Category Archives: UNAM Rapid 2012 MEX

Botez(CAN) in UNAM Rapid MEX 2012

The Gara,T(HUN)-Botez,A(CAN) rapid mini-match was tied 2-2. Here is another game from the rapid preliminary.

WGM Gara,Ticia

Gara,T (2377) – Botez,Alexandra (2015)
French Tarrasch[C06]
UNAM w Prelim C Mexico City MEX (2.4), 17.11.2012
Black played an early …c4 but lost control of the dark squares on the kingside. White won a pawn and had an almost crushing position but let the advantage slip away.

Critical Position
White has an extra pawn and an obvious advantage but the b2 pawn is under attack. How should white react?

White to Play

Critical Position
White is still up a pawn but black has some counterplay on the b-file. How should black continue?

Black to Play

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UNAM Rapid Botez(CAN)-Gara,T(HUN) 2012-11

Botez and Gara split their rapid games 2-2.

Botez,Alexandra

Here is one of the games.

Botez,Alexandra (2015) – Gara,T (2377) [A61]
UNAM w Prelim C Mexico City MEX (2.1), 17.11.2012
This is a pawn structure battle. The knight is under attack. Where should the knight go?

White to Play

UNAM Rapid Orlova(CAN) 2012-11

Orlova,Y was part of a group of Canadians playing in Mexico. The high profile players GM Hansen,E and FM Hambleton(now IM) took the lion’s share of publicity for their strong showings in the Open group. Somewhat forgotten were the other players.

 UNAM w Prelim A rapid 2012

                                         1         2         3         4         5         6
1 Alexandrova,O 2409 +1 **** ½001 11½1 1½11 111½    1111              16.0/20
2 Nakhbayeva,G 2334 -41 ½110 **** 1½00 1101 1010     1111              13.0/20
3 Pina Vega,S     2332 -39 00½0 0½11 **** 101½ 111½   1111             13.0/20
4 Van Weersel,A 2168 +50 0½00 0010 010½ **** 1111    1011             10.0/20
5 Rizzo,M           -2054 -28 000½ 0101 000½ 0000   ****   0½10               4.5/20
6 Orlova,Y(CAN) 1961 +29 0000 0000 0000 0100 1½01   ****              3.5/20

Orlova,L

Orlova had a tough time in her group but she did play this nice game from the rapid qualifying tournament in Mexico.


Orlova,Y (1961) – Van Weersel,A (2168) [A01]
UNAM w Prelim A Mexico City MEX (4.2), 19.11.2012
White has a large space advantage but space alone does not win. What’s next?

White to Play