Sunday, December 5, 2010

Interesting Games Of The Day, Round 1, G2

6 December 2010, Kuala Lumpur – Here are two of the upsets during the first round, second game of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2010 in Hatay, Turkey played yesterday evening, 5th December 2010, Sunday.

The first interesting chess game is between 2008 Semi-Finalist WWCC, Pia Cramling (pix 1 below) of Sweden against Turkish player, Yildiz Betul Cemre (pix 1 right below) playing black. The Reti Opening transpired during the game.

Pix 1. Pia Cramling (left), Yildiz Betul Cemre.

[Event "2010 WWCC"]
[Site "Antakya"]
[Date "2010.12.05"]
[Round "2.8"]
[White "Cramling, Pia"]
[Black "Yildiz, Betul Cemre"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A09"]
[WhiteElo "2526"]
[BlackElo "2225"]
[EventDate "2010.12.05"]
1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Qa4+ Nc6 4. e3 Bd7 5. Bxc4 e6 6. Qc2 Na5 7. Be2 c5 8.
b3 Nf6 9. Bb2 Be7 10. O-O Rc8 11. d3 O-O 12. Nbd2 b6 13. Rac1 Nc6 14. Qb1 Ne8
15. a3 Bf6 16. b4 cxb4 17. axb4 Nd6 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 19. d4 Qe7 20. Qb2 Rb8 21. b5
Na5 22. Qb4 Bc8 23. Ne5 Bb7 24. e4 Rbc8 25. Nec4 Naxc4 26. Nxc4 Rfd8 27. Nxd6
Rxd6 28. Rxc8+ Bxc8 29. Ra1 Bb7 30. f3 Qd7 31. Rd1 Qc7 32. Qa3 Rd8 33. Qc1 Qd6 34. Qd2 Qc7 35. Qc1 Qe7 36. Qa1 Qc7 37. Qc1 Qd7 38. Qd2 Qc7 39. Qc1 Qd7 0-1


Pix 2. The position is quite balanced. Only that white is ahead by one pawn. On the queenside white has a pawn minority against black’s pawn majority and the Kingside white pawn majority against black minority pawn structure. Maybe Cramling was short on time. According to the moves, a two-fold repetition occurred at the end of the game. Maybe there were some rules infringement by Cramling during the end of the game. Puzzling to say the least!

Based on official reports from the official website, it is reported that Pia Cramling forgot to make the 40th white move and lost on time!!! Now that explains the peculiarities of the game!

Here is another game of round 1, game 2 between Kovanova Baira (Pix 3) of Russia against Natalia Pogonina (Pix 4) of Russia with the Sicilian Defence.

Kovanova_Baira-RUS natalija_pogonina-RUS
Pix 3. Baira Kovanova, Russia Pix 4. Natalia Pogonina, Russia

[Event "2010 WWCC"]
[Site "Antakya"]
[Date "2010.12.05"]
[Round "2.23"]
[White "Kovanova, Baira"]
[Black "Pogonina, Natalija"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B50"]
[WhiteElo "2380"]
[BlackElo "2472"]
[EventDate "2010.12.06"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 Nc6 4. O-O Nf6 5. Qe2 e6 6. c3 Be7 7. Bb3 O-O 8. d4
Qc7 9. dxc5 dxc5 10. e5 Nd7 11. Bf4 Rd8 12. Nbd2 Nf8 13. Rad1 b6 14. Bg3 Bb7
15. Ne4 Rxd1 16. Rxd1 Rd8 17. Nf6+ Kh8 18. Ng5 Rxd1+ 19. Qxd1 Nd8 20. Qh5 gxf6 21. exf6 Qc6 22. Bd5 Qe8 23. Qh6 Bxf6 24. Qxf6+ Kg8 25. Be5 1-0


Pix.  5. White has two options for checkmate, either Qg7# or Qh8#, irrespective of what black plays next. If black plays 25..Ng6, then 26,Qg7# or if 25.Bxd5, then 26.Qg7#.


The win by Baira is so devastating and a complete shutout of Pogonina, 2-0!. Baira Kovanova is the name to remember now.

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