The 16-year Old Comes of Age

Время публикации: 13.08.2015 13:02 | Последнее обновление: 14.08.2015 05:28

Alexandra Goryachkina leads the Russian women's Superfinal

The draw can have its little jokes: this is the third year that Alexandra Goryachkina has played in the Russian women's Superfinal and the third time she has played Black against Valentina Gunina in the opening round. Both previous occasions ended with Gunina winning the title, although last year she started with a loss. 

This time too, Goryachkina got the better of her more famous opponent. 

GUNINA - GORYACHKINA (1st Round)

Black has just carried out the planned queen transfer from c8 to e6, which is a mistake. But Gunina's well-known tactical insight failed to spot the refutation: 28.fxg7! Kxg7 (Not 28...Bxg7 because of 29.Bxe4 Bxe4 30.Qh4) 29.Bxe4! Bxe4 30.Bxe5+ Qxe5 31.Qxe5+ dxe5 32.Rxd8 with good winning chances. 
28.Bxe4 Bxe4 29.Qh4? And this is the decisive mistake. It was still not too late to take on g7, with a roughly equal game.
29...Bc2 30.Rd2 Bxb3, and Goryachkina confidently realised her advantage. 0-1
"I lost concentration" - admitted Gunina herself after the game.

In the 2014 Superfinal, Gunina even lost her first two games, after which she won seven in a row and became champion. In Chita, Valentina decided not to test fate's sense of humour, and won in round two. But at the moment, the youngest player in the event is holding her place at the head of the table: after beating Gunina, Goryachkina accounted for Kovalevskaya and Bodnaruk, and drew with Kashlinskaya. 
Tables, results, games and all material on the event


Goryachkina, Bodnaruk.Screenshot from live broadcast

In the next two rounds, Alexandra's opponents will be the two rating outsiders Savina and Ovod. Can the 16-year old make a real bid for the championship? 

Games of round four.

[Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.12"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"] [Black "Bodnaruk, Anastasia"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2474"] [BlackElo "2431"] [ECO "A62"] [Opening "Benoni"] [Variation "fianchetto variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O a6 10. a4 Nbd7 11. Bf4 Qe7 12. Rb1 Ng4 13. Bg5 f6 14. Bc1 Nge5 15. Re1 Re8 16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. f4 Nf7 18. e4 f5 19. Bd2 Qc7 20. h3 Rb8 21. Kh2 b5 22. axb5 axb5 23. b4 cxb4 24. Na2 fxe4 25. Nxb4 Nh6 26. g4 Ra8 27. Bxe4 Qd8 28. Bf3 Bd7 29. Rxe8+ Qxe8 30. Qb3 Ra4 31. Kg2 Qa8 32. Re1 Nf7 33. Re2 Ra1 34. Nc6 Ra3 35. Qxb5 Kf8 36. Qb6 Ra2 37. Nb8 Be8 38. Qc7 Bf6 39. Qc8 Bd8 40. Nd7+ Bxd7 41. Qxd7 Bf6 42. g5 Bd4 43. h4 Ra1 44. Be1 Ra2 45. Qe7+ Kg8 46. Qe4 Rxe2+ 47. Bxe2 Qa1 48. Bd3 Kf8 49. Bc2 Qc1 50. Kf3 Be3 51. Bg3 Bc5 52. Be1 Be3 53. Qxe3 Qxc2 54. Qd4 Qh2 55. Bc3 Qh3+ 56. Ke2 Qg2+ 57. Ke1 Qh1+ 58. Kd2 Qg2+ 59. Kd1 Qf3+ 60. Kc2 Qe2+ 61. Kb3 Qb5+ 62. Ka3 Qa6+ 63. Qa4 Qb7 64. Qc6 Qa7+ 65. Kb3 Qb8+ 66. Kc4 Qd8 67. Bf6 Qb8 68. Kc3 Kg8 69. Kc2 Kf8 70. Bb2 Ke7 71. Bf6+ Kf8 72. Kc1 Kg8 73. Bb2 Kf8 74. Qc3 Qe8 75. Qg7+ Ke7 76. Qxh7 Kd7 77. Kd2 Kc8 78. Qxg6 Qb5 79. Qf5+ Kb8 80. Bc3 Qc5 81. Qxf7 Qf2+ 82. Kd3 Qf1+ 83. Ke4 Qb1+ 84. Kf3 Qd1+ 85. Kg3 Qg1+ 86. Kh3 Qf1+ 87. Kg4 Qe2+ 88. Kf5 Qd3+ 1-0[Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.12"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Kashlinskaya, Alina"] [Black "Savina, Anastasia"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2441"] [BlackElo "2429"] [ECO "B40"] [Opening "Sicilian defence"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 exd5 5. d4 Nf6 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8. O-O Be7 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. Nd4 Qd7 11. Qf3 O-O 12. Nf5 Rfe8 13. Na3 Bf8 14. Nc2 Kh8 15. Be3 Nce4 16. Rad1 Re5 17. Ng3 Nxg3 18. fxg3 Qg4 19. Bd4 Re2 20. Ne3 Qxf3 21. Rxf3 Rxb2 22. g4 Rxa2 23. g5 Ne4 24. Rxf7 Nxg5 25. Rxb7 Ne6 26. Nxd5 Nxd4 27. cxd4 Re8 28. Rf1 Kg8 29. Nf4 Bd6 30. Rd7 Bxf4 31. Rxf4 g5 32. Rf5 Re1+ 33. Rf1 Ree2 34. Rff7 Rxg2+ 35. Kf1 Rxh2 36. Kg1 Rag2+ 37. Kf1 Rd2 38. Kg1 Rhg2+ 39. Kf1 Rh2 40. Kg1 Rhg2+ 41. Kf1 Rh2 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.12"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Guseva, Marina"] [Black "Lagno, Kateryna"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2431"] [BlackElo "2530"] [ECO "A41"] [Opening "Old Indian defence"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 d6 2. c4 e5 3. Nc3 exd4 4. Qxd4 Nf6 5. b3 a5 6. Bb2 a4 7. Nxa4 Nc6 8. Qe3+ Be6 9. Nf3 d5 10. cxd5 Bb4+ 11. Nd2 Nxd5 12. Qd3 b5 13. e4 Nf4 14. Qxd8+ Rxd8 15. Nc3 Ne5 16. a3 Ned3+ 17. Bxd3 Nxd3+ 18. Ke2 Bc5 19. Bc1 Nf4+ 20. Kf1 Bd4 21. Ndb1 Nd3 22. Be3 Bxe3 23. fxe3 Nc5 24. b4 Nxe4 25. Ke2 Bc4+ 26. Kf3 Ng5+ 27. Kf2 O-O 28. h4 Ne6 29. Rd1 c5 30. Nd2 Bd3 31. Nf3 f6 32. Rd2 Bc4 33. Ne4 cxb4 34. axb4 Ra8 35. Rxa8 Rxa8 36. Nd6 Ra4 37. Nxc4 bxc4 38. Rd6 Kf7 39. Rb6 Ra2+ 40. Kg3 Rb2 41. Rc6 Rxb4 42. Nd2 h5 43. Rxc4 Rb2 44. Nf3 Re2 45. Rc3 g5 46. hxg5 fxg5 47. Nd4 Nxd4 48. exd4 h4+ 49. Kh3 Rd2 50. g3 Rxd4 51. gxh4 Rxh4+ 52. Kg3 Kg6 53. Rc6+ Kh5 54. Rc8 Ra4 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.12"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Gunina, Valentina"] [Black "Girya, Olga"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2531"] [BlackElo "2487"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "Stoltz variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. d4 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. h3 Rc8 12. a3 c5 13. dxc5 Rxc5 14. e4 Qb8 15. Be3 Rcc8 16. Nd4 a6 17. f4 e5 18. Nf5 exf4 19. Bd4 Bc5 20. Bxc5 Rxc5 21. Qd2 g6 22. Ne7+ Kg7 23. Rxf4 Qd6 24. Ned5 Bxd5 25. exd5 Nxd5 26. Rh4 Nxc3 27. Qh6+ Kf6 28. bxc3 Qxd3 29. Re1 Rf5 30. Rd4 Qg3 31. Re3 Qf2+ 32. Kh2 Ne5 33. Rxe5 Rxe5 34. Qxf8 h5 35. Rd6+ Kg5 36. Qd8+ f6 37. Rd4 Rf5 38. h4+ 1-0 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.12"] [Round "4.5"] [White "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Black "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2460"] [BlackElo "2526"] [ECO "C78"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Moeller defence"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Bc5 6. c3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. d4 Bb6 9. a4 Rb8 10. axb5 axb5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 dxe5 13. Qe2 O-O 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bh4 Bg4 16. Qe1 Qd6 17. Na3 Nh5 18. Kh1 Nf4 19. f3 Be6 20. Bxe6 Qxe6 21. Rd1 Qb3 22. Qd2 Bc5 23. Qc2 Qe6 24. b4 Ra8 25. Ra1 Bb6 26. Rfd1 c6 27. Qb2 f5 28. exf5 Qxf5 29. Qb3+ Kh8 30. c4 Qh5 31. Be1 e4 32. c5 Ne2 33. cxb6 exf3 34. b7 fxg2+ 35. Kxg2 Nf4+ 36. Kg1 Ne2+ 37. Kg2 Nf4+ 38. Kg1 Qg4+ 39. Qg3 Ne2+ 40. Kg2 Qe4+ 41. Kh3 Qf5+ 42. Qg4 Qf1+ 0-1 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.12"] [Round "4.6"] [White "Ovod, Evgenija"] [Black "Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2327"] [BlackElo "2453"] [ECO "A46"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. e3 e6 4. c4 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8. dxc5 Nxc5 9. O-O Be7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. b3 Rc8 12. Bb2 Nce4 13. Ne2 Qa5 14. a3 Rfd8 15. Nfd4 Bf8 16. Qd3 Nc5 17. Qb1 Qb6 18. Rd1 Nfe4 19. Qa2 Qh6 20. Nf5 Qg6 21. Ned4 Qa6 22. f3 Nf6 23. Nc2 Qb6 24. Ncd4 Qa6 25. Nc2 Qb6 26. Ncd4 1/2-1/2 


  


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