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6th Women's Grand Prix Doha 2011 (5)

Danielian winning streak continues to 5/5

Pia Cramling won her first game to move joint second on 3/5.

Pia Cramling won her first game to move joint second on 3/5. | http://qatar2011.fide.com

Elina Danielian took her winning streak to 5 with victory against Xu Yuhua in Round 5. Whilst she is far from home and dry she has extended her lead to a couple of points and put more pressure on Humpy Koneru. The winner of the Grand Prix as a whole will play a World Title Match against Hou Yifan later in the year, as Hou looks increasingly likely to win the Grand Prix 2nd place will do. Although Nana Dzagnidze lost her 3rd game in a row she already has a formidable Grand Prix total of 390 posted. This means only a tournament win for Koneru will allow her to take second and she drew her third game in a row. Pia Cramling after beating Dzagnidze moved joint second with Martha Fierro Baquero and Marie Sebag on 3/5.

Elina Danielian won yet again against Xu Yuhua to score 5/5. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Xu Yuhua

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Elina Danielian

Position after 24.Be1

Elina Danielian didn't get a lot out of the white side of the Queen's Gambit Rogozin Variation against Xu Yuhua. Xu was probably a bit too anxious to trade pieces off and she became awkwardly placed and although she proceded to defend reasonably well her position gradually started to deteriorate and she went down to a loss in 69 moves. This takes Danielian to a 5/5 score two points clear of the field.

24....Bxe4 25. Nxe4 Bb4 26. Bxb4 Qxb4 27. b3 Nb6 28. Nd6 Nc8 29. a3 Qc5 30. Ne4 Qe7 31. Qd3 Ra7 32. a4 f5 33. Ng3 e4 34. Qd4 Rc7 35. axb5 axb5 36. Ra6 Kh7 37. Nh5 Rf7 38. Nf4 Rd7 39. Qa1 Rxd1+ 40. Qxd1 Qb7 41. Re6 Qd7 42. Qh5 Kg8 43. Ra6 Qb7 44. Qg6 Ne7 45. Qe6 Qc8 46. h4 g5 47. hxg5 hxg5 48. Qxc8+ Nxc8 49. Nh3 g4 50. Nf4 Rc7 51. Ne6 Rc3 52. Nd4 g3 53. Rg6+ Kf7 54. Rxg3 Ne7 55. Rg5 Kf6 56. Rh5 Kg6 57. g4 fxg4 58. Re5 Kf6 59. Rxe4 g3 60. fxg3 Nd5 61. Kf2 b4 62. Re6+ Kf7 63. Re5 Nf6 64. Kf3 Nd7 65. Rf5+ Kg6 66. Rb5 Kf6 67. Rxb4 Ne5+ 68. Ke4 Ng4 69. Rc4 1-0

After another defeat it isn't all bad news for Nana Dzagnidze it looks increasingly like her total of 390 Grand Prix points will be enough for second place in the over-all Grand Prix and a world title shot against World Champion Hou Yifan. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Nana Dzagnidze

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Pia Cramling

Position after 16.Nd6

Pia Cramling took advantage of some passive opening play by Nana Dzagnidze to score her first win of the event. The variation Dzagnidze played wasn't a main line and by move 16 Cramling already had some very comfortable play.

16...Bxd6 17. Bxd6 Rf7 18. a4 Rd7 19. Be5 Nd5 20. O-O Qg5 21. f4 Qh4 22. b5 Bh5 (22... Rdd8) 23. Bc4 Rf8 24. a5 cxb5 25. Bxb5 Rdd8 26. a6 b6 27. cxb6 Nxb6 28. Bc7 Be8 (28... Nd5 29. Bxd8 Qxd8 30. Rab1) 29. Bxd8 Qxd8 30. Be2 g5 31. g3 Bc6 32. Rac1 Bd5 33. Rf2 Rf7 34. Qb4 Rg7 35. Rg2 h5 36. h4 gxf4 37. gxf4 Qxh4 38. Rxg7+ Kxg7 39. Kg2 Bc4 40. Rh1 1-0

Martha Fierro Baquero

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Antoaneta Stefanova

Position after 34.Rg5

Antoaneta Stefanova and Martha Fierro Baquero drew a King's Indian in 52 moves. In the position above 34...Kf8 would probably have left black with an advantage. Instead pieces were traded off for a draw.

34. Rg5 Kg7 35. Rh5 Rf2 36. Nxf2 Rxf2 37. Qg4 Nf6 38. Rxh6 Nxg4 39. Rxh3 Rxd2 40. Rxg4 Nd3 41. Kg1 Nf2 42. Rgh4 Nxh3+ 43. Rxh3 Rd4 44. Ra3 Rxc4 45. Rxa7+ Kf6 46. Rd7 Rxe4 47. Rxd6+ Kf5 48. Rd8 Rd4 49. Kf2 e4 50. d6 Ke6 51. Ke3 Rxd6 52. Rxd6+ 1/2-1/2

A relaxed Maia Chiburdanidze took a quick draw in Round 5. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Maia Chiburdanidze and Zhu Chen repeated for a draw after only 18 moves.

Batkhyag Munguntuul and Lilit Mkrtchian played a French Defence where a drawn bishops of opposite colours ending was reached after 32 moves.

Humpy Koneru still struggling to gain any momentum in the event although she has played most of the players in the top half of the table. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Marie Sebag and Humpy Koneru drew a Ruy Lopez Breyer Defence by repetition on move 43.

Still looking passionate about the game former World Chess Champion Nona Gaprindashvili is chair of the appeals committee. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

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 1 . 1 5
2. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2516 . * ½ . ½ . ½ . 1 . ½ . 3 2568
3. Fierro Baquero, Martha L. m ECU 2353 . ½ * . 0 . 1 ½ 1 . . . 3 2614
4. Sebag, Marie g FRA 2489 0 . . * ½ . 1 . . 1 ½ . 3 2575
5. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2607 . ½ 1 ½ * . . ½ 0 . . . 2490
6. Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2502 0 . . . . * ½ . . 1 1 0 2463
7. Zhu, Chen g QAT 2495 . ½ 0 0 . ½ * 1 . . . . 2 2409
8. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2546 . . ½ . ½ . 0 * . 0 1 . 2 2410
9. Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2550 0 0 0 . 1 . . . * . . 1 2 2396
10. Xu, Yuhua g CHN 2484 0 . . 0 . 0 . 1 . * . 1 2 2408
11. Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2475 . ½ . ½ . 0 . 0 . . * ½ 2343
12. Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2410 0 . . . . 1 . . 0 0 ½ * 2344
Round 5 (February 26, 2011)
Danielian, Elina - Xu, Yuhua 1-0 69 D38 QGD Ragozin
Cramling, Pia - Dzagnidze, Nana 1-0 40 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Sebag, Marie - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 43 C95 Ruy Lopez Breyer
Chiburdanidze, Maia - Zhu, Chen ½-½ 18 D91 Gruenfeld 5.Bg5
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Fierro Baquero, Martha L. ½-½ 52 E91 King's Indian Classical
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag - Mkrtchian, Lilit ½-½ 32 C19 French Winawer

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