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6th Women's Grand Prix Doha 2011 (7)

Danielian wins again for 6.5/7 as Sebag goes clear second on 5

Nana Dzagnidze won with black in only 18 moves. Photo ©

Nana Dzagnidze won with black in only 18 moves. Photo © | http://qatar2011.fide.com

Elina Danielian won yet again to move to 6.5/7 a point and a half clear of Marie Sebag in second place. Sebag handed out a beating to Pia Cramling after the latter's opening went horribly wrong. Nana Dzagnidze will be happy at this turn of affairs as she will with the real drubbing she handed out to Stefanova. Dzagnidze just needs Koneru not to win this event to qualify for a World Title match later in the year by virtue of finishing second in the Grand Prix. Koneru hung onto her chances by grinding out a win. She must beat the leader to move within a point in Round 8. At least she has white.

A pensive Antoaneta Stefanova before the start of her game against Nana Dzagnidze, she was right to be so. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Nana Dzagnidze handed out a very attractive beating to Antoaneta Stefanova. A few early inaccurate moves left black a bit better. What followed was drastic punishment after a further error.

6th Women GP Doha QAT 1st March 2011 Rd7

White Stefanova, Antoaneta

Black Dzagnidze, Nana

Result 0-1

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. b3 d4 5. e3 Nc6 6. Bg2 e5 7. O-O Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. g4

9. d3 has been played before.

9... Bg6 10. exd4 e4 11. Nh4

(11. Re1 Nxd4 12. Ng5)

11... Qxd4 12. Nc3 O-O-O 13. Nxg6 hxg6 14. g5 Nh5 15. Rb1

(15. Qg4+ Kb8 16. Qxe4 Nf4 17. Qxd4 Nxd4 18. Bb2 Rh5 19. Ne4 Nde2+)

15... Kb8 16. Bb2 Nf4 17. Nd5?

(17. Qg4 holds on in the short term.)

Nana Dzagnidze

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Antoaneta Stefanova

Position after 17.Nd5

17... Rxd5!! 18. Bxd4?

a bit naive. Now its forced mate. 18. cxd5 Qxd5 19. Qg4 Nxg2 20. Kxg2 e3+ is thoroughly unpleasant.

18... Rxg5!! 0-1

Xu Yuhua misplayed an attack against Lilit Mkrtchian and her piece sacrifice was totally unsound. Instead of 17.Bb5 she should have played 17. Qc2. When she played 18.Qc2 she was already totally busted.

A picture is sometimes worth 1000 words. Pia Cramling got herself into a right old mess straight from the opening. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Pia Cramling had an opening catastrophe against Marie Sebag in the battle of the players in joint second place.

Pia Cramling

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Marie Sebag

Position after 21.Rxa1

Black's development is so restricted there cannot be any chance of saving this. Marie Sebag was sure footed in making Cramling pay.

21...Kd7 22. b5 g6 23. Ra7 Kc8 24. Ra8+ Kd7 25. Rb8 Bg7 26. Rxb7+ Ke6 27. Bc5 Re8 28. b4 e4 29. Kf1 Be5 30. Ke2 Bd6 31. Ke3 Kd5 32. Bxd6 exd6 33. Rxh7 Rc8 34. Rg7 Rc3+ 35. Kd2 Rb3 36. Rxg6 Rxb4 37. h4 Ke5 38. h5 Rb2+ 39. Kc3 Rxf2 40. h6 Rf8 41. h7 Rh8 42. Rh6 d5 43. b6 d4+ 44. Kd2 e3+ 45. Kd3 1-0

Marie Sebag moved into clear second place after defeating Pia Cramling. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

The victories keep piling up leader Elina Danielian took some risks but dispatched Zhu Chen in the end. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Elina Danielian certainly entertains risk in the pursuit of victory. She was never really better early on against Zhu Chen and then she stood a lot worse. In this position black had just played 37...Bg7 (37...Rxe1 would have been the easiest position to play) and clearly missed the response 38.Be5. Not to worry black is still much better if black finds the correct next move.

Zhu Chen

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Elina Danielian

Position after 38.Be5

38. Be5 Qe6??

(38... Re6 39. Bxg7 Rxe1+ 40. Qxe1 Kxg7 41. Qa1+ f6 is advantage to black.)

(38... Rxe5 is also fine but complicated.)

39. Rdd1!

{The only move to win for white but now black is without defence.}

39...Qg6 40. Bxg7 Rxe1+ 41. Rxe1 f5 42. Nf6+ Kxg7 43. Re7+ Kf8 44. Qe5 f4 45. Rh7 Re8 46.Qe7+!! 1-0

A nice finish, it is forced mate in 1 46.... Rxe7 47. dxe7#

Humpy Koneru only had one job today. Win. She managed it against the struggling Batkhuyag Munguntuul. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Humpy Koneru won the game she had to when she gradually outplayed Batkhuyag Munguntuul on the black side of an unsual variation of the Ruy Lopez Anti-Marshall. Now Koneru has white against Elina Danielian in Round 8 and can move to within a point with a victory.

Munguntuul, Batkhuyag - Koneru, Humpy

6th Women GP Doha QAT (7), 2011.03.01

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 b4 9.d4 exd4 10.Nxd4 Na5 11.Bd5 Nxd5 12.exd5 O-O 13.Nd2 Re8 14.Ne4 Qd7 15.c3 bxc3 16.b4 c5 17.dxc6 Nxc6 18.Ba3 Bb7 19.Nf3 d5 20.Nxc3 Nxb4 21.a5 Bf8 22.Rb1 Rxe1+ 23.Nxe1 Nc6 24.Bxf8 Rxf8 25.Nxd5 Rd8 26.Qh5 Nxa5 27.Nf6+ gxf6 28.Qxa5 Re8 29.Qc3 Qc6 30.Qxc6 Bxc6 31.f3 Bb5 32.Nc2 Bd3 33.Rb2 a5 34.Nd4 Rd8 35.Nc6 Ra8 36.Ra2 a4 37.Ra3 Bb5 38.Ne7+ Kg7 39.Nd5 Bc6 40.Nc3 Rb8 41.Ra2 Rb4 42.Kf2 f5 43.Ke3 Kf6 44.Rd2 Ke5 45.g3 f4+ 46.gxf4+ Rxf4 47.Rf2 a3 48.Rf1 h5 49.Rf2 h4 50.h3 Kf5 51.Ne4 Ke5 52.Nc3 Rb4 53.Ra2 Rb3 54.f4+ Kf5 55.Kd4 Bd7 56.Re2 Be6 57.Re5+ Kxf4 58.Rh5 Kg3 59.Ne4+ Kxh3 60.Nf2+ Kg2 0-1

Maia Chiburdanidze got a nice positional advantage against Martha Fierro Baquero and maintained right through to this winning ending.

Martha Fierro Baquero

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Maia Chiburdanidze

Position after 48...Nb3

In this position black had been suffering for some time. Fierro Baquero attacks white's bishop but it turns out this move allows the final winning breakthrough.

49. h6 Kg6

It turns out that the bishop is immune 49... Nxd2 50. h7 and the pawn can't be caught.

50. Nxe7+ Kh7 51. Bf4 N3a5 52. Kf5 Nxc4 53. Kxf6 Nb6 54. Ng6 Nd7+ 55. Ke7 Kxg6 56. Kxd7 c4 57. Kc6 Nc5 58. e5 dxe5 59. Kxc5 1-0

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 ½ . 1 . 1 1 2908
2. Sebag, Marie g FRA 2489 0 * ½ 1 . . ½ 1 . . 1 1 5 2641
3. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2607 . ½ * ½ 0 1 . 1 1 ½ . . 2582
4. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2516 . 0 ½ * 1 . ½ ½ . 1 ½ . 4 2552
5. Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2550 0 . 1 0 * . . 0 1 1 . 1 4 2531
6. Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2502 0 . 0 . . * 1 1 0 . ½ 1 2468
7. Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2475 ½ ½ . ½ . 0 * . ½ 0 . 1 3 2435
8. Fierro Baquero, Martha L. m ECU 2353 . 0 0 ½ 1 0 . * . ½ 1 . 3 2479
9. Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2410 0 . 0 . 0 1 ½ . * . 1 0 2407
10. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2546 . . ½ 0 0 . 1 ½ . * 0 0 2 2339
11. Zhu, Chen g QAT 2495 0 0 . ½ . ½ . 0 0 1 * . 2 2309
12. Xu, Yuhua g CHN 2484 0 0 . . 0 0 0 . 1 1 . * 2 2331
Round 7 (March 1, 2011)
Danielian, Elina - Zhu, Chen 1-0 46 E61 King's Indian Defence
Sebag, Marie - Cramling, Pia 1-0 45 B22 Sicilian Alapin
Chiburdanidze, Maia - Fierro Baquero, Martha L. 1-0 59 E62 King's Indian 6...Nc6
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag - Koneru, Humpy 0-1 60 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Dzagnidze, Nana 0-1 18 A13 Reti Opening
Xu, Yuhua - Mkrtchian, Lilit 0-1 35 C04 French Tarrasch

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