Anna Ushenina: First Time in The Semifinal

Время публикации: 21.11.2012 22:24 | Последнее обновление: 21.11.2012 23:07

No Russian player continues fight for the Women's World Champion title

The return game of the Women's World Championship between Anna Ushenina and Nadezhda Kosintseva has finished  in Khanty-Mansiysk. Starting from the opening, Russian was playing fast, almost not spending time on thinking, while her opponent, on the contrary, spent a lot of time. As Ushenina has admitted after the game, she wasn't recalling the variations, but played by her own.

A typical for the Nimzo-Indian defence middlegame took place in the encounter. White has sacrificed a queen side pawn for initiative in the center and on the king side (similar sacrifice took place in Gelfand - Eljanov, 2010). According to Ushenina, Black had to look for a counterplay immediately in order to equalize the position. Nadezhda failed to do so and soon White's advantage was obvious and decisive. 

[Event "FIDE WCh Women World Cup"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2012.11.21"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Ushenina, Anna"] [Black "Kosintseva, Nadezhda"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E58"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "4.e3, main line with 8...Bxc3"] [EventDate "2012.11.11"] [Board "3"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. a3 Bxc3 9. bxc3 Qc7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. a4 Re8 12. Ba3 c4 13. Bc2 Bg4 14. Qe1 Bh5 15. Nh4 Ng4 16. g3 Bg6 17. Nxg6 hxg6 18. Qd2 Na5 19. Rae1 Nf6 20. f3 Qc6 21. Qg2 Nb3 22. e4 Qxa4 23. Bb2 Qb5 24. Bb1 dxe4 25. fxe4 Re6 26. Re2 Rae8 27. e5 Nd5 28. Qf3 f5 29. g4 f4 30. Be4 Rd8 31. Bxd5 Qxd5 32. Qxf4 Qd7 33. Ba3 Ra6 34. Bb4 Qe6 35. Qe4 b5 36. Ref2 Ra1 37. Rxa1 Nxa1 38. Ra2 Nb3 39. Rxa7 Nc1 40. Re7 Qa6 41. Qf3 Kh8 42. Qf7 Rg8 43. Ra7 Qc8 44. Qxg6 Ne2+ 45. Kf1 Nf4 46. Qg5 1-0 

Anna Ushenina's name is not in the highlight of the chess competitions, except some big team tournaments. "I play in several national leagues, - the chess player explains. - I can't visit Opens frequently, because I don't have a sponsor. Instead I practice chess by my own."

At the moment the semifinal is her highest achievement in knock-out competitions. Four years ago she was defeated in the quarter-final by the future champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. After a draw in the first game, Ushenina also was White and the same Nimzo-Indian defence was played. This time everything went more than well for her. 

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