Round 2 report by WGM Anna Sharevich
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Kosteniuk Alexandra – Zhao Xue
After yesterday’s victory the Alexandra’s fans expected better result.
But after move 13. Qf3 in the opening white gave an opportunity for
black to push f7-f6 in the right moment. After move 14. … f6 black
managed to use the advantage quite confident and transferred it into a
In the press-conference Zhao Xue said that actually she hadn’t remembered how
to play this line correctly. But she developed the initiative without
Alexandra didn’t expect two knights defense, because usually Zhao Xue
played Italian. She confirmed that after move 14. … f6 her position had
become bad. Of course she tried to keep her together and fight till the
Kovalevskaya Ekaterina – Kosintseva Tatiana
This game was the first to be finished in the 2d round. After the
opening absolutely equal position appeared. Very fast it became clear
that the draw would be agreed soon.
During the press-conference Ekaterina said that in the opening she
hadn’t got any advantage, and nothing interesting was promised in the
position. But she rather expected 5. … e5 instead of e6.
Tatiana confirmed that the game was quite simple after the symmetrical position arose.
Munguntuul Bathuyag – Lahno Kateryna
Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense appeared in the game and the
position promised to be very competitive and interesting. The game
proceeded in a sharp way with many tactical opportunities. In the end
Kateryna found the 3-times repetition and the game ended in a draw.
In the press-conference girls told the journalists about the game. Tuul said that she had calculated the move 30. … Bc5+, but had missed that
33. Kh3 Qf3+ 34. Kh4 Qf2+ 35. Kh3 Qd2 wasn’t possible.
On the question: “Was any moment in the game when you really worried
about the result?” Kateryna replied: “ Yes, I felt some uncertainty
before move 28. Rc8. But nevertheless the white’s King wasn’t in safety
enough, so white couldn’t play too optimistic.”
Galliamova Alisa – Zhu Chen
After the opening Alisa got a great position with a huge advantage, with
many variations how to convert it into a victory. The mistakes happened
in the moment when Zhu Chen was in a time trouble. Zhu Chen found
interesting tactical ideas and the game transferred into an endgame the
Queen against the Bishop and the Rook, ended in a draw.
In the conference Alisa said that a bad tendency of making mistakes in
the opponent’s time trouble had been following her for a while. She
admitted that the position had been absolutely won and that she
shouldn’t have afforded any counterplay.
Zhu Chen didn’t expect 4. Nd2 in the opening. She didn’t find the best
continuation in the line. But in a time trouble played really well,
managed to find the best defense.
Cmilyte Viktorja – Kosintseva Nadezhda
This game seemed to be the first to be finished among six matches, but
lasted more than 50 moves. The girls fought for a long time in the
4-rooks endgame. In the opening Grunfeld defense was chosen by Nadezhda
and she equalized the position without any problems. But after that the
game had just started.
In the conversation during the press-conference the girls were joking
and looked very friendly. They told that it’s not allowed to agree for a
draw, only if it was a 3 times repetition or absolutely drawn position.
Nadezhda said that women chess are very competitive and women always
tried to play till the end and that was why the game lasted for so long.
Nadezhda noticed that in one moment she even hesitated for a while
about the evaluation, but just for a moment.
Ju Wenjun – Stefanova Antoaneta
The game was very unlucky for Antoaneta Stefanova. She made many
mistakes during the game, and finally lost it. Ju Wenjun played well in
the endgame, converting the pawn advantage into the victory.
During the press-conference Antoaneta looked very disappointed. She told
that the blunder was everything in this game. She said that 26. … b5
was a big mistake and simply the main blunder of the whole game.
Ju Wenjun expected the variation that arose in the opening because
Antoaneta used this line very often and Ju had an opportunity to prepare