Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Gibraltar (Tradewise Chess Festival)

One of the R6 games was highlighted at the official website today:

Dzagnidze,Nana (2550) - Vallejo Pons,Francisco (2698)
King’s Indian Defence

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 0–0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0–0 a6 8.e4 Rb8 9.h3 b5 10.e5 Ne8 11.Ng5 An enterprising try. 11.cxb5 axb5 12.Ng5 Na5 13.e6 has also been played in some quite elderly games. 11...Na5 12.e6!? A familiar move in several openings. White intends to disrupt the black position and prevent the co-ordination of his pieces. One GM commented that the Spanish GM had made an error when selecting his opening. 12...Bxe6 12...fxe6 is also possible but Black prefers to be rid of the pesky knight. 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.c5 e5 15.dxe5 Bxe5 16.Bg5 Nc4 17.Nd5 Nf6 18.b3!

Nana decides to bank on the strength of the a1–h8 long diagonal. It proves to be an inspirational decision. 18...Bxa1 19.Qxa1 Ne5 20.f4 Nd3?! 20...Ned7 21.c6 Nb6 looks a better try. 21.c6 Rf7 22.Rd1 Nc5 23.Re1! Suddenly Black is wide open to major threats and there seems to be no good way to defend. The game ends in a flurry of tactics. 23...Qf8

24.Rxe7! Rxe7 25.Nxf6+ Kf7 26.Bd5+ Ne6 26...Re6 27.Nd7 Nxd7 28.cxd7 Qh8 29.Qxh8 Rxh8 30.d8N+ Rxd8 31.Bxd8 wins. 27.Nd7 Qh8 28.Bf6 Qg8 29.Bxe7 Kxe7 30.Qf6+ 1–0

But standings through R7 were available at

Rank after Round 7 (full standings):

Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1
1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2764 6.0 2880
7 IM Melia Salome GEO 2449 5.5 2600
30 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2550 4.5 2632
31 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2552 4.5 2620
36 IM Krush Irina USA 2483 4.5 2563
40 IM Harika Dronavalli IND 2520 4.5 2481
53 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2441 4.5 2358
57 GM Zhu Chen QAT 2495 4.0 2592
60 GM Cmilyte Viktorija LTU 2526 4.0 2503
63 IM Zatonskih Anna USA 2493 4.0 2480
67 WGM Calzetta Ruiz Monica ESP 2284 4.0 2455
68 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2570 4.0 2445
72 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2353 4.0 2415
80 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2466 4.0 2351
84 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2546 4.0 2304
85 WGM Pogonina Natalija RUS 2472 4.0 2295

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