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Round 4: Katerina Lahno is the sole leader
IMG 9187The victory of Katerina Lahno over Alexandra Kosteniuk made Ukrainian player the sole leader in the tournament. It was a day of sacrifices as in 4 out of sixth games playing Black Katerina Lahno, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg, Olga Girya, Vikrtorija Cmilyte sacrificed their knights and Bela Khotenashvili sacrificed an exchange. Viktorija Cmilyte had a very strong attack but missed a few chances against Hou Yifan. Tatiana Kosintseva defeated Bela Khotenashvili. The biggest sensation of the round became the draw between Ushenina and Girya. The world champion had a huge advantage and confidently transferred the game into the ending with extra bishop and knight against king.  Surprisingly, Olga Girya managed to survive!
Game of the day - round 3
IMG 8857(1) Batchimeg,Tuvshintugs - Hou,Yifan [A46]

Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix Geneva (3.1), 05.05.2013


The biggest sensation of the tournament-last seeded player beats the best one!Biut Hou Yifan finished successfully very strong Chinese mens Championship just few days before Geneva.We can remember,that in similar situation last year in Kazan she played very inconvincigly on the start.But later showed her real power. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0–0 d5 [Theory prefers different way 5...c5 6.c4 Be7 7.Nc3 cxd4 8.exd4 d5 9.cxd5 Nxd5 with very sharp middlegame.
Tuvshintugs Batchimeg defeats Hou Yifan. Three players lead after three rounds
IMG 9090Anna Muzychuk, Bela Khotenashvili and Katerina Lahno are the leaders after a very exiting round three.  The most unexpected result was the victory of lowest seed, Mongolian WGM, 2298, over top seed and former world champion, GM Hou Yifan, 2623.  During the press-conference Tuvshintugs Batchimeg said she was just trying to make the logical moves. (Check analyzes of this game provided by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin on our website). Georgian derby between Khotenashvili and Dzagnidze finished in favor of Bela Khotenashvili. Katerina Lahno outplayed Olga Girya in Grunfeld after 72 moves. Three other games Kosintseva-Kosteniuk, Cmilyte-Ju Wenjun,  Muzychuk-Ushenina finished in draws.
Game of the Day - Round 2
Hou,Yifan - Khotenashvili,Bela [B11]
Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix Geneva (2.2), 04.05.2013
[Commentary by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin]

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 This was the favourite variation of young Tal and Fischer! 3...Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 [Wrong is the retreat 4...Bh5 5.exd5 cxd5 6.Bb5+ Nc6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5] 5.Qxf3 [Tal tried to surprise Botvinnik here with unusual and unlogical 5.gxf3?! ] 5...e6 6.d4!? [Fischer played here King s Indian way 6.d3 ] 6...Nf6 7.Bd3 [Possible was the simple development 7.Bg5 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nbd7] 7...Qb6!? Very sharp,usual development would be [7...dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Qxe4 Nd7 10.0–0 Nf6 11.Qe3 Bd6 12.Bd2 0–0 13.c4] 8.0–0 Qxd4


Round 2: Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun won their games
IMG 8991 Hou Yifan defeated Bela Khotenashvili to take an early lead after two rounds together with Anna Muzychuk, who made a draw against Katerina Lahno. Another Chinese player Ju Wenjun managed to recover after yesterday’s game and won against Mongolian player Batchimeg Tuvshintugs.  The similar pawn structure happened in the games Ushenina-Cmilyte and Dzagnidze-Kosintseva but in both games white didn’t manage to use the weakness of isolated pawn and games finished in draws.  Two Russian players also shared a point after the long duel in a sharp line of Caro-Kann.
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