Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

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Re: Women's Grand Prix

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:20 pm

How interesting. Not the first high-level rook and flank pawn v rook ending to go haywire this week. Strictly speaking she was plus eleven, but those assessments are so misleading in endgames like that.
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Re: Women's Grand Prix

Post by NickFaulks » Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:51 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:20 pm
Strictly speaking she was plus eleven, but those assessments are so misleading in endgames like that.
In a five man tablebase position, an assessment of +11 is not so much misleading as absurd. It is either winning or not.

I was not at all surprised when Goryachkina went wrong in a seven man tablebase ending, which was very difficult. I was surprised that Ju Wenjun herself went wrong in an apparently simpler position later on, but it just goes to show...

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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:14 am

I've amended the thread title so as save trouble later on.
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

Post by John McKenna » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:22 am

Invisible mending?

Ah, I see it now.

Banner advertising the venue.

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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:31 pm

An early draw, as I expected: but not the early draw I expected.
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:50 pm

The other one arrives though: Ju takes a perpetual, and Koneru wins the tournament.
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:09 pm

Finished are Koneru (8), Ju (7.5) and Lagno (6.5)

Goryachkina (6.5) still playing
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:16 pm

She made a bit of a meal of beating Cramling, not that it matters, but she won in the end to join Ju in second.
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:27 pm

So presumably in the GP that's Koneru 160 points, Ju & Goryachkina 120 points

Gunina gives up after trying for 52 moves to win R+N v R, so Lagno gets 90 GP points in 4th
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Re: Women's Grand Prix, Skolkovo

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:40 pm

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