Will Humpy Play Again For the Crown?

Время публикации: 28.09.2012 20:37 | Последнее обновление: 28.09.2012 20:47

Humpy Koneru took overall second place in the Grand Prix Series, but this may not help her 

The 6th series of the Grand Prix 2011/2012 has finished in Ankara, Turkey. The last series went almost in the same way as the previous one: Hou Yifan ensured her win long before the finish and the participants fought for the second place. Humpy Koneru whose start wasn't perfect, tried to win the decisive stage "on request." Last time her contender was Nana Dzagnidze, this time Anna Muzychuk challenged Koneru.

After beating Humpy in Round 9 it seemed that Anna Muzychuk took the control, however, the opponents had different finishes: Koneru has played against two outsiders and managed to gain two points, while Muzychuk drew against Cmilyte yesterday and needed only win against Ruan Lufei today. If Anna would win today she would gather the same number of Grand Prix points (!) as Koneru.  

RUAN LUFEI - Anna MUZYCHUK
Ankara, 6th Grand Prix, Round 11
Scotch game
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 bxc6 7.Nd2 a5 8.a4 Ne7 A novelty: either too well thought-out or simply unsuccessful.
9.Qxf6 gxf6 10.Nb3 Bb6 11.Bd2 0-0 12.c4 d6
Usually this move is made much earlier.

13.с5! The Chinese player demonstrated approach rather different from a "computerized" understand of chess. 
13...dxc5. If Anna was told that the pawn on b6 wouldn't ever again become the bishop, maybe she would prefer playing 13...Bxc5. Anyway, black would face some other difficulties in that case.
14.Bc4 f5 15.f3 fxe4 16.fxe4 Be6 17.Rc1 Ng6 18.Bh6 Rfe8 19.Nd2 Ne5

20.b3?! Rad8?! It's not ruled out both players consciously didn't play 20...Bxc4 21.bxc4 Nd3+. The bishop on b6 in this case would stay "forever" immured, however black rooks would get freedom and attack white pawns. In any case the position needs serious analysis.

It's quite easy for white here. Actually, this is a situation when computer analysis may mislead an amateur: it assesses the position as approximately equal, although it's lost for black.
21.Rc3 Rd6 22.Rg3+ Bg4 23.Bf4 Rg6 24.Bxe5 Rxe5 25.Rf1 Re7 26.Rf4 Bh5 27.Rxg6+ Bxg6 28.g4 Kg7 29.Ke2 f6 30.Ke3 Rd7 31.Rf2 Rd4 32.h4 h6 33.Rg2 Ba7 34.g5 hxg5 35.hxg5 f5 36.Rf2 fxe4 37.Rf6 Bb6 38.Re6 Rd6 39.Re7+ Kf8 40.Re5 Rd4 41.Nf1 Rd7 42.Re6 Kg7 43.Ng3 Rd6 44.Re5 Rd4 45.Kf4 Kf8 46.Re6 Rd6 47.Re5 Rd2 48.Re6 Rd6. The last step should be made...

49.Rxg6? The temptation of "simplifying the play" is high, but despite that black can hold this position. Winning was 49.Rf6+!, and in this case black could only be advised the best move according to Korchnoi - to stop the clock. 
49...Rxg6 50.Nxe4 Rd6 51.Kf5 Kg7 52.Nf6 Ba7 53.Nh5+ Kh7 54.Nf6+ Kg7 55.Ng4 Bb6 56.Ne5 Ba7 57.Kg4 Bb6 58.Kh5 Rd2 59.Nxc6, and soon white accepted the draw.

Take a look at this and other games of the last round.

[Event "FIDE WGP Ankara"] [Site "Ankara"] [Date "2012.09.28"] [Round "11.5"] [White "Ruan Lufei"] [Black "Muzychuk, Anna"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C45"] [Opening "Scotch game"] [EventDate ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nxc6 Qf6 6. Qf3 bxc6 7. Nd2 a5 8. a4 Ne7 9. Qxf6 gxf6 10. Nb3 Bb6 11. Bd2 O-O 12. c4 d6 13. c5 dxc5 14. Bc4 f5 15. f3 fxe4 16. fxe4 Be6 17. Rc1 Ng6 18. Bh6 Rfe8 19. Nd2 Ne5 20. b3 Rad8 21. Rc3 Rd6 22. Rg3+ Bg4 23. Bf4 Rg6 24. Bxe5 Rxe5 25. Rf1 Re7 26. Rf4 Bh5 27. Rxg6+ Bxg6 28. g4 Kg7 29. Ke2 f6 30. Ke3 Rd7 31. Rf2 Rd4 32. h4 h6 33. Rg2 Ba7 34. g5 hxg5 35. hxg5 f5 36. Rf2 fxe4 37. Rf6 Bb6 38. Re6 Rd6 39. Re7+ Kf8 40. Re5 Rd4 41. Nf1 Rd7 42. Re6 Kg7 43. Ng3 Rd6 44. Re5 Rd4 45. Kf4 Kf8 46. Re6 Rd6 47. Re5 Rd2 48. Re6 Rd6 49. Rxg6 Rxg6 50. Nxe4 Rd6 51. Kf5 Kg7 52. Nf6 Ba7 53. Nh5+ Kh7 54. Nf6+ Kg7 55. Ng4 Bb6 56. Ne5 Ba7 57. Kg4 Bb6 58. Kh5 Rd2 59. Nxc6 Rh2+ 60. Kg4 Rg2+ 61. Kf4 Rf2+ 62. Kg3 Rd2 63. Kg4 Rg2+ 64. Kf4 Rf2+ 65. Kg4 Rg2+ 66. Kf4 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE WGP Ankara"] [Site "Ankara"] [Date "2012.09.28"] [Round "11.6"] [White "Cmilyte, Viktorija"] [Black "Ozturk, Kubra"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D20"] [Opening "QGA"] [Variation "3.e4"] [EventDate ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 e5 4. Nf3 exd4 5. Bxc4 Bb4+ 6. Nbd2 Nc6 7. O-O Qf6 8. e5 Qg6 9. a3 Be7 10. Qb3 Nh6 11. Re1 O-O 12. Bd3 Bf5 13. Ne4 Ng4 14. Bf4 Rad8 15. Qc2 Kh8 16. h3 Nh6 17. Kh1 Rd7 18. Qd2 Qe6 19. Rac1 Ng8 20. g4 Bxe4 21. Bxe4 g6 22. Bd3 Qd5 23. Kg2 Rdd8 24. Bc4 Qa5 25. Qd3 Qb6 26. b4 a6 27. h4 f5 28. g5 Bxb4 29. axb4 Nxb4 30. Qa3 Ne7 31. e6 c5 32. Be5+ Kg8 33. Bf6 Rfe8 34. Ne5 d3 35. Nxd3 Qc6+ 36. Kg1 b5 37. Ne5 Qb7 38. Bf1 Rd2 39. Qc3 Rd4 40. Bg2 Qc7 41. Qxd4 1-0 [Event "FIDE WGP Ankara"] [Site "Ankara"] [Date "2012.09.28"] [Round "11.1"] [White "Stefanova, Antoaneta"] [Black "Yildiz, Betul Cemre"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A09"] [Opening "Reti accepted"] [EventDate ""] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bxc4 e6 5. O-O a6 6. Qe2 b5 7. Bb3 c5 8. a4 b4 9. d3 Nc6 10. Nbd2 Na5 11. Ba2 Bb7 12. e4 Be7 13. Ne5 Nc6 14. Nxc6 Bxc6 15. Bb3 Qd7 16. Nc4 Rd8 17. Ne5 Qc7 18. Bf4 Bd6 19. Nxc6 Bxf4 20. Nxd8 Qxd8 21. Bc4 Qd6 22. g3 Be5 23. d4 Qxd4 24. Bxa6 O-O 25. a5 Qxb2 26. Qxb2 Bxb2 27. Ra2 Bd4 28. Bb7 Nd7 29. Rb1 f6 30. a6 Nb6 31. a7 Na8 32. Ra6 Kf7 33. Rc6 Ke7 34. Bc8 e5 35. Be6 Rd8 36. Rc8 Rxc8 37. Bxc8 c4 38. Rxb4 Bc5 39. Rxc4 Bxa7 40. Ra4 1-0 [Event "FIDE WGP Ankara"] [Site "Ankara"] [Date "2012.09.28"] [Round "11.2"] [White "Koneru, Humpy"] [Black "Socko, Monika"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E15"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "Buerger variation"] [EventDate ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 c5 6. d5 exd5 7. Ng5 h6 8. Nh3 Qc7 9. cxd5 d6 10. O-O g6 11. e4 Nbd7 12. Nc3 a6 13. f4 Bg7 14. Re1 O-O 15. e5 Nh7 16. e6 Ndf6 17. g4 fxe6 18. Rxe6 Rae8 19. f5 g5 20. Nf2 b5 21. Be3 b4 22. Ne2 Nd7 23. Ne4 Ne5 24. N2g3 Nc4 25. Bf2 Nxb2 26. Qc2 Nd3 27. Qxd3 Bxa1 28. Rg6+ Kh8 29. Nxd6 Re5 30. Nxb7 Qxb7 31. Bxc5 Rf6 32. d6 Qd7 33. Ne4 Rxg6 34. fxg6 Nf8 35. Qf1 Nxg6 36. Qxa1 Qg7 37. Bd4 Kh7 38. d7 Qe7 39. Bxe5 Nxe5 40. Qxe5 1-0 [Event "FIDE WGP Ankara"] [Site "Ankara"] [Date "2012.09.28"] [Round "11.3"] [White "Ju Wenjun"] [Black "Munguntuul, Batkhuyag"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack, Yugoslav variation"] [EventDate ""] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. c4 Nbd7 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. d3 e6 8. Nc3 Be7 9. Qb3 Qb6 10. Qxb6 Nxb6 11. Ne5 Bh5 12. h3 O-O 13. g4 Bg6 14. Be3 Nfd7 15. Nxd7 Nxd7 16. f4 f5 17. Nb5 Rac8 18. Bxa7 b6 19. gxf5 Bxf5 20. e4 dxe4 21. dxe4 Bg6 22. Rad1 Bc5+ 23. Kh2 Nf6 24. Nd4 Rf7 25. e5 Rxa7 26. exf6 Bxd4 27. Rxd4 Rc2 28. Rb4 Rxa2 29. Rxb6 Be4 30. Rg1 Ra1 31. Rxe6 Rxg1 32. Kxg1 Bxg2 33. Re3 g6 34. Re7 Bxh3 35. Rg7+ Kf8 36. Rxh7 Bf5 37. Rb7 Be4 38. Re7 Bf5 39. Rb7 Rc4 40. b4 Rxf4 41. Kh2 Bb1 42. b5 Rxf6 43. b6 Be4 44. Rb8+ Kf7 45. Kg3 Rf3+ 46. Kg4 Rb3 47. Kf4 Bg2 48. Kg4 Rb4+ 49. Kg5 Bc6 50. Rc8 Rb5+ 51. Kf4 g5+ 0-1 [Event "FIDE WGP Ankara"] [Site "Ankara"] [Date "2012.09.28"] [Round "11.4"] [White "Zhao Xue"] [Black "Kosintseva, Tatiana"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E32"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "classical variation"] [EventDate ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d5 7. Nf3 dxc4 8. Qxc4 b6 9. Bg5 Bb7 10. Rc1 c5 11. e3 Nbd7 12. Be2 cxd4 13. Qxd4 Nc5 14. O-O Qe7 15. Bxf6 Qxf6 16. b4 Ne4 17. Rc7 Bd5 18. Ba6 Nd6 19. Qxf6 gxf6 20. Nd4 Rfd8 21. Rfc1 Kf8 22. f3 e5 23. Ne2 Be6 24. Ng3 Rd7 25. R7c3 Ke7 26. a4 Rb8 27. Be2 b5 28. Ra1 bxa4 29. Rxa4 Rdb7 30. Rca3 Rxb4 31. Rxb4 Rxb4 32. Rxa7+ Rb7 33. Ra8 Ne8 34. Ra4 Kf8 35. Rh4 Kg7 36. f4 exf4 37. Nh5+ Kf8 38. Rxf4 f5 39. Bd3 Nd6 40. Ng3 Rb3 41. Bxf5 Bxf5 42. Nxf5 Nxf5 43. Rxf5 Rxe3 44. Kf2 1/2-1/2 

We offer you the final table of the 6th Grand Prix together with the overall Grand Prix points.

All materials regarding the tournament

This series has a fundamental difference from the previous ones: if the second place guaranteed its owner the match against the World Champion Hou Yifan, now there's no any guarantee any more. Humpy Koneru will again challenge Chinese only if she will win the Knockout Championship which will start in Khanty-Mansiysk. 


  


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