Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cmilyte Defending Champion Near The Top


GM Cmilyte Viktorija, Lithuania vs WGM Jolanta Zawadzka

Pix 1. GM Cmilyte Viktorija (right) vs WGM Zawadzka Jolanta, 2nd round, Euro Womens Individual 2012, Gaziantep, Turkey. (photos by Anastasiya Karlovich with kind permission of TCF. Photo from official tournament website)

4 March 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In Gaziantep, Turkey, the top seed, Anna Muzychuk, is currently in 31st position with 1.5 points but there are twelve players with 2 full points. Defending European Womens 2011 champion, GM Cmilyte Viktoria has 2 points from two rounds so far.

The official website reported that in the second round Nadezhda Kosintseva, who moved today to the first board, unexpectedly lost the game against Sopiko Guramishvili. She managed to get a position with clear advantage but few inaccurate moves tip the scales in favor of Georgian player. The rating favorite of another game Elisabeth Paehtz decided to sacrifice a piece in the equal position but her opponent Jovana Vojinovic found a defence and the position became winning for her. Azeri player Gulnar Mammadova, who defeated Nana Dzagnidze in the first round, continues her winning march – in the second round she won against Eva Repkova.


Here is the second round game between GM Viktorija Cmilyte, Lithuania against WGM Jolanta Zawadzka, Poland, of the European Womens Individual 2012, Gaziantep, Turkey. White won the game despite black having two queens on the board.

Here is the analysis from the official tournament website by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Ukraine, of the top board of the second round where GM Kosintseva Nadezhda, Russia, suffered an unexpected loss to WGM Guramishvili Sopiko, Georgia.



Black has clearly better endgame, and it's hard to imagine any trouble for them... 27...Bf528.Re3 Bg6 29.Rh2 c6? Not the right moment! After bishop's transfer to g6 a rook on g8 has got nothing to do, so that was a time to improve it! [29...Rgf8 followed with R8f6 and Kg8-f7, improving the position slowly, as White has got no counterplay.] 30.b4! White is using an opportunity to get counterchances! 30...axb3 31.Nxb3 Nxb3? [Black should keep the knight - 31...Nd7 32.dxc6 bxc6 preserving good chances for a win.] 32.Rxb3 cxd5 33.cxd5 Rc8


34.f3? This move should have lost the game, but instead has brought White a full point. [34.Rxb7! Rc1+ 35.Kd2 Rc2+ 36.Ke1=] 34...Rd4? Now advantage goes to White. [34...Rc1+! would win at least a pawn - 35.Kf2 Be4! 36.Be2 Bxd5 37.Rd3 Rc5 with clear advantage.]35.Rhb2 Rxd5?! [35...Bf7! 36.Rxb7 Bxd5 37.Rb8 Rg8 and Black should be able to survive.]36.Rxb7 Rdc5? Final mistake! [36...Kg8 ,trying to escape a deadly corner, would probably be the best try. Still, after 37.Bh3 Rc1+ 38.Kf2 Kf8 39.Ra7 Rc2+ 40.Rxc2 Bxc2 41.a4 white's advantage looks decisive.] 37.Bh3! Re8 38.Bd7! Ensuring bishop's position on e6 with the tempo. 38...Rg8 39.Be6 Re8 40.Rb8! Rc1+ 41.Kf2 Rc2+ 42.Rxc2 Rxb8 43.Rd2 Black is paralyzed, so white's passed pawn decides the game. 43...Rf8 44.Rxd6 e4 45.a4 Rxf3+46.Ke1 Rf8 47.a5 e3 48.a6


!? This little joke fails to work. [Other version of this idea is not saving either - 48...e2 49.a7 Bd3 50.Rxd3 Rf1+ 51.Kxe2 Rf2+ 52.Ke3 Rf3+ 53.Ke4 Re3+ 54.Kf5 Rf3+ 55.Ke5 Re3+ 56.Kf6 Rf3+ 57.Bf5+-] 49.Rxd3 Rf1+ 50.Kxf1 e2+ 51.Kg2! 1–0


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