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Rapid. Second day review.
European Individual Women Rapid Chess Championship second day analysis;

,Tatiana - Dzagnidze,Nana
Tatiana desperately needed to win this game as both of her pursuers had better tiebreak so in case of a draw she could hardly expect to be first. The same position was played just a couple of weeks ago in the last round of ACP Women Cup in Tbilisi. And you won't believe - opponents were the same! Tatiana played 20.g3 and lost the game after very complicated fight, but she prepared an improvement: 20.Nf6+! gxf6 [20...Kh8? 21.Qg3! and White is winning.] 21.gxf6 Nf4 Only possibility to stay in the game. [21...Nc6 22.Qg5 h3 23.Rxh3 Bxh3 24.Rh1+-]
22.g3! [Less clear is 22.fxe7 Qxe7 23.g3 Nxd3 24.Qxd3 f5!?] 22...Neg6 23.gxf4 exf4 24.Qd4+- White has got a decisive advantage as Black's king is permanently stuck in a dangerous zone. 24...b5?! Doesn't promise any serious counterplay and therefore is just a waste of tempo. [Was it good or bad but Black had to play 24...Re8 25.Rdg1 h3 and hope for a miracle!] 25.cxb5 axb5 26.Rdg1! Bxb3 [26...h3!?] 27.axb3 Re8 28.Rxh4 Re5 29.Rxf4 Kf8
30.Rf5! The strongest! Black's position is falling apart. 30...Qc7 [30...Rxf5 31.exf5 Ne5 32.Qh4+-] 31.Qe3 Qc5 32.Qh6+ Ke8 33.Rxg6! Rxf5 [33...fxg6 34.f7+ Kd7 35.f8Q] 34.Rg8+ Kd7 35.Rxc8 Qd4 36.exf5 Qxd3+ 37.Rc2 1–0

Kosintseva,Tatiana - Kosteniuk,Alexandra
16.h4!? White starts typical kingside attack. 16...d5! Logical counterstrike in the center, otherwise Black can hardly get a counterplay. 17.h5!? White is burning the bridges, insisting on attacking black king at any cost. [However 17.f4 Nc5 18.e5 Ne4 19.Qe1 deserved attention as well.] 17...dxe4 18.g6 The same aggressive approach! [White couldn't be satisfied with 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Qxd7 Bd5 and Black is fine.] 18...Nc5 [18...exf3 could lead to complete mess - 19.h6 hxg6 20.Nxe6!? fxe6 21.Qxd7 Qxd7 22.Rxd7 Be4! 23.hxg7 Rxc2+ 24.Kd1 with very sharp tactical play.]
19.h6! fxg6 20.hxg7 Rf5!? Provoking White to take the exchange. 21.Bh3 [21.Nxf5?! Qxd2+ 22.Rxd2 exf5 is what Black were dreaming about!] 21...Qc7 [21...Rh5 22.b4! Rxh3 23.Rxh3 Nd3+ 24.Kb1 e5 25.Rxh7!+- (25.Rxh7 Kxh7 26.Rh1+ Bh4 27.Ne6 Qe7 28.cxd3 Qxe6 29.Rxh4+ Kxg7 30.Qh2+-) ] 22.Kb1 exf3?! [Black should be fine after 22...Bf6! for instance 23.Nxf5 exf5 24.Qd6 Be7! 25.Qd2 Bf6 and White has to accept repetition.] 23.Bxf5 exf5 24.Bf4
24...Qb6? Black fails to stand a pressure and makes a final mistake. [24...Qd7!? 25.Be5 f2 26.Qh6 Bxh1 27.Rxh1 f1Q+ 28.Rxf1 Ne4 29.Rh1 Ng5 30.Bf4 Kf7! and position is far from being clear.] 25.Be5! f2 26.Rh2 Ne4 27.Qh6 Ng5 28.Nxf5! Qc5? [28...Bf6 29.Bxf6 Qxf6 30.Rxf2+-]
29.Qxh7+! [29.Qxh7+ Nxh7 30.Nh6#] 1–0

Kosteniuk,Alexandra - Boodnaruk,Anastasia
37.f6+! Bxf6 [37...Kh7 38.Ne7! Rc7 (38...Bxe7 39.fxe7 Ne6 40.Rf2 Kg7 41.Rxd6+-) 39.N3d5 Rd7 40.g4!+-] 38.Nb6 Ne6?! 39.c4! Nxc4 40.Nexc4 Rc6 41.Rxd6 Nd4 42.Rd7 g5 43.hxg5 Bxg5 44.Nxe5 1–0

Paehtz,Elizabeth - Kosintseva,Tatiana
White's position is winning, however some accuracy is still required. 56.Qa8?? A terrible blunder! 56...Qd6?? Returning the favor! [56...Qc6+ 57.Kh2 Rxa8 58.bxa8Q+ Qxa8–+] 57.Kh2 and White managed to convert her advantage - 57...Kg7 58.Qa7 Qc7 59.Qb6 Qd7 60.Rb4 Qf5 61.Qd4+ Kh7 62.Kg2 Qe6 63.Rb6 Qe7 64.Qd5 Kg7 65.Qc6 Qd8 66.Rb3 Qe7 67.Rb5 Qd8 68.Rd5 Qe7 69.Rd7 Qe8 70.Qd5 Kg8 71.Rc7 Kg7 72.Kh2 Rd8 73.Qc5 Qe4 74.Qc3+ Kh6 1–0

Stefanova,Antoaneta - Lahno,Kateryna
26...g5? [26...Re8! and Black is slightly better.] 27.Qxf5 Nxf5 28.Ne6+ Kf7 29.Nxd8+ Raxd8 30.fxe4 Ne3 31.exd5 cxd5 [31...Nc2 32.dxc6 Nxa1 33.Rxa1+-] 32.Rac1 And even though Black has some compensation for the pawn White managed to win this. 1–0

Goryachikina,Aleksandra - Videnova,Iva
30.Nxb4! Nxb4 [30...Rxe3 31.Nbd5+, winning the queen.] 31.Rxc3+ Nc6 32.Rcc1 Kd8
33.Nd5 [33.Rxc6! Qxc6 34.Qb2! This move is easy to miss! 34...Re7 35.Qb8+ Qc8 36.Qxc8+ Kxc8 37.Rxe7+-] 33...Qd4?! [More resistant was 33...Bxd5 34.Qxd5 Qd4, where White still has some job to be done.] 34.Qg5+ Kc8 35.Ne7+ Kb7 36.Nxc6 dxc6 37.Rb1+ Ka6 38.Re3 Qc5 39.Qf6 Rd7
40.Qxc6+! [40.Qxc6+ Qxc6 41.Ra3+ Qa4 42.Rxa4#] 1–0
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