First round of the 2nd tournament of Women Grand Prix started in Dilijan.
A.Ushenina - A.Muzichuk was the first game to finish. White tried to improve the line with 16.Rc1, but black sacrificed a pawn, got an active counterplay and forced her opponent to repeat the moves. Draw on move 31.
O. Girya - V. Cmilyte. Modern Benoni defense was played. This opening leads to very complicated positions. Cmilyte was never in real danger in this game.She even tried to get advantage but white's position had a lot of potential and Girya was able to hold.
The game between the two Indians (H. Dronavalli - H. Koneru) was very interesting. White had a slight advantage after the opening. Koneru didn't put much resistance and soon after the time control Dronavalli had a winning position. She probably missed some winning continuations. Last one came on move 59.
Harika played 59 Rc5 and after 59...Ke6.60 Kf3 Kd6.61.Rc8 Kd7 her rook was forced to leave the C file. 59 Kf3 Ke6.60 Rf5 was an easy win.
T. Kosintseva - B. Khotenashvili. Black sacrificed a pawn in the opening and had enough compensation for it.
On move 36 white blundered with Ne3 and the winner of the 1st tournament of the Women's Grand Prix could play 36...Qd8. Rook has nowhere to go. Khotenashvili missed this opportunity,but this wasn't the end of her bad luck today.In the endgame that was very close to be a draw she left the a5 pawn unprotected. 60...Qd8 is not easy to understand.The further resistance wasn't the best and Kosintseva scored her first victory.
Another Georgian participant of the tournament N. Dzagnidze was playing B. Tuvshintugs from Mongolia. The experienced Grandmaster gradually outplayed her opponent, evacuated her King to the queen side and converted the pawn advantage into a full point.
E. Danielyan - A. Stefanova. You can find live commentaries of this game by clicking here.