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Gibraltar GP R7: Abdumalik regains sole lead 5.5/7

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/05/2021

Zhansaya Abdumalik seems to have made the most out of the rest day as she beat Nana Dzagnidze to regain the lead with 5.5/7 in FIDE Gibraltar Women's Grand Prix. Mariya Muzychuk drew with Stefanova after the latter escaped with a perpetual check in a difficult position to salvage a draw. Mariya is now at sole second position with 5.0/7. Both Kateryna Lagno and Gunay Mammadzada are at shared third place 4.5/7 each respectively. Dinara Saduakassova scored her first victory of the event against Anna Muzychuk. Round 8 starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: John Saunders/FIDE

Stefanova avoids defeat

IM Zhansaya Abdumalik regained sole lead as she defeated GM Nana Dzagnidze in Round 7. She is now at 5.5/7, a half point ahead of previous round co-leader Mariya Muzychuk 5.0/7. Mariya had a good position but Stefanova managed to escape with a perpetual check to save the game with a draw.

Zhansaya Abdumalik is playing some fantastic chess just like she did in the last Lausanne GP | Photo: John Saunders/FIDE

M Muzychuk - Stefanova: 0.5-0.5

Mariya got a good position out of the opening as Stefanova opted for a dubious line.

Position after 23.Ne2

Black is bound to lose a pawn as white is threatening Nf4 next. The game continued with 23...Kd7 24.Nf4 Rc8 25.a3 Qf8 26.Nxg6 and white gained a pawn in a favorable position.

Position after 37...Kb7

The game continued with 38.Qd6. Find out what was the better plan for white.

Position after 40...Kb6

The final mistake came in the form of 41.Qd7. It allows black to save the game. How? 41.Re5 was a better choice for white.

Mariya moves to sole second spot 5.0/7 | Photo: David Llada/FIDE

Fun fact: The last time there was a winner with the black pieces between a Mariya Muzychuk and Antoaneta Stefanova encounter was in December 2017.

Interview with Antoaneta Stefanova | Video: FIDE

Dzagnidze - Abdumalik: 0-1

Abdumalik got away as her tactical error went unpunished by her Dzagnidze.

Position after 16...Nxd4

Find out why 16...Nxd4 is a mistake.

Position after 22...Kh7

In the above diagram, white took on d4 with 23.Rxd4. That was not the best continuation. Why? White lost the game in another five moves.

Abduamlik beat Dzagnidze to regain sole lead | Photo: John Saunders/FIDE

Fun fact: The last time Abdumalik beat Dzagnidze was a little over two years ago.

Interview with Zhansaya Abdumalik | Video: FIDE

Kashlinskaya - Bulmaga: 1-0

Kashlinskaya outplayed Bulmaga after the latter made some inaccurate choices.

Position after 27...Kh8

27...Kh8 only facilitated white to execute her plan of 28.Bb5 followed by 29.Rc7 and white got a completely winning position.

Kashlinskaya scored her second victory of the event | Photo: David Llada/FIDE
Interview with Alina Kashlinskaya | Video: FIDE

Gunina - Mammadzada: 0-1

Gunina had a good position in the middlegame.

Position after 23...Ne8

23...Ne8 is an unforced error. Black could have played 23...Ra6 or Rdc8 instead. White needed to play 24.e5 and exchange off the light square bishops but the game went on with 24.Ra2.

Position after 46...Qa2

In the final moments of the game white blundered here with 47.Be2. Instead 47.g4 with an active play on the kingside 47...Rb2 48.Rf1 Rxd2 49.gxh5 would have been a better choice.

Mammadzada moved to shared third place 4.5/7 | Photo: John Saunders/FIDE

Fun fact: Mammadzada has never lost against Gunina in an over-the-board tournament.

Interview with Gunay Mammadzada | Video: FIDE

Lagno - Paehtz: 0.5-0.5

Lagno had a solid draw with Paehtz.

Lagno moves to 4.5/7 | Photo: John Saunders/FIDE

A Muzychuk - Saduakassova: 0-1

Saduakassova scored her first victory of the event against Anna Muzychuk.

Position after 26.Ra6

26.Ra6 allowed black to launch a brutal attack on white's kingside. Instead, white needed to play 26.b3 or Ra1 to keep things in order. After 26...Bd5 it became increasingly difficult for white to save the game.

Saduakassova scored her first victory against Anna | Photo: David Llada/FIDE

Fun fact: This was the first decisive game between Anna Muzychuk and Dinara Saduakassova.

Interview with Dinara Saduakassova | Video: FIDE

Replay all Round 7 games

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Women's GP Gibraltar Round 7 with Veselin Topalov and Fiona Steil-Antoni | Video: FIDE

Round 7 Results

Mariya Muzychuk - Stefanova: 0.5-0.5

Dzagnidze - Abdumalik: 0-1

Kashlinskaya - Bulmaga: 1-0

Gunina - Mammadzada: 0-1

Lagno - Paehtz: 0.5-0.5

Anna Muzychuk - Saduakassova: 0-1



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