Chinese express goes on and on
Saturday, 15 October 2011
WGM Anna Sharevich comments on the 6th round games
Kosteniuk Alexandra – Ju Wenjun
Alexandra stopped the series of defeats and showed her usual style in this game. The Russian grandmaster showed all her courage in this battle. Her game became one of the most intriguing in the 6th round. Everything happened in the game: the sharp Najdorf variation, the sacrifice and counter sacrifice, the strange castle in the endgame. Unfortunately the Russian grandmaster didn’t use such brilliant opportunities as 26.Bd7 and 27.Re4.
In the conversation Alexandra shared that considered her position to be absolutely winning. And that the game could finish in 20 moves.
The Chinese player admitted that she was very lucky to save Such a game.
Also she said that Alexandra played great, but missed good chances.
Lahno Kateryna – Kosintseva Nadezhda
The Catalan opening happened in the game. White gained some advantage in
the opening, but Nadezhda managed to find great defensive moves, and
the chances became equal. The draw was agreed in the endgame.
During the press-conference Ekaterina said, that she felt her position
was better. She admitted that 18.Rac1 wasn’t correct. The question: “Why
is the tournament going on not that way?”, Kateryna replied that there
were many components. One of them was that she really had been playing a
lot during the last time and didn’t feel herself to be fresh enough.
Nadezhda on her side wasn’t satisfied with her position in the opening.
The Russian player admitted that her position was kept on threads and
she tried to find the only good moves.
Munguntuul Batuuyag – Stefanova Antoaneta
The Bulgarian grandmaster won her third game in a row. This time she
defeated the leader of the Mongolian team Munguntuul. The Caro-Kann
defence appeared in this game. In spite of the fact the position was
equal, the Mongolian player made some decisive mistakes, afforded f-pawn
pushing and finally got some fatal weaknesses. Antoaneta transfered
the rook on the 4th line easily and took all the weak pawns of
Munguntuul. Soon the former world champion converted the material
advantage into a victory.
“Antoaneta, will you fight for the first place?” – asked the
journalists. “Well, it’s a hard question, - the Bulgarian smiled. – I
just try to prepare for the next game. Tomorrow I will face Kateryna
Lahno. This year I won against Katya in the European championship, but
lost in Rostov. So let’s see...”
Galliamova Alisa – Kosintseva Tatiana
Alisa managed to take herself in hands after yesterday’s unbelievable
blunder and showed a high-quality game. She sacrificed a pawn in the
opening for the pieces activity. Then took it back and gained a great
advantage. But Tatiana did her best to save the game and, because of the
opponent’s mistakes, managed to make a draw in the endgame.
At the press-conference Alisa joked a bit, but added that of course the
position was sated with good chances and obviously she could use them.
Tatiana admitted that she was lucky and expected that Alisa would have
used the opportunities.
Anyway Alisa shared that had to win more games that did before and that
she would try her best to show good play. On the other hand Tatiana
admitted that her result is quite objective because in some games she
had been a little bit lucky, in the others hadn’t used all the chances.
Zhu Chen – Zhao Xue
The Chinese leader won her next game and scored 6 out of 6 points. This
time she beated Zhu Chen from Qatar. The Nimtsovich defence was played
in the game. Taking in account that in this opening we are not used to
easy lines, the match lasted for almost 5 hours. Finally the Chinese
grandmaster outplayed her opponent. Nevertheless Zhao Xue proved that
she had some luck, especially in some moments. But we know that good
luck loves the strong! And that means that Zhao deserves it!
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina – Cmilyte Viktorija
Ekaterina managed to stop her draw series and won the first game in the
tournament. The Sicilian defence arose in the game, but after a couple
of moves it changed to the French defence positions. Katya admitted that
the game was complex and of course mistakes happened. She also added
that she was lucky enough that Viktorija decided to play and not forced
the draw (the variation has some drawn lines). But nevertheless we
cannot but admit that the Russian grandmaster outplayed her opponent.
The game became one of the most interesting in the round. Viktorija said
that she realized that her position was much worse in the end, but of
course she tried her best to struggle till the last chance.