Elina Danielian - Enjoying Chess

Armenia’s Elina Danielian played a nice game against Kateryna Lahno to lead at the Women’s Chess Grand Prix in Kazan on Monday. Elina Danielian said, “I can’t say I was perfectly ready to the variation we have played. I’ve got a position with isolated pawn so I had to play actively. My knights were in the center”. The game was important for Danielian because Lahno was in second spot and had all the chances to overtake the lead. “And I had some threats.  I think Nf5 was inaccurate move maybe she could play Nc6 because later my queen moved to the eighth rank. At a certain moment black made a mistake Nd4 and their position became lost. I played 24…h4 in order to improve my position as black have no moves in fact. My opponent could have played 24…Nfe7 for example.” Elina was also asked the eternal question most sportspersons get to be asked: Do you feel the game is a part of your life or is just a job? Danielian: In case it doesn’t give pleasure, one would have quit long back. Every chess player enjoys what he or she is doing and this is impossible otherwise.

Danielian, Elina (2484) – Lahno, Kateryna (2546)

Result: 1-0
Site: Kazan, RUS
Date: 2012.06.18
[…] 1.d4 ¤f6 2.¤f3 g6 3.c4 ¥g7 4.g3 c6 5.¥g2 d5 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.O-O O-O 8.¤e5 e6 9.¤c3 ¤fd7 10.f4 ¤c6 11.¥e3 ¤b6 12.¥f2 ¥d7 13.e4 ¤e7 14.exd5 ¤bxd5 15.¤e4 ¥c6 16.¦c1 ¦c8 17.£b3 £b6 18.£a3 ¥b5 19.¦fe1 ¦xc1 20.¦xc1 ¦c8 21.b3 ¦xc1+ 22.£xc1 ¥f8 23.£c5 ¤f5 24.£c8 ¤xd4 25.¢h1 h6 26.h4 ¤e7 27.¤f6+ ¢g7 28.£xf8+ ¢xf8 29.¤fd7+