Attacking the Legend

Время публикации: 02.06.2012 00:01 | Последнее обновление: 02.06.2012 00:02

The Women's World Rapid games of all kinds to fit any taste: from crazy blunders to fabulous combinations 

The second playing day of the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship was marked with a lot of mistakes. Ridiculous and strange moves were made by all players, whose professional level is considered to be high. The opinion that playing three games of 25+10 every day is too tiresome and especially for women becomes more and more popular. Noteworthy is Emil Sutovsky's opinion he expressed on the air of Chess-News - the President of ACP and the organizer of the tournament mentioned a recent tie-break in Anand-Gelfand match noting that playing 4 decisive games in one day is a huge load for the players. Perhaps, we should be concerned about women too. 

Here's just one example from a large number of inexplicable decisions:

ZHAO XUE (2549) - STEFANOVA (2518)

White's position is almost won, but the result was decided in only one move: 40.Qc1?? Re2 0-1 

After 6 rounds:
Koneru, Stefanova - 5 points each
Kosteniuk, Huang Qian, Wang Jue, Lahno - по 4.5
9 participants have 4 points.


According to the spectators, one of the strongest Ukrainian women player's victory over the repeated World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili became the highlight of Round 1 of the Women's World Rapid Championship. One of the rivals is old enough to be another's grandmother, while the other one is, respectively, young enough to her granddaughter; the game itself turned out to be thrilling. 

On the photo: Muzychuk Mariya is ready to storm the bastions of her rivals regardless of their names.

Women's World Rapid Chess Championship, Batumi 2012 (Round 3)

Sicilian defence
(Mikhail Golubev's commentary)
1.d4 c5

The Ukrainian player entrapped her legendary opponent into the Smith-Morra Gambit of the Sicilian defence. 
2...cxd4 3.c3

3...dxc3 The disadvantage of the gambit reduces its theoretical and practical significance - black can force white move to 2.c3 system by 3...Nf6 or 3...d5. Especially lazy players play 3...d3, which is objectively second-best move.

4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3


The leading GMs prefer a flexible 5...e6 6.Bc4 a6, but even here the position is not that clear. Let's remember Esserman - Van Wely, US Open 2011, where 7.0–0 Nge7 8.Bg5 took place - white won the game.

6.Bc4 e6 7.0–0 Be7 8.Qe2 a6
Black goes into very dangerous positions. 8...Nf6 9.Rd1 e5 is acknowledged as a main line, although white has a positional compensation for a pawn.

9.Rd1 Qc7 10.Bf4
Here it's probably needed to play 10...Nf6, not being afraid of 11.e5.


More accurate would be 11.Bxe5 dxe5, with further, for example, 12.Rac1 (an immediate 12.Bb5+ also took place) 12...Qa5 13.Bb5+ Kf8 14.Nxe5 axb5 15.Nxb5 g6 16.Rc7 - white has a very strong attack for the piece and the position is definitely in its favor. 
After 11...Nf6 (this position arises in another order of moves too) 12.Rac1 Qb8 there's probably not any concrete decision here. That's why white usually played 13.Nd4 with the idea of Bg3, f4.
12.Rac1 Qb8?!
The move simplifies the rival's task, but black's position is already worse. 

It's hard to believe that nobody has played in the same way before. I wouldn't risk calling it a novelty, however, the Chessbase online database and some other servers show another portion of examples with completely different moves. 
13...dxe5 14.Rxd7! Kxd7 15.Ba4+! b5 16.Nxb5! axb5 17.Bxb5+ Kd8 18.Rd1+ Kc8

A direct win, although it was harder to calculate, could be achieved by 19.Ba6+ Rxa6 20.Qxa6+ Qb7 21.Qc4+! Qc7 22.Qa4! Kb8 23.Nxe5! Qxe5 24.Qe8+ Kb7 25.Rd7+ Kb6 26.Qa8! Qc7 27.Rxc7 Kxc7 28.a4.
More persistent was 19...Kd8, after which white surely can check from b5and go to the variation mentioned above, however  20.Ba4+ also can be played (depriving black of an opportunity to play ...Qxb5 in the further variation) 20...Kc8 21.Rc1+ Kd8 22.Qd2+ Bd6 23.Nxe5! Ra6 (exactly this way) 24.Qg5+ (24.Rc6 Ke7 25.Nd7! would also be good) 24...Nf6 25.Nxf7+ Ke7 26.Nxd6 with an overwhelming advantage. Gaprindashvili's choice fasterned the finish.   
20.Qb5+ Ka7 21.Qa5+ Kb7

22.Bc6+! Kc8
Completely hopeless is 22...Kxc6 23.Nxe5+ Qxe5 (23...Kb7 24.Qb5+ with the checkmate on the next move) 24.Qxe5.
23.Bxa8 Qc7 24.Qa6+ Kb8 25.Nxe5 1–0

Nona Gaprindashvili: how to deal with the younger generation?

[Event "Women's Rapid Wch"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2012.05.31"] [Round "3.5"] [White "Muzychuk, Mariya"] [Black "Gaprindashvili, Nona"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B21"] [WhiteElo "2456"] [BlackElo "2356"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] 1. d4 c5 2. e4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Qe2 a6 9. Rd1 Qc7 10. Bf4 Ne5 11. Bb3 Bd7 12. Rac1 Qb8 13. Bxe5 dxe5 14. Rxd7 Kxd7 15. Ba4+ b5 16. Nxb5 axb5 17. Bxb5+ Kd8 18. Rd1+ Kc8 19. Bd7+ Kb7 20. Qb5+ Ka7 21. Qa5+ Kb7 22. Bc6+ Kc8 23. Bxa8 Qc7 24. Qa6+ Kb8 25. Nxe5 1-0 


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