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Evgenij Miroshnichenko (born 28th of December 1978), or "Miro", as he likes to be called, is international Grandmaster since 2002, two times Ukrainian Champion (2003 and 2008) and a winner of numerous international tournaments. Growing expert of women chess, as you can remember his reports and comments during the World Women Team Championship, 2012 European Womens Individual. Also 2012 Chess Olympiad and many others. Evgenij is going to provide us with analysis of the most interesting moments happened in the games during the WJCC as well.
Ipatov, Alexander - Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
I guess it becomes funny as all the time I'm picking the same guy's game for my daily report, but I'm confident I may do so as long as he keeps winning - after all, he's a defending champion! Not a lot of comment are required for this game though, as it looks rather one-sided after Black had misplayed the opening. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.g3 Bb7 6.Bg2 0–0 7.0–0 Bxc3 8.bxc3
8...Qc8?! Quite a rare move, and not for no reason - queen is simply not needed on c8. [Both 8...d6 or; 8...Be4 are much more popular.] 9.Re1 c5? This lets White to siege a space in the center with the next, pretty comment for this structure, move. [Still there's nothing wrong with Black's position after 9...d6 10.Bg5 Nbd7] 10.d5! This temporary pawn sacrifice gives White an advantage. 10...exd5 11.Nh4 d6 Accepting the sad reality. [Just bad would've been 11...dxc4 12.Nf5+- threatening both Ne7 and Nd6.] 12.cxd5 Nbd7 13.e4 Re8 14.c4 Ne5 15.Bb2 White's play is simple and strong. 15...Qd8 16.Rc1 Ba6
17.Nf5 White uses little tactical trick to protect c4 indirectly. 17...b5 [17...Nxc4 18.Rxc4 Bxc4 19.Qc1 and Black loses the bishop as 20.Qg5 is a threat to be aware of first.] 18.Bxe5 dxe5 [Relatively better would've been 18...Rxe5 19.cxb5 Bxb5 20.f4 Rxf5 (Even worse is 20...Re8 21.e5!) 21.exf5 , but obviously Black doesn't have a full compensation in this line.] 19.cxb5 Bxb5 20.Rxc5 White is a pawn up, so it's a time to show some technique. 20...Bd7 21.Ne3 Qb6 22.Qc2 Rac8 23.Rc1 h5 24.h4 Rxc5 25.Qxc5 Rc8 26.Qa3 Rxc1+ 27.Qxc1 Qd4 White still has some difficulties as black queen has become very active.
28.Qd1?! Qb2 [28...Nxe4!? 29.Qxd4 exd4 30.Bxe4 dxe3 31.fxe3 Kf8 32.Bf3 g6 33.e4 f6 and I'm not quite sure if this endgame is won for White.] 29.Qc2 Qa1+ 30.Kh2 g6 31.Qd2 Bb5 32.f3 a6 33.Bh3 Ne8?! Lets White to transpose into a winning endgame. [33...Qd4 34.Qxd4 exd4 35.Nf1! and after bringing his king to the center White should win this endgame.]
34.d6! Qd4 35.Qxd4 exd4 36.d7 Perhaps an influence of the time-pressure, as [the strongest 36.Nc4! wasn't so difficult move to find. After 36...f5 37.e5 Ng7 38.Nd2 White's task would've been much easier than in the game.] 36...Bxd7 37.Bxd7 dxe3 38.Kg2 Nd6 39.Kf1 Kf8 40.Ke2 Ke7 41.Ba4
Finally White accomplished time control requirements and the resulting endgame is winning for him, just a little bit of accuracy is still needed. 41...f6 42.Bb3 Nc8 43.Kxe3 Na7 44.Ba4 Nc8 45.Kd4 Nd6 46.Kd5 g5 47.f4 g4 48.Bc2 Nb5 49.a4 Nc3+
50.Kd4! Only move! Still it amazes me how they manage to turn it into the calculation all the time :) 50...Ne2+ 51.Ke3 Nc3 [51...Nxg3 52.Kf2 Nh1+ 53.Kg2+-] 52.Bb3 And Black resigned, as in a couple of moves he's going to lose his poor knight.[52.Bb3 Kd6 53.Kd3 Nb1 54.Kc2 Na3+ 55.Kb2] 1–0
Bulmaga, Irina - Kashlinskaya, Alina
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.h3 Quite a rare case to see such a fundamental opening in a game of two girls as normally they seem to stick to some sidelines they've been tough by the first coach :). With his last move White choses one of the possible "AntiMarshall"s, perhaps not the most topical one. 8...Bb7 9.c3 d5 The most principle. 10.exd5 Nxd5
11.d3 Modest, although the most popular choice. [Black doesn't really sacrifice a pawn, as 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Rxe5 Nf4 is hardly acceptable for White.; Of course 11.d4 is another possible move there, but after 11...exd4 12.cxd4 Na5 13.Bc2 Nb4 14.Be4 Bxe4 15.Rxe4 c5 Black seem to equalize comfortably.] 11...f6 This odd-looking move worked just fine for Black in the game, although Black has different options apart from this one. [11...Bf6 12.Nbd2 Nf4 13.Ne4 Nxd3 14.Nxf6+ gxf6 15.Re4 Nxc1 16.Rg4+ Kh8 17.Qxc1 Ne7 18.Bc2 Rg8 19.Qh6 Ng6 20.Nh4 Qf8 21.Qh5 Qe8 and Black evetually managed to equalize in Grischuk,A (2726)-Aronian,L (2750)/Mexico City 2007/; More in spirit of a Marshall Attack seems to be 11...Qd7 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.Rxe5 Rad8 14.Qg4 f5 15.Qg3 Bf6 16.Re1 Kh8 17.Nd2 b4 where Black has got sufficient counterplay for the pawn in Topalov,V (2780)-Leko,P (2753)/Morelia/Linares 102/(253) 2008/] 12.Nbd2?! White had to act immediately, as this developing move lets Black to build up the position he wants. [12.d4 exd4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.cxd4 doesn't seem to be something special for White, but he could've tried; 12.a4 and then in case of 12...b4 (12...Na5 13.axb5 Nxb3 14.Qxb3 axb5 15.Rxa8 Qxa8 needs further investigation.) this break in a center seems to be more justified - 13.d4 exd4 (13...Kh8 14.c4) 14.Nxd4 Nxd4 15.Qxd4 Kh8 16.Rd1 with the advantage for White.] 12...Kh8 13.Nf1 Qd7 14.Bc2 Rad8 15.Bd2 f5! 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.Rxe5 Bd6 18.Re1 Nf4
Black has got dangerous initiative for a sacrificed pawn and White is practically forced to give back his gain's along with a bishops pair. 19.Bxf4 Bxf4 20.Bb3 A try to come up with a counter attack, which is hardly sufficient. [20.f3 b4 21.d4 bxc3 22.bxc3 c5 gives Black quite a promising position, although White should be able to keep the balance.] 20...Qxd3 21.Qh5 Creating a threat of Rad1, trapping the queen. 21...Qd7 22.Re6 Rde8 [22...c5!? 23.Rd1 Qc8 24.Rxd8 Qxd8 and Black has an advantage.] 23.Rae1?! [23.Rd1 Qc8 24.Rxe8 Qxe8 25.Qxe8 Rxe8 26.Ne3!? and White shouldn't be much worse there.] 23...Rxe6
24.Rxe6?! [24.Bxe6 Qc6 25.f3 g6 26.Qh4 Qc5+ 27.Kh1 Be5 and Black's bishops pair starts to tell.] 24...c5! Threatening to win material with c5-c4. 25.Re1? This should've lost by force! 25...Qc6! 26.f3 [Relatively better was 26.Qf3 Qxf3 27.gxf3 Bxf3 with hopeless endgame to defend.] 26...c4 27.Bc2
27...Bd6?? Incredible blunder when the win was just so close! [Apart from a couple of ways to keep an advantage there was a nice way to win the game directly, albeit quite a sophisticated one! 27...Qb6+! 28.Kh1 g6! This important in-between move is definitely not easy to see, as (tempting 28...Qf2 fails after 29.Qxf5!! Rxf5 30.Re8+ Rf8 31.Rxf8#) 29.Qh4 g5 30.Qh5
30...Bd5! Black is threatening to cage white queen with Bf7. 31.Re7 Bg8! and White has no sufficient resource to fight against Qf2 threat.] 28.Bxf5 All of a sudden it turns out White can take this pawn! 28...Bc5+ [28...Qc5+ 29.Ne3! g6 30.Bxg6 is what Black possibly could've missed.] 29.Kh1 g6 [The most stubborn 29...Qh6 30.Qxh6 gxh6 31.Re5 Bd6 32.Re6 Bf4 33.Be4 looks rather depressing as well.] 30.Bxg6 Qxg6 31.Qxc5 Rxf3? 32.Qe5+ Rf6 33.Qb8+ 1–0
(14) Cori, T. Deysi - Wang, Jue
Previous stage of the game has been quite exciting as well, but starting from this position we'll see a couple of unexpected turnovers:
30.Nxe6!? In a previous play White had lost/sacrificed a piece and has been desperately trying to complicate matters (successfully, judging on the result). [An interesting try would've been 30.a5!? Ra8 31.a6 Rxa7 32.Nxc6 Nxc6 33.axb7 Nb8 34.Bd3 where Black has difficulties to convert extra piece. 34...g5 35.g3 gxf4 36.gxf4 Bh6 37.Ke3 Ra4 38.Rf1 Rb4 39.Be4 and it's still not clear if Black can make progress.] 30...Ra8! 31.Ng5 Rxa7 This move is not the best, although Blacks desire to get rid of potentially the most dangerous White's pawn is pretty much understandable. [Easier would've been 31...Nd5 32.Rd1 Nxf4 33.Nxf7 Rxa7! and, although it looks scary, White doesn't have any serious threats.] 32.Rd1? After this move Black should've defended successfully. [32.Bxf7+ Kh8 33.Bb3 would promise much more of a compensation, for instance 33...Bh6 34.Ne6 Bd7 35.g3 Nc6 36.h4 Bxe6 37.Bxe6 Bf8 38.Bd5 and the game is still on.] 32...Bf8? Returning the favor! [32...Bh6! 33.Nxf7 Rxa4 34.Nxh6+ Kg7 should've won easily for Black.] 33.Bxf7+ Kg7
34.Bc4? Another mistake, and once again Black has got a winning chance! [After the correct 34.Bb3 Ra8 (34...Bxa4 35.Ne6+ Kf7 36.Ra1 b5 37.Nd4+ Kg7 38.Nxb5±) 35.g4!
it would be pretty tough for Black to make use of his extra piece as all his forces are practically paralyzed. 35...h6 36.Ne6+ Kh8 37.h3 with fair compensation.] 34...Rxa4 35.Ne6+ Kh6? Black wants to avoid any back-rank threats, but misses a horizontal threat instead! [A paradox 35...Kh8!! would've won for Black - 36.Bb3 (36.Rd8 Rxc4 37.Rxf8+ Ng8 this line justifies Black's Kh8 - he's able to cover with the knight.) 36...Ra8 and Black just has an extra piece. Some technique is still needed though.]
36.Rd3! All of a sudden h-file becomes a back-rank! 36...Kh5? [Black could've still try to get away after his mistake - 36...g5! 37.fxg5+ Kg6 38.Nxf8+ Kxg5 39.Rd4 Kf5 40.Bd3+ Kxe5 41.Rxa4 Bxa4 42.Nxh7 b5 with a good chances to escape.] 37.Bb3! Ra1 [Black can't save the bishop, as after 37...Ra8 38.Bd1+ he's going to be mated soon.] 38.Nxf8 [38.Rh3+!? Kg4 39.Rxh7 was mathematically stronger according to an engine, but of course the move in the game is good enough to win.] 38...Kg4 39.Ne6 Kf5 40.h3 h5 41.Rd4
The rest wasn't really needed, but sometimes it's so hard to accept the obvious.... 41...g5 42.Nxg5 Rc1 43.Nf7 Rc3 44.Nd6+ Kg6 45.Bd1 h4 46.f5+ Kh7 47.Rxh4+ Kg8 48.f6 Ng6 49.Rg4 Kh7 50.e6 Rd3 51.f7 1–0