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Marie Sebag vs Elina Danielian
6th FIDE Women Grand Prix (2011), Doha QAT, rd 1, Feb-22
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Panov Attack. Main Line (E54)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One moment please--what happened here? I thought White was winning thanks to the little combination beginning with 20.f4 and ending with 23.Bxh7+, winning the pawn. Was this actually a pawn sacrifice by Black?
Feb-23-11  Skakalec: I think white's problem started earlier with the little "combo" starting with 15. Bxf6? Bf6 16.Rad1 Putting the rook on d1 (to protect Pd4, which she volunterely allowed to be attacked by 15.Bxf6?) was "in the box" thinking. That rook had little use there (besides protecting Pd4), black's queen had all the squares she needed to get away from the pin (Qc7, Qb6, Qa5) and after 14...Re8 white should change the plan as thematic d5 is no longer possible or at least doesn't work well. I think white should proceed 15. Ne4!

But let's go back to the game.
16... e5! reveals white's problem: her queen is pinned.

17. de5??
and this was the blunder I think, 17.d5 and all the fight comes (17...Nd4 18.Nxd4 ed4 19. Ne4)

Feb-23-11  Skakalec: After 19.Be4 we have a position where both queens hide behind bishops, therefore 19....Qe8! Away from the pin and putting the pressure on Be4. Black is allready better and next "combo" starting with f4 is just admitance that whites have nothing better to play. (20.Qf3 Bf5)
The question is : Can that pawn compensate for the weak king and weak queen side pawns which follows?

Looking at 21...Bxc3! and 22...Ba4! it looks as it was black's combination not whites!

And 34...Qf6! refusing the draw offer.

48.Qg4? she was probably afraid of Re3 but 48.h4 was probably the last chance 48....Re3 49.Rf3 Rf3 50.gf3 whatever that means (50...Qe3 51.Be4)


d3 was the best square for the bishop as indicated by black's next move Re3. White should have tried Rf3 and (I can't calculate the whole thing now) follow the idea of 49.Rf3 Qxa3? 50.c4! bc4 51.Qh5 Re1/Qa1/Qc1 52.Bf1

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  Gilmoy: Black thinks White's weak Q-side pawns gives her chances? <34..Qf6> exerts quiet pressure on c3, and this post is so good that she doesn't need to move again until <44..Qe7>.

<37.f5> hoping for any trade and Rf1, but <37..g5!> Black lets the f5-pawn stand where it neuters <two> white pieces -- an elaborate form of the <King hiding behind enemy pawn> trick. <38.Rc1> and suddenly White is defensive, saddled with the <burden of being ahead> in material (and having to defend it all).

<38..Bb3> meh <40..a5> eh <43..a4> and suddenly (well -- like a glacier melting) Black's Q-side bind is really annoying. White could try to defend a3 forever (and pray for draw), but that plan cedes the center to Black's heavy pieces like a three-lane freeway. Which happens anyways ...

Feb-23-11  Skakalec: BTW <> I'd like you to call this opening Caro-Kann and not Nimtzo-Indian?
Feb-23-11  AnalyzeThis: Maybe it's the Queen's gambit accepted. The middle game position can be reached by several openings.
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  perfidious: <Skakalec> Once Black plays 6....Bb4, this heads towards lines which can be reached by the Nimzo-Indian. CG isn't perfect, but their use of nomenclature here is correct.

<AnalyzeThis> Had Black instead played 6....Be7, when White then avoids 7.c5, which stays in the true Panov (a line I played extensively with both colours in the 1980s), we then will generally have a QGD Semi-Tarrasch with 6.e3 by transposition.

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  HeMateMe: She's on a roll, 4-0. A worthy challanger for Hou Yifan?
Mar-12-11  ReikiMaster: 37.or 38.Ba2 looks good.
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