To Beat or Not to Beat: Women's World Champion Will be Determined on a Tie-Break

Время публикации: 30.11.2012 20:57 | Последнее обновление: 30.11.2012 21:01

The Women's World Champion 2012 will be determined on a tie-break. This was known after Antoaneta Stefanova defeated Anna Ushenina in the 4th game of the final match. 

After the game the winner noted that her main plan was to keep the position tense and play faster than the opponent. She managed to fulfill her plan completely. It should actually be noted that Ushenina not just had her worst game in the competition, but in general played on an unusually low level.  


It seems that the key moment from the psychological point of view happened on 19th move, when Stefanova raised for her rival a question of sacrificing the pawn by playing 19.Nce2!? Ushenina spent a lot of time on thinking. Silvio Danailov, who was in the playing hall, noted that Ushenina had a Hamlet like choice: to beat or not to beat. To give an accurate answer to this question, the position should be analyzed thoroughly after 19...Qxf2. Ukrainian decided to play securely  19...Qb8, but after this move she started to make mistakes move after move. However, White would probably be able to maintain a slight advantage even if Black would be playing correctly.

Stefanova already had a huge advantage on the 24th move. To some point Bulgarian converted her advantage perfectly, however, soon it was Antoaneta's turn to make mistakes: first she didn't play 28.Rd7 which was winning immediately, she then made a decision which can hardly be explained - gave away e4-pawn: 29.Bxb5? (all advantages of the position could be maintained by playing a simple 29.е5).

Ushenina got a chance.

31...Bb1? Anything could happen in the game after 31...Ba8 especially if taking into consideration mutual time trouble and nervous tension of the players. Now Stefanova found a simple winning blow: 32.Nxf7! Rxd2 33.Nh6+. There's no defence from the mate. The combination wouldn't work with the bishop on a8, because Black had d5 under control. 

[Event "FIDE WCh Women World Cup"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2012.11.30"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Stefanova, Antoaneta"] [Black "Ushenina, Anna"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "Stoltz variation"] [EventDate "2012.11.11"] [Board "1"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. a3 a5 12. e4 e5 13. Rd1 Qc7 14. h3 Rfe8 15. Be3 exd4 16. Nxd4 Bh2+ 17. Kh1 Bf4 18. Bxf4 Qxf4 19. Nce2 Qb8 20. Ng3 Ne5 21. Bf1 Rc8 22. Ndf5 Rc7 23. Qc3 Rd7 24. f4 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Ng6 26. Nh6+ gxh6 27. Qxf6 Qf8 28. Nf5 c5 29. Bxb5 Bxe4 30. Nd6 Rd8 31. Rd2 Bb1 32. Nxf7 Rxd2 33. Nxh6+ 1-0 

Тhe tie-break will start tomorrow at 13:00 MSK Time. 
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