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Sofya Zigangirova vs Jennifer Shahade
"You Ain't Woman Enough" (game of the day Aug-02-2005)
Olympiad, women (2002), Bled SLO, rd 7, Nov-01
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  0-1


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Nov-05-04  Lowintermediate: Beautiful systematic endgame.
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  admiralnemo: yep, sometimes rooks are no match for a well-placed bishop
Aug-02-05  jcmoral: Amazing how the black king just waltzes in and leads the attack in person!
Aug-02-05  weary willy: Again, the point of the by-line has whizzed over my head ... is this a reference to a film star, soap opera, popular music or a USA consumer product?
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  al wazir: I'm not sure how white could have drawn this ending, but much earlier there was a line that gives white some chances: 21. e5 dxe5 22. Rbe1. Then if 22...dxf4 23. Rxf4 Qxc3 24. Qxc3 Bxc3 25. Rxe7 Bd5 (25...Rf8 26. Bc4!).
Aug-02-05  Giearth: <weary willy> A song title.
Aug-02-05  Giearth: <al wazir> What if 23.Rxf4 Qg5?
Aug-02-05  I Pawn You: Hmmm.
I just don't understand what black saw when he sacced his rook for a bishop... what advantege did he foresee?
Aug-02-05  mjk: <I Pawn You> well, she probably knew that saccing the Rook for the Knight on c3 is a proven theme in the Dragon -- leading to pressure against the broken pawns on the Q-side.
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  Jack Kerouac: <Ipawnyou> Did Black have a sex change?
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  Sneaky: Now this is truly rich... only at can we explore the connection between chess and Loretta Lynn

"You say you're gonna take him / Oh, but I don't think you can / Cause you ain't woman enough to take my man!"

Aug-02-05  sfm: White stops playing any chess after the exchange-sac. Q-b1-b2-b3-b4-a5 could't lead anywhere. I also don't like the swapping on f6. I think I'd play 16.Qe2 or 16.f5 or 16Qe1(->h4)
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  kevin86: The early focus was on c3-strangly,after the sac there,black controls the game. Despite the exchange disadvantage,black's game continues to roll-and two advanced,connected passed pawns can make a rook look silly.
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  al wazir: <Giearth: What if 23.Rxf4 Qg5?> Then 24. Rf2 or Be4, I suppose. The line could also go 21. e5 dxe5 22. fxe5 Qxe5 23. Rbe1 Qxc3 24. Qxc3 Bxc3 25. Rxe7 Bd5 26. Be4, etc. If instead 23...Qg5 (your suggestion), then 24. Re2 also looks playable in this variation.
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  schnarre: Within 1 square, the King is as a Queen (unlike the Queen he can't move to a square where he can be captured). Wonder if Jennifer read any of Steinitz's games before the bout.
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  kevin86: <sneaky>life never promised you a rose garden. lol
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  patzer2: Shahade's 14...Rxc3!? appears to be a thematic sacrifice in the Sicilian, but I'm not particularly impressed with it. Objectively, the simple 14...h6 15. Bh4 = IMHO would have been better for Black. Of course Shahade may have been playing the opponent more than the position, and felt she had an advantage because of her skill and experience with these kinds of positions.

If White had anticipated, she could have held the position with an advantage after 20. Qb4! a5 21. Qb3 Kg7 22. Rbe1 . Instead the weak 20. Qb3? allowed Black to get in 20...Qa5! for a double attack to win back a pawn and fully equalize.

White further weakens her position with the dubious 21. Qb4?!, when the simple 21. c4! Rc7 22. Qb4 Qxb4 23. Rxb4+ would have held the position with at least equality.

Shahade's 24...Bd2! and her subsequent play is impressive and instructive, pursuing her best chance at an advantage by this move to weaken White's pawn structure. Her followup 26...Kf6! activating the King in the middle game to help win a pawn and prepare for the endgame was also strong.

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  schnarre: Indeed.
Nov-24-06  aazqua: A great example of a game where one side knows they should win and so plays so conservatively that they lose instead. Just horrible play by white and no, the sac is not sound. Giving up the bishop for the knight to give black a powerful bishop pair is appalling. White's pieces were pathetic throughout.
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