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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kazan Chess Round 9: How Humpy Beat Lahno for Lead

The Kazan Chess Grand Prix for women has just two more rounds to be played. India's Koneru Humpy is in joint lead after nine rounds along with Armenia's Elina Danielian and Slovenia's Anna Muzychuk. In Round 9, Humpy beat Kateryna Lahno to go into the lead. Humpy has the best tiebreak score among all the three leaders and she could very well win the tournament as well.
Humpy plays 12th women's world chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk as White in Round 10 on Thursday and against Turkey's Betul Cemre Yildiz as Black in Round 11 on Friday. You can watch the live video feed and the games at the official website of the Kazan Chess Grand Prix from India time 4.30 pm onwards.

Speaking about her victory over Lahno in Round 9, Humpy said she had a better position on the board in the opening itself though, she wondered if her opponent could play 14.Qc2 instead of 14.Bb2 and possibly 11.Bg5 to prevent d5. Humpy said, "Later, I was much better with the Bisop pair and rook on the second rank. However, I should have just gone ahead with 20…Rb5 instead of 20… Rc2. After that I had just a slight edge and even though Lahno gave up a piece, winning was not easy at all. I just went ahead and played the endgame." (Full Round 9 Report)

You can check out this interesting chess game from Round 9 in our Chess King applet.

Lahno,Kateri (2546) - Koneru,H (2589)

Result: 0-1
Site: Kazan RUS
Date: 2012.06.20
[...] 1.c4 e5 2.g3 ¤c6 3.¤c3 g6 4.¥g2 ¥g7 5.¦b1 a5 6.a3 ¤f6 7.b4 axb4 8.axb4 O-O 9.d3 ¦e8 10.b5 ¤e7 11.¤f3 d5 12.cxd5 ¤exd5 13.¤xd5 ¤xd5 14.¥b2 e4 15.dxe4 ¤c3 16.£xd8 ¦xd8 17.¥xc3 ¥xc3+ 18.¢f1 ¦a2 19.h4 ¦b2 20.¦c1 ¦c2 21.¦b1 ¥e6 22.¤e1 ¦cd2 23.¦c1 ¥a5 24.¤d3 ¥c4 25.¥f3 ¥xb5 26.¤c5 ¥b6 27.¤xb7 ¦e8 28.¤c5 ¦e5 29.¤b3 ¦b2 30.¦c3 c5 31.¤c1 c4 32.¢g2 ¥c5 33.h5 ¥b4 34.¦e3 ¦c2 35.¤b3 cxb3 36.¦xb3 ¥e7 37.hxg6 hxg6 38.e3 ¢g7 39.¦hb1 ¥c6 40.¦3b2 ¦xb2 41.¦xb2 ¥xe4 42.¥xe4 ¦xe4 43.¦c2 ¦b4 44.¢f1 ¥f6 45.¢g2 ¦b2 46.¦c4 ¥e7 47.¢f1 ¥d6 48.¦c6 ¥b4 49.¦a6 ¦d2 50.¦b6 ¥c3 51.¦c6 ¥e5 52.¦a6 ¦d6 53.¦a7 ¢f6 54.¦b7 ¦a6 55.¢g2 ¢e6 56.¦b4 ¥c3 57.¦c4 ¥e5 58.¦b4 ¢f5 59.¦b5 ¦a2 60.¢f3 ¢e6 61.¢g2 ¥c3 62.¢f1 ¢d6 63.¦b7 f6 64.¦b3 ¦c2 65.¦b5 ¢c6 66.¦b8 ¢d5 67.¦c8 ¢e4 68.¢g2 ¢d3 69.¢f1 ¦c1+ 70.¢g2 ¢e2 71.¦c6 ¥b2 72.¦e6 ¦c2 73.f4 ¢e1+ 74.¢f3 ¢f1 75.g4 ¦f2+ 76.¢g3 ¥c3 77.g5 f5 78.¦xg6 ¦g2+ 79.¢h3 ¢g1 80.e4 fxe4 81.¦e6 ¥e1 82.f5 ¦h2+

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