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Elena Kuzmenko vs Irina Krush
Moscow Open (2008), rd 1, Feb-02
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  0-1


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  Gilmoy: White's e4-f4-d4 looks way too loose. Black sweats for d5 to equalize in Sicilian (and Ruy), so 5..d5 is a gut punch. 11.Bc5 undresses the early f-pawn advance -- that's a newbie pin theme, and egg on White's prep. White must castle into the teeth of Black's thematic half-open c-file. After 14..Rfe8! Black owns a 3-lane highway down the middle of the board, while White is about six tempi short of a K-side pawn rush. Black wraps up with a blaze of tactics: 16..Qe6 unanswerable fork, 18..b5 <have a pawn> (19.Nxb5 Rb8 <and I pin you, donkey> -- cf. this Saturday's PotD Adorjan vs J D Tisdall, 1981 18.b4!), 22..bxc3 23..Bb4 two consecutive zwickenzugs that threaten to win a piece with check (e.g. 24.Qxa3 Rxc3+ 25.Kb2 Re2+ or 25.Kd2 Ne4+), and finally 25..Bxc3+ does win a piece (26.Rxc3 Re2+). White probably help-mated herself rather than limp on a Rook down.

It's like the chess-flavored Monopoly variant: Whoever owns all 8 lots in the e-file and builds a Castle Hotel on it (haha -- seriously, we have one here in Suwon) collects 3 pawns' rent ...

Feb-04-08  dramas79: Isnt it 30...Nc3 mate?
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  Gilmoy: Yes, 30..Nc3#. As befits a Super Tuesday(, click the "suggest your correction" link (just below the kibitz box) and vote for your favorite candidate. I voted for "The last move should indicate mate (#)".
Feb-05-08  jkiipli: 20.Nc2 b4 21.b3 followed by 22.c4 and white seems to hold, am I missing something?
Feb-05-08  jkiipli: 24.Qxa3 loses to 24..Rxc3+ 25.Kb2 Re2+!
Feb-06-08  Jesspatrick: 15.g4 allowed 15...d4 and a decisive attack. Perhaps white's game was playable with 15.Re1 since 15...d5 is now met with 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Rxe4 with survivable simplification.

Still, there's nothing in this game to recommend White's opening play.

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