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Analysis from the 11th round
PictureDear chess lovers, you can find some spectacular moments of the eleventh round below;

,Valentina - Muzychuk,Anna


1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 An interesting opening choice - despite being in "must win" situation in order to fight for a gold medal White aims for a solid positional play with slight pressure. [6.Bh4 is much more aggressive.] 6...Qxf6 7.e3 Nd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 g6 10.0–0 Bg7


11.Re1 [Much more popular is 11.Rc1 0–0 12.e4 e5 13.d5 Nb6 14.dxc6!? bxc6 (14...Nxc4? 15.Nd5 Qd6 16.Rxc4 bxc6 17.Rxc6±) 15.Be2 where Black's position seems fine to me.] 11...0–0 12.e4 e5 13.d5 Rd8 14.Re3 b5!? [More typical would have been 14...Nb6 15.Bb3 Bg4!? 16.h3 Bd7 where White has just a marginal edge.] 15.dxc6! bxc4 16.Nd5


16...Qd6? [Much better would have been 16...Qe6! 17.cxd7 Rxd7 followed by Bb7, and Black has no problem at all.] 17.cxd7 Bxd7 18.Nd2 Bb5 [18...Bf5!? 19.Nxc4 Qc5 20.exf5 Rxd5 21.Rd3! Rd4 22.Rxd4 exd4 23.Qd3 gxf5 24.Re1 and White is clearly better.] 19.Qc2 Rab8 20.Rc3 Qa6


21.a4! Bf8 [21...h5!? 22.Nc7 (22.Qb1 Bc6 23.Ne7+ Kh7 24.Nxc6 Qxc6 25.Nxc4 Rd4! with nice counterplay.) 22...Qd6 23.axb5 Qxc7 24.Nxc4 Rxb5 25.Ne3 Qb8 26.b3 and White has an advantage as black bishop is still out of play.] 22.Nf1?! [White could win a pawn with 22.Nf3! Bc6 (22...Bd6? 23.Qc1!+-) 23.Nc7! Qa5 24.Rxc4 Bb7 25.h3 nevertheless a pair of bishops would promise Black some practical counterchances anyway.] 22...Bc5? This move leaves h6 undefended and allows White to start the attack. [22...Bc6! 23.Nfe3 Rbc8!? should have been preferred, where Black seem to have enough counterchances.]


23.Qc1! Bc6?! From now on Black's position starts to fall apart. [Relatively better was 23...Be8 , keeping control on f6, where after 24.Qxh6 Rxd5 25.exd5 Rxb2 Black seem to have some compensation for exchange.] 24.Nf6+! Kg7 25.Ng4! [Careless 25.Rxc4? would spoil everything after 25...Rd1!] 25...g5 26.Rxc4 Rd1 27.Qxd1 Qxc4


28.Qf3?! [28.Ng3!±, treating both Nh6 and Rc1, would be more precise.] 28...Qxe4?! [More resistant was 28...Qe6 29.Ng3 Rb3! 30.Qd1 Rb4 where White has to find 31.Nf5+ Kg6 32.Qc2! Rxe4 (32...Rc4? 33.Qxc4 Qxc4 34.Nxe5++-) 33.h3!! Kxf5 34.Qxc5 h5 35.Ne3+ Kg6 36.Rd1±] 29.Rc1! Qg6!? [29...Qxf3 30.gxf3 Bxf2+!? (30...Bxf3 31.Nxe5+-) 31.Kxf2 Rxb2+ 32.Kg3 Bxa4 33.Rc7 doesn't seem to give much chances either.]


30.Qc3! Qe4 31.Qxe5+ Qxe5 32.Nxe5 Bxf2+ 33.Kxf2 Rxb2+ 34.Ke3 Bxg2 35.Ng3 Bd5 36.Nh5+ Kf8 37.Rd1


37...Be6? [Black could still continue the game after 37...Rxh2 38.Rxd5 Rxh5, and White has to show some technical skills.] 38.Rd8+ [38.Rd8+ Ke7 39.Nc6#] 1–0

Dzagidze,Nana - Kosintseva,Tatiana


Black has got better position after the opening stage and here she went for the break in the center: 19...d4!? [19...Qb6! would have been even stronger - 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Qd2 Bf5 22.Qxd5 (Otherwise Black just wins "e3" pawn.) 22...Rad8! 23.Qb5 Qxe3–+ with total domination.] 20.exd4 Nxd4 21.Bd3 Qb6! 22.Qa4?! [22.Kh1 Rad8 and White can hardly stand Black's pressure.] 22...h3! 23.Rae1 hxg2 24.Kxg2 Qd8!? 25.Be4 Bd7


26.Qb4? Underestimating the danger! [Only chance to continue resistance would have been 26.Qd1, however after 26...Bb5 27.Bd3 Qg5+ 28.Kh1 Rxe1 29.Rxe1 Rd8 White's task would remain tough.] 26...Bb5! 27.Bd3 [27.Rg1 loses to 27...a5! 28.Qc5 Re5 , and White queen is trapped.] 27...Rxe1?! [Stronger was 27...a5! 28.Rxe8+ Bxe8 29.Qc4 Bc6! 30.Ne4 (30.Bxd4 Qg5+–+) 30...Bb5–+] 28.Rxe1 Qg5+! 29.Kh1?! [29.Ng4 a5 30.Qe7 Qxe7 31.Rxe7 Bxd3 32.Bxd4 Bxd4 33.Rd7 Bxb2 34.Rxd3 a4–+ and still some technique would be required form Black to convert her advantage into a point.] 29...Bc6 30.Ne4 [30.Be4 Nc2–+] 30...Qf4


31.Rf1? A timetrouble starts to tell, however relatively better [31.Bxd4 Qxf3+ 32.Kg1 Qxd3 33.Bxg7 Kxg7 34.Qc3+ Qxc3 35.Nxc3–+ would in fact lead to the hopeless endgame.] 31...Be5 32.Rf2 Rd8?! [32...Qe3! would win on a spot!] 33.Qe7 Re8 34.Qg5 Qxg5 35.Nxg5


35...Nxf3! Nice tactical trick, which by force leads to completely winning endgame. 36.Nxf3 Bxc3 37.bxc3 Re3 38.Rd2 [38.Be2 Rxe2 39.Rxe2 Bxf3+–+] 38...Rxf3 39.Kg1 Kg7 40.Rd1 f5


Perhaps that was a nice moment to resign as white is helpless, but sometimes you just believe in miracles! 41.c4 Kf6 42.c5 g5 43.Rd2 g4 44.Rd1 Kg5 45.Rd2 Rh3 46.a4 Bxa4 47.Bf1 Rc3 48.Ra2 Bc6 49.Bg2 Rxc5 50.Bxc6 bxc6 51.Rxa7 Rc1+ 52.Kf2 Rc2+ 53.Kg1 c5 Here White decided she had enough and stopped the clock. 0–1



Hoang,Thanh Trang - Cmilyte,Viktorija


After suffering a painful defeat in penultimate round Lithuanian GM showed a fantastic fighting spirit and managed to finish the tournament with another spectacular win: 21...Ba6 22.Re6 Bd3+ 23.Ka1 [23.Kc1 Bc4 24.Ree1 Bxa2–+] 23...Bf5 24.Re2 Bd3 25.Re6 Kf7 26.Rde1 Rhe8


27.d5?! It's hard to offer anything constructive for White as her active possibilities are restricted with Black's dominating pair of bishops, but this move makes Black's task easier. 27...Bf5! 28.R6e2 Rcd8 29.c4 e6! This opens up the position and puts the end to White's suffering! 30.Nb1 [30.dxe6+ Rxe6 31.Nb1 Rxe2 32.Rxe2 Bd3 33.Rf2 Re8!–+ (33...Bxc4?? 34.Ne5+) ; 30.Ne4 Bg4! 31.Rf2 exd5 32.cxd5 Rxd5–+] 30...exd5 31.Rxe8 Rxe8 32.cxd5 Be4 33.Nd4 Bxd5 34.Rxe8 Kxe8 35.Nb5 Bg2 36.Nxa7


White managed to keep material balance so far but has no real chance to survive as all her pieces are completely disorganized. 36...Be3 37.Nc3 Bg1 38.Ne2 Bxh2 39.Nb5 h5 Straight ahead to the promotion square! 40.Kb1 g5 41.Kc1 h4 42.gxh4 gxh4 43.Kd2 h3 44.Ke1 Be5 45.Kf2 Bc6 0–1


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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