Valerij Popov Valerij Popov,
Chigorin memorial,
October, 27 2001.

Review 1 (October 27)
Review 2 (October 29)

Review 3rd - the 4th-6th rounds (November 2)

Hello, dear readers!

At last I have got out from the virtual world and visited "Real Life" - Chigorin Memorial. The tournament exists if you now believe me or better to say to the monitor of your computer...
Big demonstration boards with leaders' games, unlimited rows of tables, walking youth, a turn in bar - all as usually - only without me... All Chess School lives in Memorial - even usually uninhabited 3rd floor is full: the analysis of games reconciles both the parterre and the gallery! Rows of mothers who are hanging over the balcony's corner in a hope to watch how is going on by their children. Nevertheless I managed to impress all happened in my sense. So now you are reading a real broadcast...

The 4th round. The "clarification of relations" between GMs and pretenders to this title are at its height!
The results of the round are quite regular. More often has won the strongest and in case of approximately equality of forces - younger chess player. Certainly there were some surprises...

There remained only 3 musketeers on the top of the pyramid.
The leadership of the 1st rating number Mihail Kobalija and super-firm Yevseev (his ELO is 2545! - not in the least of a master) surprised nobody - they have won the games quite confidently gradually defeating the partners. The 100% result of Obukhov is a surprise of the Swiss system - and only... It is not simply to annotate Kupreichik's play who assisted to Obukhov's success - Black resigned on the 27th move in a position without a Rook and 2 pawns!

Obukhov Alekxander - Kupreichik Victor [A04]

1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.e4 Nf6 6.Re1 d5!? 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 0-0 10.Rb1 Qa5!? 11.a3 Qa4 Black is okay already. Looking at the structure HE plays with white color. 12.d4 Rd8 13.Qe2 b6?! [13...cxd4!? Otherwise why the Queen has come to "a4"? It is time to capture the material but Black apparently is not hungry... 14.Nxd4 Bxd4] 14.Ng5! with initiative, giving away nothing! 14...Bf6? But Kupreichik prefers to give away a pawn... [14...cxd4 15.Qf3+] 15.dxc5! Breakfast (+1) 15...Bf5 [15...bxc5 16.Ne4!] 16.cxb6 axb6 [16...Bxc3 It seems that one has not the appetite at all...] 17.Rxb6 Lunch (+2) 17...Ne5 An activity? 18.Ne4! Since this moment only White assaults! 18...Bg7 19.Nc5 Qa5 20.Rb5 And why Black has gave away all queenside? 20...Qa7 21.Bf4! Bg4 22.Qe4 Bf5 23.Qb4 Rac8 24.Ra5 Qc7 25.Na6 Nc6 26.Bxc7 Nxb4 27.cxb4 A snack. Supper will be at home now. 1-0

3 more losses appeared in GMs camp: Vaulin was too clever by half in a better position with Bocharov and was defeated in the time trouble without remainder. Pushkov failed to go off from the opening against Belov, but here rather a talented Moscower junior was a favorite:

Belov Vladimir - Pushkov Nikolai [D37]

The young generation select ICC! Quite there Belov has got the lion's share of his knowledge... Pushkov has not suspected of this for sure...
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.a3 Qa5 10.0-0-0 An aggressive continuation of the variation with 5.Bf4 of the Queen's Gambit (or the variation with 4.Qc2 in Nimco Defence - how one likes). Belov has prepared something here for sure... 10...Be7 11.h4!?
[11.g4 more often used move] 11...a6 [11...Rd8!? more logical move - Black has not time for any pranks on the queenside 12.g4 Bd7 13.Kb1 dxc4 14.Bxc4 Rac8 Kasparov-Ehlvest, Novgorod 1995 (1/2)] 12.Ng5!? [12.cxd5 exd5 13.Ng5 Rd8 - look the game] 12...Rd8 13.cxd5 exd5 14.e4 h6? A first independent move and immediately a serious mistake [14...dxe4?! 15.Bc4! Nd4 16.Rxd4! Rxd4 Pelletier-Doettling, Essen 2000 (1-0) 17.Bxf7+ (an only move, with initiative) Kh8 (17...Kf8?! 18.Ba2! Pelletier 18...Qf5 19.Be3 Rd3 20.Ngxe4 Rxc3 21.Nxc3 Qxc2+ 22.Kxc2+) 18.Ne2 Rd3 19.Bc4+; 14...Nxe4! 15.Ngxe4 dxe4 16.Rxd8+ Qxd8 17.Qxe4 g6= Gelfand-Karpov, Wijk aan Zee 1998 (1/2)] 15.exd5+ The g5-Knight hangs no. White has an extra-pawn already 15...Bg4 [15...hxg5 16.hxg5+-] 16.f3 Bh5 17.dxc6+- ... and now an extra-piece 17...Rxd1+ 18.Nxd1 Rc8 19.Bd2 Qd8 20.Nc3 hxg5 21.hxg5 Bg6 22.Qxg6 and now two ... [22.Qxg6 fxg6 23.Bc4+ Kf8 24.Rh8+ Mate 1] 1-0

The loss by an young Ukrainian Elianov will replenish a selection of funs:

Zakharevich Igor - Elianov Pavel [D85]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2!? Avoiding Elianov's firm preparation to openings...
5...Bg7 6.e4 Nb6 7.Be3 0-0 8.Bb5!? ... and now theoretical ways for keeps.
[8.Nf3; 8.Qd2] 8...N8d7N Black refuse from the piece's pressure on d4 - it means that White has obtained something by an original Bishop's lunge - at least embarrassed him. [8...Be6 9.d5! Bd7 10.Be2!? c6 11.Nf3 (11.Bd4!?) 11...cxd5 12.exd5 Bg4 Zakharevich-Najer, Tolyatti 2001 (0-1) 13.Qb3!? with initiative] 9.Nf3 c6 10.Be2 e5 11.0-0 exd4 12.Bxd4+/= (ЕNb6) 12...Qe7 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Qd4+ Kg8 15.Rfe1!? Sometimes Zakharevich plays especially firmly, hidden but waiting his hour to blow up . [15.Rfd1] 15...Nc5 16.e5 Bf5 17.Qf4 Ne6 18.Qg3 [18.Qh6 Qb4 x b2, Nc3] 18...Qb4 A first activity 19.Nh4 Bc2 [19...Nd4!?] 20.Bd1 All the same calmly, hoping to use the pawns weakness on the kingside in future - it remains a notorious combination Queen-Knight [20.b3!? kept the possibility to fight for an advantage] 20...Qxb2?? It is unexplained - seems White had the only move... Is it possible that the opening took away so many forces from Elianov? 21.Bxc2 Qxc2 It looks like Elianov was going to intercept the initiative but ... 22.Re2 And now the second move - a sufficient one for the end of game. 1-0

One more inconceivable mistake:

Yakimov Vladimir - Vitsekhovsky Stanislav

18...Qb6 Black has struck a strong counter-play on the queenside - it seems that further will be an interesting fight... 19.a4?? Bxd3! But no - all is in the past 20.Qe1 [20.Qxd3?? c4+ 21.Be3 Bc5-+] 20...Bxf1 21.Bxf1 c4+ 22.Kg2 Rb8-+ 0-1

Further - a pass of the tournament's equator. Will accumulate a tiredness - the money-box of mistakes starts to replenish faster and the games become more violent - the gold's ring more and more nearer...

5th round. ICC's fighters go ahead!
On the first tables only the Internet Chess Club blitz-men celebrated the victories. Kobalija becomes an only leader of the tournament, overplaying by rights now no impenetrable Yevseev (fie - I overlooked him...). All was as in "the best houses of London and Paris" - a new interesting move in the opening 15.Qg5!?, then a successful pass to a better ending, a successful time management. At the time trouble Black failed to solve the accumulated problems...

Kosyrev, Belov, Najer and Poluliakhov also confirmed their top 3000 TP ratings. And if Belov had luck (Ionov's position was with a big advantage but all decided a hanging flag), the rest favorites simply crushed the defencive rows of rivals:
Here helpful was an experience of a blitz play:

Kosyrev Vladimir - Obukhov Alexander [A96]

1.d4 f5 A not very successful opening... 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 A not very good variation. 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 Bf6 10.Qb3 The founders of the variation - people with unpronounced and unwritten names:) 10...Kh8 [10...a5] 11.Re1!? g5 12.Bxg5! Without any fear and doubts!...
Here it is a blitz tactical sharp-sight! Now all is rather simple... for White at least. 12...Bxg5 13.Nxg5 Qxg5 14.Bxb7 Bxb7 15.Qxb7 Nd7 16.Qxc7+/= Firm pawns chains, an unsuccessful black King provides Kosyrev with a possibility to "drive" the rival with security for himself. 16...Qe7 17.Rac1 Rfc8 18.Qb7 Qd8 19.b3 a5 20.Qf3 Qg5 21.e4 One needs a weakness! 21...Qg4 22.Qe3! fxe4 23.Qxe4 There is first hook - e6-pawn. 23...Qxe4 24.Rxe4 Nf8 25.Re3 x b3 25...Rab8 26.Rf3 Kg7 27.Re1 Rb7 28.Re4 Rf7 29.Rg4+ Ng6 30.Re3 Manoeuvres before the time trouble. 30...Kf6 31.h4 One more hook on the kingside! 31...h6?! 32.Kg2 Nf8 33.Rg8 Toward the time trouble White waits the weaknesses ... 33...e5?! Here they are! 34.dxe5+ dxe5 35.Rd3+/= Ke6 36.a4?! Sealing a-file and trying to give no any drink of air to the rival having. At the same time White weakens his pawns structure hopelessly. What is more important? Philidor taught that pawns... But Black's flag has rised.
[36.Rd5! with initiative] 36...Rb8! 37.c5!? In the same spirit - now has weakened the estranged c-pawn, but... 37...e4 Black tries to play on an interception. [37...Rd7!? Maybe should suffer - here more reliable perhaps...] 38.Rd6+ Ke5 39.Rb6!? A time trouble prank... [39.Rxh6!? further a computer's variation 39...Rxb3 40.c6 Rb2 41.Rg5+ Kd4 42.Rd6+ Kc4 43.Re5!? Rbxf2+ 44.Kh3 Re2 45.Rxa5 with an advantage (Hiarcs). Here it's difficult for me to investigate quickly but White has no any risk for sure] 39...Rd8?? [39...Rxb6 Leaded to a desired draw. 40.cxb6 Kd6 41.b7 (41.Rg4 Kd5=/+; 41.Rh8 Rf6!=/+) 41...Kc7 42.Rg4 Re7] 40.Rxh6+ It will be difficult without h-pawn any endgame - blitz is over the board! 40...Rd3 [40...Rd2? 41.Rg5+ Kd4?? 42.Rd6+ Kc3 43.Rxd2 Kxd2 44.c6 Ke2 45.Rxa5 Rxf2+ 46.Kh3+- too many pawns] 41.Rg5+ Kd4 42.c6 Rxb3 43.Rd6+ Kc4 44.Rd2 Ne6? [44...Rc7 continued the sufferings] 45.Re5 Nc7 46.Rxe4+ Kc5 47.Rd7! Rxd7 48.cxd7 Rd3 49.Re7+- Kc6 50.h5 1-0

Here decided the knowledge.

Poluliakhov Alexander - Shinkevich Vitaly [D45]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd2!? Modestly but with a taste - the index is D45 6...Bd6 [6...a6; 6...b6] 7.Bd3 Already - D46 7...0-0 8.0-0 dxc4 How is complicated the theory - transpositions, nuances. The comprehensions comes with experience :) - but the knowledge - from childhood! [8...Re8!? Burn-Chigorin, Hastings 1895 :); 8...Qe7] 9.Bxc4 Qe7 10.Qc2 Imperceptibly the game one more time drove to the main lines of the theory and here the knowledge are very important! 10...b5?! A theoretical mistake - it seems that there are no enough knowledge... [10...a6; 10...e5] 11.Bd3 Bb7 12.e4! e5 13.Ne2! c5 [13...a6 14.Ng3 g6 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.f4 Qc5+ 18.Kh1 with initiative, Kramnik] 14.Ng3! c4? [14...g6 (an only move 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Bxb5+ Kramnik-Shirov, Belgrad 1995] 15.Nf5 Perhaps Black has decided just here ... 15...Qe6 [15...Qd8 16.Nxd6 cxd3 17.Qxd3+-] 16.d5 on ... 16...Qxf5 ??! - what else? [16...cxd3 17.dxe6 dxc2 18.Nxd6+-] 17.exf5 cxd3 18.Qxd3 e4 19.Qxb5+- But failed ... (28) 1-0

There continuos GMs losses: except mentioned Ionov and Zakharevich have lost again: Kupreichik - here was an internecine strife with Yandemirov - a regular lesson on a theme: how SHOULD NOT play:

Kupreichik Victor - Yandemirov Valery [C71]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 A favorite Yandemirov's scheme, who got in this variation truth to tell several sensible perforations. 5.c4!? I would not play the opening in such way... Matter of taste - and knoledge! 5...Bg4 6.d3 Be7 [6...Nf6?! 7.Be3 Be7 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.h3 Bd7 10.0-0? Sambuev-Yandemirov, St.Petersburg 2001 (1-0) - one of the several failures - but as they say get burned on milk one blows on water...; 6...Nge7!? was met] 7.Be3 Bxf3!? An original strategic decision, which have in mind the next move 8.Qxf3 Bg5! 9.d4!? [Tasteless 9.0-0 with a bit better position but at the same time firm Black's position as always is inconvenient for Kupreichik] 9...Bxe3 10.fxe3 Burning the fire 10...Qh4+!? Again an interesting idea - Black wants to sacrifice, not White! Without any risk ... 11.Kd1? [11.g3 Qf6 (an only move) 12.Qxf6 Nxf6 13.d5 (13.Nc3 0-0=) 13...b5 (an only move) 14.cxb5 Nb4 15.bxa6+ Ke7 16.Nc3!? /+ The realization is not simple but Black hardly has a sufficient counterplay] 11...exd4! Lets add the firewood to furnace! 12.exd4 [12.Bxc6+!? bxc6 13.exd4 unclear] 12...b5! with initiative. Nevertheless Black will attack not White! 13.cxb5 Nxd4 14.b6+ Kf8 15.Qe3 Qh5+ 16.g4 [16.Kd2 Qa5+ 17.Nc3 Qxb6-/+ ] 16...Qxg4+ 17.Kc1 c5 -/+ 18.Nc3 Nf6 19.e5 Nd5!? Nice - why not to relax now? 20.Nxd5 Qg2 21.Re1 Qxd5 22.exd6 Qc4+ 23.Kb1 Qxa4-+ Kupreichik fights till the end as always 24.Qe7+ Kg8 25.b3 Qb5 26.Kb2 h5 27.d7 Qxb6 28.Re5 Qf6! Don't fearing phantoms 29.Qe8+ Kh7 30.Rxh5+ Kg6 31.Rxh8 Qf2+ 32.Ka3 Nc2+ 33.Kb2 Nb4+ 34.Ka3 Nc2+ 35.Kb2 Nd4+ 36.Ka3 Nb5+ 37.Ka4 Qd4+ 38.Ka5 Qb4+ 39.Kb6 Nd6+ [39...Nd4+ Mate 4 :)] 40.Kc6 Finishing his tour ... 40...Nxe8 (46) 0-1

Pushkov failed to solve the opening's problem once more. A talented Dzhakaev defeated Beshukov confidently - last year he got Gm's norm at the Chigorin's Memorial, probably now he has came for the next one. Outplaying the game with analytic mode you get a tremendous imegination! With white color played Homo Computicus - the New Generation triumphs!

Dzhakaev Dzhakai - Beshukov Sergey [B33]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Bg5 a6 9.Na3 b5 10.Nd5 Be7 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 A tight variation ;) 12.c3 Ne7 A rare variation 13.Nxf6+ gxf6 14.Nc2 More rare ... :) 14...f5 15.exf5 Bxf5 16.Ne3N (!) 16...Be6 17.Bd3 Started an independent swimming 17...d5 18.Qh5 e4 19.Bc2 0-0 20.0-0-0 f5 21.g4 A full coincidence with engine - computers plays with white! Or the scheme is so good worked up? 21...Kh8 22.gxf5 Bxf5 23.Rhg1 Qe8 24.Qg5 Qf7 25.f3 Bg6 26.fxe4 dxe4 27.Rd7 Rae8 28.Nd5 e3 29.Nxe7 A first different - but here is a matter of taste ... when you have an extra-piece! 29...e2 30.Qe5+ Mate 5! 30...Qf6 31.Nxg6+ hxg6 [31...Kg8 gained time for a move... ] 32.Qh5+!! Just so! [32.Qh5+ gxh5 33.Rh7# #] 1-0

Using a not very successful GM's play at the vice-leaders positions appeared the new names - following by Belov, Yevseev, Bocharov, Obukhov and Dzhakaev to the leading group joint Zaharstov, Kornev, Yagupov and Inarkiev. Somehow remains in the shadow the GMs party... now we have got pluralism and freedom!
Mrs. GM, did became the time to share? Let we see!

The equator was overcame - now it is time to remember the forecasts:
At the head is "MK" yacht - I bet on the black cuttlefish! :) Half cable behind a Moscower pair-oar canoe Kosyrev-Belov. A long Moscow hand in the quiet St.Petersburg's waters... :)

6th round. The masters' terrorism again and again!
On the tournament a "complete chaos" :) - again a domination of masters! On the first ten tables only one GM's victory and - at that over a similar to himself: Yandemirov defeated Moiseenko. Kobalia hardly made a draw with Belov, Poluliakhov failed to do the same with Obukhov:

Obukhov Alexander - Poluliakhov Alexander [A14]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.0-0 Be7 5.b3 Without fanfare, mainly to avoid the opening preparations (everybody remember Shinkevich) 5...0-0 6.c4 c6 7.Bb2 a5 GMs plays with black - he remember about this 8.Nc3 Nbd7 9.Rc1 b6 White is completely agreed 10.d3 Bb7 11.e4 dxe4 12.dxe4 e5 13.Qc2 An equal and firm position - seems that Obukhov aspired to this 13...Re8?! [13...Qc7 - why not at once?] 14.Rfd1 Qc7 15.Bh3 Bf8 16.Rd2 Nc5 17.Rcd1 Obukhov replace everything toward the center - it looks like it is very close to a draw - to change the material 17...g6 18.a3 Only something happens with Black's moves... :) 18...Bh6 The first assault 19.Rd6+/= Bg7 and the last ... [19...Nd5!? 20.R1xd5! cxd5 21.Nb5 (with compensation). This was not pleased to Poluliakhov - but who would be pleased?] 20.b4! (with initiative). All this was a masking - White fervently attacks toward all directions 20...axb4 21.axb4 Na6 22.Qb3 Rad8 23.c5!+ And here it is a consequence of Black's lost tempos - the central e5-pawn remained without any defence 23...bxc5 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 25.Rxd8+ Qxd8 26.Nxe5 Qe7 27.Nxf7! (with attack) ... and now fallen the f7-pawn - an excellently calculated combination continues! 27...cxb4 [27...Qxf7?? 28.Be6+-; 27...Kf8 28.Ng5 with attack] 28.Nd6+ Kh8 29.e5! bxc3 30.exf6 Bxf6 31.Ba3!+- (Bb7, Qe7) 31...c2 32.Nxb7 Qc7 33.Bf1 Bd4 1-0

Taking a counsel between each other :) the masters' chaps dispatched to those who breathe in the back of Kobalia two their representatives: Zakharstov and Kornev, who have won in a hard positional style good games against Bocharov and Dzhakaev. One should beat own people in order that the strangers were afraid! But the GMs have not a fright and retrieved on those who bring up the rear! Since 12th table GMs have won each game, but as usually there were strikebreakers between educators... Has not supported initiative Dvoiris - draw on the 38 (!) table. Meanwhile Potkin as always was not notified in advance... He even lost in confusion...
From those who supported initiative Voitsekhovsky provided a fast lesson:

Khruschev Aleksei - Vitsekhovsky Stanislav [B98]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 Qc7 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.Bg3?! b5 A lesson of opening! [11...h5!? was met] 12.e5 Bb7 13.Qe2 dxe5 14.fxe5 Nd5 15.Ne4?!N [15.Nxd5 Bxd5 16.Nf5 Bc4 17.Qe4 Bg5+ 18.Kb1 0-0 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.Nd6 c3 21.b3 Nb6, unclear Kupreichik-Zaitchik, Sukhumi 1983 (1/2)] 15...0-0 16.Kb1 Nc5 (initiative) 17.Nd6 Bxd6 18.exd6 Qd8 19.Ka1 Qa5!? 20.c3 Rac8 White has lost the control under the position - it means that affected was a strategic lesson or psychologic one? 21.b4?? Qa3 with attack. A tactical lesson 22.bxc5 Nxc3 23.Qc2? [23.Qd2 (an only move) Nxd1 24.Nb3 Rxc5] 23...Nxd1 24.Qxd1 Qc3+ [24...Qc3+ 25.Kb1 Be4+-+] 0-1

So, why I talk only about men? In the tournament participated are 22 representatives of the fair sex. And not only present - Vladislava Kalinina has 4 points! To tell the truth from her games I was able to pick out only one - and it should be putted just directly to a cherished money-box! How gallant was the gentleman!

Dashko Andrew - Kalinina Vladislava

68.Kg4?? [68.Kg4 Qg2+ 69.Kf5 Qxh3+-+] 0-1

From the lolit-chess women all attention was naturally to the most promoted Alexandra Kosteniuk. Attention - over the chess board reigns FIDE model, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk:

(12) Shamugia Shavlegi - Kosteniuk Alexandra [B66]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 h6 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bf4 d5 11.Qe3 Be7 12.Be2 0-0 All - as father taught! 13.Qg3 Kh8 14.Bc7 Qd7 15.Be5 It seems that the rival also learned with the program ALEXANDRA... so, what to do? 15...Bb7!?N What is this - a program's fault or veiled computer's argument? [15...Qb7 16.exd5 cxd5 17.Rd4 (17.f4) 17...Ne8, unclear Nisipianu-Ivanchuk, 1999] 16.f4+/= Tsesarskij - ?! or has repeated after somebody - this is more important in this case. Sorry, I am not very good familiar with variation 16...Rg8 Thoroughly ! Perhaps a virus is in the program... 17.Qh3 (initiative) Rgd8 Let's hope not "I LOVE YOU" ... 18.f5?! Nevertheless it is difficult to seat in opposite to a girl without .... any movement... [18.Na4! (initiative) Black could be stalemated by 18...Qe8 19.Qb3+] 18...exf5 19.exf5 Nh7!? 20.Ne4! [20.Rhe1?] 20...Qe8 (counterplay) It started the connection of the analytic mode. 21.f6!? [21.Qxh6 f6-+] 21...Bxf6 22.Bxf6 Nxf6 23.Nxf6 Qxe2 24.Rhe1 Bc8 [24...Qb5? 25.Qf5!! gxf6 26.Qxf6+ Kg8 27.Rd3+-] 25.Qg3? Nerves, nerves - how these girls overstrain one's nerves... [25.Qxh6+ gxh6 26.Rxe2+/= with a reliable position] 25...Qc4 (unclear) 26.b3 Qb4 27.Qe5 [27.Re8+!? Rxe8 28.Nxe8 Bg4 29.Re1 with compensation] 27...Be6 28.Rd4 [28.Nh5 Qg4 29.h3 Qg5+=/+] 28...Qc3 29.Nh5 f6 30.Nxf6 Bf5 [30...Bf7!] 31.Re2?? The time trouble - and no wonder - one should not look "not there"! [31.Rde4! Qxe5 32.Rxe5 Bg6 33.Ng4=] 31...Qa1+! 32.Kd2 Bg6 33.Rg4? Qxe5 34.Rxe5 gxf6-+ (48) 0-1

Two thirds of the tournament are behind and the question of the first places still is not solved. It means that it will be new fighting games, opening's revelation, inevitable mistakes - and... our reviews... Remains with us! All the best - take care of yourselves!

P.S. If during my playful report somebody felt resentful by himself - I beg your PARDON! If I have made a mistake - I did it not from malice but in view of an excessive quantity of dross of chess material in my brain...
Goodbye and hello as always!!!