Dimi with a Title!

The recently finished championship of Greece saw two of my ex-students achieving the best possible results. Both Antonis Pavlidis and Dimitra Vatkali from Kavala Chess Club claimed the titles in Athens. While Antonis is always considered to be a favourite in these events (he already is also an IM) Dimitra’s success is a fruit of her stubbornness, patience and discipline as well as the every-day hard-work that she does. Among her best qualities is the good evaluation of the position and she is very good in strategical aspects of the game. I proudly present you her most important win from the championship with her annotations.

Vatkali,Dimitra (1905) - Barbageorgopoulou,Fani (1878) [B12]
13 Greek Indiv. Ch. Girls U18 - 2010 KYBE registr. Peristeri Greece (8.1), 08.01.2010
[Dimitra Vatkali]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 I usually play Nd2 here but I was prepared to play something more attacking as I needed to win to play for first place! 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 Nd7 7.Nf4 Ne7 8.h4 h5 9.Nxg6 Nxg6 10.Bg5

10...Be7 [10...Qb6 11.gxh5 Rxh5 12.Qxh5 Qxb2 13.Bd3! Qxa1+?? would be a mistake 14.Kd2 Nf4 this is what Rybka suggests here. (14...Qxh1 15.Bxg6± and white has a very pleasant position.) 15.Qf3! (15.Bxf4?? Qxh1–+) 15...Qb2 16.Rb1± otherwise Bb4 is coming.] 11.gxh5 Bxg5 [11...Nxh4 maybe this is better. 12.Bxh4 Bxh4 13.Qg4 Bg5] 12.hxg6 fxg6 now the e6 ang g6 pawns are very weak. 13.Qg4 Nf8?+/= [13...Qe7 is much better,preparing also 0–0–0.] 14.Bd3 Rh6

15.h5! gxh5 16.Rxh5 Rxh5 17.Qxh5+ Kd7 18.f4 Bh6 [18...Bxf4?? of course not B:f4 because it loses a piece. 19.Qf7++-] 19.Ne2 with idea to castle in the next move. 19...Rc8? 20.0–0–0 Qe8 21.Qg4 [21.Qxe8+ exchanging queens would not be such a good idea as white would lose the initiative.] 21...Rc7 22.Kb1

getting away from the pin. 22...Kd8 23.f5 exf5 24.Bxf5 g6?? A mistake,now white can win a pawn. 25.Qh4+ Qe7 26.Qxh6 gxf5 27.Ng3 c5 [27...Qf7 28.Qg5+] 28.Nxf5 Qf7 29.Qd6+ Kc8 30.Ne3 cxd4 31.Nxd5 Rd7 32.Qc5+ Kb8 33.Nf6 Rc7 34.Qxd4

and now it is plain sailing for white to win. 34...Ne6 35.Qd6 Qg6 36.Rc1 Qf5 37.Ne8 Black resigned. 1–0