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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tal Chess Round 4: Viktorija Cmilyte Explains Win Over Hou Yifan

Here is the chess game in which Lithuania's Viktorija Cmilyte beat reigning women's world chess champion Hou Yifan in Kazan at the ongoing women's chess grand prix during round 4. Thursday was a rest day at the tournament. Elina Danielian of Armenia is leading the event after four rounds

Hou Yifan - Viktorija Cmilyte
Live transmission - both of the games and the playing hall - is available daily from India time 4.30 pm at the official website. Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, is hosting the FIDE Women's Grand Prix, part of a series of elite events organised by FIDE and Global Chess from June 9-23. There will be six tournaments over two years in various countries around the world. The winner of each tournament takes home 6,500 Euros, the total prize fund is 40,000 Euros. The overall winner will get a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series. India's Koneru Humpy is also playing well at the tournament and is placed second with 2.5 points after four rounds.

Speaking at the press conference, Hou said, "I did not get a really comfortable position in the opening because I could not castle and it created some problems." Viktorija Cmilyte said, "Normally White plays Qd3 after Nf3. That was a point - I was trying to use the move Qd3. After Bg5 I could play e6 and there will be normal position for that variation. After 8…Qa5 it’s impossible to play 9.Bd2 because I have 9…Ne4 10.Ne4 Qe5 11.f3 f5 and we go into a complicated endgame where I have a pawn up."

"It was nice not to let white to make a long castle but I spent a lot of time trying to find precise moves. I thought I had to try to open the position in order to get space for my bishops. In the end I chose to transfer the game into the endgame and played f5. I was thinking to play f5 few moves before but was not sure if it worked. I thought black would have slightly better position with some winning chances. I believe after exchange sacrifice it‘s a bit easier for me to play. I don’t know the objective evaluation of the position, maybe it’s nothing special. In any case after Nd2 I’m not sure I can go back with my rook because I’m afraid after Nd5 and Ne4 I can be even worse sometimes."


Watch the chess game Hou Yifan-Viktorija Cmilyte in our Chess King applet.






Yifan, Hou (2623) - Cmilyte, Viktorija (2508)

Result: 0-1
Site: Kazan, RUS
Date: 2012.06.13


[...] 1.e4 c5 2.¤c3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.£xd4 ¤c6 5.¥b5 ¥d7 6.¥xc6 ¥xc6 7.£d3 ¤f6 8.¥g5 £a5 9.¥xf6 gxf6 10.¤f3 ¦g8 11.¦g1 ¥h6 12.¤d4 ¥d7 13.g3 ¦c8 14.¦f1 ¥h3 15.¦h1 £b4 16.¤b3 f5 17.exf5 £c4 18.£xc4 ¦xc4 19.f6 ¦g6 20.f4 e5 21.¤d2 ¦xc3 22.bxc3 exf4 23.¢e2 ¦xf6 24.¦ae1 ¢d7 25.¤e4 ¦g6 26.¦hg1 ¥g4+ 27.¢f1 ¥e6 28.gxf4 ¥xf4 29.¦xg6 hxg6 30.¢g2 ¢c6 31.a3 ¥e5 32.¦e3 ¥d5 33.¢f2 ¥xh2 34.¤g3 f5 35.¦d3 ¢c5 36.¦d1 ¥xg3+ 37.¢xg3 g5 38.¢f2 ¥e4 39.¦g1 g4 40.¢e3 ¥xc2 41.¦g2 ¥e4 42.¦d2 ¢c4 43.¦xd6 g3 44.¦d4+ ¢xc3 45.¦b4 ¥c6 46.¦b1 ¢c2 47.¦b4 a5 48.¦c4+ ¢b3 49.¦c5 g2 50.¢f2 a4 51.¦xf5 ¢xa3


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