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6th Women's Grand Prix Doha 2011 (2)

Dzagnidze wins again in Doha, shares lead on 2/2 with Danielian

Top seed Humpy Koneru won in round 2.

Top seed Humpy Koneru won in round 2. | http://qatar2011.fide.com

For the second day running there was just one draw and again this involved Pia Cramling. The rest of the games were decisive, many times in what looks like errors in time-scrambles. Nana Dzagnidze only moved to 2/2 after her opponent Batkhuyag Munguntuul went wrong on move 38. Similarly Elina Danielian took advantage of former World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze's time pressure to eventually win in a fluctuating struggle Chiburdanidze could have easily won early on.

Elo favourite Humpy Koneru quickly exploited inaccuracies by Martha Fierro Baquero in the Benko Gambit for an easy win.

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So far, so good for Nana Dzagnidze. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Nana Dzagnidze continued her winning ways defeating Batkhuyag Munguntuul. Munguntuul seemed to be doing fine until move 38 just before first time control. Her knights became un-coordinated and eventually she lost one.

Batkhuyag Munguntuul

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Nana Dzagnidze

Position after 38.Rc1

38...Nb4 or perhaps even better 38...Nca7 and black is probably going to hold. Now her position becomes very difficult very fast.

38... Na5 39. Bc2 Na7 40. Nd3 Rb8 41. Nc5 Ke7 42. Ra1 N7c6 43. Kc3 Kd6 44. Bd3 e5 45. b4 exd4+ 46. exd4 Nxd4 47. Rxa5 Rxb4 48. Nb7+ Rxb7 49. Kxd4 Rb4+ 50. Kc3 Rb6 51. f4 1-0

Elina Danielian also moved to 2/2 with a win against former World Chess Champion Maia Chiburdanidze. This was the second game in a row where Chiburdanidze had a favourable position which she then frittered away in time pressure only to end up losing. Here she looked to have an almost winning position out of the opening but she didn't play the most accurate attacking moves. Nevertheless she was better until she allowed a big combination.

Maia Chiburdanidze

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Elina Danielian

Position after 38.Kg1

Now 38...Qe6 maintains the edge but now Chiburdanidze allows a combination that rips open her position and which is at the very least full compensation for white. In fact Chiburdanidze's position went downhill very quickly although then Danielian proceeded to blow all this advantage later on Chiburdanidze again went astray and finally lost.

38.... Be7? 39. Rxc7! Qxc7 40. Bxf5+ Kg7 41. Bxh7 Nxh7 42. Rxh5 Nf8 43. Qd1 Qd7 44. f5 Kf7 45. Qxg4 Rc8 46. e4!

Danielian is already winning

46...dxe4 47. Rh7+ Ke8 48. Rg7 Qc6 49. d5 Qf6 50. d6 Be2 51. Qxe4 Qxg7 52. Qxe2 Rc2 53. dxe7 Qxe7 54. Qd3 Ra2 55. Qxa6?

And now Nc1 nets an additional exchange.

46...Rxd2 56. Nxd2 Qe3+ 57. Kh2?

Now black should get away with perpetual. 57.Kf1 Qxd2 58.Qe2+ and the pawns are surely too powerful for the knight.

57...Qh6+ 58. Kg1 Qxd2 59. Qxb6 Qd1+ 60. Kf2 Qc2+ 61. Kg1 Qd1+ 62. Kf2 Qc2+ 63. Ke3 Qxf5?

Maia Chiburdanidze

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Elina Danielian

Position after 64.Ke3

Black doesn't need this pawn, she has perpetual check 63... Qb3+ 64. Kf4 Qc4+ 65. Kf3 (65. Kg5 Qg8+)

64. Qc6+ Kf7?

Ke8 avoiding the tranlation to a winning ending is compulsory

65. Qf3 Ke6 66. Qxf5+ Kxf5 67. Kd4 Ke6 68. a4 Kd6 69. g4 Ne6+ 70. Ke4 Nc7 71. g5 Na6 72. Kf5 Nxb4 73. Kf6 Nd5+ 74. Kf7 1-0

Zhu Chen couldn't find her way out of her problems against Marie Sebag. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Marie Sebag's attack arrived first on the queenside on the black side of a Najdorf Sicilian against Xu Yuhua.

Humpy Koneru got off the mark when Martha Fierro just didn't find the right ideas on the black side of a Benko. Photo © http://qatar2011.fide.com/.

Elo favourite Humpy Koneru got off the mark when she beat Martha Fierro in a very straight forward manner on the white side of a Benko Gambit.

Sweden's Pia Cramling equalised easily enough with the Classical Nimzo-Indian against local representative Zhu Chen. The game ended in a draw by repetition.

Lilit Mkrtchian will be wondering how she managed to lose a position that verged on the winning several times before she eventually subsided to a loss against Antoaneta Stefanova (the game was actually pretty difficult at various stages but she turned down a couple of opportunities to start hoovering off queenside pawns that would have helped).

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. Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2550 * . 1 . . . . . 1 . . . 2
2. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2454 . * . 1 . . . . . . . 1 2
3. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2607 0 . * . . . . 1 . . . . 1 2451
4. Sebag, Marie g FRA 2489 . 0 . * 1 . . . . . . . 1 2469
5. Xu, Yuhua g CHN 2484 . . . 0 * 1 . . . . . . 1 2517
6. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2546 . . . . 0 * . . . . 1 . 1 2479
7. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2516 . . . . . . * . . ½ ½ . 1 2485
8. Fierro Baquero, Martha L. m ECU 2353 . . 0 . . . . * . 1 . . 1 2551
9. Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2410 0 . . . . . . . * . . 1 1 2526
10. Zhu, Chen g QAT 2495 . . . . . . ½ 0 . * . . ½ 2241
11. Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2475 . . . . . 0 ½ . . . * . ½ 2338
12. Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2502 . 0 . . . . . . 0 . . * 0
Round 2 (February 23, 2011)
Dzagnidze, Nana - Munguntuul, Batkhuyag 1-0 51 A07 Barcza System
Danielian, Elina - Chiburdanidze, Maia 1-0 74 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Koneru, Humpy - Fierro Baquero, Martha L. 1-0 37 A58 Volga Gambit
Xu, Yuhua - Sebag, Marie 0-1 27 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Zhu, Chen - Cramling, Pia ½-½ 39 E38 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Mkrtchian, Lilit - Stefanova, Antoaneta 0-1 79 D15 Slav Defence

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