Games
[Event "FIDE Women's World Championship"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2018.11.03"] [Round "1.9"] [White "Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y"] [Black "Gunina, Valentina"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B10"] [WhiteElo "2194"] [BlackElo "2497"] [Annotator "DF"] [PlyCount "88"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Peru"] [BlackTeam "Russia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "PER"] [BlackTeamCountry "RUS"] 1. e4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. cxd5 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nxd5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Bb5 g6 8. Qa4 Nb6 9. Bxc6+ bxc6 10. Qxc6+ Bd7 11. Qe4 (11. Qc5 Bg7 12. O-O O-O 13. Re1 Re8 14. d4 Rc8 15. Qg5 Bc6 $15 {Melero Morales,J-Cenal Gutierrez,R Asturias 1995}) 11... Bg7 $5 ({Black can also try and repeat moves with} 11... Bf5) 12. O-O Rc8 13. d4 (13. Re1 Bc6 14. Qe2 O-O 15. Ne5 Ba8 16. d3 Nd5 17. Bd2 Nb4 { Black has fantastic play for the pawn in Li Chao2 (2732)-Laznicka,V (2647) Riyadh KSA 2017}) 13... Bc6 14. Qe2 Bxf3 $5 {Here comes Gunina's improvement} ( {In a previous game Gunina had played the natural} 14... O-O 15. Rd1 Qc7 (15... Nd5 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. Ne5 Ba8 18. b3 Qd5 19. f3 Rfd8 20. Be3 $11 {1/2-1/2 (31) Artemiev,V (2459)-Maletin,P (2596) Tyumen RUS 2012}) 16. Ne5 Qb7 17. Nxc6 Rxc6 18. Bf4 {And the game later ended in a draw between Skripchenko,A (2453) -Gunina,V (2497) Batumi GEO 2016}) 15. Qxf3 Qxd4 16. Be3 Qb4 17. Rab1 O-O 18. Qb7 e6 19. Qxa7 Nc4 20. a3 Qb3 21. Qa4 Qb7 22. Qb5 Qxb5 23. Nxb5 Nxb2 24. Rfc1 Rxc1+ 25. Rxc1 Rb8 26. Rc2 h5 27. Nd4 Bf8 (27... Nd1 $1 {Forces a beneficial trade of minor pieces.} 28. Rc1 Nxe3 29. fxe3 Rb2 30. a4 $1 (30. Ra1 Bh6 31. Re1 Bf8 32. Ra1 Bc5 {With the threat of e6-e5- it is easy to see that the black minor pieces dominate the position.}) 30... Ra2 31. Rc4 g5 {White does not have an easy task ahead of her.}) 28. Nc6 Rb3 29. g3 Nd3 30. Kf1 Rxa3 { Although Gunina has won a pawn, things are still not so easy. White's pieces are nicely co-ordinated and all the pawns are on the same wing which makes the creation of an effective passed pawn very difficult.} 31. Ke2 e5 32. f3 f5 33. Bg5 Kf7 34. Nd8+ Ke8 35. Ne6 Bd6 36. Nc7+ Kd7 37. Nb5 Rb3 38. Nxd6 Kxd6 39. Rc8 Nc5 $2 (39... Nb4 $1 40. Rd8+ Kc7 {The path to victory is subtle.} ({Not} 40... Kc5 41. Be3+ {The black king cannot pass.}) 41. Rg8 Nc2 42. Rg7+ Kd6 43. Rxg6+ Kd5) 40. Rd8+ Nd7 (40... Kc7 41. Re8 Nd3 42. Re6) 41. Rg8 Rb2+ 42. Ke3 Nb6 $5 { A devilish move.} 43. Rxg6+ $6 ({Ironically it was even easier to play the safe } 43. Kd3 Kd5 44. Rd8+ Kc5 45. Be3+ Kc6 46. Bxb6 Rxb6 47. Kc4 Rb2 48. Rg8 { With a danger free rook and pawn ending.}) 43... Kd5 {White has recovered the pawn and now the half point is within her sights} 44. Rg8 $4 ({The only way to save the game is} 44. Rf6 {but its good enough} Kc4 (44... Nc4+ 45. Kd3 Nd6 46. Rf8 Rxh2 47. Be7 $1 Nb5 48. Rxf5 Ke6 49. Rg5 {A draw is on the cards.}) 45. Rc6+ $1) 44... Kc4 {Suddenly the white king has no way to escape - what a devilish trap!} 0-1 [Event "chess24.com"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2018.11.04"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Hamid, Rani"] [Black "Muzychuk, Anna"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C88"] [WhiteElo "1935"] [BlackElo "2564"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "50"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Bangladesh"] [BlackTeam "Ukraine"] [WhiteTeamCountry "BAN"] [BlackTeamCountry "UKR"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. c3 $6 (9. d3 $1 {Is a more typical move-order.}) 9... d5 $1 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. d3 ({White swiftly gets into trouble after} 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. Rxe5 Nf4 $1) 11... Bf6 12. Bc2 b4 $1 13. c4 Nde7 14. Nbd2 Nf5 15. Nf1 Ncd4 16. Nxd4 Nxd4 17. Be3 Re8 18. Ng3 Bg5 19. Qd2 Bxe3 20. fxe3 Qg5 21. Kh2 Re6 22. Rad1 $2 Rg6 23. Ne4 Bxe4 24. dxe4 Nf3+ 25. gxf3 Qg3+ 0-1 [Event "chess24.com"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2018.11.05"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Khukhashvili, Sopiko"] [Black "Harika, Dronavalli"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "2316"] [BlackElo "2498"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "143"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Georgia"] [BlackTeam "India"] [WhiteTeamCountry "GEO"] [BlackTeamCountry "IND"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 6. d3 Nf6 7. Nc3 Qxe2+ 8. Bxe2 g6 9. Nb5 Na6 10. Be3 Bd7 11. d4 c6 12. Na3 Nc7 13. O-O Ncd5 14. Bd2 Ne4 15. Rfe1 Nxd2 16. Bc4+ Be6 17. Bxd5 Nxf3+ 18. Bxf3 d5 19. Nb1 Kd7 20. Nd2 Bg7 21. c3 Rae8 22. b4 Kd6 23. Nf1 Re7 24. Ne3 Rhe8 25. Re2 Bh6 26. Rae1 Bg5 27. a4 h5 28. h3 Kd7 29. Kf1 Kd8 30. Nd1 Bf5 31. Rxe7 Rxe7 32. Rxe7 Kxe7 33. Ne3 Be6 34. Ke2 Kd7 35. Nc2 Kd6 36. Ne1 b6 37. Nd3 f6 38. g4 hxg4 39. Bxg4 f5 40. Bf3 Bf6 41. Bg2 g5 42. f4 Bc8 43. Ke3 Ke6 44. Bf3 Be7 45. Ne5 c5 46. b5 cxd4+ 47. cxd4 a6 48. Be2 axb5 49. Bxb5 Ba3 50. Nd3 Kf6 51. Kf3 Bd6 52. Bc6 Be6 53. Ne5 gxf4 54. Kxf4 Ba3 55. Bd7 Bc1+ 56. Kf3 Bb2 57. Ke3 Bc1+ 58. Kd3 Bg8 59. Bc8 f4 60. Ke2 Bh7 61. Nd7+ Ke7 {Things looked like they were settling in for a peaceful draw and both players would be headed to the blitz tie-breaks.} 62. Nxb6 Kd6 $2 ({Everyone expected the natural} 62... Be4 63. Bg4 Kd6 64. a5 Kc6 65. Nc8 Be3 66. a6 Bxd4 67. a7 Kb7 68. h4 {when the game is likely to fizzle out into a draw.}) 63. a5 $1 Bb2 $4 {Simply unbelievable!} (63... Kc7 64. Be6 Bb2 65. Nxd5+ Kb7 {The bishop pair should still secure the draw.}) 64. Bb7 $4 { A terrible oversight!} (64. a6 $1 {The pawn will simply walk through to its coronation square.}) 64... Bxd4 65. Nc8+ $2 (65. Bxd5 $1 {The bishop is untouchable} Bxb6 66. axb6 Kxd5 67. b7) 65... Kc7 66. a6 $4 {She, who blunders last loses the game.} (66. Bxd5 Kxc8 67. Kf3 Be5 68. h4 Bg6 69. Kg4 Kc7 70. h5 {Is also completely drawn.}) 66... Be4 67. Ne7 f3+ 68. Kd2 f2 69. a7 Bxa7 70. Ba6 Bg2 71. h4 Bc5 72. Ng6 0-1 [Event "chess24.com"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2018.11.03"] [Round "1.10"] [White "Paehtz, Elisabeth"] [Black "Alinasab, Mobina"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D23"] [WhiteElo "2495"] [BlackElo "2236"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "161"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Germany"] [BlackTeam "Iran"] [WhiteTeamCountry "GER"] [BlackTeamCountry "IRI"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 dxc4 4. Qa4+ Nc6 5. e3 Nd5 6. Qxc4 Bf5 7. a3 Qd6 8. Nbd2 Nb6 9. Qc3 e6 10. Be2 Be7 11. O-O O-O 12. b3 Bf6 13. Bb2 Rfd8 14. Rad1 Bg6 15. h3 Qe7 16. Bb5 Rd6 17. Nc4 Nxc4 18. bxc4 a6 19. Ba4 Rdd8 20. Bc2 Bxc2 21. Qxc2 {The opening has worked out exceedingly well for Paehtz who enjoys an easier position with free movement for her pieces.} Nb8 $2 {The start of black's woes -moving backwards with the pieces is not the solution - now white can advance the pawns in comfort.} ({It is most tempting to break out with} 21... e5 22. d5 Na5 23. a4 $1 (23. Nd2 {allows Black to break with} b5 $1) 23... b6 24. Nd2 b5 25. cxb5 axb5 26. axb5 Rxd5 {White is still a little better.}) 22. e4 Qe8 23. e5 Be7 24. d5 $1 h6 25. Nd4 $1 {A brilliant move} exd5 26. cxd5 $1 {The most accurate continuation.} (26. e6 c5) 26... Rxd5 27. Qb3 $2 (27. e6 $1 {In all likelihood, this move would have netted the point for Paehtz } Rc5 $1 (27... fxe6 28. Nxe6) (27... f6 {Is unsatisfactory on account of} 28. Nf5 $1 Rxd1 29. Rxd1 c5 (29... Nc6 30. Rd7 $1)) 28. Qb3 Nc6 29. Nxc6 bxc6 30. Rd7 {With a tremendous compensation for the pawn.}) 27... Rc5 28. Nf5 ({ Perhaps Paehtz was counting on a simple advantage with} 28. Qxb7 {However White has nothing after the simple} Nc6 $1) 28... Bf8 29. a4 $2 {Too slow!} ( 29. Qg3 Kh7 30. Nxh6 {Leads to a pretty repetiion after} gxh6 31. Qd3+ Kg8 32. Qg3+) 29... Nc6 30. f4 $2 Qe6 $1 31. Qxe6 fxe6 32. Ng3 Rc2 33. Ba1 Rd8 34. f5 exf5 35. Nxf5 Rxd1 36. Rxd1 Re2 37. Kf1 Re4 38. g4 Rxa4 39. e6 Re4 40. Rd7 Rxe6 (40... g6 $1 41. Ng7 Bb4 $1) 41. Bxg7 Ne7 42. Bxf8 Kxf8 43. Rxc7 Nxf5 44. gxf5 Re7 45. Rc8+ Kg7 46. Kg2 Kf6 47. Rh8 Kg5 $2 (47... Kxf5 $1 48. Rxh6 Ke5 49. h4 Kd4 50. h5 a5 51. Rg6 b5 {The two pawns are superior.}) 48. Kf3 Re5 49. h4+ Kxf5 50. Rxh6 Re6 51. Rh7 b5 52. Rb7 Kg6 $4 {An instructive mistake} (52... Rc6 53. Rh7 Rc3+ 54. Kf2 Kg6 55. Ra7 Ra3) 53. Kf4 $2 {Paehtz blunders in return.} ( {White could have saved the game} 53. Kg4 Re4+ 54. Kg3 Ra4 55. Rb8 $1 {The black king must not be allowed to get to h5}) 53... Kh5 $1 54. Rb8 Rc6 55. Rh8+ Rh6 56. Rb8 $4 (56. Rg8 $1 {All is still not lost, cutting off the king would still save the game.} Kxh4 57. Rg1 Rf6+ 58. Ke5 Rb6 59. Kd5 Rf6 (59... Kh3) 60. Kc5 Kh3 {With good drawing chances.}) 56... Kxh4 57. Ke5 Kg3 58. Kd5 Kf3 59. Re8 Rh4 60. Re6 Ra4 61. Kc5 Rc4+ 62. Kd5 Ra4 63. Kc5 b4 64. Kc4 a5 65. Kb3 Ra3+ 66. Kb2 Re3 67. Ra6 Re5 68. Kb3 Ke3 69. Rd6 Rc5 70. Ka4 Ke4 71. Rd1 Rh5 72. Rg1 Rf5 73. Rd1 Re5 74. Rd2 Rd5 75. Rh2 Ke3 76. Rg2 Rc5 77. Rh2 Kd3 78. Rh3+ Kc2 79. Rh5 Rc4 80. Rc5 Rc3 81. Rc8 0-1 [Event "chess24.com"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2018.11.03"] [Round "1.25"] [White "Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim"] [Black "Kashlinskaya, Alina"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "2435"] [BlackElo "2477"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Uzbekistan"] [BlackTeam "Russia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "UZB"] [BlackTeamCountry "RUS"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Bc4 $5 {An unusual placement of the bishop.} (8. Qd2 Be6 9. O-O-O Qd7 10. Kb1 a6 11. Nd4 Bf6 $2 (11... Nxd4 $1) 12. Nxe6 fxe6 13. g4 h6 14. f4 {gave white a great position in Borisek,J (2578)-Dive,R (2297) chess24.com 2018}) (8. Bd3 Be6 9. Qe2 Bf6 10. O-O-O Qe7 11. Kb1 a6 12. h3 O-O-O 13. Rhe1 h5 14. Nd2 Ne5 15. Bxa6 bxa6 16. f4 Nc6 17. Qxa6+ Kd7 {and now} 18. f5 {0-1 (39) Nijboer, F (2510)-Kashlinskaya,A (2459) Amsterdam NED 2018} (18. Ne4 $1 {would have given White a dangerous intiative})) 8... O-O 9. Qe2 Ne5 10. Nxe5 dxe5 11. Bd3 $6 {This feels wrong} Be6 12. O-O-O Qe8 13. Kb1 f5 14. Bc4 Qf7 15. Bxe6 Qxe6 16. Qb5 b6 17. Rd5 Bd6 18. Re1 Rae8 19. Qc6 Qg6 20. Bc1 Qh5 21. Qc4 Kh8 22. h3 Qg6 23. g3 Qh5 24. Qf1 Qf3 25. Rd3 Qc6 26. Rdd1 a5 27. h4 a4 28. a3 h6 29. c4 Bc5 30. Rd5 Qf6 31. Be3 Bxe3 32. fxe3 Qg6 33. Rd7 Qxg3 {Black has slowly taken control over the position and stands much better.} 34. Rxc7 f4 $2 { Unbelievably this tempting move is completely wrong.} ({Kashlinskaya needed to be greedy and calmly grab that material.} 34... Qxh4 35. Qg1 Qf6 36. Rd1 Rd8 { Repudiating the white attack.}) 35. Qg1 $1 {Excellent defence by Tokhirjonova.} Rd8 $1 ({Its not ideal to play} 35... Qxg1 36. Rxg1 {as Black must use some time to defending the g7 pawn.} Rg8 37. exf4 exf4 38. Rf7 Re4 39. h5 Rxc4 40. Rg4 {and only White stands better.}) 36. exf4 exf4 37. Rce7 $1 Rd2 38. h5 $2 { Bold but technically incorrect.} ({White's best bet was to play} 38. Re8 $1 Rxe8 39. Rxe8+ Kh7 40. Qxb6 {With Qe6 in the air, the position is incredibly scrappy.}) 38... Rg2 $2 (38... Qxg1 39. Rxg1 f3) 39. Qxb6 f3 $4 {Kashlinskaya continues forward oblivious to the danger in her home camp.} (39... Kh7 $1 40. Re8 Rxe8 41. Rxe8 Qh3 42. Qb8 Rg1+ 43. Ka2 Ra1+ 44. Kxa1 Qf1+ 45. Ka2 Qxc4+) 40. Re8 Qf4 $4 ({Unbelievaly black can carry on the fight with} 40... Kh7 $1 { Although after the accurate} 41. Qd4 Qf4 42. R1e4 $1 Qf5 43. Rxf8 Qxf8 44. Rf4 {the position is pretty hopeless.}) 41. Qd8 {Game over.} 1-0 [Event "chess24.com"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2018.11.03"] [Round "1.19"] [White "Zhu, Jiner"] [Black "Javakhishvili, Lela"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B36"] [WhiteElo "2379"] [BlackElo "2477"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "76"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "China"] [BlackTeam "Georgia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "CHN"] [BlackTeamCountry "GEO"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 7. Be2 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 Bg7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 Be6 ({Another thematic idea is to march the a-pawn as far as it will go.} 10... a5 11. O-O a4 12. Bd4 Be6 13. f4 $1 {Although black still had some opening problems to solve after} Qa5 14. Rad1 Rac8 15. b3 axb3 16. axb3 b5 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Nxb5 Qxd2 19. Rxd2 {White was a pawn up in Yu Yangyi (2759)-Bu Xiangzhi (2718) Hangzhou CHN 2018}) 11. Rc1 a5 12. f3 a4 13. Kf2 $5 {An interesting choice even if its not entirely clear how the king is better on f2 than on g1.} Nd7 14. Rhd1 Nc5 ({Perhaps the more principled} 14... Qa5 {is preferable.} 15. Nd5 Rfe8 16. b4 axb3 17. axb3 Qxd2 18. Rxd2 Ra3 19. b4 b6 $14 20. g3 (20. Nxb6 $2 {Loses to} Nxb6 21. Bxb6 Bh6 $19) 20... Kf8 21. Rd3 (21. Nxb6 Nxb6 22. Bxb6 Bc3 23. Rd3 Bxb4 $11) 21... Ra4 $11 {1/2-1/2 (35) Martinez Alcantara,J (2545)-Guseinov,G (2654) Barcelona ESP 2018}) 15. Nd5 Kh8 $6 {The start of a misguided plan.} 16. Kg1 f5 $2 {This is a standard pawn break in this structure but here it is probably a tad premature.} ({Playing more slowly is passive but less risky} 16... Re8 {With the idea of Qa5.}) 17. exf5 gxf5 $6 18. Nf4 Bf7 ({Black cannot afford to play} 18... Bg8 {on account of} 19. Nh5 $1) 19. Qc2 $5 Qb6 $5 {On general principles this feels wrong, when one has an exposed king its always a good idea to have the queen within touching distance.} 20. Qxf5 $5 ({Trying to dominate the black queen is another positional approach.} 20. Rd2 $5 e6 21. Qd1 Rad8 22. Rb1 {Planning to kick the knight away from c5.}) 20... Bg8 21. Qg4 Rxf4 $2 {Javakhishvili panics and sacrifices the exchange but for better or worse she needed to play} (21... Qxb2 $1 22. Nh5 $1 Be5 23. f4 Be6 24. Qf3 {The position is still very complicated, play might continue} a3 25. Kh1 $1 {and both sides have things to worry about.}) 22. Qxf4 Qxb2 23. Bxc5 $1 dxc5 24. Qe4 $1 Qxa2 25. Rb1 a3 $4 ({ Black can still fight by bringing her final piece into the fray.} 25... Ra6 26. Rd8 Bd4+ 27. Kh1 a3 ({Not} 27... Re6 28. Rxg8+ $1) 28. Bd3 Rg6 29. Bc2 Qxc4 30. Bb3 Qa6 {Black still has a few tricks up her sleeve.}) 26. Rxb7 Re8 {White is firmly in the driving seat.} 27. Kh1 Bf6 28. Qd3 {What a picture! Funnily enough the black queen is completely paralysed.} Bf7 29. Ra7 Bb2 30. Bf1 Bg6 31. Qe3 e6 32. h4 $1 {There is still no way out for that queen.} Rg8 33. h5 Bf5 (33... Bxh5 34. Qxe6) 34. Rad7 e5 35. Rd8 Be6 36. Qg5 e4 37. Rxg8+ Bxg8 38. Rd8 e3 1-0 [Event "chess24.com"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2018.11.05"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Zhukova, Natalia"] [Black "Ni, Shiqun"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A11"] [WhiteElo "2375"] [BlackElo "2436"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "130"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Ukraine"] [BlackTeam "China"] [WhiteTeamCountry "UKR"] [BlackTeamCountry "CHN"] 1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 d5 4. Qc2 g6 5. Be2 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. d4 b6 8. b3 Bb7 9. Bb2 Nbd7 10. cxd5 cxd5 11. Nc3 Rc8 12. Rfc1 Ne4 13. Qd1 Nxc3 14. Bxc3 e6 15. a4 Qe7 16. a5 Rc7 17. a6 Ba8 18. Qd2 Rfc8 19. Ne1 Bf8 20. Rc2 Qd8 21. b4 Nf6 22. f3 Bc6 23. b5 Be8 24. Bb2 Bd7 25. Rac1 Ne8 26. Bd3 Nd6 27. Qe2 Rxc2 28. Rxc2 Rxc2 29. Nxc2 Qc8 30. Na3 Bh6 31. Kf2 Qd8 32. g3 Qc8 33. Kg2 Bf8 34. e4 dxe4 35. fxe4 Bg7 36. e5 Ne8 37. Qe4 Bf8 38. Qb7 Qc7 39. Nb1 Bc8 40. Qxc7 Nxc7 41. Ba3 Bxa3 42. Nxa3 Bd7 43. Kf2 Kg7 44. Ke2 {The position looks very safe for Zhukova, in fact its difficult to believe anything can go wrong.} f5 45. Kd2 {The king abandons its post and heads on an ill-fated journey.} g5 46. Kc3 $2 h5 47. Kb4 $2 Nd5+ 48. Kb3 Nc7 49. Bc4 ({It was not too late to admit the mistake and head back to the kingside.} 49. Kc3 $1) 49... h4 50. Kb4 hxg3 ( 50... g4 $1 51. Kc3 hxg3 52. hxg3 f4 {Would lead to a straightforward win.}) 51. hxg3 f4 52. gxf4 gxf4 53. Kc3 $2 (53. Be2 Kg6 54. Nb1 Kf5 55. Nc3 {Would keep the game going.}) 53... Kg6 54. Kd3 Kg5 55. Ke4 $1 (55. Ke2 Kg4 56. Kf2 f3 {Looks like a disaster.} 57. Bf1 Kf4 58. Bd3 Be8 {Leaves white in zugzwang.}) 55... Kg4 56. Be2+ Kg3 57. Bf1 f3 58. Ke3 f2 59. Be2 Kg2 60. Kf4 f1=Q+ 61. Bxf1+ Kxf1 62. Kg5 Nxb5 63. Nc2 Ke2 64. Kf6 Kd2 65. Nb4 Kc3 0-1 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2018.11.08"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Galliamova, Alisa"] [Black "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D47"] [WhiteElo "2432"] [BlackElo "2534"] [Annotator "Shahid Ahmed"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "rr4k1/p1qn1pp1/2B2n1p/2p1bN2/1p2P2B/8/PPQ2PPP/1K1R1R2 b - - 0 22"] [PlyCount "12"] [EventDate "2018.11.03"] {[#]} 22... c4 (22... b3 23. axb3 Rxb3 24. Qxb3 Rb8 25. Bb5 a6 26. Ne7+ Kf8 ( 26... Kh7 27. Rxd7 Qxd7 (27... Nxd7 28. Qxf7 $18) 28. Bxd7 Rxb3 29. Bf5+ $18) ( 26... Kh8 27. Bxf6 Rxb5 (27... Nxf6 28. Qxf7 $18) 28. Bxe5 $18) 27. Nd5 Qa5 28. Nxf6 Nxf6 29. Bxf6 Bxf6 30. Rd7 Be7 31. Qa4 $18) 23. Bxa8 Rxa8 24. f4 Bxf4 25. Rxd7 Nxd7 26. Ne7+ Kh8 27. Nd5 Qc5 28. Nxf4 1-0 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2018.11.03"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Koneru, Humpy"] [Black "Toubal, Hayat"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D31"] [WhiteElo "2548"] [BlackElo "1870"] [Annotator "Shahid Ahmed"] [PlyCount "91"] [EventDate "2018.11.03"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e3 f5 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. Nge2 Bd6 7. f3 b6 8. O-O O-O 9. b3 Ba6 10. Bb2 Qe7 11. Qd2 Bb7 12. a3 a5 13. Na4 Nbd7 14. Rfc1 Rfc8 15. Nxb6 Nxb6 16. c5 Bxh2+ $2 {is definitely a mistake. Black should have kept the bishop alive.} (16... Bc7 17. cxb6 Bxb6 $11 {although white has an edge here, this is much better than the game.}) 17. Kxh2 Qc7+ 18. Kg1 Nbd7 19. Bc3 h6 20. Nf4 ({Another option was} 20. b4 axb4 21. axb4 $16 {White is angling for a b5 break in this position when the c5 passed pawn would be much more superior than missing h2 pawn}) 20... Nf8 21. Bc2 g5 22. Nd3 Ng6 23. Ne5 Ne7 $2 { is certainly the fatal mistake of the game. Now the e5 knight becomes a monster knight.} (23... Nxe5 24. dxe5 Nd7 25. Qd4 $16) 24. Kf2 Kg7 25. a4 { before launching an attack on the Kingside, Humpy locks down the Queenside to prevent any chance at a counterplay} Rf8 26. Rh1 {now it's just a matter of technique and timing which we know it to be Humpy's acumen because of her well placed knight at e5, double bishop and the rook on h1.} Neg8 27. Rag1 Ne7 28. Ke1 Rh8 29. Kd1 Bc8 30. g4 fxg4 31. Nxg4 Nxg4 32. Rxg4 e5 33. Rg2 Be6 34. dxe5 Rhf8 35. Rxg5+ hxg5 36. Rh7+ Kg8 37. Qh2 Qd8 38. Rh8+ Kf7 39. Qh5+ Ng6 40. Rh7+ Ke8 41. Bxg6+ Bf7 42. Bxf7+ Kd7 43. Be6+ Kxe6 44. Qg6+ Rf6 45. exf6 Qf8 46. Re7+ 1-0 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2018.11.04"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Toubal, Hayat"] [Black "Koneru, Humpy"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D02"] [WhiteElo "1870"] [BlackElo "2548"] [Annotator "Shahid Ahmed"] [PlyCount "92"] [EventDate "2018.11.03"] {This was the second game in the first round match. Humpy had won her game with white pieces. She just needed a draw in this match to advance.} 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nbd2 Nbd7 5. b3 g6 {the usual way to play here is e6 and Be7. However Humpy decides to fianchetto her bishop which is much more ambitious.} 6. Bd3 Bg7 7. Bb2 O-O 8. O-O b6 9. Qe2 Bb7 10. c4 Rc8 11. Rac1 e6 12. Rfd1 Qe7 13. h3 {the position is symmetrical in nature and filled with quite a lot of tension. It really depends on who plays well from this position to get advantage. This is an ideal strategy in such a must-win situation. Considering the fact that Humpy is 670 points rated above ahead of her opponent, it is highly probable that she will come out on top.} cxd4 14. exd4 Bh6 15. Rc3 (15. Rc2 {was a better way to get out of the pin.}) 15... Rfd8 16. Ne5 $2 {is a mistake, because after an exchange on e5, Black can easily have her knight at e4 and the pawn cannot be taken because the rook on d1 will be hanging.} (16. Rc2 {even though this should have been played on the previous move, this is still playable. Thus White rectifies her mistake.}) 16... Nxe5 17. dxe5 Ne4 18. Bxe4 dxe4 19. Nf1 Bf4 (19... Rxd1 20. Qxd1 Rd8 21. Qe2 Bf8 $17 {to make sure white does not get an easy c5 break}) 20. Rc2 Qc5 21. Re1 (21. Ne3 {the knight needed to be brought into action and White must not give up the d3 square easily.} Rxd1+ 22. Qxd1 Bxe3 23. fxe3 Qxe3+ 24. Rf2 {much better than what transpired in the game for White.}) 21... Rd3 $17 22. Qg4 Bxe5 23. Bxe5 Qxe5 24. Ng3 Rcd8 {Notice how Humpy did not rush to play f5. First she brings all her pieces into action before going for f5.} 25. Rce2 f5 26. Qg5 Qg7 27. Rc2 h6 28. Qc1 R8d7 29. Qa3 Rd1 30. Rc1 Rxe1+ 31. Rxe1 Qc3 32. Rc1 Qd2 33. Nf1 Qg5 34. c5 bxc5 35. Qxc5 f4 36. Qc4 (36. Qxg5 {would not have made any major difference.} hxg5 37. Kh2 Kf7 $19) 36... Qd5 (36... e3 {leads to a quicker finish.} 37. f3 Bxf3 38. Qxe6+ Rf7 39. Rc2 e2 $19) 37. Qc2 Kh7 (37... e3 {is still working.} 38. f3 Qd3 $19) 38. Qe2 h5 39. Qb2 Qg5 (39... e3 40. fxe3 f3 $19) 40. Kh2 Ba6 41. Qa3 Bxf1 42. Rxf1 f3 43. gxf3 Qf4+ 44. Kg2 exf3+ 45. Kh1 Qg5 46. Rg1 Rd1 0-1 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2018.11.08"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Zhu, Jiner"] [Black "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C26"] [WhiteElo "2379"] [BlackElo "2465"] [Annotator "Shahid Ahmed"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "b2b2k1/1q3pp1/3p4/1r1PpPP1/2p1B3/2P2QK1/1P6/2BR4 w - - 0 30"] [PlyCount "13"] [EventDate "2018.11.03"] {[#]} 30. Qh5 {is definitely winning however} ({A quicker win was} 30. f6 Rxd5 (30... gxf6 31. Qf5 Rxd5 32. Qh7+ Kf8 33. g6 Ke8 34. g7 $18) (30... g6 31. Qh1 Be7 32. Qh3 $18) 31. Bxd5 $18) 30... Rxb2 31. f6 gxf6 32. Qh7+ Kf8 33. g6 Rb3 34. g7+ Ke7 35. g8=Q Rxc3+ 36. Kh2 1-0 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2018.11.07"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Atalik, Ekaterina"] [Black "Muzychuk, Mariya"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A57"] [WhiteElo "2445"] [BlackElo "2545"] [Annotator "Shahid Ahmed"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "1rr3k1/p3pN1p/bn1nPbpB/3p4/6Q1/P1q3NP/B4PP1/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 27"] [PlyCount "4"] [EventDate "2018.11.03"] {[#]} 27... Qxa3 28. Nh5 (28. Nxd6 Qxd6 (28... Qxa2 29. Nh5 Be5 30. Nf5 $18) ( 28... exd6 29. e7 $18) 29. Bf4 Qd8 30. Bxb8 Rxb8 31. Bxd5 $18) 28... Ne4 29. Nf4 $19 (29. Bb3 {was a better continuation.}) 0-1 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2018.11.07"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Koneru, Humpy"] [Black "Zawadzka, Jolanta"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D37"] [WhiteElo "2548"] [BlackElo "2407"] [Annotator "Shahid Ahmed"] [PlyCount "156"] [EventDate "2018.11.03"] {Since Humpy drew round 2.1 game, a win was required to advance to round 3. A draw meant tie-break matches to be played.} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e3 a6 6. Bxc4 b5 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. O-O c5 9. Qe2 Nbd7 10. Rd1 Qb8 11. b3 Be7 12. Bb2 O-O 13. Rac1 Rc8 14. Bb1 Nb6 15. dxc5 Rxc5 16. Nd2 Qe8 17. Nce4 Nxe4 18. Nxe4 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Rc8 20. Rxc8 Qxc8 21. Qd3 Nd5 22. Ng3 g6 23. Ne4 Qc6 24. f3 f6 25. h4 {is an overambitious attempt by Humpy who should have tried to keep the status quo in this equal position.} Qb6 26. Bd4 Qa5 27. Kf2 e5 28. Bc5 (28. Bb2 {was still okay and playable.} Qb6 29. Ke2 f5 30. Nc3 $15) 28... Bxc5 ({Better was} 28... f5 29. Nd6 (29. Bxe7 fxe4 30. fxe4 Nxe7 31. Qd7 Kf7 32. Qxb7 Qd2+ $19) 29... Bc6 30. b4 Qd8 31. e4 Bxd6 32. Bxd6 Qxd6 33. exd5 Bxd5 $17) 29. Nxc5 Bc6 30. h5 f5 31. hxg6 hxg6 32. g4 ({Alternative was} 32. e4 Nf4 33. Qe3 Qd8 34. g3 Nh3+ 35. Kg2 Qd1 36. exf5 Qxb1 37. Qxe5 gxf5 38. Qb8+ Kh7 39. Qc7+ Kg8 40. Qd8+ $11) 32... Qd8 33. Ne6 $2 (33. gxf5 Qh4+ 34. Ke2 b4 ( 34... Qh2+ 35. Kd1 gxf5 36. Kc1 Qg1+ 37. Kb2 Qxe3 38. Qxe3 Nxe3 39. Nd3 $11) 35. Kd2 Qf2+ 36. Qe2 Qxe2+ 37. Kxe2 Nc3+ 38. Kf2 Nxb1 39. Nxa6 gxf5 40. Nxb4 $15 {keeps some hope alive}) 33... Qh4+ 34. Ke2 Qh2+ (34... e4 {could have finished things early} 35. Qd4 exf3+ 36. Kd1 (36. Kd2 Qf2+) 36... Qh8 $19) 35. Kf1 Qh1+ 36. Kf2 Qh2+ 37. Kf1 b4 38. Nc7 Qh1+ 39. Kf2 Qh2+ (39... e4 40. fxe4 Qh2+ 41. Kf1 Qxc7 $19) 40. Ke1 Qg1+ 41. Kd2 Qf2+ 42. Kc1 Qe1+ 43. Kc2 Nxc7 ( 43... Nxe3+ 44. Kb2 e4 45. fxe4 (45. Qd8+ Kf7 $19) 45... fxe4 46. Qd8+ Kf7 $19) 44. Qc4+ Nd5 45. Qxc6 Qe2+ (45... Qc3+ 46. Qxc3 Nxc3 $19) 46. Kc1 Qxe3+ 47. Kb2 Qd4+ 48. Kc1 Qc3+ 49. Qxc3 Nxc3 50. Bd3 e4 51. Bc4+ Kg7 52. gxf5 gxf5 53. fxe4 fxe4 54. Bxa6 Nxa2+ 55. Kd2 Kf6 56. Ke3 Ke5 57. Bf1 Nc3 58. Bc4 Nd5+ 59. Kd2 Kd4 60. Ke2 Nf4+ 61. Kf2 Ng6 62. Ke2 Ne5 63. Bb5 Nf7 64. Kd2 Nd6 65. Bf1 Ke5 66. Ba6 Kf4 67. Ke2 Nf5 68. Bc4 Ng3+ 69. Kf2 e3+ 70. Ke1 Ke4 71. Ba6 Kd4 72. Bc4 Ne4 73. Ke2 Nc5 74. Bg8 Nd3 75. Bc4 Nf4+ 76. Ke1 Kc3 77. Kd1 e2+ 78. Ke1 Kc2 0-1 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.06"] [Round "10.14"] [White "Zhu, Jiner"] [Black "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C26"] [WhiteElo "2379"] [BlackElo "2465"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "China"] [BlackTeam "Russia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "CHN"] [BlackTeamCountry "RUS"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 $5 {A surprise for Pogonina.} Nf6 3. g3 Be7 (3... d5 $5 { Is recommended by the textbooks as the way forward for black.} 4. exd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bc5 7. Ne2 O-O 8. O-O Nc6 9. d3 Bg4 10. h3 Be6 11. c4 Qd7 12. Kh2 Rad8 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. fxe3 Ne7 15. Nc3 f5 $11) 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nge2 c5 $6 { An unusual choice} 6. d3 d6 7. h3 Nc6 8. f4 $1 {There is no subtletly with this opening here --white just wants to pawn storm the black king.} Rb8 9. a4 a6 10. f5 h6 $6 {This seems a bit odd, giving White a "hook" to open lines via the g5 square.} ({Better was to save that tempo and play actively with} 10... b5 11. axb5 axb5 12. O-O b4 13. Nd5 Nxd5 14. exd5 Nd4 $11) 11. O-O b5 12. axb5 axb5 13. Nd5 Nxd5 14. exd5 Nd4 15. c3 $5 {A creative move by young 15 year old Zhu} Nxe2+ ({It would not have been so foolhardy to play} 15... Nxf5 16. Be4 g6 17. g4 Ng7 $1 18. Bxh6 {Although Black has returned the extra material, she will have some tremendous co-ordination after} f5 $1 {Black's counter attack has arrived with powerful effect.}) 16. Qxe2 Bb7 $6 {Pogonina underestimates the bind that Zhu is brewing.} (16... Bg5 $5 17. h4 (17. Bxg5 Qxg5 18. Qf2 b4 19. c4 g6 20. f6 Bf5 21. h4 Qg4) 17... Bxc1 18. Raxc1 f6) 17. Be4 Bf6 18. h4 $1 Re8 19. Qh5 Ra8 20. Rxa8 Bxa8 21. Kh2 $1 c4 22. dxc4 bxc4 23. Kh3 ({Zhu could have also played the stunning} 23. g4 $1 {Open the door} Bxh4 24. f6 $1 { Open another door!} Bxf6 {One more!} 25. g5 $1 hxg5 26. Bxg5 $1 {White keeps throwing material for black to take.} Kf8 (26... Bxg5 27. Qxf7+ Kh8 28. Qg6 Bf4+ 29. Rxf4) 27. Qh8+ Ke7 28. Qxg7 {with mate in 27 according to the machine. }) 23... Qa5 24. Qf3 Rb8 $2 (24... Qd8 $1 {Would have prolonged the battle for longer.} 25. Be3 (25. Qh5 Qa5 {Leads to a merry dance.} 26. Rd1 Qa4 27. Rh1 Qa5 28. Qf3 Qd8 29. Be3 Bb7 {Despite black's craftiness, she is simply waiting for the attack to happen.})) 25. g4 Rb5 26. g5 hxg5 27. hxg5 Bd8 28. Rd1 Qa7 29. Kg3 $5 {A very nice touch.} Qb7 30. Qh5 Rxb2 31. f6 gxf6 32. Qh7+ Kf8 33. g6 Rb3 34. g7+ Ke7 35. g8=Q Rxc3+ 36. Kh2 1-0 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.07"] [Round "11.7"] [White "Atalik, Ekaterina"] [Black "Muzychuk, Mariya"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A57"] [WhiteElo "2445"] [BlackElo "2545"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Turkey"] [BlackTeam "Ukraine"] [WhiteTeamCountry "TUR"] [BlackTeamCountry "UKR"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Qc2 Na6 5. a3 bxc4 6. e4 g6 7. Bxc4 Nc7 8. Nf3 Bg7 9. O-O d6 10. h3 O-O 11. Nc3 Rb8 12. Rb1 Nd7 13. Bf4 Nb6 14. Ba2 Ba6 15. Rfd1 Qd7 16. e5 Nb5 17. Ne2 Rfc8 18. e6 fxe6 19. dxe6 Qb7 20. Qd2 c4 21. Bh6 Bf6 22. Ng5 d5 23. Qf4 Nd6 24. Ng3 Qc7 25. Qg4 c3 26. bxc3 Qxc3 {White is on the verge of reeling in the point and moving on to the third round -- all that is needed is some precision!} 27. Nf7 $1 Qxa3 28. Nh5 (28. Nxd6 {Would have settled matters rather quickly.} Qxa2 (28... exd6 29. e7 $1) (28... Qxd6 29. Bf4 Be5 30. Nf5 Qc7 31. Bxe5 Qxe5 32. Nxe7+ {gives white a great material advantage.}) 29. Nxc8 (29. Nh5 {Is also crushing but reserved for people with Tal-like attacking powers.}) 29... Rxc8 30. Nh5 Be5 31. Qg5 Bd6 32. Nf6+ Kh8 33. Ra1 Qe2 34. Nxd5 {is winning.}) 28... Ne4 29. Nf4 $4 {A terrible blunder} Qxa2 30. Nxg6 Qxf2+ 31. Kh1 Qe1+ $3 {Kishi Kaisei- "Wake from the death and return to life". After this beautiful blow its all over for Atalik.} 32. Rxe1 Nf2+ 33. Kh2 Nxg4+ 34. hxg4 hxg6 35. g5 Bc3 36. Re3 d4 37. Rh3 d3 38. Rf1 d2 39. Rf6 exf6 40. gxf6 Bxf6 0-1 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.06"] [Round "10.6"] [White "Galliamova, Alisa"] [Black "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D47"] [WhiteElo "2432"] [BlackElo "2534"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "121"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Russia"] [BlackTeam "Russia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "RUS"] [BlackTeamCountry "RUS"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bd6 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. e4 e5 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 O-O 13. O-O-O {A novel idea by Indian grandmaster Baskaran Adhiban, white focuses on striking quickly in the centre, with a well-timed capture on e5, followed by Nf3/d4 and f2-f4. Its a bold idea and a surprised Goryachkina had to navigate the opening minefield on her own.} Qb8 $6 {The wrong square - the queen is clumsily placed here.} ({ In the only game in this variation} 13... Qe7 $1 14. Kb1 a6 15. dxe5 Nxe5 16. Nd4 $5 g6 17. f4 Nxd3 18. Rxd3 Bxf4 19. e5 $1 Bxe5 20. Re1 Rae8 $2 21. Nf3 Qb4 22. a3 $1 (22. Rxe5 $2 {1/2-1/2 (41) Adhiban,B (2671)-Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (2618) Hamedan IRI 2018}) 22... Qg4 23. h3 Qf4 24. g3 Qf5 25. g4 Qf4 26. Nxe5 Rxe5 27. Ne2 {Black must sacrifice the exchange to avoid losing material.}) 14. Kb1 b4 15. Na4 (15. dxe5 $1 Nxe5 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. Nxe5 fxe5 18. Ne2 $16) 15... Re8 16. Nc5 $2 (16. dxe5 Bxe5 17. Rhe1 c5 18. Nxe5 Qxe5 19. Bg3 Qe7 20. f3 { White has good attacking chances.}) 16... exd4 17. Nxb7 Qxb7 18. Nxd4 c5 19. Nf5 Be5 $2 {Superficially active the bishop is merely a target on e5, vulnerable to f2-f4 attacks.} 20. Rhf1 $1 Qc7 21. Bb5 $1 {Black is in tremendous trouble} Reb8 $2 (21... Rab8 {Is not possible either because of} 22. Bxf6 $1) ({The natural} 21... a6 {does not work on account of.} 22. Bxd7 Nxd7 23. f4 Bxf4 24. Qf2 $1) 22. Bc6 ({Wihte can also finish the game with} 22. Bxd7 $1 Nxd7 23. f4 {Now white can play} Bf6 (23... Bxf4 24. Ne7+) 24. Rxd7 Qxd7 25. Bxf6 gxf6 26. Rd1 Qe6 27. Qe2 Kh7 28. Qh5 $1 Qxe4+ 29. Ka1 Qxf4 30. Qxf7+ Kh8 31. Qg7#) 22... c4 23. Bxa8 Rxa8 24. f4 Bxf4 25. Rxd7 $3 {This spectacular blow puts the game in the bag.} Nxd7 26. Ne7+ Kh8 27. Nd5 Qc5 28. Nxf4 Qb5 29. Qe2 Nb6 30. Bf2 b3 31. a3 Rd8 32. Bxb6 axb6 33. Nd5 Qc6 34. Qf2 Qe6 35. Nc3 f6 36. g3 Rd3 37. Qf5 Qe8 38. e5 fxe5 39. Qf8+ Qxf8 40. Rxf8+ Kh7 41. Kc1 Kg6 42. Rb8 Rf3 43. Rxb6+ Kf5 44. a4 Rf2 45. a5 Rc2+ 46. Kb1 e4 47. Rd6 Rf2 48. Rd1 e3 49. Re1 Rxh2 50. a6 Rd2 51. a7 Rd8 52. Rxe3 Kg4 53. Kc1 g5 54. Nd5 Ra8 55. Re7 Kxg3 56. Nb6 Rf8 57. a8=Q Rxa8 58. Nxa8 h5 59. Nb6 h4 60. Nxc4 h3 61. Rh7 1-0 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.08"] [Round "12.1"] [White "Hoang, Thanh Trang"] [Black "Lagno, Kateryna"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A48"] [WhiteElo "2448"] [BlackElo "2556"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "126"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Hungary"] [BlackTeam "Russia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "HUN"] [BlackTeamCountry "RUS"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. h3 c5 6. c3 d6 7. Nbd2 Nc6 8. dxc5 dxc5 9. Qc2 Be6 10. Be2 h6 11. O-O Qc8 12. Rfd1 Rd8 13. Bh2 g5 14. Ne5 Bf5 15. Qb3 Nxe5 16. Bxe5 Qe6 17. Qxe6 Bxe6 18. Bf3 Bd5 19. c4 Bxf3 20. Nxf3 Ne4 21. Bxg7 Kxg7 22. Kf1 Kf6 23. Ke2 e6 24. Nd2 Nxd2 25. Rxd2 Rxd2+ 26. Kxd2 Rd8+ 27. Kc3 h5 28. a3 a5 29. Rb1 b6 30. b4 axb4+ 31. axb4 Ra8 32. bxc5 bxc5 33. Rb5 Ra2 34. Rb2 Ra3+ 35. Rb3 Ra2 36. Rb2 Ra1 37. Kd3 Ra3+ 38. Kc2 g4 39. hxg4 hxg4 40. Rb3 Ra2+ 41. Rb2 Ra1 42. Kd3 Ra3+ 43. Kd2 Ke5 44. f3 g3 45. Rb7 Ra2+ 46. Kd3 f5 47. Rb5 Rxg2 48. Rxc5+ Kd6 49. Rc8 Rg1 50. Rg8 e5 51. Rg6+ $2 {A panicky move that not only loses time but encourages black to play the correct idea!} (51. Rg5 Kc5 52. Ke2) 51... Kc5 52. Rg5 $4 ({White can save the game by abandoning the weak c4 pawn and instead concentrating on winning the g2 pawn.} 52. Ke2 Kxc4 53. f4 e4 54. Rc6+ $1 Kb3 55. Rb6+ {And the rook will drive the king away. }) 52... g2 $1 53. Ke2 Ra1 {A very instructive endgame.} 54. Rxg2 Ra2+ 55. Kf1 Rxg2 56. Kxg2 Kxc4 57. e4 f4 {There is nothing to be done, white is lost.} 58. Kh3 Kd3 59. Kg4 Ke3 60. Kf5 Kxf3 61. Kxe5 Kg3 62. Kd6 f3 63. e5 f2 0-1 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.06"] [Round "10.1"] [White "Ju, Wenjun"] [Black "Krush, Irina"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D20"] [WhiteElo "2568"] [BlackElo "2434"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "99"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "China"] [BlackTeam "United States"] [WhiteTeamCountry "CHN"] [BlackTeamCountry "USA"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 e5 {Historically black's most popular choice} 4. Nf3 Bb4+ 5. Nc3 exd4 6. Qxd4 $5 {A very conservative choice.} (6. Nxd4 {Is more principled}) 6... Qxd4 7. Nxd4 Nf6 8. f3 Bc5 ({Black has also tried} 8... Bd7 9. Bxc4 Nc6 10. Nxc6 Bxc6 11. Be3 Nd7 12. O-O-O Bxc3 13. bxc3 f6 {With a pair of bishops and flexible pawn majority white stood slightly better in Beliavsky, A (2660)-Charbonneau,P (2490) Mallorca (Spain) 2004}) (8... a6 {Might be a better way to start mobilise the queenside} 9. Bxc4 O-O 10. Be3 b5 11. Be2 { but the black bishop is not particularly well placed on b4, for example} c5 { is well met with} 12. Nc2) 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Nc2 Bxe3 11. Nxe3 Be6 ({Black would love to hold onto the pawn with} 11... Ne5 {but} 12. Nb5 {is a good answer!}) 12. Bxc4 $1 ({Inaccurate is} 12. O-O-O Ne5 $1 13. Nb5 Ke7 $1 14. Nxc7 Rac8 $11 {1/2-1/2 (41) Robson,R (2680)-Priyadharshan,K (2462) Saint Louis USA 2015}) 12... Bxc4 ({It is also interesting to allow the trade of bishops on e6 with the logic that it will be much easier to prevent the advance of the kingside pawns. However making such strategical concessions is not optimal!} 12... O-O-O ) 13. Nxc4 O-O-O 14. Rd1 Nd7 15. Ke2 Nde5 $2 {White has one plan and it is a very simple one to advance the kingside pawns and this gives moves gives white a free hand to begin her pawn advances.} ({Controlliing the pawn advance f3-f4 } 15... Nc5 $1 {was preferable.} 16. Nd5 Rhe8 17. g4 $1 (17. h4 f5 $1) 17... Ne6 18. h4 b5 19. Nce3 Kb7 {Black's activity will start to make trouble.}) 16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. f4 Nc6 $6 {Again, the black knight keeps getting in the way of its pawns.} 18. Ke3 f6 (18... h5 19. h4) 19. h4 Rxd1 $2 {With every piece exchange it becomes and easier and easier for Ju to advance those passed pawns. } (19... Nb4 $1) 20. Rxd1 Rd8 21. Rc1 Rd7 $2 {Simply too passive. Krush waits for her fate, once again active measures were necessary.} (21... Nb4 22. a3 Nd3 23. Rc2 c6 24. g4 Ne1 $14) 22. g4 h6 23. Nd5 Ne7 $2 {Another error.} 24. Nxe7+ $1 Rxe7 25. f5 $1 {Ju Wenjun plays the rook ending perfectly.} Kd8 26. g5 hxg5 27. hxg5 fxg5 28. Rg1 Ke8 29. Rxg5 Kf7 30. Rg2 $1 Rd7 31. e5 Rd1 32. Kf4 Rf1+ 33. Kg5 Ke7 34. e6 c6 35. Kg6 Rf3 36. b4 $6 {The only inaccuracy. Best was} ( 36. Rd2 $1 Rg3+ 37. Kh7 Rg5 38. Rd7+ Ke8 39. Rxb7 Rxf5 40. Kxg7 {Black's pawn structure is ruined.}) 36... a6 $4 {The nail in the coffin.} ({The last chance was} 36... b6 37. Rd2 (37. Rg1 Rf2) 37... Rg3+ 38. Kh7 Rg5 39. Rd7+ Ke8 $1 ( 39... Kf6 40. Rf7+ Ke5 41. e7) 40. Rxa7 {This is the problem, Black gets to maintain a better structure} Rxf5 41. Kxg7 Rf4 {White is still winning but black may have some chances to fight on.}) 37. Rd2 Rg3+ 38. Kh7 Rg5 39. Rd7+ Ke8 40. Rxb7 Rxf5 41. Kxg7 Rf4 42. Kg6 Kd8 43. Kg5 Rf2 44. a4 Rf1 45. a5 Rf2 46. Rd7+ Ke8 47. Rc7 Kd8 48. Rxc6 Rb2 49. Rb6 Ke7 50. Kf5 1-0 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.07"] [Round "11.2"] [White "Koneru, Humpy"] [Black "Zawadzka, Jolanta"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D48"] [WhiteElo "2548"] [BlackElo "2407"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "156"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "India"] [BlackTeam "Poland"] [WhiteTeamCountry "IND"] [BlackTeamCountry "POL"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e3 a6 6. Bxc4 (6. a4 c5 { Transposes to more standard Queens gambit accepted lines.}) 6... b5 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. O-O c5 9. Qe2 Nbd7 10. Rd1 Qb8 11. b3 Be7 (11... Bd6 12. h3 O-O 13. Bb2 Rc8 14. Rac1 cxd4 15. Nxd4 h6 16. Nf3 {Black has good development.}) 12. Bb2 O-O 13. Rac1 Rc8 14. Bb1 Nb6 15. dxc5 Rxc5 16. Nd2 Qe8 17. Nce4 Nxe4 18. Nxe4 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Rc8 20. Rxc8 Qxc8 21. Qd3 Nd5 22. Ng3 g6 23. Ne4 Qc6 24. f3 $6 ({ It would have been safer to play} 24. a3) 24... f6 25. h4 $2 {This looks like an insignificant error but in fact White is rather carelessly weakening her own king. Black has better piece co-ordination on account of the excellent knight on d5 and white's poor bishop on b1.} Qb6 26. Bd4 Qa5 27. Kf2 e5 ({ Better was the sneaky} 27... Qc7 28. Kg1 e5 29. Bb2 Qb6 30. Bc1 {White is forced to put the minor pieces on awkward squares.}) 28. Bc5 $2 (28. Bb2) 28... Bxc5 (28... f5 $1 29. Nd6 Ba8 30. a3 (30. g3 Qc7) 30... Qd8 31. e4 Bxd6 32. Bxd6 Qxd6 33. exd5 Bxd5 {Picks up some material}) 29. Nxc5 Bc6 30. h5 f5 $1 31. hxg6 hxg6 32. g4 $2 {Koneru pushes forward oblivious to the dangers that lies ahead.} Qd8 $3 {An excellent backward queen move.} 33. Ne6 $2 (33. Kg3 { Unfortunately fails to} Qd6) (33. Kg2 Qe7 {The knight is trapped.}) ({The only way to save the game is to play} 33. gxf5 $1 Qh4+ 34. Ke2 Qh2+ 35. Kd1 gxf5 $1 36. Kc1 Qg1+ 37. Kb2 $1 (37. Kd2 {Would be a mistake because of} Qf2+ 38. Qe2 $4 Qxe2+ 39. Kxe2 Nc3+ $1 {winning a piece}) 37... Qxe3 38. Qxe3 Nxe3 39. Nd3 { With good drawing chances.}) 33... Qh4+ 34. Ke2 Qh2+ 35. Kf1 Qh1+ 36. Kf2 Qh2+ 37. Kf1 b4 $1 {The winning shot.} 38. Nc7 (38. Ke1 Bb5 $1) 38... Qh1+ 39. Kf2 Qh2+ 40. Ke1 Qg1+ ({Black had a killer blow in} 40... e4 41. fxe4 Nc3 $3 42. Qd8+ {and now the king can run away from the checks with} (42. Qc4+ Kh8 43. Qd4+ Kh7 $1) 42... Kf7 {hiding in plain sight!}) 41. Kd2 Qf2+ 42. Kc1 Qe1+ 43. Kc2 Nxc7 $6 (43... Nxe3+ $1 44. Kb2 {Now black can win the game with the very quiet} Kh7 $1 {The problem is that white is in some form of zugzwang, she cannot maintain her perfect defence.} 45. gxf5 (45. Ne6 Bb5) 45... gxf5 46. a4 e4 47. fxe4 fxe4 48. Qd6 Nc4+ 49. bxc4 Qc3+ 50. Ka2 Qa3#) 44. Qc4+ Nd5 45. Qxc6 Qe2+ 46. Kc1 Qxe3+ 47. Kb2 Qd4+ 48. Kc1 Qc3+ 49. Qxc3 Nxc3 50. Bd3 e4 $2 51. Bc4+ (51. Bxa6 $1 {Might be white's best shot.} fxg4 52. fxg4 Kf7 53. Kb2 Nd1+ 54. Kc1 Nf2 55. Be2 e3 56. Kb2 Kf6 57. a3 bxa3+ 58. Kxa3 {The passed b-pawn may give white some chances to hold.}) 51... Kg7 52. gxf5 gxf5 53. fxe4 fxe4 54. Bxa6 Nxa2+ 55. Kd2 Kf6 56. Ke3 Ke5 57. Bf1 Nc3 58. Bc4 Nd5+ 59. Kd2 Kd4 60. Ke2 Nf4+ 61. Kf2 Ng6 (61... e3+ $1 62. Ke1 Nd3+ 63. Ke2 Nf4+ 64. Ke1 Kc3 65. Bg8 e2 66. Bc4 Kc2 {Was a quicker way to end to the game!}) 62. Ke2 Ne5 63. Bb5 Nf7 64. Kd2 Nd6 65. Bf1 Ke5 66. Ba6 Kf4 67. Ke2 Nf5 68. Bc4 Ng3+ 69. Kf2 e3+ 70. Ke1 Ke4 71. Ba6 Kd4 72. Bc4 Ne4 73. Ke2 Nc5 74. Bg8 Nd3 75. Bc4 Nf4+ 76. Ke1 Kc3 77. Kd1 e2+ 78. Ke1 Kc2 (78... Kc2 {White resigned because after} 79. Bg8 Kd3 80. Bc4+ Ke3 {White must either abandon her bishop or succumb to checkmate.}) 0-1 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.07"] [Round "11.4"] [White "Muzychuk, Anna"] [Black "Bodnaruk, Anastasia"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B31"] [WhiteElo "2564"] [BlackElo "2426"] [Annotator "Me"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Ukraine"] [BlackTeam "Russia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "UKR"] [BlackTeamCountry "RUS"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. O-O {After winning the first game of the match, Muzychuk chooses the solid Rossolimo system.} Bg7 5. c3 Nf6 6. Re1 O-O 7. d4 d5 8. e5 Ne4 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Nbd2 Nxd2 ({Black also has an interesting line at her disposal} 10... Bf5 $5 11. Nh4 e6 12. Nxf5 exf5 13. Nf1) (10... cxd4 11. cxd4 c5 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. Nb3 Nxb3 14. Qxb3 {with equality.}) 11. Nxd2 f6 (11... cxd4 12. cxd4 c5 13. dxc5 Qc7 14. Nf3 Qxc5 {Is very well known theory.}) 12. e6 $1 {The most principled try. Muzychuk assesses that even if the e6 pawn were to be lost it has such a cramping effect on the two bishops it is worth the potential risk.} cxd4 13. cxd4 Qd6 14. Nb3 f5 (14... Bxe6 15. Bf4 $1 Qxf4 16. Rxe6 f5 17. Qe2 {Does not promise black too many winning chances.}) 15. Bd2 f4 16. Rc1 Rb8 ({Bodnaruk needed to take that gamble and play the greedy} 16... Bxe6 17. Qe2 (17. a3 f3 $1) 17... Bd7 18. Qxe7 Qc7 19. Ba5 Qc8 {Black is holding on for grim life but where is there is life there is hope.}) 17. Qc2 $1 Rb6 $2 18. Ba5 Ra6 19. Qd2 f3 20. g3 Rf6 21. Bb4 Qd8 22. a3 Qf8 ({Black should have perhaps tried} 22... Bxe6 23. Nc5 Bc8 24. Nxa6 Bxa6 25. Bxe7 Qd7 26. Kh1 Rf7 27. Bg5 {But the position remains extremely difficult.}) 23. Rc3 Bh6 24. Qd1 Rb6 25. Nc5 a5 26. Bxa5 Rxb2 27. Nd7 {A flawless display!} Bxd7 28. exd7 Rd6 29. d8=Q Rxd8 30. Rxf3 Qe8 31. Bxd8 Qxd8 32. Rb3 Rd2 33. Qg4 Bf8 34. Qf4 1-0 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.07"] [Round "11.5"] [White "Ni, Shiqun"] [Black "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C93"] [WhiteElo "2436"] [BlackElo "2543"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "107"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "China"] [BlackTeam "Russia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "CHN"] [BlackTeamCountry "RUS"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 h6 10. d4 Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. Bc2 Bb7 13. a3 Nb8 14. b3 c6 15. Bb2 Nbd7 16. a4 Qc7 17. Bd3 g6 18. Qc2 Bg7 19. c4 bxc4 20. Bxc4 exd4 21. Bxd4 Re7 22. Re2 Rae8 23. Rae1 Kh7 24. Qb2 c5 25. Bc3 Nh5 26. Bxg7 Nxg7 27. Qc2 Nh5 28. Re3 Nhf6 29. Qd3 Nb8 30. Bd5 Nc6 31. Bxc6 Bxc6 32. Qxa6 Nxe4 33. Nxe4 Rxe4 34. Rxe4 Rxe4 35. Rxe4 Bxe4 36. Nd2 Bb7 37. Qb5 Bc6 38. Qc4 Qe7 39. b4 d5 40. Qxc5 Qxc5 41. bxc5 Bxa4 42. f4 g5 43. Kf2 Kg6 44. Ke3 Kf6 45. Nf3 Bd7 46. Nd4 Ke7 47. g4 Bc8 48. Nc6+ (48. f5 $1 {Black is powerless to stop the white king arriving on d4.}) 48... Ke8 49. Nb4 f5 $1 {When you are material down, you swap pawns not pieces...It might be a cliche but its good advice!} 50. Nxd5 Kd8 51. Nf6 Kc7 52. Nd5+ Kd8 53. Nf6 Kc7 54. Nd5+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.07"] [Round "11.14"] [White "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Black "Zhu, Jiner"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A80"] [WhiteElo "2465"] [BlackElo "2379"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Russia"] [BlackTeam "China"] [WhiteTeamCountry "RUS"] [BlackTeamCountry "CHN"] 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 g6 4. e3 Bg7 5. Bc4 e6 6. O-O O-O 7. a4 h6 8. a5 d6 9. h3 Qe7 10. Nc3 Kh7 11. Bh2 a6 12. Qe2 Nbd7 13. Ba2 e5 14. dxe5 Nxe5 15. Nxe5 dxe5 16. Rfd1 Bd7 17. Bd5 Bb5 18. Nxb5 Nxd5 19. Na3 Rad8 20. Rd2 e4 21. c3 g5 $2 ({When there is one open line in the position, the first thing one must do is control that file. Chess can sometimes be that simple!} 21... Rd7 22. Nc2 Rfd8 23. Nd4 Nf6 24. Rad1 Ne8 {White will have a hard time winning this position.}) 22. Nc2 Be5 $4 {A terrible blunder} ({It was still not too late to start making a challenge on the open file.} 22... Rd7) 23. Bxe5 Qxe5 24. Rad1 Rd6 25. Qc4 $1 Rfd8 26. Qb3 $1 b5 27. axb6 Rxb6 28. Nb4 c6 29. Nxc6 $1 { White soon won without much trouble.} Rxc6 30. Rxd5 Rxd5 31. Rxd5 Qe6 32. c4 f4 33. Qb7+ Kg6 34. b3 fxe3 35. fxe3 Rb6 36. Qc7 Qf6 37. Kh2 Re6 38. Qd7 g4 39. Qc8 h5 40. Qg8+ Kh6 41. c5 Rc6 42. Qe8 g3+ 43. Kxg3 h4+ 44. Kh2 Kg7 45. Qd7+ 1-0 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.08"] [Round "12.6"] [White "Saduakassova, Dinara"] [Black "Stefanova, Antoaneta"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C55"] [WhiteElo "2474"] [BlackElo "2490"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Kazakhstan"] [BlackTeam "Bulgaria"] [WhiteTeamCountry "KAZ"] [BlackTeamCountry "BUL"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 h6 5. O-O d6 6. c3 g5 7. Be3 $6 {It feels a little bit early to commit the bishop to this square.} ({The most critical is of course to play} 7. d4 $1 g4 {now an interesting attempt is} 8. Ne1 $5 (8. Nfd2 exd4 9. cxd4 Nxd4 10. Re1 Bg7 11. Nf1 Nc6 12. Nc3 Ne5 13. Bb3 O-O 14. Ng3 Re8 15. Bf4 Nh7 16. Qd2 Ng5 17. Kh1 Be6 $14 {1-0 (72) Karjakin,S (2782) -Mamedyarov,S (2808) Leuven BEL 2018}) 8... Nxe4 9. f3 d5 10. Bb5 gxf3 11. Nxf3 Bg7 12. Nxe5 Bxe5 13. dxe5 Be6 14. Nd2 Nxd2 15. Bxd2 Qd7 16. Be3 a6 17. Qa4 Rb8 18. Be2 Nxe5 19. Qd4 Ng6 20. Bh5 Rh7 21. Rae1 Qc6 22. Bd2 Kd7 23. Rxe6 fxe6 24. Bxg6 Re7 25. Bxh6 Rg8 26. Bf7 e5 27. Qf2 {1-0 (27) Fitzsimons,D (2325)-Collins, S (2452) Dublin IRL 2018}) 7... Bg7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. d4 Qe7 10. Qc2 Kh8 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. b4 b6 13. a4 a5 14. b5 Nd8 {Perhaps surprised by the opening, Saduakassova begins taking passive choices.} 15. Nb3 $2 (15. Ba2 $1 Bb7 ({ The point is that after the aggressive} 15... Ng4 {White can simply answer with } 16. Nc4 $1) 16. Rfe1 Ng4 (16... Nh5 17. Nc4 $1 Kg8 18. h3 Nf4 19. Rad1 { Black will have problems activating the queenside pieces.}) 17. Nc4 $1) 15... Bb7 16. Bd3 Nh5 17. c4 $2 f5 18. Bc1 c5 $1 {From here on now, Stefanova conducts her attack flawlessly.} 19. Re1 g4 20. Nfd2 f4 21. Nf1 Ne6 22. Bb2 Qh4 23. Rad1 g3 24. fxg3 fxg3 25. hxg3 Nxg3 26. Nxg3 Qxg3 27. Bc1 Nf4 28. Bxf4 Rxf4 29. Bf1 Raf8 30. Rd3 (30. Nc1 Rh4 {and mate is unavoidable.}) 30... Qxe1 0-1 [Event "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk"] [Date "2018.11.06"] [Round "10.10"] [White "Socko, Monika"] [Black "Alinasab, Mobina"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D29"] [WhiteElo "2463"] [BlackElo "2236"] [Annotator "Jovi"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Poland"] [BlackTeam "Iran"] [WhiteTeamCountry "POL"] [BlackTeamCountry "IRI"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 {A speciality of Italian grandmaster Michele Godena} a6 $5 5. Bxc4 b5 6. Bb3 {Whilst there is nothing wrong with this retreat, moving the bishop back to b3 does makes it very difficult to advance the e3 pawn to e4.} (6. Bd3 {Is another possibility.} Bb7 7. a4 b4 8. Nbd2 Nbd7 9. O-O e6 {Now the most principled try is} 10. e4 $5 {planning to meet the principled pawn break} c5 {with} 11. e5 $1 Nd5 12. Nc4 {and now} Be7 ( {Should black play} 12... cxd4 13. Bg5 Qc7 14. Rc1 {with a sharp position.}) 13. Bg5 $5) 6... Bb7 7. O-O (7. a4 Nbd7 8. O-O e6 9. Qe2 Be7 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Rd1 Qb8 12. e4 c5 13. e5 Nd5 14. Ne4 cxd4 15. Bg5 Bxg5 16. Nexg5 h6 (16... Nf4 $1 {0-1 (54) Jumabayev,R (2547)-Godena,M (2551) Khanty-Mansiysk RUS 2010})) 7... e6 8. a4 b4 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. Qe2 $6 ({Perhaps the energetic} 10. e4 { was in order as black does not have time to be greedy.} Nxe4 $2 (10... Be7 11. e5 Nd5 12. Ne4 O-O (12... c5 13. Bg5 $1)) 11. Nxe4 Bxe4 12. Re1 Nf6 13. Rxe4 { This is the point!} Nxe4 14. Qc2 Nd6 15. Qc6+ Ke7 16. Bg5+ f6 17. Re1 {White's attack is just devastating.}) 10... c5 11. Rd1 Be7 12. e4 cxd4 13. e5 Nd5 14. Ne4 $2 {White gets in a real pickle after this move.} ({White needed to not overthink things and play} 14. Nxd4 O-O (14... Nf4 $2 15. Qg4 $1 Nxg2 16. Qxg7 Rf8 17. Nc4 {Would win for white.}) 15. Nc4 {With equality.}) 14... Qb8 ({ Black can also play very calmly with} 14... O-O 15. Rxd4 a5 $1) 15. Ng3 d3 16. Qe1 $2 {Losing time} ({Socko was afraid that after} 16. Rxd3 {Black could play} Nc5 {but white can hold the balance with a well-timed exchange sacrifice.} 17. Bxd5 Bxd5 18. Rxd5 exd5 19. Nd4 O-O 20. Ngf5 Qc7 21. Bh6 $1 gxh6 22. Qg4+ Bg5 23. Nxh6+ Kh8 24. Qxg5 {With a complicated positon.}) ({Unfortunately} 16. Qxd3 {loses a pawn to} Nxe5) 16... O-O 17. Bc4 Nc5 18. Bxd3 {Once white loses the bishop pair, things start lurching from bad to worse.} Nxd3 19. Rxd3 Rc8 20. Ne4 a5 {Alinasab is in complete control and white's position quickly falls apart.} 21. Bg5 Bf8 22. Rc1 h6 23. Bd2 (23. Bh4 Nf4 24. Re3 Ba6 25. Rxc8 Qxc8 { White's position is utterly miserable.}) 23... Ba6 24. Rd4 Qb6 25. g4 $4 Rxc1 26. Bxc1 Be7 (26... Rc8 27. g5 hxg5 28. Bxg5 Rc2 {Black is in full control.}) 27. g5 h5 28. Ng3 g6 29. Ne4 Rc8 30. Rd1 Bb7 31. h3 Rc2 32. Rd2 Qc7 33. Rxc2 Qxc2 34. Qd2 $4 Qxe4 0-1