World Women's Championship: Mariya Muzychuk Delivers Heavy Blow to the Top Seed

Время публикации: 26.03.2015 22:56 | Последнее обновление: 26.03.2015 23:14

First classical games of the 4th round are over in FIDE Women's knockout taking place in Krasnaya Polyana near the Russian city of Sochi. Humpy Koneru's long winning streak (6 victories in succession) has been finally interrupted by Mariya Muzychuk: the rating favorite underestimated White's attacking resources and missed a beautiful combination.


Looking forward to the Ukrainian final? Photo: sochi2015.fide.com

M.MUZYCHUK - KONERU (round 4, game 1)

The Indian player didn't have problems for the most part of the game, but at some point she, in pursiut of advantage, moved too many pieces to the queenside and also spent too much time. In the approaching time trouble, Black made a natural move 25...f6? (the only way was 25...Rd1! 26.Qh4 Rxe1 27.Qxe1 Qa3!) which was met by a textbook example on deflection:
26.Qd2!! Rf8 27.Bd5+ Bxd5 (27...Kh8 28.Qe2) 28.Qxd5+ Kh8 29.Qf7! 1-0

Zhao Xue started the match vs Natalija Pogonina with a win as Black. In the inferior opposite-coloured bishops ending, the Russian player hastened with the rooks exchange:

POGONINA - ZHAO XUE (round 4, game 1)

54.Rf5?! If White wanted to trade the rooks off, she could have tried 54.Rd1!? (54...Bc5 55.Rf1! Rxf1 56.Kxf1 Kg5 is an easy draw even after 57.Kf3 f5 58.exf5 due to the 'wrong' colour of the h1-corner), although Black has 54...Kg5 55.Bxf7 Kxg4 (or 55...Rxf7 56.Rxd6 Rf6), keeping slight winning chances. However, the position looks defendable after the simple 54.Kd3, since all the white troops are active.
54...Rxf5 55.gxf5+ Kf6. Now it's quite tricky. If 56.Kf3 then Black doesn't take the f5-pawn, playing 56...Ke7! instead, with the idea of f7-f6. Even though it might still be holdable, Pogonina failed to save the game: 56.Kd5 Bc5 57.e4?! Kg5 58.Bd3 h5 59.e5 Kf4 60.e6 fxe6+ 61.fxe6 h4 62.Kc6 h3 63.Bc4 h2 64.Bd5 Ke3 65.Kd7 Kf2 66.e7 Bxe7 67.Kxe7 b5 68.Kd6 a4. 0-1


Two other starting games of round 4 were peaceful (Arabidze - Harika especially) and ended in a draw. The return games will be played tomorrow at 12:00 GMT, as usual.

World Women's Championship: all the information

[Event "WCh Women 2015"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2015.03.26"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Muzychuk, Mariya"] [Black "Koneru, Humpy"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C45"] [Opening "Scotch game"] [EventDate "2015.03.17"] [Board "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Nge7 7. g3 d5 8. Bg2 dxe4 9. O-O O-O 10. Nd2 Bb6 11. Re1 Nxd4 12. Nxe4 Qf5 13. Bxd4 Nc6 14. Bxb6 axb6 15. f4 Be6 16. b3 h6 17. h3 Ra3 18. Qd2 Qa5 19. b4 Qa4 20. g4 Rd8 21. Qf2 Rxa2 22. Rxa2 Bxa2 23. b5 Na7 24. g5 hxg5 25. Nxg5 f6 26. Qd2 Rf8 27. Bd5+ Bxd5 28. Qxd5+ Kh8 29. Qf7 1-0 [Event "WCh Women 2015"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2015.03.26"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Black "Zhao, Xue"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2015.03.17"] [Board "2"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Nc3 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 c6 14. e3 a5 15. Qb3 Qc7 16. Rac1 Ra6 17. Rfd1 Rd8 18. Bg2 Qb6 19. Qa2 Ra8 20. Ne4 Be7 21. Nd2 Nd7 22. h4 Bb4 23. Ne4 Nf6 24. Nxf6+ gxf6 25. Qc4 Bf8 26. Qe2 Rd7 27. Rc4 Rad8 28. Rdc1 Bg7 29. g4 e5 30. dxe5 Rd2 31. Qf3 fxe5 32. R1c2 Qb3 33. Qe4 Rxc2 34. Rxc2 Rd3 35. Qc4 Qxc4 36. Rxc4 Bf8 37. Rc3 Rd2 38. Rb3 Bb4 39. Be4 Rd1+ 40. Kg2 Ra1 41. Rd3 Rxa4 42. Kf3 Bf8 43. Rb3 Bb4 44. Rd3 Ra2 45. Rd7 b6 46. b3 Be1 47. Bxc6 Rxf2+ 48. Ke4 Rf6 49. Bd5 Bxh4 50. Kxe5 Kg7 51. Ke4 Bg3 52. Bc4 Kg6 53. Rd5 Bd6 54. Rf5 Rxf5 55. gxf5+ Kf6 56. Kd5 Bc5 57. e4 Kg5 58. Bd3 h5 59. e5 Kf4 60. e6 fxe6+ 61. fxe6 h4 62. Kc6 h3 63. Bc4 h2 64. Bd5 Ke3 65. Kd7 Kf2 66. e7 Bxe7 67. Kxe7 b5 68. Kd6 a4 0-1 [Event "WCh Women 2015"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2015.03.26"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Cramling, Pia"] [Black "Muzychuk, Anna"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E10"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [EventDate "2015.03.17"] [Board "3"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c5 4. e3 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 8. O-O Nc6 9. Nc3 Be7 10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. b3 O-O 12. Bb2 Rfd8 13. Rc1 Qe7 14. Nb5 Ne4 15. Nfd4 Qg5 16. Qe2 Rac8 17. f3 Bxd4 18. Nxd4 Nd6 19. Nxc6 bxc6 20. Bd4 Nb5 21. Bc5 d4 22. exd4 Nxd4 23. Qe4 Ne6 24. Be3 Qa5 25. Rc2 h6 26. Rfc1 Rd5 27. b4 Qa3 28. h3 Rcd8 29. Rxc6 Qxa2 1/2-1/2 [Event "WCh Women 2015"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2015.03.26"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Arabidze, Meri"] [Black "Harika, Dronavalli"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "4.Nf3"] [EventDate "2015.03.17"] [Board "4"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 c6 7. e3 Be7 8. Bd3 Ne4 9. Bf4 Ndf6 10. Qc2 O-O 11. O-O Bf5 12. Ne5 Re8 13. f3 Nxc3 14. Bxf5 Nb5 15. g4 g6 1/2-1/2 


  


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