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Regina Pokorna vs Nona Gaprindashvili
"Nona Nona, Hey Hey, Goodbye" (game of the day Nov-29-07)
EU-ch 4th, Women (2003)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B57)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-29-07
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  al wazir: What does white do after 20...Qe5 ? If 21. Bd4, then 21...Qg5, threatening mate and drastically cutting back on black's options.
Nov-29-07
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  crafty: 20...Qe5 21. Bd4 Qg5 22. Bxg7+ Kg8 23. Qxg5 hxg5 24. Bxf8   (eval 5.40; depth 15 ply; 500M nodes)
Nov-29-07  Infin1ty: If 20...Qe5 21.Bd4, Qg5 the bishop on g7 hangs. 22.Bxg7+, Kg8 (22...Kxg7?, 23 Rg4 wins a queen) 23.Qxg5, hxg5 24.Bxf8, gxf4 and the bishop moves away.

Looks like white's a piece up.

Nov-29-07  xrt999: did black resign after moving? I thought you were supposed to resign on your turn. I couldnt tell you, I never resign.
Nov-29-07  xrt999: after 12.Qd3, black had ample opportunities to alleviate the pin on f7, and defend against white's threat of Qxg6 by playing Kh8.

You might as well just say 12...Kh8 in this position, the open sicilian.

Notice after 14...Nd7, white cant take on g6 right away because of 15...d5! White does a great job of removing the d pawn and opening up the attack on g6 with 15.f4.

Black's warning system STILL hasnt kicked in yet and takes on e5, instead of losing the d pawn. (White's threat is simply exd6 winning a pawn).

Nov-29-07
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  al wazir: <crafty (and Infin1ty): 20...Qe5 21. Bd4 Qg5 22. Bxg7+> Qxg7.

Crafty, I don't understand how you could even consider playing 22...Kg8, let alone pick it as the best move.

Nov-29-07
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  kevin86: I'm a little confused: is the best continuation 24 Bxg7+ or 24 Bf4+ winning the queen? In the latter,white would be up a queen and two pawns for a rook and piece. In the former,after24 Bxg7 black answers with 24... Kxg7 25 Qg5+ Ng6. Am I missing something?
Nov-29-07  Funicular: Kevin86, you might want to consider 25. Qe7+ rather than Qg5. ;)
Nov-29-07  nimzo knight: <al wazir> 23. Qxg7 Rg5 24. Qh7 Rf6 25. Nxf6 Qxf6.

Nov-29-07
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  tatarch: Funicular- I don't see a forced mate after 24.Bxg7+ and 25.Qe7+, and Bf4+ looks more commanding to me... what am I missing?
Nov-29-07  patzer2: White's 21. Rxe5! is the second surprise clearance combination sacrifice in this game. The initial winning clearance pseudo sacrifice appears to be 14. e5!

If 21...exf5, I suppose 22. Bxh6 is decisive.

Nov-29-07  patzer2: In the final position, the discovered check and follow-up 24. Bf5+ Nh7 26. Bxb8 Rxb8 27. Bf7 looks sufficient.
Nov-29-07  RookFile: The opening seems to be been played wrong by black, with 6...Bd7 being the first error. You don't just ignore the bishop on c4, the better systems involve e6 and the b8 knight maneauvering to swap the bishop off, or e6 in conjunction with a quick a6 and b5.
Nov-29-07  Chess Classics: If you ask me, this should be a contender for pun of the day.

Also, does 23...Qf8 save black? I can't see any imminent threats, and black has material. But it's late and I've been chessblind lately.

Regards,
CC

Nov-29-07  nimzo knight: < does 23...Qf8 save black> 24. Bg5+
Nov-30-07
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  al wazir: <nimzo knight: 20...Qe5 21. Bd4 Qg5 22. Bxg7+ Qxg7 23. Rg5 Qh7 24. Rf6> h5. Now I suppose that white can win with 25. Bd3 or Be2. But I still don't see why crafty preferred 22...Kg8.

Thanks anyway.

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