She Knows How to Recover After a Failure

Время публикации: 30.07.2013 01:53 | Последнее обновление: 30.07.2013 11:00

EIWCC: Valentina Gunina gains fifth win in a row to share lead with Hoang Thanh Trang

The first part of the thriller "European Individual Women's Chess Championship" is finished in Belgrade, Serbia. Traditionally there's a free day before the second part starts, which consists of four decisive rounds. 

Valentina Gunina lost against Laura Rogule in Round 2 and stayed in a shadow until today when she gained her fifth win in a row. What qualities should you have in order to do so? The winner gave a commentary to our website:

"The fact is that I am behind the leading players in terms of opening preparation, that's why I am trying to cultivate some a fighting spirit in me. I am emphasizing that in my preparation, so I can recover quickly after a failure. However, I am not spending seven hours on preparation as Kosteniuk for instance..."

Here's what Gunina told about her today's game against Khurtsidze:

"I played Slav defense as Black and it seems that my rival wasn't very well prepared to it. She chose not the most principle continuation 10.cxd5?!. Usually they play 10.Be2 or 10.а3. So, one can say White got nothing out of the opening, it has two bishops but they are closed, while Black has a quite comfortable play. 
After 20.0-0-0 the position for White seemed a bit dangerous for me. However, I missed a very important resource 21.Qe1.
Already in a time trouble I got a bit confused and made a mistake: 26...Ra3? I should have played 26...dхe4 27.Qхe4 Qd6 instead.
When she played 30.h4? (correct was 30.Rh2 -  CN) Rxb3, I had a minute and my opponent had five minutes. I had no idea of what I was going to do if she would play 31.h5.
In the end my rival got confused...

KHURTSIDZE - GUNINA

 

34...Rxb4 35.Qd2?
35.Rxe5 will be followed by 35...Rxe5 and the rook on d1 is under attack. Correct was 35.Qc3 and the fight would be still ahead..."
35...Reb8 36.Re4 Rxe4 37.fxe4 Nc4 38.Qd4 Rxb2 39.Qd3 Qb4 0-1

Already after giving us a commentary, it was known that Hoang Thanh Trang beat Deimante Daulyte in the rook endgame and now shares lead with Gunina.


[Event "ch-EUR Ind w 2013"] [Site "Belgrade SRB"] [Date "2013.07.29"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Khurtsidze, Nino"] [Black "Gunina, Valentina"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2443"] [BlackElo "2507"] [ECO "D11"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "4.e3"] [EventDate "2013.07.23"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Nc3 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. g4 Bg6 8. Ne5 Nbd7 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Bd3 Bb4 12. Bd2 Qe7 13. a3 Bxc3 14. Bxc3 Ne4 15. Bb4 Qf6 16. Qe2 a5 17. Bc3 Qe7 18. Bxe4 Qxe4 19. f3 Qe7 20. O-O-O b5 21. Qe1 b4 22. axb4 a4 23. Kb1 O-O 24. e4 a3 25. b3 a2+ 26. Ka1 Ra3 27. exd5 Qd6 28. dxc6 Qxc6 29. d5 Qa8 30. h4 Rxb3 31. Bb2 Re8 32. Qd2 Ne5 33. Qd4 Qa4 34. Rhe1 Rxb4 35. Qd2 Reb8 36. Re4 Rxe4 37. fxe4 Nc4 38. Qd4 Rxb2 39. Qd3 Qb4 0-1 [Event "ch-EUR Ind w 2013"] [Site "Belgrade SRB"] [Date "2013.07.29"] [Round "7.2"] [White "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"] [Black "Melia, Salome"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2489"] [BlackElo "2428"] [ECO "B37"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "accelerated fianchetto, Maroczy bind, 5...Bg7"] [EventDate "2013.07.23"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Bg7 6. Nc2 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Bg5 d6 9. Be2 Nd7 10. Qd2 Nc5 11. Bh6 Bxh6 12. Qxh6 f5 13. exf5 Bxf5 14. Ne3 Nd4 15. O-O Nxe2+ 16. Nxe2 Bd3 17. Rfe1 e5 18. Rad1 Qf6 19. f3 Rad8 20. Ng4 Qg7 21. b3 Qxh6 22. Nxh6+ Kg7 23. Ng4 Bxe2 24. Rxe2 Ne6 25. Ne3 Nd4 26. Red2 a6 27. Nc2 Nxc2 28. Rxc2 Kf6 29. Rcd2 Ke6 30. Rd5 Rd7 31. Kf2 Rc8 32. h4 b5 33. cxb5 Rc2+ 34. Kg3 axb5 35. Rxb5 Rxa2 36. Rb6 Rb2 37. Rd3 Kf5 38. Kh3 Ke6 39. b4 h5 40. Kg3 Kf5 41. Rdxd6 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-EUR Ind w 2013"] [Site "Belgrade SRB"] [Date "2013.07.29"] [Round "7.3"] [White "Hoang, Thanh Trang"] [Black "Daulyte, Deimante"] [Result "*"] [WhiteElo "2467"] [BlackElo "2363"] [ECO "D97"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "Russian, Byrne (Simagin) variation"] [EventDate "2013.07.23"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Nc6 8. Be2 Bg4 9. d5 Bxf3 10. gxf3 Ne5 11. Qb3 c6 12. f4 Ned7 13. Be3 cxd5 14. e5 Ne4 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Qxb7 Qa5+ 17. Bd2 Qa4 18. Bb5 Nc5 19. Bxa4 Nxb7 20. Bc6 Rab8 21. b4 f6 22. Bxe4 fxe5 23. fxe5 Bxe5 24. Rd1 Nd6 25. Bd5+ Kg7 26. O-O Rf5 27. Rfe1 Bf6 28. Be6 Re5 29. a4 Nf5 30. Rxe5 Bxe5 31. Bxf5 gxf5 32. b5 a6 33. bxa6 Ra8 34. a5 Rxa6 35. Bb4 Rg6+ 36. Kf1 Ra6 37. h3 Bd6 38. Bxd6 exd6 39. Rd5 Kf6 40. Ke2 Ke6 41. Rb5 Rc6 42. Rb2 Ra6 43. Rb5 Rc6 44. Rb2 Ra6 45. Ra2 Kd5 46. Kd3 Kc5 47. Kc3 d5 48. Ra1 * [Event "ch-EUR Ind w 2013"] [Site "Belgrade SRB"] [Date "2013.07.29"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina"] [Black "Muzychuk, Anna"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2402"] [BlackElo "2594"] [ECO "C80"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "open, 8...Be6"] [EventDate "2013.07.23"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Be3 Be7 10. Nbd2 Nc5 11. Qe2 d4 12. Bf4 Nb4 13. Ne4 d3 14. cxd3 Nxb3 15. axb3 Qxd3 16. Qxd3 Nxd3 17. Be3 Bxb3 18. Nd4 Bd5 19. Nc3 Bb7 20. Nf5 Bf8 21. b3 Nxe5 22. Rad1 g6 23. Bg5 gxf5 24. Bf6 Nf3+ 25. Kh1 Rg8 26. Nd5 Bd6 27. gxf3 Kd7 28. Bh4 Rg6 29. Bg3 f4 30. Bxf4 Bxf4 31. Nxf4+ Rd6 32. Rxd6+ Kxd6 33. Rd1+ Kc5 34. Nd3+ Kd4 35. Ne1+ Kc3 36. Rd3+ Kb2 37. b4 Re8 38. Ng2 Re6 39. Ne3 Rd6 40. Rxd6 Bxf3+ 41. Kg1 cxd6 42. Nf5 Kc3 0-1 

Round 8 will start on July 31st at 15:30 CET.
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