WIM Georgescu, Lena (2257) – Tamrazyan, Gohar (1892)

WIM Georgescu, Lena (2257) - Tamrazyan, Gohar (1892)

Swiss Women Championship 2021, Round 8, Flims, Switzerland

Both competitors had 4,5 points before this round, but Lena had played a game less (there were 9 participants in total), and Gohar would be exempted in the last round.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. c3 Nf6 6. Re1 O-O 7. d4 cxd4 It is more accurate to do without the exchange and play immediately 7… d5, as I did against Noah Fecker in the same round! After 8. e5 Ne4 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Be3, Black has the option 10…c4.

8. cxd4 d5 9. e5 Ne4 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. Be3

The difference lies in the c-file, which White will use to exert pressure. Generally speaking, Black will be struggling as long as she does not solve the problem of her backward pawn on c6.

11…Bg4 12. h3 Bf5 Since 12… Bxf3? 13. gxf3 loses a piece, it is better to go to f5 on move 11.

13. Nbd2 Qb6 14. Qc1 Rab8 15. b3 f6 16. exf6?! Better is 16. Nxe4 Bxe4 17. Nd2 Bf5 18. Qc3 with a nice advantage.

16… Bxf6? This mistake allows White to get a grip on the dark squares. White only has an edge after 16… exf6 17. Nxe4 Bxe4 18. Bf4 Rbd8 19. Qc3.

17. Nxe4 Bxe4 18. Ne5 Bxe5 Black should probably have parted with her c6 pawn, as the upcoming position is very difficult.

19. dxe5 Qc7 20. Qc3 Bf5

21. e6! Very strong! White increases her activity on the e-file as well as on the long diagonal. We have thoroughly dealt with opposite-coloured Bishops in our training so that I am not surprised that Lena handles this position perfectly!

21…Rbd8 22. Rad1 Qd6 23. Bc5 Qc7 24. Bd4 Qf4 25. Be3?! Lena repeats moves to gain time, and would certainly play 25. Bg7, if Black repeated too.

25… Qh4 26. Qe5 Qf6 27. Qg3 Bxe6? It is so difficult to defend in chess! It looks like the right moment to eliminate this pawn, but in fact, Black loses. Better is 27… d4 28. Bh6 Rfe8 29. Bg5 Qf8, although Black is in trouble after 30. Qc7.

28. Bd4 Qf5 29. Rd3 Bc8 30. Rxe7

Opposite-coloured Bishops favour the attack! The difference in activity between both Bishops is striking. The fact that White’s heavy pieces are more active too makes it a decisive advantage.

30…Rf7 31. Rxf7 Qxf7 32. Qe5 Kf8 33. Rf3 Bf5 34. g4 White wins the Bishops and keeps the attack. The rest is clear.

34…Re8 35. Qd6+ Kg8 36. gxf5 Qe7 37. Qxe7 Rxe7 38. f6 Re1+ 39. Kg2 Kf7 40. Re3 Rxe3 41. fxe3 a5 42. Kf3 c5 43. Bxc5 Kxf6 44. Bb6 a4 45. bxa4 1-0

You can see the final standings of the tournament here.

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