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6th Women's Grand Prix Doha 2011 (3)

Danielian leads alone on 3/3 as Dzagnidze is defeated in Doha

Martha Fierro Baquero put an end to the idea that Nana Dzagnidze would easily win the whole Grand Prix. Photo ©

Martha Fierro Baquero put an end to the idea that Nana Dzagnidze would easily win the whole Grand Prix. Photo © | http://qatar2011.fide.com

Elina Danielian moved to 3/3 and the outright lead after defeating Batkhuyag Munguntuul with black. Danielian in fact was lost at one point as she introduced some wild complications which proved too much for her opponent. Martha Fierro Baquero put an end to Nana Dzagnidze's 100% record by gradually outplaying her in an English. There were four decisive games on the day, with needless to say one of the draws coming from Pia Cramling. Antoaneta Stefanova took far too many risks in the opening against Zhu Chen and was punished for it.

Risky stuff from Elina Danielian against Batkhuyag Munguntuul took her to 3/3. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Elina Danielian moved to 3/3 with an extremely unconvincing win against Batkhuyag Munguntuul.

Danielian introduced some very tough complications that should have been losing for her. However Munguntuul went astray and all Danielian had to do was mop up.

Batkhuyag Munguntuul

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Elina Danielian

Position after 17...Ne4

OK these complications are quite severe but with Nxd5 black at least drawing.

17...Ne4?

in avoiding drawing lines Danielian has become lost. 17... Nxd5 18. Rxg7+ Kxg7 19. Qg5+ Kh8 20. Rxd5 Qb6 21. Rxc5 Rg8 22. Qf6+ Qxf6 23. exf6 and alike will probably finish in a draw.

18. Qh6!

(18. Nxe7+ leads to a lot of mess. 18...Kh8 19. Qxd7 Nxg3 (19... Rad8 20. e6 fxe6 (20... Rxd7 21. exd7 Nxg3 22. Nc6 Qb6 23. d8=Q Rxd8 24. Rxd8+) 21. Nc6 Rxd7 22. Rxd7) 20. Ng5 Qc5 21. e6 fxe6 22. Nxe6)

18... Ng6 19. Rxg6 fxg6 20. Ne7+ Kf7 21. Rxd7?

Loses 21. Bc4+ Be6 22. Bxe6+ Kxe6 23. Nd4+ Kxe7 24. Nc6+ Ke6 25. Qxh7 Qb6 26. Qxg6+ is complicated but winning.

21... Rad8 22. e6+ Kxe6 23. Bc4+

Not much better is 23. Qxg7 Rxd7 24. Bc4+ Kd6 25. Qxf8 Rxe7

23... Kxd7

{Now black is just winning.}

24. Qxg7 Ke8 25. Kc1 Qc5 26. Nd5 Rxd5 27. Bxd5 Qxd5 28. Qxa7 Rf6 29. Qb8+ Ke7 30. Qxb4+ Rd6 31. b3 h6 32. a4 g5 33. hxg5 hxg5 34. a5 g4 35. Nh4 Kf6 36. g3 Qe5 0-1

Martha Fierro Baquero put a stop to Nana Dzagnidze. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Martha Fierro Baquero got an advantage out of the English opening against Nana Dzagnidze and she gradually increased it until her queenside breakthrough was decisive.

Xu Yuhua

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Maia Chiburdanidze

Position after 38.Bh5

Maia Chiburdanidze finally won a favourable position at the third time of asking. This time it was her opponent that started to blunder in the now traditional period around move 40. Xu Yuhua was not at all guaranteed to lose until she mised the very solid 38...f5 and then the decisive and terrible move 43...Rh7?

38... Ra6

(38... f5 looks dead level)

39. Rf8 Bg6 40. Bxg6 Rxg6 41. Qh5 Qd7 42. Qf3 Rg7 43. Qf4 Rh7??

(43... Qe6 and white has a long road ahead to exploit her advantage)

44. Qb8+ Ka6 45. Rd8 1-0

Pia Cramling drew her third game in a row, this time against Elo favourite Humpy Koneru. This was a lively struggle where Koneru seemed to have a bit of an advantage at one stage but nothing like decisive. The game finished in a drawn rook and pawn ending.

Antoaneta Stefanova against Zhu Chen. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Antoaneta Stefanova played a risky and probably not very good line against Zhu Chen, Zhu wasn't intimidated and although she didn't make quite the best of it after 19.Nba3 Stefanova was in big trouble. In this position there is a huge move.

Zhu Chen

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Antoaneta Stefanova

Position after 20.Qxb5

20... Nd3+ 21. Kf1?

(21. exd3 Qxd3 22. Ne3 Qc3+ 23. Ke2 Qxa3 {is the best grovel.)

21... Ne5

Now white's king is in terrible danger.

22. Ne3 Qd6 23. Qb2

(23. Kg1 Rb8 24. Qa5 Rb3 isn't really going to last either.)

23... Rb8 24. Qa1 Qxa3 0-1

Marie Sebag's exchange sacrifice against Lilit Mkrtchian at first looked promising but an inaccuracy put Sebag on the verge of losing before yet another mistake meant that the game eventually finished in a draw.

6th Women GP Doha (QAT), 22 ii-5 iii 2011 cat. X (2490)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2454 * . . . . . 1 . . 1 . 1 3
2. Fierro Baquero, Martha L. m ECU 2353 . * 1 0 . 1 . . . . . . 2 2675
3. Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2550 . 0 * 1 . . . . . . . 1 2 2581
4. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2607 . 1 0 * ½ . . . . . . . 2473
5. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2516 . . . ½ * ½ . ½ . . . . 2525
6. Zhu, Chen g QAT 2495 . 0 . . ½ * . . 1 . . . 2471
7. Sebag, Marie g FRA 2489 0 . . . . . * ½ . . 1 . 2471
8. Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2475 . . . . ½ . ½ * 0 . . . 1 2392
9. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2546 . . . . . 0 . 1 * . 0 . 1 2359
10. Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2502 0 . . . . . . . . * 1 0 1 2324
11. Xu, Yuhua g CHN 2484 . . . . . . 0 . 1 0 * . 1 2387
12. Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2410 0 . 0 . . . . . . 1 . * 1 2377
Round 3 (February 24, 2011)
Fierro Baquero, Martha L. - Dzagnidze, Nana 1-0 40 A20 English Opening
Cramling, Pia - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 74 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Sebag, Marie - Mkrtchian, Lilit ½-½ 83 C04 French Tarrasch
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Zhu, Chen 0-1 24 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Chiburdanidze, Maia - Xu, Yuhua 1-0 45 D38 QGD Ragozin
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag - Danielian, Elina 0-1 36 C11 French Defence

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