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Womans Olympiad Rounds 6-10

The Women's Chess Olympiad, Dresden 2008

Go to Round 7 Scotland v Turkey
Go to Round 8 Scotland v Lebanan
Go to Round 9 Scotland v Bolivia
Go to Round 10 Scotland v South Africa

Round 6:

Scotland 3 Tunisia

And I'm chuffed to Tea Breaks.

Scotland's Board 1 reading a very very very very good book.

Board 1 Heather Lang - Amina Matoussi

Heather lost her Queen on move 19 but carried on playing...

(are you sure?......Ed)

One of Heather's team mates log onto...

Round 6 Games see how Heather was getting on.

He saw this....

...Heather is a Queen down.

Luckily the live position was wrong, there should be a Queen on f2.

In the game this happened - Black to play and blunder.

28...Re5?? 30.Qxe5 1-0.

Carey and Amy plotting how they can get that copy
of RAMPANT CHESS away from Heather.

Board 2 Najla Krifa - Carey Wilman

A Pirc. Black delayed 0-0 and White tripled up on the e-file.
Black then Castled setting an e-pawn trap.
White fell into it and lost the exchange. (moves 28 - 30).

Carey was lucky. On move 40 White could have won a Bishop
with 40.f6+! White missed it and Carey stopped the shot
with her next move. She then did enough to coast it to
an easy win. (phew!)

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Krifa - Wilman

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 Bg7 5. Qd2 c6 6. f3 Nbd7 7. Nge2 Qa5 8. Bh6 Bxh6 9. Qxh6 b5 10. Nc1 Qb6 11. Qd2 Bb7 12. a3 a6 13. Nb3 Rc8 14. O-O-O c5 15. dxc5 Nxc5 16. Nxc5 Qxc5 17. Bd3 h6 18. Rhe1 Qg5 19. f4 Qc5 20. e5 Nd7 21. exd6 Qxd6 22. Qe3 Qc5 23. Qh3 Nf6 24. Re5 Qf2 25. Kb1 Qxg2 26. Qe3 Rc7 27. Re1 O-O 28. Rxe7 Rxe7 29. Qxe7 Re8 30. Qxf6 Rxe1+ 31. Ka2 Qc6 32. Qh4 Qe6+ 33. b3 Qe7 34. Qg3 Re3 35. Qg1 Rf3 36. f5 g5 37. Qd4 Rf4 38. Qb6 Kg7 39. Ne2 Rh4 40. Ng3 f6 41. Qe6 Kf8 42. Qb6 Rxh2 43. Ne4 Bxe4 44. Bxe4 Rd2 45. Qc6 Rd6 46. Qa8+ Qd8 47. Qb7 Qd7 48. Qb8+ Kg7 49. Qa8 h5

Board 3 Amy Officer - Amani Matoussi

A Petroff, Amy nicked a pawn and then held back the counter play
that usually comes when you steal a pawn in broad daylight.

It could have been wrapped up sooner.

33.Rg5 in this position would have won the e-pawn with a check.

Amy held the game and rolled it up after winning another couple of pawns.
A good controlled effort. She need that.

Board 4 Amira Marzouk - Rhian Hughes

Rhian equalised, swapped off some bits and sat on a comfortable position.
She most likely looked at the other boards and saw Heather had won,
Carey was the exchange up and Amy was a pawn up so took a perpetual.

A good result. I like this line up, perhaps keep Carey and Rhian
on boards 3 & 4 to see if they can pick up a Norm.
9 points will get a norm, 5 rounds to go.

Points so far.

You can find and play over all the games from the Scottish Women on this site.

Scottish Women's Games

Turkey 4 Scotland 0

A drubbing? I'm afraid the answer to that is yes.

On Board 1 Zehra Topel - Heather Lang White played some super chess.
I caught a brief glimpse of this game at work around about move 15.
I thought Heather was doing OK.

I've just played it over. Black was torn tactically apart.
No shame in losing to someone who had a creative moment such as this.
One of the best games I've seen in the Women's Olympiad so far.

[Click here to replay the game]
Zehra Topel - Heather Lang

1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. b4 O-O 6. Bb2 c6 7. c4 d6 8. Nbd2 a5 9. a3 e5 10. dxe5 Ng4 11. O-O Nxe5 12. Qc2 Qc7 13. Nd4 Bd7 14. Qb3 Na6 15. N2f3 axb4 16. axb4 h6 17. Rfd1 f4 18. Nxe5 Bxe5 19. c5+ d5 20. Nb5 Qb8 21. Bxd5+ Kg7 22. Nd6 Bxb2 23. Qxb2+ Kh7 24. Bc4 fxg3 25. hxg3 Bh3 26. Ne4 Qe8 27. Nf6+ Rxf6 28. Qxf6 Qe4 29. Qf7+ Kh8 30. f3 Qe3+ 31. Kh2 Bf5 32. Qf6+ Kh7 33. Qd4 Qg5 34.g4 Rd8 35. Qxd8 Qf4+ 36. Kg2 Qxc4 37. Qe7+

Board 2 Rosie Giulian - Cemre Yildiz
A Ruy Lopez that saw Rosie drifting into a tepid position as
early as move 14. White to play.

The Knight should have been chopped. This is a Knight's position.
Rosie played 14.Bs2 and the Knight went to d7 and Black had all
the active ideas.
A few moves later Black played f5 & d5, the Knight went to c5.
White's pieces stood on each other toes as Black walked in.

Another powerful game by a Turkish girl.

Board 3: Kubra Ozrturk - Amy Officer
Amy never quite equalised the opening, White always seemed to have
a little nagging edge.
Here was the critical moment. Black to play move 22.

The White Bishop on e5 is king conker and Amy correctly aims to be rid of it.

22...Nfd7? The wrong Knight. 22...Nbd7 and the game is still a contest.
After the g7 Bishop was exchanged White's position grew better with ever move.

Then this happened. Black to play.

Amy's position is very difficult and most likely lost with best play.
But you must make your opponent play the best moves to prove it.
A lapse now from the defender and it was all over. 31...Qe5?? 32.Nf5+ 1-0

Board 4. Rhian Hughes - Asli Bayrak
This went into a Dragon Reversed with Rhian opting to fianchetto
her QB. This piece had a perfectly good home on d2 or e3.

Rhian never got going at all as Black used a Standard White attack
against a Dragon. Swapping off the g2 Bishop and running up the f-pawn.

Here is the position with White to play and you can see
the difficulties that White has gotten herself into.

Rhian played 27.e4, the position opened up and Black won a piece.

Rhian did well to avoid this line from the above position.
27.Nxb6 axb6 28. Qb2 Rxc1! 29. Rxc1 fxg3 30. hxg3 Rxf2!

The Turkish girls all came out fighting. Our girls were simply out-played.

It's OK girls, put it behind, get out there and hammer the Lebanese tomorrow.

I've not seen one of our girls try an opening gambit yet.
I'd say give one a try. It's the attacker that is winning these games.

You can find and play over all the games from the Scottish Women on this site.

Scottish Women's Games

Scotland 2 Lebanan 2

Scotland's Board 1 and 2 Heather Land and Rosemary Guilian.

Board 1. Heather Lang v Elena Nekrasova

Heather pressed against an opponent who seemed content on swapping
everything that moved. Suddenly White appeared to have over-pressed.
Heather, perhaps quicker to realise she was slightly worse than her opponent,
played an exchange sac to secure a perpetual.

White checks Qe5+ and Qg5+ Draw,

Board 2 Maya M Jalloul - Rosie Guilian

French Defence v King's Indian Attack. White started the King-side
pawns rolling, Rosie concentrated on the Queenside.

And that was that. White threatened to attack the King-side but was worried about
her Queenside. Black threatened a Queen-side push but kept enough back to
thwart a King-side attack. Here is the final drawn position.

Board 3 Carey Wilman - Suzan Mouradian

An even opening with neither side appearing interested in doing anything.
Suddenly Carey shoved up her Queen-side and managed to get a monster pawn on c7.

Is it weak - Is it strong?

Decision time at move 35, this position arose, white to play.
35.Ba6 or 35.g3:

35. Ba6 Re8 36. c8=Q Bxc8 37. Bxc8 Ne2+ 38. Kh1 Nxc1 39. Qxc1 e5
Reaches a position that is not that easy to judged 5 moves away.


Material is level but White's pieces are not working well together.
Remember this position had to be judged in mind, Not seen OTB.

Carey chose 35.g3 the Knight went to d5 and the c7 pawn falls.
The game was drawn 10 moves later.

Board 4 Sara Torbey - Rhian Hughes

White set up a Stonewall and Black did her best to break it down.
The centre became blocked with pawns so Black sought play down the
b-file aiming everything at the poor White b-pawn.
Black pulled everything across to protect the b-pawn and that
is how it ended.

Black cannot bring anything else, bar her King to attack the b-pawn.
Draw agreed.

Rhain sipping a vodka and coke before the game.

(vodka and coke??.....Ed)

Yeah. She used to drink straight vodka but Amy showed her a
bottle of vodka can go much further if you put coke in it.

A good show against the Lebonese girls. All four Scots tried
to get something from their games. Four fighting draws.

Round 9

You can find and play over all the games from the Scottish Women on this site.

Scottish Women's Games

Scotland 3 Bolivia

Board 1. Eugenia Ramirez - Heather Lang

A surperb game. What was I saying about none of the girls
saccing a pawn in the opening? Heather does just that
and her opponent ended up with tripled d-pawns.

Heather put the squeeze on. The c1 Bishop never moved from the Queenside.
On the Kingside Heather sacced her Queen. Here is the game. Enjoy this.

[Click here to replay the game]
Eugenia Ramirez - Heather Lang

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bb4 5. Nd5 Nxd5 6. exd5 Nd4 7. Nxd4 exd4 8. Qg4 Qe7+ 9. Be2 d3 10. cxd3 O-O 11. O-O f5 12. Qf3 Qe5 13. Bd1 b6 14. Bb3 Bd6 15. Qh3 Bb7 16. d4 Qxd4 17. Qe3 Qh4 18. f4 Rae8 19. Qf3 Re7 20. g3 Qh6 21.Bc4 Bc5+ 22. Kg2 Qd6 23. a3 Rfe8 24. a4 Re4 25. b3 Bxd5 26. Bxd5+ Qxd5 27. Kh1 Qd4 28. Rb1 Re1 29. d3 (29. Bb2 Rxf1+ 30. Qxf1 Qe4+ 31. Qg2 Qxb1+) 29... Qg1+

And was Heather pleased.....?

...I think she was.

Board 2. Carey Wilman - Stefanie Barrenechea

Carey sacced two pieces for a Rook and a pawn. White had active
chances but I liked Black here. There was more Black could of done, she played
without conviction. A few moves later the Bolivian girl walked into one.
White to play.

31.Rxf6+! Kxf6 32.Rxd5 and White is winning.

I don't know if Carey was in time trouble but later she missed a few
tactical shots that would have ended this game a lot sooner.

Here, White to play.

34.Qxc4! is very strong here. (Carey played 34.Rd7+).

And here White to play.

37.Rd6! was also missed killer. (Carey played 37.c4).

I bet 1 to a pinch of dirt if this was a league match she would have found these moves.
Just because one is playing for one's country there is no need to snub two moves tricks.
Not meant as a slight, I hate seeing missed tactical shots.

Carey chopped off the Queens and strolled through the Rook ending.

Board 3. Gabriela Solis - Amy Officer

A comfortable 19 move draw for Amy with Black despite her opponent's 100+ grading points.

Board 4. Rhian Hughes - Samanta Mendoza
If I was a Scottish Junior I'd be scared witless.
I'm glad I don't have to spend the next 30 years playing chess in Scotland
knowing that this little piece of work is on the circuit.
She is meant to be a junior. When did you see a junior doing this to an opponent?

A complicated opening that Rhian picked her way though winning a pawn.
She then toyed with her opponent trapping a Knight at the same time nursing
two massive passed pawns. Such all over board control is very impressive.

I can find one clear improvement 43.Qc4 which would most likely have
forced resignation in a move or two. A very very good game.

[Click here to replay the game]
Rhian Hughes - Samanta Mendoza

1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 c6 5. e4 d6 6. d3 e5 7. Nge2 O-O 8. O-O Qc7 9. h3 Nbd7 10. Be3 Re8 11. Qd2 Nf8 12. Rab1 Be6 13. b4 Qc8 14. Kh2 Rd8 15.f4 Ne8 16. Rf2 f5 17. Rbf1 d5 18. cxd5 cxd5 19. Nxd5 Bxd5 20. exd5 exf4 21.Bxf4 Nd6 22. Bf3 Qc7 23. Rc1 Qb6 24. Be3 Qb5 25. Rc5 Qd7 26. Rf1 Re8 27. Rfc1 Rac8 28. Bf4 Be5 29. R1c2 Bxf4 30. Nxf4 Nb5 31. Ne2 Na3 32. Rc1 Nb5 33. Qf4 b6 34. R5c4 Nd6 35. Rc6 Nb5 36. a4 Na3 37. b5 Rxc6 38. bxc6 Qc8 39. Rc3 Nb1 40.Rb3 Qa6 41. Rxb1 Qxd3 42. Rc1 Re3 43. Kg2 Rxe2+ 44. Bxe2 Qxe2+ 45. Kg1 Qe8 46.c7 Qc8 47. Qd6 Nd7 48. Qxd7

A good match from the girls. Everyone played their part.

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Scottish Women's Games

Scotland 2 South Africa 1

A win by the narrowest of margins but a win. Some good games here.

Board 1. Heather Lang - Anzel Solomons

Heather flicked out the Vienna Gambit. 3...d5 is meant to be the best reply.
We then had a wee battle to see who was going to plonk a Knight in the snipers bunker.
(f5 for White, f4 for Black, get a Knight entrenched on either of these
squares v a castled position and it's super-duper days ahead.)
Heather won this battle.

I was watching this live and agreed with everything 'cept 27.Qh5 I think
27...Qf7 and the Queen goes back to g4. 27.Raf1 getting the gang into
the game was the move.

But Black failed to find 27...Qf7 and played (quickly) 27...Rd7?

28.Qg6+ had to be worked out spot on. There were a few ghost lines
that looked like Black might hang on or even trap the White Queen.
Heather spotted all the ghosts and flawlessly executed the final assualt.
Nice Chess.

[Click here to replay the game]
Heather Lang - Anzel Solomons

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d6 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bc4 Be7 6. d3 O-O 7. O-O Na5 8. Bb3 Nxb3 9. axb3 c6 10. Qe1 Qc7 11. fxe5 dxe5 12. Qg3 Re8 13. Kh1 Bd6 14. Ng5 Qe7 15. Nh3 Nh5 16. Qf3 Bxh3 17. Qxh3 Nf4 18. Bxf4 exf4 19. Ne2 g5 20. Nd4 Qe5 21.Nf5 Bf8 22. Qg4 f6 23. c3 a6 24. Rf3 Rad8 25. h4 h6 26. Rh3 Qe6 27. Qh5 Rd7 28.Qg6+ Kh8 29. Nxh6 Bxh6 (29... Rg7 30. Qh5 Rh7 31. hxg5 fxg5 32. Nf7+ Qxf7 33.Qxf7) 30. hxg5 Rh7 31. Rxh6 Ree7 32. Rxh7+ Rxh7+ 33. Kg1 Qf7 34. Qxf6+ Qxf6 35.gxf6 Rf7 36.e5

Board 2. Melissa Greef - Rosemary Guilian

Rosie played her favourite French and did all the right things.
White's opening plus was nulified, and Black was making creeping gestures
on the Kingside. White had to play on the back foot.

Here is the final position, Black has the last pawn break with f6 but is it enough?

Board 3. Carey Wilman - Carmen De Jager
Another London system. My heart thudded into my shoes.
Pawns went to c3 and c6 and Black played 3...Bf5. A double London system.
My thoughts raced to the bathroom where I have a packet of razor blades.
Game drawn after 56 moves.

Carey takes another step towards the WFM title and played a good team game.

Board 4. Monique Sischy - Amy Officer
An open Sicilian (a rarity these days, most White's seem to avoid d4).
An interesting struggle with the South African girl always holding
just a slight edge and she built up a good position. I began to fear for Amy.

In this position White chose the wrong strategy. A Kingside attack.

I think running the a-pawn was the way to go. It would give Black
something to worry about and force the Rooks to take up defnsive positions.
Then go for the King.

Perhaps White figured.

"I'll attack on the Kingside, it should lead to exchanges and
the more bits that come off, the bigger the a-pawn becomes."

Amy defend the attack aggressively and then switched it.
Suddenly White had to worry about her King.

Then Amy came up with a cunning move....

46...d3! clinches the draw 47.cxd3 Qc1+ 48.Kh2 Qf4+.
If White tries to dodge it with 49.g3? then Amy had a Queen sacrifice planned.
49. g3 Qf2+ 50. Rxf2 Rxf2+ 51. Kg1 Rf1+ 52. Kg2 R6f2 mate.

Last round tomorrow.
Let us see if Carey and Rhian can clinch their WFM norms.

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