Women’s Chess Grand Prix R1: Humpy Uses Rare Sicilian Line to Beat Yildiz

Ankara Women's Chess Grand Prix R1: Humpy shows win over Yildiz

The women’s chess grand prix has begun in Ankara, Turkey. This is the sixth edition of the 2011-12 cycle of the grand prix and you can read a full report of Round 1 at Chess Blog. Here is a nice game in which former world title challenger Koneru Humpy used a less-played line of the Sicilian defense to break through Betul Yildiz’s defenses. Humpy first one a crucial pawn on the Queenside and then used a Knight-tango to leave White with a lost endgame. Enjoy the game in our super Chess King applet.

The Sicilian Katalimov variation is fresh in top-level women’s chess. Black has quite a plus with 24. …Bxb4. White could have gone for the more strong 25.Nxc6 instead of Qd2.

Yildiz, Betul Cemre – Koneru,Humpy

Result: 0-1
Site: Ankara
Date: 2012.09.16

[…] 1.e4 c5 2.¤f3 b6 3.c4 ¥b7 4.¤c3 e6 5.d4 cxd4 6.¤xd4 a6 7.¥e3 £c7 8.a3 ¤f6 9.f3 ¥e7 10.¦c1 d6 11.¥e2 ¤bd7 12.O-O O-O 13.b4 ¦fc8 14.£d2 ¦ab8 15.¦fd1 £d8 16.¥f1 ¥a8 17.¤b3 ¤e5 18.¤a4 h5 19.£e1 ¤fd7 20.c5 bxc5 21.¥xa6 ¦c6 22.¥f1 cxb4 23.axb4 ¦xc1 24.¥xc1 ¥c6 25.¤b2 d5 26.¤d4 ¥xb4 27.£e2 ¥c5 28.¢h1 ¥xd4 29.¦xd4 dxe4 30.fxe4 £f6 31.¦d1 ¤g4 32.¤d3 ¥b5 33.¥e3 ¤de5 34.h3 ¥xd3 35.¦xd3 ¤xd3 36.hxg4 ¦b1 37.¢g1 ¤e5 38.g5 £d8 39.¥f4 ¤g4

White resigns because not only is Black a pawn up and exchange up, but the Knight on g4 could lead to a mating threat or further loss of material. An interesting line could be 40.Qf3 Qd4+ 41.Kh1 Qxe4! 42.QxQd4 and the White Knight forks the White Queen and King via f2. If White decides to move the Bishop to g3 to cover f2 then the g5 pawn falls as well. It’s a totally lost endgame.

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