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Monday, June 17, 2013

Dilijan Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 1: Nana Dzagnidze, Tatiana Kosintseva Begin with Wins

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Hi everyone, 

The women's chess grand prix has begun in Dilijan. Nana Dagnidze and Tatiana Kosintseva scored in the first round on Sunday. The other games were drawn. 

A.Ushenina - A.Muzichuk was the first game to finish. White tried to improve the line with 16.Rc1, but black sacrificed a pawn, got an active counterplay and forced her opponent to repeat the moves. Draw on move 31.

O. Girya - V. Cmilyte. Modern Benoni defense was played. This opening leads to very complicated positions. Cmilyte was never in real danger in this game.She even tried to get advantage but white's position had a lot of potential and Girya was able to hold.

The game between the two Indians (H. Dronavalli - H. Koneru) was very interesting. White had a slight advantage after the opening. Koneru didn't put much resistance and soon after the time control Dronavalli had a winning position. She probably missed some winning continuations. Last one came on move 59. Harika played 59 Rc5 and after 59...Ke6.60 Kf3 Kd6.61.Rc8 Kd7 her rook was forced to leave the C file. 59 Kf3 Ke6.60 Rf5 was an easy win.

T. Kosintseva - B. Khotenashvili. Black sacrificed a pawn in the opening and had enough compensation for it. On move 36 white blundered with Ne3 and the winner of the 1st tournament of the Women's Grand Prix could play 36...Qd8. Rook has nowhere to go. Khotenashvili missed this opportunity,but this wasn't the end of her bad luck today.In the endgame that was very close to be a draw she left the a5 pawn unprotected. 60...Qd8 is not easy to understand.The further resistance wasn't the best and Kosintseva scored her first victory.

Another Georgian participant of the tournament N. Dzagnidze was playing B. Tuvshintugs from Mongolia. The experienced Grandmaster gradually outplayed her opponent, evacuated her King to the queen side and converted the pawn advantage into a full point.

Round 1 Results
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.1 WGM Girya Olga 2436 ½​ - ½​ GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
2 WGM B Tuvshintugs 2316 0 - 1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
3 GM Harika Dronavalli 2492 ½​ - ½​ GM Koneru Humpy 2597
4 GM Danielian Elina 2475 ½​ - ½​ GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
5 GM Ushenina Anna 2499 ½​ - ½​ GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
6 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526 1 - 0 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531

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