka2 115.Bc1 Kb1 116.Nc6 Ka2 117.Kc2 Ka1 118.Bb2+ Ka2 119.Nb4#] 104.Nd2+ Ke1 105.Ke3 Kd1 106.Kd3 Ke1 107.Bg3+ Kd1 108.Bh4 [-1 108.Nc4] 108...Kc1 109.Nc4 Kd1 110.Nb2+ Kc1 111.Kc3 Kb1 112.Bg5 Ka2 113.Nc4 Kb1 114.Kb3 Ka1 115.Bf4 1-0 [The mate occurs after 115...Kb1 116.Na3+ Ka1 117.Be5# but Nino resigned instead]

All in all Stefanova lost 10 moves compared to optimal play, but a lot of it was sacrificing moves for time on the clock. Nino lost 5 moves compared to optimal play.

You really have to know that rushing the defending king towards the mating corner is the best defence and prolongs the game with 3 moves.

Jesper Norgaard
18-02-2017, 07:01 AM
A funny detail is that official commentator Evgenij Miroshnichenko showed a variation that forced queen promotion:
84.Be3 Ra3 85.Kg7 Rxe3 86.f7 Rxe5 87.f8=Q but then this ending Q vs. R can sometimes take up to 33 moves to mate with perfect play, hardly a big improvement unless White has no clue how to mate with N+B.

Jesper Norgaard
18-02-2017, 07:31 AM
In fact I took more moves to mate with Q vs. R in a test game with Komodo 64:


83.Be3 Ra3 84.Kg7 Rxe3 85.f7 Rxe5 86.f8=Q Kg4 87.Qb4+ Kf5 88.Qb1+ Re4 89.Kf7 Ke5 90.Qb5+ Kd6
91.Qb6+ Kd5 92.Kf6 Rf4+ 93.Kg5 Rc4 94.Kf5 Rc6 95.Qb5+ Kd6 96.Qe5+ Kd7 97.Qd5+ Kc7 98.Ke5 Kb6
99.Qb3+ Kc7 100.Qa3 Rg6 101.Qa7+ Kd8 102.Qf7 Rc6 103.Kd5 Rb6 104.Qf4 Kc8 105.Kc5 Ra6 106.Qf5+ Kb7
107.Qd7+ Kb8 108.Kb5 Ra7 109.Qd8+ Kb7 110.Qd4 Kb8 111.Kb6 Rb7+ 112.Ka6 Kc8 113.Qh8+ Kc7
114.Qg7+ Kd6 115.Kxb7 Kc5 116.Qd7 Kc4 117.Kc6 Kc3 118.Kc5 Kc2 119.Kb4 Kb1 120.Kb3 Kc1
121.Qd4 Kb1 122.Qd1# 1-0

So 5 moves slower than Stefanova who would have reached mate in move 117

Capablanca-Fan
18-02-2017, 09:24 AM
Oh dear, White lost with KR v KRN. What should she have done instead of 123. Kxe3??

[Event "Women's World Championship"]
[Site "Tehran IRI"]
[Date "2017.02.16"]
[EventDate "2017.02.11"]
[Round "2.6"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Nataliya Buksa"]
[Black "Sopiko Guramishvili"]
[ECO "B09"]
[WhiteElo "2302"]
[BlackElo "2357"]
[PlyCount "252"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Bd3 Nc6
7. O-O e5 8. fxe5 dxe5 9. d5 Nd4 10. Nxe5 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 Bxe5
12. Bf4 Bg7 13. Qd2 Re8 14. Rae1 Bd7 15. Bd3 Rxe1 16. Rxe1 Nf5
17. Nb5 Bxb5 18. Bxb5 Bd4+ 19. Kh1 Qxd5 20. c4 Qc5 21. b4 Qb6
22. Bd7 Qf6 23. Rd1 Bc3 24. Qd3 Ng7 25. Bxc7 Bxb4 26. Qd5 Qa6
27. Bb5 Qxa2 28. Qxb7 Rf8 29. Qf3 a5 30. Be5 Qc2 31. Rf1 Nf5
32. h3 Bd6 33. Bxd6 Nxd6 34. Qd5 Nf5 35. Rf3 a4 36. Kh2 Nh4
37. Rg3 Nf5 38. Qd3 Qf2 39. Rf3 Qa7 40. Kh1 Nd4 41. Re3 Ne6
42. Qa3 Ra8 43. Bc6 Rb8 44. Re1 Qf2 45. Qe3 Qxe3 46. Rxe3 Rb1+
47. Kh2 Ra1 48. Bd5 Nf4 49. Bf3 Rc1 50. c5 Rxc5 51. Re8+ Kg7
52. Ra8 Rc4 53. Bd1 Rc1 54. Bxa4 h5 55. h4 Nd3 56. Bb3 Ne5
57. Bd5 Ng4+ 58. Kg3 Ne3 59. Be4 Rc4 60. Kf3 Ng4 61. Ra3 f5
62. Bd5 Rd4 63. Ba8 Kh6 64. Kg3 f4+ 65. Kf3 Ne5+ 66. Ke2 Rb4
67. Bf3 Rb2+ 68. Ke1 Rb1+ 69. Kf2 Rb2+ 70. Kg1 Ng4 71. Kf1
Rb1+ 72. Ke2 Rh1 73. Ra4 Rxh4 74. Rxf4 Kg5 75. Ra4 Rh2 76. Rb4
Ne5 77. Rb5 Kf6 78. Kf2 Rh1 79. Rb6+ Kg7 80. Re6 Nd3+ 81. Kg3
g5 82. Be4 Nf4 83. Re5 Kh6 84. Ra5 Re1 85. Bf3 Re6 86. Rb5 Rf6
87. Rc5 Nd3 88. Ra5 h4+ 89. Kh3 Nf2+ 90. Kh2 g4 91. Bxg4 Nxg4+
92. Kh3 Ne3 93. Kxh4 Nxg2+ 94. Kg3 Ne3 95. Rb5 Nf5+ 96. Kg4
Kg6 97. Ra5 Nd6 98. Rd5 Ne4 99. Re5 Nf2+ 100. Kg3 Nd3 101. Ra5
Rf1 102. Kg4 Kf6 103. Kg3 Ne5 104. Ra8 Kg5 105. Ra5 Kf5
106. Rb5 Rf3+ 107. Kg2 Rc3 108. Rb4 Ng4 109. Ra4 Kg5 110. Ra8
Ne3+ 111. Kf3 Nd5+ 112. Ke4 Nf6+ 113. Kd4 Rc1 114. Ra2 Rd1+
115. Ke5 Ng4+ 116. Ke4 Re1+ 117. Kf3 Re3+ 118. Kg2 Kh4
119. Ra4 Rc3 120. Ra2 Rb3 121. Ra4 Rd3 122. Ra2 Rg3+ 123. Kf1
Ne3+ 124. Ke1 Rg1+ 125. Kf2 Rg2+ 126. Kxe3 Rxa2 1-0

Garvinator
18-02-2017, 09:52 AM
126. Ke1 playing for stalemate

ER
18-02-2017, 11:23 AM
Go Alexandra Konstantinovna!!!! I predict a 2-0 clean sheet! :P :)

Alexandra Konstantinovna it seems we failed re the clean sheet bit, but never lose hope! We will prevail in the end! :)

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2017, 06:59 AM
Dzagnidze, Stefanova, A Muzychuk and Ni Shiqun are through, the other four matches to playoffs.

Ni Shiqun - Pogonina

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 Nge7 7.Qe2 0-0 8.Be3 Bxe3 9.Qxe3 d6 10.0-0-0 a6 11.f4 Qe8 12.Bd3 b5 13.Rhe1 Bd7 14.Kb1 Kh8 15.Qf3 Qc8 16.h3 b4 17.Nd5 a5 18.Nxe7 Nxe7 19.e5 Ng6 20.Nc1 a4 21.Qe4 Rb8 22.exd6 cxd6 23.Qd4 Bf5 24.g4 Bxd3 25.Rxd3 f5 26.g5 Qc5 27.Re6 Rbc8 28.Rd2 Qc4 29.Rxd6 Nxf4 30.h4 Nh5 31.b3 axb3 32.axb3 Qc3 33.Ne2 Qf3 34.Rd8 Rcxd8 35.Qxd8 Kg8 36.Qe7 Qh1+ 37.Kb2 Qa8 38.Rd7 Qe8 39.Nd4 f4 40.Nf3 Qc8 41.Rc7 Qd8 42.Qe6+ Kh8 43.Qc4 Qd6 44.Rc8 g6 45.Rc7 Ng7 46.Rb7 Rb8 47.Ra7 Rf8 48.Qb5 Rb8 49.Qc4 Rf8 50.Rc7 Nf5 51.Rc5 Rb8 52.Rd5 Qb6 53.Rd7 Qe3 54.Qc7 Rf8 55.Rd3 Qe7 56.Qxe7 Nxe7 57.Rd4 h6 58.Rxb4 hxg5 59.hxg5 Nd5 60.Rd4 Ne3 61.c4 Ng2 62.c5 Re8 63.Kc3 Kg8 64.b4 Ra8 65.c6 Kf7 66.b5 Ke6 67.Kb4 Ne3 68.Kc5 Ra1 69.Rxf4 Rc1+ 70.Kd4 Nf5+ 71.Kd3 Kd5 72.Rb4 Nd6 73.Nd2 Rc5 74.Ne4 Nxe4 75.Rd4+ Ke5 76.Rxe4+ Kf5 77.Rc4 1-0

MichaelBaron
19-02-2017, 10:23 PM
With faster time controls -drama always unfolds - this time it is Girya who blundered a piece aganinst Ju Wenjun. Lets wait and see - could be more drama coming from other games.

Kevin Bonham
20-02-2017, 12:08 AM
Very impressive effort by Girya to bounce back and win the second rapid.

All matches 2-2 and on they go.

Kevin Bonham
20-02-2017, 01:57 AM
Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi, Harika and Kosteniuk are through. Cramling blundered against Kosteniuk in a favourable (but I suspect likely to be drawn) position in game 5.

Ju - Tan
Harika - Dzagnidze
Muzychuk - Stefanova
Kosteniuk - Ni

MichaelBaron
20-02-2017, 10:53 AM
Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi, Harika and Kosteniuk are through. Cramling blundered against Kosteniuk in a favourable (but I suspect likely to be drawn) position in game 5.

Ju - Tan
Harika - Dzagnidze
Muzychuk - Stefanova
Kosteniuk - Ni
Cramling got tired she said. May be age was the factor.

ER
20-02-2017, 12:08 PM
Cramling got tired she said. May be age was the factor.

Famous last words!!! :P :) Go ALexandra Konstantinovna! :)!

MichaelBaron
21-02-2017, 10:19 AM
Famous last words!!! :P :) Go ALexandra Konstantinovna! :)!

I would rather support 19-yo Chinese prodigy (Ni) than a lady who attempted to to go into politics by joining Russia's ruling party :).

Kevin Bonham
21-02-2017, 10:32 AM
Harika - Dzagnidze. Dzagnidze blunders with 39...gxf5, if 39...Bxb2 the game would most likely have been drawn.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 a6 4.Ngf3 c5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.exd5 exd5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0 Bg4 9.Nb3 Bd6 10.h3 Bh5 11.c3 Nge7 12.Re1 Qc7 13.Be3 Ne5 14.Be2 Nc4 15.Bg5 f6 16.Bc1 0-0 17.Nfd4 Bf7 18.Bg4 Kh8 19.Ne6 Bxe6 20.Bxe6 Rad8 21.Nd4 Nc6 22.b3 Nxd4 23.cxd4 Na5 24.Bb2 Nc6 25.Bg4 Qa5 26.a3 Bb8 27.Qd3 Rfe8 28.b4 Qc7 29.g3 Ba7 30.h4 g6 31.Rxe8+ Rxe8 32.Bf3 Qd6 33.Kg2 Kg7 34.Bc3 Rc8 35.Re1 Ne7 36.Bb2 Rc4 37.Qe2 Nf5 38.Bg4 Bxd4 39.Bxf5 gxf5 40.Qe8 Bxb2 41.Re7+ Qxe7 42.Qxe7+ Kg6 43.Qe8+ Kg7 44.Qd7+ Kg6 45.h5+ Kh6 46.Qxd5 Rc2 47.Qb3 1-0

ER
21-02-2017, 01:58 PM
I would rather support 19-yo Chinese prodigy (Ni) than a lady who attempted to to go into politics by joining Russia's ruling party :).

Now Michael, I would never let political and ideological convictions to become a decisive factor in my liking or disliking a person!

I really like the ex world champion Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk, because of her chess playing talent as well as (I admit) her looks! :)

Re my opinion about the Russian ruling party's visa policies please check a post I am going to enter later in the Comings and Goings thread! :)

MichaelBaron
21-02-2017, 11:11 PM
Now Michael, I would never let political and ideological convictions to become a decisive factor in my liking or disliking a person!

I really like the ex world champion Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk, because of her chess playing talent as well as (I admit) her looks! :)

Re my opinion about the Russian ruling party's visa policies please check a post I am going to enter later in the Comings and Goings thread! :)

I have no problem with any person holding any political views. What I have a problem with is - prostituting those political views in order to get some benefits from a corrupt government!

Kevin Bonham
21-02-2017, 11:48 PM
Top seed is in big trouble if her opponent calculates correctly here.

Kevin Bonham
22-02-2017, 12:07 AM
Good endgame test for Kosteniuk - she's better with the two bishops but can she convert it?

MichaelBaron
22-02-2017, 02:00 AM
Good endgame test for Kosteniuk - she's better with the two bishops but can she convert it?

Looks like she is winning. Ni's only chance is to somehow swap into K+Bishop vs. K+ 2Bishops endgame - but I do not think its possible.

Kevin Bonham
22-02-2017, 06:21 AM
Tan Zhongyi through, plays winner of Dzagnidze-Harika.
A Muzychuk plays Kosteniuk.

ER
22-02-2017, 07:24 AM
I have no problem with any person holding any political views. What I have a problem with is - prostituting those political views in order to get some benefits from a corrupt government!

Ouch!! Touché!!! that hurt!! I didn't know about that! I 'd read about Sergei Alexandrovich doing that, but not about Alexandra! Sad to hear! :(

MichaelBaron
22-02-2017, 01:31 PM
Ouch!! Touché!!! that hurt!! I didn't know about that! I 'd read about Sergei Alexandrovich doing that, but not about Alexandra! Sad to hear! :(

Sergei Alexandrovich is even worse...to be fair, Sergei Alexandrovich has never read a single non-chess book (since he has to read chess books he apparently does know how to read) in his life so hardly knows what's going on - just follow advice from his wife and his manager. Kostenyuk is a well-educated and smart young lady so she is in full control. Anyway, her approach is much smarter: she joined...she did not get enough benefits..and now she is saying that she is no longer politically active :)

Kevin Bonham
22-02-2017, 11:30 PM
Harika easily eliminates Dzagnidze with a win and by far the better side of a draw.

Capablanca-Fan
23-02-2017, 04:23 AM
Interesting long-term positional pawn sac. It didn't do Black any good to put her rook behind the passed pawn.

[Event "Women's World Championship"]
[Site "Tehran IRI"]
[Date "2017.02.22"]
[EventDate "2017.02.11"]
[Round "4.3"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Dronavalli Harika"]
[Black "Nana Dzagnidze"]
[ECO "B41"]
[WhiteElo "2539"]
[BlackElo "2525"]
[PlyCount "105"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4
7. Qd3 Qc7 8. a3 Bxc3+ 9. Qxc3 O-O 10. Bd3 d5 11. cxd5 Qxc3+
12. bxc3 exd5 13. e5 Ne4 14. Be3 Nd7 15. f4 Ndc5 16. Bc2 Nxc3
17. Nb5 Nxb5 18. Bxc5 Re8 19. Kd2 Bd7 20. Rhc1 Bc6 21. Bb6
Rac8 22. Bf5 Ra8 23. a4 Na7 24. Bd4 g6 25. Bd3 Nc8 26. g4 Ne7
27. h3 Rac8 28. Rab1 Bxa4 29. Rxc8 Rxc8 30. Rxb7 Nc6 31. Ke3
Bb5 32. f5 Nxd4 33. Kxd4 Bxd3 34. Kxd3 gxf5 35. gxf5 h6
36. Kd4 Ra8 37. e6 fxe6 38. fxe6 a5 39. Ke5 a4 40. Kf6 a3
41. Rg7+ Kh8 42. Rg1 Rf8+ 43. Ke7 Rg8 44. Ra1 Rg3 45. Kd7 Rxh3
46. e7 Re3 47. Rxa3 Re4 48. Ra6 Rxe7+ 49. Kxe7 Kg7 50. Rd6 h5
51. Rxd5 Kg6 52. Ke6 h4 53. Ra5 1-0

Thebes
24-02-2017, 09:23 AM
I predict a China v Ukraine final, went to sleep at 3am expecting Kostenuik to easily convert, cannot believe she lost that.

Kevin Bonham
24-02-2017, 09:35 AM
Kosteniuk - A Muzychuk

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.dxc5 Nf6 6.Ngf3 Bxc5 7.Bc4 Qc6 8.Qe2 0-0 9.Nb3 Bd6 10.Nbd4 Qc7 11.Nb5 Qa5+ 12.Bd2 Bb4 13.c3 Be7 14.Bf4 a6 15.b4 Qa4 16.Nc7 Ra7 17.Nd4 Nc6 18.Nc2 Nb8 19.Nxa6 bxa6 20.Bxb8 Ra8 21.Be5 Bb7 22.Nd4 Bd5 23.Bb3 Bxb3 24.Nxb3 Rfc8 25.0-0 Qb5 26.Qe1 Rc4 27.Nd2 Rc6 28.a4 Qd3 29.Nf3 Rac8 30.Bd4 Nd7 31.Rd1 Qf5 32.Qe2 Rc4 33.Kh1 R4c6 34.Rd3 g6 35.Rfd1 R6c7 36.h3 h5 37.Re3 Bf6 38.Bxf6 Nxf6 39.Nd4 Qg5 40.Rg3 Qh4 41.Nxe6 Rxc3 42.Rxc3 Rxc3 43.Nd4 Rc8 44.Nf3 Qxb4 45.Qxa6 Qc3 46.Qb7 Re8 47.Kg1 Qc2 48.Ra1 Qc3 49.Rb1 Kg7 50.g3 Qa5 51.Rb4 Rd8 52.Qb5 Qa8 53.Qe2 Re8 54.Qd1 Ne4 55.Qd4+ Kg8 56.Ne5?? Ng5 57.Rb3 Nxh3+ 58.Kh2 Nxf2 59.Qxf2 Rxe5 60.Qb2 Qxa4 61.Rf3 Qb5 62.Qc3 Re2+ 63.Kg1 Qb1+ 64.Rf1 Qb6+ 0-1

ER
25-02-2017, 12:18 AM
Alexandra (two) down and out! Best of luck to A Muzychuk!

the second game


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3. c4 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bc5 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Ng8 9.Ne4 Qb6 10.Nxc5 Qxc5 11.Qd6 Qxd6 12.exd6 a5 13. b3 Nf6 14.f3 O-O 15.Be3 Ne8 16.O-O-O e5 17.Bd3 g6 18. Bh6 Ng7 19.Rhe1 f6 20.f4 Re8 21.fxe5 fxe5 22.Rd2 Re6 23. c5 Ba6 24.Bxa6 Rxa6 25.Bxg7 Kxg7 26. Rde2 Kf6 27. Rf1+ Kg7 28. Ref2 e4 29.Rf7+ Kh6 30.Re7 1-0

Qbert
25-02-2017, 06:35 AM
Another B & N mate. This time Dronavalli looked like she was working it out over the board. The way she handled the knight seemed like she didn't know the main patterns.

Harika, Dronavalli vs Tan, Zhongyi
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bd7 5. Re1 Nf6 6. c3 a6 7. Bc4 b5 8. Bf1 e5 9. d4 Be7 10. d5 Na7 11. Nbd2 O-O 12. Bd3 Nc8 13. Nf1 Nb6 14. h3 Qc7 15. Ng3 a5 16. Bg5 Rfe8 17. Qc1 h6 18. Be3 c4 19. Bc2 b4 20. Qd1 Reb8 21. Nd2 Nh7 22. Qe2 Rc8 23. Bxb6 Qxb6 24. Nxc4 Qc5 25. Bd3 bxc3 26. bxc3 Bg5 27. Rab1 Rab8 28. Nf1 Nf8 29. Kh2 h5 30. Qxh5 Bf4+ 31. Kg1 Bb5 32. Qe2 Bxc4 33. Rxb8 Rxb8 34. Bxc4 Qa3 35. Bb5 Qxc3 36. a4 Rc8 37. g3 Bg5 38. Ne3 Qb4 39. Nc4 Nd7 40. Nxa5 Rc2 41. Qxc2 Qxe1+ 42. Kg2 Nc5 43. Nc6 Bd2 44. Bd3 g6 45. h4 Bc3 46. Be2 Nxa4 47. Ne7+ Kf8 48. Nc8 Bd4 49. Bf3 Qb4 50. h5 gxh5 51. Qc1 Bc5 52. Qh6+ Ke8 53. Bxh5 Qxe4+ 54. Bf3 Qg6 55. Qh4 Kd7 56. Be4 f5 57. Ne7 Qf7 58. Bxf5+ Kc7 59. f3 Nb6 60. Be6 Qg7 61. Nf5 Qf8 62. Qh7+ Kb8 63. Ne7 Nc4 64. Nc6+ Ka8 65. Qg8 Qxg8 66. Bxg8 Kb7 67. g4 Be3 68. Nd8+ Kc7 69. Ne6+ Kd7 70. g5 Ke7 71. Bh7 Nb6 72. g6 Nxd5 73. g7 Nf6 74. g8=Q Nxg8 75. Bxg8 Kd7 76. Nf8+ Kc6 77. Ng6 Bg5 78. Kh3 Kc5 79. Kg4 Bd8 80. Nf8 Ba5 81. Ne6+ Kc4 82. Kf5 Kd3 83. Ng5 Kd4 84. Ba2 Bb4 85. Ne6+ Ke3 86. Bd5 Ba5 87. Ng5 Kd4 88. Ke6 Bc7 89. Ne4 Ke3 90. Nxd6 Kf4 91. Be4 Ba5 92. Nb7 Bc3 93. Nc5 Kg5 94. Nd3 Bd2 95. Kxe5 Bc3+ 96. Ke6 Bd2 97. Bc6 Kg6 98. Ke5 Kg5 99. Ke4 Kf6 100. Nf2 Ke6 101. Bd5+ Kd6 102. Ba2 Kd7 103. Ng4 Bg5 104. Ne5+ Kc7 105. Bb3 Bh6 106. Nc4 Bg5 107. Ba4 Kd8 108. Ne3 Kc7 109. Bb5 Kd6 110. Nf5+ Kc5 111. Be8 Kb4 112. Nd4 Bh6 113. Ne2 Kc5 114. Bf7 Bg5 115. Ba2 Bh6 116. f4 Bxf4 117. Nxf4 Kb4 118. Kd4 Kb5 119. Bd5 Kb4 120. Bc4 Ka3 121. Nd3 Ka4 122. Kc5 Ka3 123. Be6 Ka4 124. Nb4 Ka3 125. Kc4 Kb2 126. Bg4 Kc1 127. Kc3 Kb1 128. Nc2 Ka2 129. Be6+ Kb1 130. Ne3 Ka1 131. Nc4 Kb1 132. Nd2+ Ka1 133. Nb3+ Kb1 134. Bf5+ Ka2 135. Be4 Ka3 136. Bb1 Ka4 137. Nd4 Ka5 138. Kc4 Kb6 139. Bg6 Kc7 140. Kd5 Kd7 141. Nc6 Kc7 142. Kc5 Kd7 143. Bf7 Kc8 144. Be6+ Kc7 145. Ne5 Kb7 146. Bd5+ Kc8 147. Kd6 Kd8 148. Bf7 Kc8 149. Kc6 Kd8 150. Ng6 Kc8 151. Bd5 Kd8 152. Kd6 Ke8 153. Bb3 Kd8 154. Ba4 Kc8 155. Bc6 Kd8 156. Ne5 Kc8 157. Bd7+ Kb7 158. Nc4 Ka6 159. Kc7 Ka7 160. Bb5 Ka8 161. Nb6+ Ka7 162. Nc8+ 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
25-02-2017, 08:10 AM
Another B & N mate. This time Dronavalli looked like she was working it out over the board. The way she handled the knight seemed like she didn't know the main patterns.

I think you are right. Still, she handled the pieces better than at least one GM and one WGM, but it was very close to the 50-move rule so not to be recommended.

Jesper Norgaard
26-02-2017, 03:09 AM
Harika Dronavalli lost the last Armageddon game against Tan Zhongyi after a harrowing match with all kinds of ups-and-downs. This position will probably haunt Harika for some time, she couldn't decide how to handle the Queen ending. Can you do better (answer in white) - White to move and win:


5k2/8/1p2Q3/p1p2P2/P1Pp2p1/1P1P2Pq/8/6K1 w - - 0 1
White wins easily with 68.Qf6+,Kg8 69.Qh4! and the resulting pawn endings are all winning, basically there is
(1) 69...Kf7 70.Qxh3,gxh3 71.g4
(2) 69...Qxh4 70.gxh4,Kf7 71.h5,Kf6 72.h6 and Black cannot take the pawn without allowing the h-pawn to queen.

Tan Zhongyi won the drawing of lots and chose Black, even though the previous 6 decisive games had all been won by White! The last two Blitz games had ended in a draw though. It must be dreadful for Harika to lose a chance to play for the World Championship title like that. They were even at increment with 3 seconds per move at that point.

ER
27-02-2017, 08:53 AM
Ahmad Salek Kashani MP - "The security organisation's duty is to take action against the President of the (Iranian) Chess Federaton" #WWCC2017 Mehrdad Pahlevandeh's alleged crimes include allowing Americans to play in the Women's World Chess Championship, and inviting an English counterrevolutionary to Iran in January.

No cigar for guessing who the super GM is! :P :) (bzzt I am glad he escaped in one piece though)! :)
After all and as I stated in previous postings it's not only the gendered racism crimes that these guys are guilty of.
Allahu Akbar! :P

MichaelBaron
27-02-2017, 09:26 AM
I predict a China v Ukraine final, went to sleep at 3am expecting Kostenuik to easily convert, cannot believe she lost that.

Turned out to be and accurate prediction! :)

Kevin Bonham
27-02-2017, 09:33 AM
This is the second playoff game Tan Zhongyi - Harika featuring a knight ending. Some commentaries I have seen express surprise that this "drawn" ending was winnable. In fact black's position is tricky right from the start of the knight ending. The very first move is crucial - Black should have played 38...Nc5 stopping Kd3. After 38...Kd6 as played, white is already better.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 h6 7.Bh4 0-0 8.Qc2 c5 9.Rd1 Qa5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Bxe7 Nxe7 12.Be2 Nf6 13.0-0 cxd4 14.Nxd4 e5 15.Ndb5 Bf5 16.Qb3 Be6 17.Bc4 Bxc4 18.Qxc4 a6 19.Nd6 b5 20.Qb3 Qc7 21.Rd2 Nc8 22.Rfd1 Nxd6 23.Rxd6 Rfd8 24.Qa3 Rxd6 25.Qxd6 Qxd6 26.Rxd6 b4 27.Na4 Ne4 28.Rd1 Rc8 29.f3 Nf6 30.Rd2 Kf8 31.Kf2 Ke7 32.e4 Rc6 33.b3 Nd7 34.Nb2 f6 35.h4 h5 36.Nd1 Rd6 37.Ke2 Rxd2+ 38.Kxd2 Kd6 39.Ne3 g6 40.Kd3 Kc5 41.Nd5 a5 42.g3 Kb5 43.f4 Kc5 44.Ne7 Nf8 45.f5 gxf5 46.Nxf5 Ne6 47.Ne7 Kd6 48.Nf5+ Kc5 49.Ke3 Kb5 50.Nd6+ Kc6 51.Ne8 a4 52.bxa4 Nc5 53.Nxf6 Nxa4 54.g4 hxg4 55.h5 Nb2 56.h6 Nc4+ 57.Ke2 Nd6 58.h7 Nf7 59.Nxg4 Kd6 60.Kd3 Kc5 61.Ke3 Kd6 62.Kd2 Ke6 63.Kd3 Nh8 64.Kc4 Kf7 65.Kxb4 Kg7 66.Nxe5 Kf6 67.Nc6 Kg7 68.a4 Nf7 69.a5 Nd6 70.a6 Nc8 71.a7 Nxa7 72.Nxa7 Kxh7 73.Nc6 1-0

Jesper Norgaard
27-02-2017, 12:05 PM
Regarding the final Armageddon game between Harika Dronavalli and Tan Zhongyi, a few extra observations

(1) Harika could have executed the idea Qh4 to trap the black queen on three separate occasions
(2) Based on 60.Qc7+, 62.Qc7+ and 64.Qc7+ Black could have claimed a draw by repetition on move 64. It doesn't matter that the intermediate moves are different!
(3) After move 60 Harika still had 1 minute and 20 seconds on her clock
(4) at move 68 where 68.Qf6+ and 69.Qh4 wins, Harika still had 48 seconds left on her clock (and 3 seconds per move)

Kevin Bonham
28-02-2017, 11:09 AM
Game 1 Muzychuk white, fairly boring draw

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.0-0 Ngf6 8.Ned2 Be7 9.b3 0-0 10.Bb2 b6 11.c4 Bb7 12.Qe2 c5 13.Rfe1 Re8 14.Rad1 Qc7 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Nf6 18.Qe5 Bd6 19.Qe2 Rad8 20.dxc5 Bxc5 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.g3 Rxd1 23.Rxd1 Rd8 24.Kg2 Rxd1 25.Qxd1 Qc6 26.Qd3 f5 27.Qd8+ Kg7 28.Qg5+ Kf8 29.h4 Qe4 30.Qd8+ Kg7 31.Qd2 a5 32.h5 h6 33.Qc3+ Kg8 34.Qd2 Kh7 35.Qb2 Qg4 36.Ne5 Qxh5 37.Nd7 Qg5 38.Nf6+ Kh8 39.Ne8+ Kg8 40.Nf6+ Kh8 41.Ne8+ Kg8 42.Nf6+

Kevin Bonham
28-02-2017, 10:13 PM
5.Qd3 against the Semi-Slav. Don't think I have seen it before!

MichaelBaron
28-02-2017, 10:35 PM
5.Qd3 against the Semi-Slav. Don't think I have seen it before!

Its playable and has been played...including..by Nam against me in Allegro several times :)

Kevin Bonham
01-03-2017, 01:32 AM
Well it worked a treat tonight!

Nice game by Tan Zhongyi who is one up with two to go. 13...Bb4+ possibly a mistake and there would have been others.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Qd3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 b5 7.Qd3 a6 8.e4 c5 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Qxd8+ Kxd8 11.Bd3 Bb7 12.e5 Ng4 13.Ne4 Bb4+ 14.Ke2 Nd7 15.Bf4 Nc5 16.Nxc5 Bxc5 17.Rhc1 Bb6 18.Ng5 Ke7 19.Be4 Bxe4 20.Nxe4 Rhc8 21.f3 Nh6 22.g4 Ng8 23.Nd6 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Kd7 25.Nxf7 Ne7 26.Be3 Bxe3 27.Kxe3 Ng6 28.h4 Rf8 29.h5 Ne7 30.Ng5 Nd5+ 31.Kf2 h6 32.Ne4 Ra8 33.a3 a5 34.Nc3 Rc8 35.Rd1 Ke7 36.Nxd5+ exd5 37.Rxd5 Rc2+ 38.Ke3 Rxb2 39.Ke4 a4 40.f4 Rb1 41.Kf5 Rb3 42.Rc5 Kd7 43.Kg6 b4 44.axb4 Rxb4 45.Kf5 Ke7 46.Rc7+ Kf8 47.Ra7 Kg8 48.g5 hxg5 49.fxg5 Rb6 50.Rxa4 g6+ 51.hxg6 Rb1 52.Ra8+ Kg7 53.Ra7+ Kg8 54.g7 Rf1+ 55.Kg6 Ra1 56.Rf7 1-0

MichaelBaron
01-03-2017, 02:18 AM
Interesting that prior to the final, almost everyone was predicting easy victory for Anna.

Kevin Bonham
01-03-2017, 10:09 AM
Interesting that prior to the final, almost everyone was predicting easy victory for Anna.

That is the problem with short matches; you cannot predict anything!

It will be pretty amazing if Tan Zhongyi does win given that both Ushenina and Harika should have eliminated her in Armageddon. But I wonder if Anna is under any unusual mental pressures given that her sister boycotted this event.

Kevin Bonham
02-03-2017, 12:40 AM
Bad game by Tan Zhongyi there. Anna's 12th seems to be a novelty, possibly OTB since she spent 10 minutes on move 11, but her 13th transposes into a position seen before in an email game between two 2200s where black was also smashed. Based on the clock times black played only two moves out of prep here before being much worse if not lost. At least she has white for game four.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.0-0-0 Qa5 11.a3 Be7 12.Bd3 a6 13.h4 b5 14.Bxh7+ Kxh7 15.Qd3+ Kg8 16.Ng5 f5 17.Nxd5 b4 18.Nxe7+ Nxe7 19.Bd2 Rb8 20.Qd6 Qc5 21.Bxb4 Qxd6 22.Bxd6 Ng6 23.Nxe6 Re8 24.Bxb8 Rxe6 25.g3 Bb7 26.Rh2 Nc5 27.Rd8+ Kh7 28.Bd6 Ne4 29.h5 Nh8 30.h6 Nf7 31.Rd7 Rxd6 32.Rxf7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
02-03-2017, 11:12 PM
Game 4 boring draw and off to playoffs.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qb3 e6 5.g3 Nbd7 6.Bg2 b6 7.Nc3 Ba6 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Nb5 Bxb5 10.Qxb5 a6 11.Qb3 Bd6 12.0-0 0-0 13.Bg5 Qb8 14.Rfc1 Ne4 15.Rc2 Nxg5 16.Nxg5 h6 17.Nf3 Rc8 18.Rac1 Rxc2 19.Rxc2 Ra7 20.Qd3 a5 21.Nd2 Nf6 22.e4 dxe4 23.Nxe4 Nxe4 24.Qxe4

Frank
03-03-2017, 12:01 AM
Game 4 boring draw and off to playoffs.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qb3 e6 5.g3 Nbd7 6.Bg2 b6 7.Nc3 Ba6 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Nb5 Bxb5 10.Qxb5 a6 11.Qb3 Bd6 12.0-0 0-0 13.Bg5 Qb8 14.Rfc1 Ne4 15.Rc2 Nxg5 16.Nxg5 h6 17.Nf3 Rc8 18.Rac1 Rxc2 19.Rxc2 Ra7 20.Qd3 a5 21.Nd2 Nf6 22.e4 dxe4 23.Nxe4 Nxe4 24.Qxe4

What a gruelling affair this knockout system is; the Championship started on 10 February and it's all come down to a tie-break on 3 March.

MichaelBaron
03-03-2017, 12:03 AM
World championship decided by rapid games now...

Garvinator
03-03-2017, 12:49 AM
World championship decided by rapid games now...
Which also means that both Classical time control World Championships will be decided by accelerated time control finishes.

Frank
03-03-2017, 10:02 PM
Tan, Zhongzi new World Women's Champion

Kevin Bonham
03-03-2017, 10:14 PM
I got caught out by the early start again!

Rapid 1. White (Muzychuk) probably should have won this at least in a rapid where holding bad endings is often difficult.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 Qe8 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.0-0-0 Ne5 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.c4 Qa4 13.Kb1 Be6 14.f3 Rfe8 15.Qe2 Qa5 16.Bd2 Qc5 17.Bc3 f6 18.Qe4 g6 19.Qxb7 Bxc4 20.Bxc4+ Qxc4 21.Rd7 Bd6 22.Rd1 Rab8 23.Qd5+ Qxd5 24.Rxd5 Rbd8 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.a4 Rd7 27.Ra5 c5 28.Ka2 Rb7 29.Rb5 Rc7 30.Ba5 Rc6 31.Kb3 c4+ 32.Kc3 e4 33.fxe4 Bxh2 34.Kd4 a6 35.Rb7 Bg1+ 36.Kc3 Bh2 37.Bb6 Bg3 38.Be3 Re6 39.Kd4 f5 40.exf5 gxf5 41.Bg5 h6 42.Bd2 f4 43.Kxc4 Re2 44.Bc3 Rxc2 45.Rg7+ Kf8 46.Rh7 Rxg2 47.Rxh6 Ke7 48.Kd5 Re2 49.Rh7+ Ke8 50.Be5 Rh2 51.Rxh2 Bxh2 52.Ke4 Kd7 53.Bxf4 Bxf4 54.Kxf4 Kc6 55.Ke5 Kc5 56.a5 Kb5 57.Kd5 Kxa5 58.Kc5 Ka4 59.b4 Kb3 60.Kb6 Kxb4 61.Kxa6 1/2-1/2

Rapid 2. In a worse position Muzychuk gives up a pawn, probably unnecessarily, and then later just puts her king on the wrong square and gets mated, massive blunder though just about losing by then anyway.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 dxc4 7.Nxf5 exf5 8.e3 Nbd7 9.Bxc4 Nb6 10.Be2 Bd6 11.Bf3 0-0 12.0-0 Re8 13.Qc2 Qd7 14.b3 Re7 15.Na4 Rae8 16.Nc5 Qc8 17.Bd2 Nbd5 18.Rac1 Ne4 19.Bg2 g6 20.b4 Qc7 21.Nxe4 fxe4 22.b5 Ba3 23.Rb1 cxb5 24.Qb3 Qd6 25.Qxb5 Rc8 26.Qb3 Kg7 27.Bc1 Bxc1 28.Rbxc1 Rc6 29.Rxc6 Qxc6 30.Qa3 Qb6 31.Rc1 Qb4 32.Qxa7 Nc3 33.Rf1 Qc4 34.Qa3 Re6 35.Re1 Ra6 36.Qe7 Rxa2 37.Bxe4 b5 38.Bf3 b4 39.Qe5+ Kh6 40.g4 f6 41.Qxf6 Ra5 42.h4 1-0

Apart from Tan's win in game 2 I don't think much of the quality of this final match. So yet again a knockout title throws up a surprise winner - and in this case one who twice survived Armageddon!

MichaelBaron
03-03-2017, 11:34 PM
Apart from Tan's win in game 2 I don't think much of the quality of this final match. So yet again a knockout title throws up a surprise winner - and in this case one who twice survived Armageddon!

Reminds me of victories by the likes of Ponomarev, Khalifman and Kasymdzhanov. World Champion is not always a strongest player under such a system...

Kevin Bonham
04-03-2017, 12:44 AM
Reminds me of victories by the likes of Ponomarev, Khalifman and Kasymdzhanov. World Champion is not always a strongest player under such a system...

Not to mention Ushenina. There have now been nine women's titles under this system and only twice has the winner even been one of the top four by rating. Usually they've been in the bottom half of the top ten.

Agent Smith
05-03-2017, 08:36 PM
Zhongyi played twice as many games as Muzychuk.

Games Oldest Newest Elo Name

1 34 2017 - 2017 2502 Tan, Zhongyi
2 27 2017 - 2017 2539 Harika, Dronavalli
3 18 2017 - 2017 2357 Guramishvili, Sopiko
4 16 2017 - 2017 2549 Kosteniuk, Alexandra
5 16 2017 - 2017 2558 Muzychuk, Anna
6 14 2017 - 2017 2525 Dzagnidze, Nana
7 13 2017 - 2017 2383 Khurtsidze, Nino
8 12 2017 - 2017 2302 Buksa, Nataliya
9 12 2017 - 2017 2434 Cramling, Pia
10 12 2017 - 2017 2583 Ju, Wenjun
11 12 2017 - 2017 2387 Padmini, Rout
And played the ex 'champ' Ushenina for an equal score of +4 -4 =1 !
winning with a drawn game as black in armageddon guess....
I wasn't following the whole thing too closely. But going through their ninth game...!