Elena Cesnokova - Maksim Milshin 2-0 (30-6-2017)

In the eight round of the tournament in Minsk, Cesnokova won in impressive style against her Russian opponent.

1.34-29 20-25 2.40-34 15-20 3.45-40 19-24 4.32-28 17-22 5.28x17 11x22

diagram 1
diagram 1

6.35-30!

The start of an interesting battle.

24x35 7.29-23 18x29 8.33x15 14-19 9.39-33 10-14 10.44-39 35x44 11.49x40 6-11 12.37-32 12-17 13.41-37 8-12 14.31-27 22x31 15.36x27 17-21 16.33-28 12-18 17.46-41 2-8 18.38-33 5-10 19.42-38 7-12 20.47-42 19-23 21.28x19 13x24 22.40-35 9-13 23.50-44 14-19 24.34-29 11-17 25.29x20 25x14 26.33-28 3-9 27.39-33 1-7 28.41-36

diagram 2
diagram 2

18-22! 29.27x18 13x22

Indeed this lookst the best way for black to put pressure on the solid white position.

30.37-31 12-18 31.44-39 7-12 32.35-30 19-23 33.28x19 14x23 34.32-27 21x32 35.38x27

diagram 3
diagram 3

17-21(?)

Milshin decides to attack the piece on 27 twice. This plan is too passive, since it allows white to take control of the left wing. A better plan was 10-14 36.30-25 8-13(!) This forces white to make some decisions first.

36.42-38 21x32 37.38x27 12-17 38.43-38 17-21 39.48-43 21x32 40.38x27 8-12 41.43-38 10-14 42.31-26 22x31 43.36x27 12-17 44.38-32 14-19 45.39-34 17-22 46.33-29! 22x31 47.26x37

diagram 4
diagram 4

16-21!

Clearly black is under pressure due to his obstructed center pieces, but for now Milshin finds the proper defence.

48.37-31 21-26 49.29-24 26x28 50.24x33 9-13 51.30-24 13-18 52.24-20 18-22 53.20-14 23-28 54.33-29 28-32 55.14-10 32-38 56.10-5 38-43 57.34-30 43-49 58.29-24 49-35 59.5-46 22-27 60.46-5 35-44 61.5-23 44-35 62.23-28 27-31 63.28-23

diagram1
diagram 5

35-49?

The decisive mistake. It was definitely not easy to make a draw. The correct plan was 31-36! 64.23-28 4-9!! 65.28-23 35-49 66.30-25 49-44 The main idea is that white can't make progress after 67.24-20? 44-33! And after 67.15-10 9-14! 68.10x19 44-33 69.25-20 33-22! the white pieces are too vulnerable, for example 70.20-15 22-9 71.15-10 36-41 72.23x46 9-4 73.10-5 4-15 with a draw.

64.30-25!

Now the white plan is straightforward.

49-35 65.24-20 35-2 66.23-28 2-8 67.20-14 8-12 68.14-10 12-34 69.10-5 31-36 70.28-19 34-12 71.19-35 12-34 72.5-46 34-48 73.35-30 48-26 74.25-20 26-3 75.30-25 3-8 76.20-14 8-2 77.14-10 2-35 78.10-5 35-2 79.25-20 2-8 80.20-25 8-2 81.5-23 2-11 82.23-19 11-7 83.19-24 7-1 84.25-14 1-40 85.14-32 40-49 86.32-43

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