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Analysis from the 4th round
8888Dear chess lovers, you can find some spectacular moments of the fourth round below;

SEBAG Marie - GM CMILYTE Viktorija

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.0–0 Bc5 7.Qd3


Nd4 [7...d6 is the main move here.] 8.Nxd4 Bxd4 9.Nd2 Qe7 10.Nf3 Bc5 11.Bg5 c6?! [Taking into account what has happened to black king in the game that could have been a good idea to play 11...0–0 12.Bxf6 It's the only attempt to fight for advantage. (12.Bc4+ Kh8 13.Nh4 d6 is fine for Black) 12...Rxf6!? (12...gxf6 13.Nh4 looks better for White. However even here after 13...d6 14.Bc4+ Kh8 15.Kh1 Qg7 Black's position doesn't seem to be that bad.) 13.Qd5+ Re6 14.Bc4 Kh8 15.Nxe5 c6 16.Nf7+ Kg8 17.Qh5 g6 18.Nh6+ Kg7 19.Bxe6 (19.Nf5+!? gxf5 20.Bxe6 dxe6 21.Rad1! with very unpleasant initiative.) 19...dxe6 20.Qh3 e5 21.Nf5+ gxf5 22.exf5 Qg5 23.Rae1 Bb6!? 24.Rxe5 Bd4 25.Re2 Bxf5 with very complicated game.] 12.Bc4 d6 13.a3!? Preparing to open up the queenside!


...Bg4 [An attempt to slow down b-pawn's advance - 13...a5 is strongly met with 14.b4! axb4 (14...Bb6 15.b5 is more or less similar to the game.) 15.axb4 Rxa1 16.Rxa1 Bxb4 17.Be3! d5 18.Ra8 (18.exd5 is another possible way to get advantage - 18...b5 (18...e4 19.Qb3 b5


.d6! Bxd6 21.Ra8 Qb7 22.Bg8!! and White is winning.) 19.Bxb5 (19.dxc6 e4 20.Qd4 bxc4 21.Qxc4 exf3 22.Ra7 Qe6 23.Qxe6+ Bxe6 24.Ra8+ Ke7 25.Rxh8 Kd6 and Black should be able to hold this.) 19...cxb5 20.Qxb5+ Kf7 21.Qc4!! Bd6 (21...Qd6 22.Ra7+ Bd7 23.Ra6+-) 22.Ra8 Qe8 23.Ng5+ Kg6 24.Ne4) 18...0–0 19.exd5 Kh8 (Perhaps the best chance is 19...cxd5! 20.Bxd5+ Nxd5 21.Qxd5+ Qe6 22.Qe4 Be7 with descent chances for a draw.) 20.d6! Qxd6 21.Qxd6 Bxd6 22.Ng5 Nd5 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Nf7+ Kg8 25.Nxd6 with clear advantage for White.] 14.h3 Be6 15.b4 Bb6 16.Bxf6 Qxf6 17.a4 a6 [17...0–0 18.a5 Bc7 19.Bxe6+ Qxe6 20.c4 would have been quite unpleasant for Black, nevertheless their position would remain defendable.] 18.b5 axb5?! The first step in wrong direction. [Safer would have been 18...Bxc4 19.Qxc4 Qf7 20.Qd3 Bc5 , and Black is fine.] 19.axb5


19...Ke7? Wrong execution of the correct idea! [19...Rxa1! 20.Rxa1 Bxc4 21.Qxc4 Kd7, and with less pieces on the board the position of black monarch in the center is much more comfortable.] 20.Rab1! Rhb8 21.Rb3 Bd7 22.Rfb1 Increasing the pressure and preparing to open B-file under the most favorable circumstances, as both c6-c5 and c6xb5 are unacceptable for Black. 22...Qf4 23.Qe2 [To fall into a trap - 23.bxc6? bxc6 24.Rxb6?? Rxb6 25.Rxb6 Ra1+ would be just too naive...] 23...Bc5 24.Ne1 cxb5


.Bxb5 [Also interesting would have been intermediate 25.Rf3!? Qh6 26.Bxb5 Be6 27.Bc4 and White is clearly better.] 25...Bxb5 26.Rxb5 b6?! [After tricky 26...Ra4!? White would have to find 27.Rxc5! (27.Rxb7+ Rxb7 28.Rxb7+ Ke6 is just fine for Black.; 27.Nd3 Qxe4 28.Qxe4 Rxe4 29.Nxc5 dxc5 30.Rxc5 Kd6=) 27...dxc5 28.Qb5 with advantage, for instance 28...Rxe4 29.Qxc5+ Ke8 30.Nd3 Qf6 31.Qd5 Re2 32.Qg8+ Qf8 33.Qxh7+-] 27.Nd3 Qf6 28.Nxc5 dxc5 29.R5b3


Despite material equality, Black's position is hardly defendable as there are too many weaknesses in their camp. 29...Ra4 30.Rd1 Rd4?! [30...Rd8 31.Rxd8 Kxd8 32.Rf3±] 31.Ra1 Rb7 32.Rf3 Qc6?! [32...Qe6!? 33.Qe3! planning both Qg5 and Qa3-Qa8.] 33.Rf5 Rxe4 [33...Kd6 34.f3 c4 35.Kh2!+-] 34.Rxe5+ Rxe5 35.Qxe5+ Kf7 36.Qh5+ Kf6 [36...Qg6 37.Qd5++-] 37.Qxh7 Re7


38.Ra3! Re1+ 39.Kh2 Qc7+ 40.Rg3 Re7 41.Qg6+ Ke5 42.c4! Rd7 43.Rg4 1–0



A new episode of eternal TV-series - "The girls and the endgame"! White had played very good game so far and got a winning position, but being one step away from the victory suddenly let her opponent escape. 48.Rc6+ [What could be easier than 48.f4 Bh8 49.Rg8 Bf6 50.h8Q Bxh8 51.Rxh8+- ?] 48...Kb2 49.Rc4? Giving away the victory! [49.f4 Bh8 50.Rb6! b3 51.Rb8! Bf6 52.axb3 a3 53.h8Q Bxh8 54.Rxh8 a2 55.Rh1!+-] 49...b3! 50.axb3 a3 51.Ra4? [51.Kxd2 a2 52.Rc1 Kxb3 53.Ke3 Kb2 54.Rd1 a1Q 55.Rxa1 Kxa1 56.h8Q Bxh8 57.Kf4 was an easy way to draw, however, in this case the game wouldn't become so entertaining!] 51...Kc2! 52.Rc4+ Kxb3 53.Rc8 a2 54.Ra8 d1Q+ Must be a joke, as it doesn't change anything compared to the "normal" [54...a1Q 55.Rxa1 Bxa1 56.Kxd2 Kc4] 55.Kxd1 a1Q+ 56.Rxa1 Bxa1 57.Kd2 Kc4 58.Ke3 Kd5 59.Kf4 Ke6 60.Kg5


? Returning a half of the point back to opponent! [Black could win with 60...Bf6+!! 61.Kf4 (61.Kg6 f4! 62.f3 Ke5 63.Kf7 Kf5 64.Kg8 Kg5 65.Kf7 Ba1 66.Ke6 Kh4 67.Kf5 Kg3 68.Ke4 Bh8–+) 61...Bh8 62.Kg5 Ke5 63.Kg6 Kf4 64.Kh5 Kf3 65.Kg5 f4 66.Kf5 Ba1 67.Kg5 Ke4 68.Kg4 f3 69.Kg3 Bb2 70.Kg4 Be5 71.Kg5 Kd3 72.Kg4 Ke2 73.Kf5 Bh8–+] 61.f4! Finally White had played this move! 61...Bg7 62.Kg6 Bf6 63.Kh5 Kf7 64.Kh6 Black can't make any progress, so after 64...Bg7+ 65.Kg5 Ke6 66.Kg6 Bc3 67.Kg5 Bh8 68.Kg6 Bf6 69.Kh5 Kf7 a draw was agreed. ½



DIA 10

.Nxf7?! [Routine 21.Nf3 fxe4 22.Qxe4 would offer White descent compensation for exchange.] 21...Rxf7 22.Qxf5 Rcf8?! Should lead to a draw. [Stronger was 22...d5! 23.Qxd5 Rcf8 where Black still can hope to convert their material advantage.] 23.h5? After this strange move White's attack disappears. [23.Rf1! Bxh4 24.g3 Kg7 25.Qg4+ Kh8 26.Bxf7 Rxf7 27.Rxf7 Qxf7 28.Qc8+ Kg7 29.Qg4+=] 23...Qc5 24.Qd7 Bf6 25.Qxb7 h6 26.Rf1 Kg7 27.Bxf7 Rxf7 28.Qb8

DIA 11

28...Qb6 [Stronger would have been 28...Qxh5! as 29.Qxd6? loses on a spot after 29...Qb5 , however the move in the game is good enough to win.] 29.Qxb6 axb6 30.c4 Re7 31.Re1 Rc7 32.b3 Rc5 33.Rd1 Be5 34.Kc2 Kf6 35.Rf1+ Ke7 36.Kd3 Rc8 37.g4 Rg8 38.Rg1 Kf6 39.a4 Kg5 40.Rg2 Rf8 41.Ra2 Rf3+ 42.Ke2 Rxb3 43.a5 bxa5 44.Rxa5 Rc3 0–1


DIA 12

An example of fine positional play by Ana Muzychuk. In this position White has found an interesting way to reorganize the pieces: 20.Nb1! Be8 21.c4 f6?! It's not so easy to offer anything constructive for Black as she's doomed to passivity, but this move looks suspicious anyway. 22.Nd3 b6 23.Nf4 Bf7 24.Rdd1 Bh6 25.Ne6 Bxe6 26.Rxe6 Re8 27.Nc3 Bf8 28.Nb5

DIA 13

White has completed the setup started with 20.Nb1, getting a dominant position all over the board. 28...Qd7 29.g4 Nd6 30.Bxd6 cxd6 31.Rde1 Spectacular position - Black can't move at all and has to wait for execution! 31...Rac8 32.Kg2 Bg7 33.Qe3 Kf7 34.Qxb6 Qd8

DIA 14

.Nxd6+! exd6 36.Rxe8 [36.Rxe8 Qxb6 37.R1e7#] 1–0

turkleague10Evgenij Miroshnichenko (born 28th of December 1978), or "Miro", as he likes to be called, is international Grandmaster since 2002, two times Ukrainian Champion (2003 and 2008) and a winner of numerous international tournaments. Growing expert of women chess, as you can remember his reports and comments during the World Women Team Championship.
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