The FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar, is under way, with Nana Dzagnidze and Elina Danielian taking the early lead with two points out of two games.
Things are not so good for former world champion Maia Chiburdanidze, who lost both games following a slump in her form.
In today’s game from the first round Maia’s compatriot from Georgia Nana Dzagnidze defeated Humpy Koneru after white made an error on move 32.
Humpy Koneru v Nana Dzagnidze in Qatar in 2011 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 b6 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. O-O Be7 9. b3 O-O 10. Bb2 h6 11. Rad1 Qc7 12. Qe2 Rad8 13. Ne5 dxc4 14. bxc4 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Nd7 16. f4 Nc5 17. Bb1 Rxd1 18. Nxd1 Rd8 19. Nf2 Nd7 20. Ne4 c5 21. Ng3 Nf8 22. Bc3 a6 23. Nh5 g6 24. Nf6+ Bxf6 25. exf6 Qc6 26. e4 b5 27. Rf3 bxc4 28. Bc2 Rd4 29. Qe3 Qd6 30.f5 g5 31. h4 exf5 32. hxg5? (32. Rxf5 is the only move, resulting in an equal position after 32. Bc8 33. Rxc5 Qxc5 34. Bxd4 Qa5) 32. Bxe4 33. gxh6 Bxc2 34. Qg5+ Ng6 35. h7+ Kh8 36. Bxd4 Qxd4+ 37. Rf2 Be4 38. Qh6 Qxf6 39. Qe3 Qa1+ 40. Kh2 Qd4 41. Qxd4+ 0-1.
The SA Championship has begun, with Mark Chapman, Alistair Cameron, Alex Sykes and Fedja Zulfic sharing the lead after winning their firstround games.
Alistair Cameron won the February Rapid tournament with the picket-fence score of six out of six. Mato Jelic came second with 4.5, and third place was a tie between Farzin Rad and Michael Courtney, who scored four points each.
Problem No 1456 from the game Radulov v Stenborg in Sweden in 1961. White to play and win.
Solution to problem No 1455: 1. Rd4! ed4 2. Re5 Kg4 3. f3 1-0.