In her best performance to date, Elina Danielian leads the 6th Women’s Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar, with 7.5 points out of 9 games, one point ahead of Marie Sebag.
In today’s game from round 4 against Nana Dzagnidze, Danielian first put an end to white’s pawn storm on the kingside, and then proceeded to dismantle her opponent’s position on the opposite side of the board.
Nana Dzagnidze v Elina Danielian in Quatar in 2011 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. cxd5 exd5 7. e3 Be7 8. Qc2 O-O 9. Bd3 Re8 10. h3 Nf8 11. O-O-O b6 12. Kb1 Bb7 13. g4 a6 14. Rhg1 N6d7 15. h4 c5 16. Bf5 c4 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. g5 b5 19. h5 b4 20. Ne2 a5 21. g6 fxg6 22. hxg6 h6 23. Nf4 a4 24. e4 b3 25. Qc3 a3 26. Rd2 Nb6 27. axb3 axb2 28. Rxb2 Ra3 29. Nxd5 Bxd5 30. exd5 Qf6 31. Bg4 Rea8 32. Kc2 cxb3+ 33. Rxb3 Ra2+ 34. Kd1 Ra1+ 35. Ke2 R8a2+ 36. Nd2 Rxg1 37. Be6+ Nxe6 38. Rxb6 Rxd2+ 39. Qxd2 Nf4+ 40. Kf3 Qxb6 0-1
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After two rounds of the South Australian Championship, Alistair Cameron emerged as the sole leader with 2 points after defeating Alex Sykes with black pieces. Top seed Mark Chapmen was held to a draw by Fedja Zulfic.
Problem No 1457 from the game Kopylov v Karlson in Russia in 1961. Black to play and win.
Solution to problem No 1456: 1. Rg7! Kg7 2. Qg4 Kh8 3. Qh5 1-0.