Ruan Lufei (2479) - Danielian Elina (2521)
think I'm very lucky today. On the first time control I thought it was not
winning I had just slightly better position but I didn't see any winning plan.
Later on my opponent made a mistake by playing 28...hg. After that I might have
had slight chances to win. I didn't have much time before the first time
control but I didn't have any chance to lose and I didn't need any time for the
last moves. At the end she had a lack of time, so I tried to press as much as I
it's really good here, I would say it's nearly perfect, including the room and
service. So I'm very happy to be here. It's my first time here in
Rostov-on-Don. I haven't been to Russia for nearly 3 years because I
didn't participate in many tournaments last years. I came back and I see
everything is new.
was satisfied with the opening – I had black pieces today and equalised easily.
Under the time pressure I just blundered by playing 40...Nc6. I think the
position was equal at that moment. I just had to play 40...Kd7 instead.
account that it’s the first tournament of such a level held in Rostov-on-Don,
everything is perfect. On the first day I had a chance to walk around the city
with my friend Ekaterina Kovalevskaya and I'm looking forward to the free day
hoping to enjoy it.
Ekaterina - Kosintseva Nadezhda
The thing is I was sure that at the beginning I made a castling first and when
I realised that instead of it I just played Bb2 I was shocked. I understood
that my position was already worse but it was not necessary to lose it.
Everything went not that bad and though the position was slightly weaker. Black
had to make a lot of efforts to convert it into a point. However I was so upset
that I let myself go and here you are - the move Ng5. One might say that
emotions prevailed but this is exactly where women differ from men. Nadya
reanimated my position and instead of winning with one move, she decided to
struggle more. I think that move g6 terminated the game.
Nadya, do you agree that you could have won at that moment?
realised only after the game that move g6 was winning, but I did not see it
during the game and somehow this move absolutely slipped out of my mind and I
played in a different way. I had a feeling I should give a check as if I was
playing checkers (laughing).
please can you share your impressions with us on the organization and the
hotel. How do you like it here?
It is my first time in Rostov-on-Don as well as the first participation in
Grand Prix. I can say that the tournament is organised on a high level. Both
hotel and catering - all conditions are perfect and unfortunately It is rare for
women tournaments. I am very glad that the women's event of this level is held
in Rostov-on-Don, in Russia
- in my motherland.
No doubt I like everything. I am very happy to host this tournament in my home
city. I combine pleasant with useful playing chess and spending time with my
numerous friends here. I am proud of the fact that Grand Prix is taking place
here and it is organised on the highest level. I do hope that girls like it
Tatiana - Muzychuk Anna
played the Dragon Variation in the Sicilian Defense. I think that Tanya was not
ready for this because I usually don't play this variation. That is why she
lost a lot of time. But it seems to me that she played well in the opening and
managed to get the position where Black had a hard time to play. Then I even
had to sacrifice a pawn in order to get the compensation. I think that Bb2 is a
new move, because before we used to play Bg7 and Bf6. However, I think there is
nothing more than equality there.
yes, I really did not expect it, I looked at Anna's games in the base, but I
did not see her play this variation ever. At one moment my position was better
but one should play precisely. I won a pawn, but Black always had compensation
due to a couple of bishops and open character of the position. It became equal after
queens exchange. We entered the opposite color bishops position that resulted
in a draw. I refused from the repetition beacsue I felt that the position of
White was good. I didn’t have much time at that moment but still decided to
tournament is organized on a rather high level - we have nice rooms and food.
However it is a little hot in the playing hall. I have not yet left the hotel
and I hope to do it.
agree that the organization is perfect. I managed to take a walk in the city
center and in the park after the games.
Kateryna - Kosteniuk Alexandra
can you share your impressions on the game with us. It seems that White had an
yes, it was the case but I cannot say how big it was. To my mind it was rather
big, but advantage is not the victory yet. More likely I should have played bс after Nb5. I saw this continuation
but at that moment I decided that it was better to play in another way and win
the game comfortably, however, I underestimated Alexandra's move Bd7. I thought
that I would make a mate by playing Qh5, Rd1, Bd4. But after Bd7 I had a
completely new play with new chances, however, everything did not go in the way
I would like to.
yes, I agree that Katya had a rather big advantage. And still maybe the move bс was more correct. After the move Bd7
I still thought White to have an advantage. In fact, the draw today is the
biggest of my dreams. After Qh4 I understood that draw was provided for me. There
were no more threats and though my structure was bad but the pieces activity
Girls, how do you like the tournament's organisation?
to my mind, the tournament is organised on a high level, perfect hotel and
wonderful playing hall. Also I appreciate the fact that the hotel is situated
in the center surrounded by many green parks. For instance, in Tbilisi the hotel was also very good, but
there was no place to walk that is very important for chess players. I have
already taken an opportunity to go for a walk around the city. I like
So do I. I share Alexandra's opinion. The organisers did their utmost to make
us feel at home. All the conditions to play are provided. I already had time to
leave the hotel, but I had to return soon because it was too hot outside. I
like everything here and look forward to the excursions that already roused our
Antoanetta Stefanova - Humpy Koneru
Anastasia: Etti, you seem to be very
tired after these one hundred moves. You were in fighting mood today,
aren't you? And your impression on the organization and the city?
Alisa: In the opening I made a mistake by playing d5. Afterwards I thought I would have a chance to play Be7 instead of Qd7 but it would not have saved the game, because I think Be7 is not good due to the white answer knight f5.
: Yes, it was a long game (laughing). After not winning
what I had to win yesterday, playing again white today I was hoping to
make at least plus one. But it did not happen, it was complicated game.
At one point the position seemed to be equal, then it became a slightly
better for me. And later on it became more complicated again. After the game
Humpy told me that probably I was winning by playing Rc6, I don't know, maybe
she is right, I have to check it with my computer. Obviously during the
game I was thinking about this move but probably not in that moment. I
felt that I have to be better somehow but I did not find anything. For me the endgame looked drawish, but I
still had to continue playing. I was trying my best. Anyway Humpy has
very good technique. I did not think that I had good chances to win
against her but of course I wanted to try. It was not an easy draw.
This is my first time in Rostov. Until now I did not had any chances to
go around the city. I am looking forward for the free day. I wish I
could go sightseeing. My great grandfather is from this region, he was
Don kozak. He was in the White army and immigrated to Bulgaria in year
of 1920. So, I am a kind of being connected with this place. Maybe I
even have some relatives here. Of course the connection was lost because
of these difficult years after the war. I hope that I have someone here
and we could be in touch. My great grandfather's name was Georgy
Vasilievich Zub. Let's see, maybe I will find my relatives here.
: It was normal line with Rc1. I think after the opening
we had an equal position. I tried to complicate it by playing B6 and
Re6. At some point I felt that black was doing well. But I did not like
move Qd7. Instead of that I should have played Bc7. After she regrouped
her knight I think she had slightly better position. She should have played Rc6 in one moment but I think she missed this move. I think it
could be winning for white after this move. It was a very long game. But
a rook ending was drawish. I was playing black today so I am satisfied
with today's result.
As for my impression about the city, I have not been anywhere in the
city yet. I arrived just before the Opening ceremony, so I did not have
time. Probably I will see everything on the rest day.
Galliamova - Hou
Yifan: I was surprised when my opponent played d5. I’m not sure but I think it was not very good for her. Instead she could choose such move as Nd7.
Yifan: concerning organization I can say that everything is fine here at the moment. Hotel is very nice. I had a chance to walk a bit and can say that it's very fresh here compare to China . Beijing is very hot these days, so I'm enjoying the weather here. It's my first time to be in Rostov and I hope I'll have other opportunities to come back to city.