The Women’s Chess Grand Prix in Ankara – the sixth and final one in the series 2011/12 – witnessed a top-seed clash between Anna Muzychuk and Koneru Humpy in the ninth round. Humpy was cruising along fine till she lost a pawn and that eventually led to a lost endgame. You can watch the game in the super Chess King applet below.

Koneru, Humpy – Muzychuk, Anna

Result: 0-1
Site: Ankara
Date: 2012.09.26
[…] 1.¤f3 c5 2.c4 ¤c6 3.¤c3 g6 4.e3 ¤f6 5.d4 cxd4 6.exd4 d5 7.¥g5 ¥e6 8.¥xf6 exf6 9.¥e2 ¥b4 10.O-O ¥xc3 11.bxc3 dxc4 12.¦b1 b6 13.£a4 £d7 14.¥xc4 ¥xc4 15.£xc4 O-O 16.¦fe1 ¦ac8 17.h3 ¦fd8 18.£d3 £d6 19.£a6 ¦c7 20.¤d2 ¢g7 21.¤c4 £d5 22.¤e3 £a5 23.£c4 ¦cc8 24.£b3 £g5 25.¤c4 £d5 26.¤e3 £d7 27.¦bd1 ¤a5 28.£b4 f5 29.d5 £d6 30.£d4+ £f6 31.c4 f4 32.£xf6+ ¢xf6 33.¤g4+ ¢g7 34.¤e5 ¤xc4 35.¤xc4 ¦xc4 36.¦e7 ¦a4 37.¦d2 ¦d6 38.f3 a5 39.¢f2 ¦b4 40.¦e4 ¦xe4 41.fxe4 ¢f6 42.¢f3 ¢e5 43.¦b2 h5 44.a4 g5 45.¦b1 ¦g6 46.¦d1 g4+ 47.hxg4 hxg4+ 48.¢e2 ¦d6 49.¢d3 f5 50.¦e1 fxe4+ 51.¦xe4+ ¢xd5 52.g3 ¢c5+ 53.¢c3 f3 54.¦xg4 ¦f6 55.¦c4+ ¢d5 56.¦d4+ ¢e5 57.¦d1 f2 58.¦f1 ¢e4
White resigns. It’s a won endgame for Black with an active King and Rook plus pawn-up advantage. The Black King has a nice f3-g2 route to force White.