FIDE Geneva Grand Prix Round 5

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/9/13, 9:07 AM.


Official ReportAnna Muzychuk defeats Hou Yifan to catch Kateryna Lagno in first place.

The key game of the round five was the encounter between number one and number two in the tournament Hou Yifan and Anna Muzychuk. The Slovenian player outplayed Hou Yifan and shares first place with the Ukrainian Kateryna Lagno who drew her game against Anna Ushenina. Two Russian players Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya lost their games against Bela Khotenashvili and Ju Wenjun respectively. Another Russian Tatiana Kosintseva had winning position against Tuvshintugs Batchimeg but missed her chances a few times today. Viktorija Cmilyte and Nana Dzagnidze were the last to finish their game in a draw after 72 moves.

Tuvshintugs -Kosintseva 1/2-1/2

Tatiana Kosintseva


One of the theoretical lines of Ragozin appeared on the board and in the middle game White transferred his knight on f2 by playing Nd2-f1-g3-h1-f2. The position was about equal but White missed a chance to play 32.d6 and blundered 33…Bh5. Black had a huge advantage and missed the direct way to win a few times. 39…Rg2! Could have finished the game immediately after 40.Kg2 Rg8 31.Kf1 Qf3.  Tatiana played differently but the position was still absolutely winning. After 44…Nf4 and the evaluation of the position went from -5 to 0 according to Houdini. After that Black didn’t have real chances to fight for more than a draw.

Lagno-Ushenina 1/2-1/2


Anna Ushenina surprised her opponent with Ne7, so Kateryna Lagno decided to go into a sharp position after Qb3-Qb7.  The World Champion spent a lot of time and found a nice idea 23…c5 cutting the diagonal for the bishop. Despite the fact that White had an extra pawn, Black got good compensation and after three-fold repetition the game between the two Ukrainian players finished in a draw.

Cmilyte-Dzagnidze 1/2-1/2

Viktorija Cmilyte


The game finished in draw but only after both players got some winning chances.  Nana Dzagnidze sacrificed the exchange and according to Cmilyte, the position on the board was easier for Black to play. However White found a good opportunity to activate her pieces and after Rh7 it was White who was trying to play for more than draw. According to Viktorija Cmilyte f6 was a mistake. Black received good counter chances but didn’t manage to win.

Girya-Ju 0-1

Olga Girya


In a King's Indian the Russian player got an extra pawn and Black had to prove if she hds enough compensation or not. Following the best King's Indian traditions Ju Wenjun brought all her pieces to the King’s side and sacrificed another pawn. The computer defends White’s position but it’s hard to stay calm playing such position with White. Olga Girya made a mistake with 29.Qb2 and it cost her full point. Ju Wenjun finished the game with direct attack on the White’s king.

Khotenashvili-Kosteniuk 1-0

Alexandra Kosteniuk


In one of the variations of the Catalan the players went into a sharp position and after the provocative 20…f5 White got quite strong initiative. At the press-conference the players agreed it was a mistake to take 26.Qh5 and let Black exchange the bishop for the strong knight on e6. “I just missed White’s strong move Qe2”, said Bela Khotenashvili.  A few moves later Black made a mistake with Qf3 and got a lost position. “At this moment I just could not calculate anything. I was surprised Black was not losing immediately”, said Alexandra Kosteniuk. The endgame was technically winning for White but the Georgian player didn’t play precisely and former world champion could have held for a draw after 56…Kb2.

Muzychuk-Hou Yifan 1-0


A very important victory for Anna Muzychuk, as she has not been able to defeat the former world champion for several years. Analysis of the game is at the official website here.


Standings after 5 rounds

# Name Elo Fed Pts
1 Anna Muzychuk 2585 SLO
2 Kateryna Lagno 2548 UKR
3 Bela Khotenashvili 2505 GEO 3
4 Tatiana Kosintseva 2517 RUS 3
5 Wenjun Ju 2544 CHN 3
6 Yifan Hou 2617 CHN
7 Nana Dzagnidze 2545 GEO
8 Anna Ushenina 2491 UKR
9 Tuvshintugs Batchimeg 2298 MGL 2
10 Viktorija Cmilyte 2522 LTU 2
11 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2491 RUS
12 Olga Girya 2463 RUS 1


5501 reads 13 comments
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  • 3 years ago


    Hey gentlemen instead of collectively creaming your pants maybe we can comment on the chess and learn something about "the theoretical lines of the Ragozin in the meg vs. tatiana" where a clear mating line was missed in move 39. Rxg2!....

    Or.. Anna Mazychuks Moscow Variation of the Sicilian with the interesting idea of a4, using it as an anchor for the bishop and later the rook to invade blacks 2nd rank!

    I am sure that provides better female aesthetics for your geeky pleasure so lets stick to chess, shall we.

  • 3 years ago


    "OMG, white hasn't moved yet!  WHAT"S THE RIGHT LINE??!?!?!?!?" caption for the first...

  • 3 years ago


    "You got something right here."  The caption for the second picture of the ladies.

  • 3 years ago


    i Love Tatiana Kosintseva

  • 3 years ago


    No comments about the games? Smile

  • 3 years ago


    i agree with Am1nOS. 

  • 3 years ago


    so pretty and lovely!!! very cutie..

  • 3 years ago


    I will marry them all

  • 3 years ago


    Am1nOS, are you blind?

  • 3 years ago


    oh no whats goin on GM Kosteniuk!!!

  • 3 years ago


    Hey Am1nOS look at Tatiana Kosintseva

  • 3 years ago


    Bullshit, there be some fine ones.

  • 3 years ago


    I don't know why chess women players are not cute Frown

    The exception of course is => Kateryna Lahno  Cool

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