Games of the WWC 2017, Tehran

February 16, 2017

Round 2.3

Results of the Round Two playoffs:

1. Zhao-Padmini 0.5-1.5
2. Ushenina – Tan 3.5-3.5 Tan wins the Armageddon
3. Harika-Saduakassova 1.5-0.5
4. Guramishvili-Buksa 3.5-2.5
5. Melia-Stefanova 0.5-1.5
6. Batsiashvili-Khurtsidze 3-4 Khurtsidze wins the Armageddon
7. Gaponenko-Kosteniuk 0.5-1.5
8. Paehtz-Cramling 0-2
9. Huang-Pogonina 2.5-1.5

Comment from Chris Rice in the EC Forum:

We have some controversy, Harika Dronavalli was being interviewed after her second round victory. She was still upset about an incident that happened after the first tie break game in the first round. As I understand it, though the signal kept breaking up during the interview, her opponent, WIM Akter Liza Shamima, suddenly realised she had only three seconds left and pressed the clock without making a move, this was ruled an illegal move but she didn't lose the game because of it. Harika was annoyed about this because in the Olympiad she has a couple of seconds left to move in one game but couldn't make a move (we all know how that feels I'm sure) and lost on time. She said if she had realised that you just had to press the clock without making a move, which would be ruled illegal, but would buy you some time, she would have done it. Therefore she wanted this clarified and it's been referred to the rules commission (or somewhere appropriate I couldn't catch all of the conversation).

Guramshvili-Buksa have had two extra long games in the playoffs. Miro said of the following: "We are at move 93 now and at move 143, a draw can be claimed by virtue of the 50-move rule.”

WWCC 2017
Round 2.6 (10+10), Feb. 16, 2017
Buksa, Nataliya - Guramishvili, Sopiko
B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack, Modern main line

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.O-O e5 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.d5 Nd4 10.Nxe5 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Bxe5 12.Bf4 Bg7 13.Qd2 Re8 14.Rae1 Bd7 15.Bd3 Rxe1 16.Rxe1 Nf5 17.Nb5 Bxb5 18.Bxb5 Bd4+ 19.Kh1 Qxd5 20.c4 Qc5 21.b4 Qb6 22.Bd7 Qf6 23.Rd1 Bc3 24.Qd3 Ng7 25.Bxc7 Bxb4 26.Qd5 Qa6 27.Bb5 Qxa2 28.Qxb7 Rf8 29.Qf3 a5 30.Be5 Qc2 31.Rf1 Nf5 32.h3 Bd6 33.Bxd6 Nxd6 34.Qd5 Nf5 35.Rf3 a4 36.Kh2 Nh4 37.Rg3 Nf5 38.Qd3 Qf2 39.Rf3 Qa7 40.Kh1 Nd4 41.Re3 Ne6 42.Qa3 Ra8 43.Bc6 Rb8 44.Re1 Qf2 45.Qe3 Qxe3 46.Rxe3 Rb1+ 47.Kh2 Ra1 48.Bd5 Nf4 49.Bf3 Rc1 50.c5 Rxc5 51.Re8+ Kg7 52.Ra8 Rc4 53.Bd1 Rc1 54.Bxa4 h5 55.h4 Nd3 56.Bb3 Ne5 57.Bd5 Ng4+ 58.Kg3 Ne3 59.Be4 Rc4 60.Kf3 Ng4 61.Ra3 f5 62.Bd5 Rd4 63.Ba8 Kh6 64.Kg3 f4+ 65.Kf3 Ne5+ 66.Ke2 Rb4 67.Bf3 Rb2+ 68.Ke1 Rb1+ 69.Kf2 Rb2+ 70.Kg1 Ng4 71.Kf1 Rb1+ 72.Ke2 Rh1 73.Ra4 Rxh4 74.Rxf4 Kg5 75.Ra4 Rh2 76.Rb4 Ne5 77.Rb5 Kf6 78.Kf2 Rh1 79.Rb6+ Kg7 80.Re6 Nd3+ 81.Kg3 g5 82.Be4 Nf4 83.Re5 Kh6 84.Ra5 Re1 85.Bf3 Re6 86.Rb5 Rf6 87.Rc5 Nd3 88.Ra5 h4+ 89.Kh3 Nf2+ 90.Kh2 g4 91.Bxg4 Nxg4+ 92.Kh3 Ne3 93.Kxh4 Nxg2+ 94.Kg3 Ne3 95.Rb5 Nf5+ 96.Kg4 Kg6 97.Ra5 Nd6 98.Rd5 Ne4 99.Re5 Nf2+ 100.Kg3 Nd3 101.Ra5 Rf1 102.Kg4 Kf6 103.Kg3 Ne5 104.Ra8 Kg5 105.Ra5 Kf5 106.Rb5 Rf3+ 107.Kg2 Rc3 108.Rb4 Ng4 109.Ra4 Kg5 110.Ra8 Ne3+ 111.Kf3 Nd5+ 112.Ke4 Nf6+ 113.Kd4 Rc1 114.Ra2 Rd1+ 115.Ke5 Ng4+ 116.Ke4 Re1+ 117.Kf3 Re3+ 118.Kg2 Kh4 119.Ra4 Rc3 120.Ra2 Rb3 121.Ra4 Rd3 122.Ra2 Rg3+ 123.Kf1 Ne3+ 124.Ke1 Rg1+ 125.Kf2 Rg2+ 126.Kxe3 Rxa2 1-0

On move 126. Buksa should have played Ke1 for the draw but instead took the knight and lost the game. Guramishvili has been exceedingly lucky with her opponents blundering and now she is through to the next round.

The pairings for Round Three:

1. Ju-Girya
2. Padmini-Tan
3. Harika-Guramishvili
4. Dzagnidze-Shen
5. Muzychuk-Pham
6. Stefanova-Khurtsidze
7. Kosteniuk-Cramling
8. Ni-Huang

Quote of the Day: Chris Rice in EC Forum:

Buksa dropped a rook in the following game but still managed to draw. This is beginning to remind me of that film, They Shoot Horses Don't They?

The Guramishvili-Buksa match seemed to go on forever. Some may remember that that 1969 film is about a Depression-era dance marathon and the opportunistic emcee who urged them on to victory. After 879 hours of dancing and with 20 couples remaining, the contest was shut down.