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Third Round
3.1The third round saw two teams getting their first points in the cup. Russia-Turkey beat Africa 4,5-1,5 to get 2 points and Team Americas made a draw with Asia. After today's round Asia has 5 points, Europe with a match less than Asia at 4 followed by Russia-Turkey (2 pts). Americas has 1 point and Africa will be looking to earn their first points in the last two rounds.

Asia-Americas was a very exciting match. Asian players are performing very well in this championship and even though Americans were the rating favorites on each board Asia still managed to go unbeaten to the fourth round. If Maliheh Safaei who had played well until that point hadn't lost a superior bishop vs knight endgame against Griffin McConnell they could even achieve a victory. True, WIM Natasha Santos Morales also spoiled the overwhelming attacking position she achieved against Bairamov only to get a half point so it's more appropriate to speak of missed opportunities for both teams. On third board Arstanbekov made use of Osorio's miscalculation and won with an extra piece but probably the best game of the match was played on the first board between WIM Jennitha Anto and Cristian Gonzalez Astete. The six-times IPCA Women's Champion played a fine game which you can find in the analyzed games section and with her win Asia equalled the score against Americas.


                       Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro- Tran Thi Bich Thuy game ended in a draw

In the other match of the day Russia-Turkey achieved an overwhelming score despite the Egyptian Masoud's win on the fourth board against Tatiana Lukina from Russia. The three Turkish players won against their opponents today and that made the difference even though in the remaining boards there was equality. Khabou let his rook being trapped against Ahmet Inal in an equal rook endgame and Ozlem Erten made use of a knight fork against Tambuzhai to win the queen and the game. On the third board Messala from Morocco misplayed in an Italian Game, playing Bg5 when he has castled -and also playing h3 helps black- but his opponent not, which allowed Handenur Sahin to play the thematic h6-g5. Messala tried to sacrifice the knight for two pawns but it was a desperate attempt and Sahin cruised to victory in a confident manner. Obodchuk-Zabeib was a miss for the legendary Russian player but his compatriot Babarykin prevailed against Campos in a complicated struggle to compensate for the lost half point.

In the fourth round Russia-Turkey will be resting. Don't miss to follow Americas-Africa and Europe-Asia matches which will start on Thursday at 15:00 local time!

Photos: Dora L. Martinez, Event Photographer

Analyzed Games

[Event "1st FIDE Confederation Cup for the Disab"] [Site ""] [Date "2019.12.11"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Abiad Parra, Victor"] [Black "Kozhakhmetov, Sultan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B33"] [WhiteElo "1847"] [BlackElo "1617"] [Annotator "Selbes,Tarik"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "2019.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Venezuela"] [BlackTeam "Kazakhstan"] [WhiteTeamCountry "VEN"] [BlackTeamCountry "KAZ"] [WhiteClock "1:30:00"] [BlackClock "1:30:00"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c4 b4 12. Nc2 O-O 13. h4 Rb8 14. b3 Be6 15. g3 {Players followed theory until this point} Qd7 {In general Black doesn't need to be afraid of Nxf6 gxf6 stuff in Sveshnikov but perhaps here there was no need for that.} (15... g6 {Balogh,C (2643)-Moiseenko,A (2715) WchT 8th Ningbo 2011 (4.4) 1/2-1/2} 16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 17. Qxd6 $4 Qf3 18. Rg1 Rfd8 $19) 16. Bg2 (16. Nxf6+ gxf6 17. Qd2 {Kokarev,D (2582)-Krapivin,A (2471) Zvenigorod op-A 2008 (5) 1-0}) 16... Bd8 17. O-O Bxd5 18. Qxd5 Bb6 $1 {Black has successfully relocated his bishop} 19. Rad1 Rfd8 20. Qd3 Bd4 (20... Bc5 { seems more solid} 21. Ne3 Nd4 22. Nd5 a5 {with a4 coming Black has good pressure}) 21. Kh2 a5 22. Ne3 {Victor Abid Parra makes perfectly natural and good moves in this phase} Ne7 23. h5 $1 {h-pawn is a useful tool to annoy the opponent} g6 24. Bh3 Qa7 25. Rh1 h6 26. hxg6 (26. Kg2 {Since g5 can't be good it's perhaps a better approach to make useful moves first before taking on g6 and allowing Black to use the open f-file}) 26... fxg6 27. Be6+ Kg7 28. Kg2 Rf8 29. Qd2 h5 $6 (29... Rh8 {was perhaps a bit passive but definitely safer} 30. Ng4 h5 31. Ne3 Rbf8 32. Nf5+ Nxf5 33. exf5 Qe7 {and black is holding}) 30. Nf5+ $1 {Well spotted!} Nxf5 31. exf5 Kf6 $2 {The losing mistake} (31... Qe7 { was the only move} 32. g4 $40) 32. Qh6 Qg7 33. Rxh5 Rh8 {A blunder in a lost position} (33... Qxh6 {would only prolong the game} 34. Rxh6 Ke7 35. Rxg6 $18) 34. Qg5# 1-0 [Event "1st FIDE Confederation Cup for the Disab"] [Site ""] [Date "2019.12.11"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Jennitha, Anto K."] [Black "Gonzalez Astete, Cristian"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B43"] [WhiteElo "1972"] [BlackElo "2162"] [Annotator "Selbes,Tarik"] [PlyCount "115"] [EventDate "2019.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "India"] [BlackTeam "Chile"] [WhiteTeamCountry "IND"] [BlackTeamCountry "CHI"] [WhiteClock "1:30:00"] [BlackClock "1:30:00"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 b5 7. Bg2 Bb7 8. O-O e6 9. a3 (9. Re1 {is a better and more active move}) 9... Qc7 10. Be3 Be7 11. Qe2 Nbd7 12. Rad1 O-O 13. Bc1 Rfe8 14. Rfe1 Rac8 {Both sides made useful reshufflings} 15. Na2 Nc5 16. f3 d5 (16... g6 {to play e5 as often in the Sicilian -not allowing Nf5- was perhaps a better approach}) 17. e5 Nfd7 18. c3 Na4 19. Nb4 Qb6 20. Nbc2 Bc5 (20... Bd8 {and playing Bc7 next was less time consuming than the way Gonzalez picked}) (20... Bf8 21. f4 g6 {and Bg7 was another setup Black could choose}) 21. Kh1 Qa7 22. Nb3 Bb6 23. Ncd4 Bc7 24. f4 {The Indian IPCA Women's Champion plays simple but good} Ndb6 25. Nd2 {I like this maneuver as well. White simply brings another piece to protect e5 and also to be able to use in kingside} (25. f5 {works according to computer but it's not easy to calculate everything}) 25... Nc4 26. N2f3 Nc5 27. b3 Na5 { An attempt by Gonzalez to create some chaos} (27... Nb6 28. Ng5 $1 h6 29. Nxf7 $1 Kxf7 30. f5) 28. b4 Ne4 29. bxa5 Nxc3 30. Qd3 Nxd1 31. Rxd1 Bxa5 32. Bb2 Rc4 (32... g6 33. g4 {and now} b4 {looks like a human move to be able to improve position of pieces, at least both bishops} 34. axb4 Bxb4 {And dark squared bishop can help defence whereas light squared bishop can come to play via c6-b5 or a6.}) 33. f5 exf5 34. Nxf5 Rc7 (34... Qf2 $1 35. Bd4 Qc2 36. Qxc2 Rxc2 37. Nd6 Re7 38. Nxb7 Rxb7 {Black should seek his chances in the endgame, he won't have to suffer an attack and can try to make use of his potential passed pawn in the queenside}) 35. Nd6 Rd8 36. Nd4 (36. Ng5 {would have practically ended the game} g6 37. Ngxf7 Rxf7 38. Nxf7 Kxf7 39. e6+ Ke7 40. Rf1 $18) 36... Ba8 37. N6f5 Re8 38. Qe3 {It is understandable not to rush in such a dominating position} (38. Nxg7 $1 {was immediately winning} Kxg7 39. Nf5+ Kf8 40. Nd6 Re6 41. Qxh7 $18) 38... h6 (38... f6 39. e6 Bb6) 39. Qf4 Bc3 40. Bxc3 Rxc3 41. Qg4 {The queen is finally on the desired square and the game is over} g6 42. Nxh6+ Kh7 43. Qf4 g5 44. Qxg5 Qe7 45. Qh5 Qxe5 46. Qxf7+ Qg7 47. Qxe8 Qxh6 48. Qxa8 Rc1 49. Qb7+ Kh8 50. Rf1 Rxf1+ 51. Bxf1 {Gonzalez makes few more moves} Qc1 52. Qb8+ Kh7 53. Qf4 Qxa3 54. Ne6 Qa1 55. Qf7+ Kh8 56. Ng5 Qg7 57. Qxg7+ Kxg7 58. h4 {A pretty good game from the Indian player!} 1-0

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