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Xie Jun vs Nana Ioseliani
Candidates Tt (1997), Groningen, The Netherlands, rd 18
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0
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Dec-06-12  Abdel Irada: "Precisive"?
Dec-06-12
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  morfishine: My first candidate was <44.g3> trying to expoit the pin on the f-pawn and open the g-file. However, Black escapes with <44..Kf7 45.Rd6 Ke7 46.Qg7+> (Hoping for 46...Kxd6 Qxf8+) and finally <46...Rf7>

I then briefly looked at <44.Qg6+ Kh8 45.g3> The idea is now that the White KIng has 'luft', White can play 46.Rd8, since 46...Rxd8 47.Qxf6+ Kg8 48.Qxd8+ wins a piece for White; but Black saves himself with <45...Qb6> and all the important squares are covered

I finally looked at the deflection <44.a7> with the idea of luring the Black Queen and somehow trapping her. Unfortunately, I overlooked the second deflection 45.Rd7

A sad day in Mudville :(

Dec-06-12  Bengambit: 44.a7 should start the ball rolling......
Dec-06-12
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  whiteshark: <Abdel Irada> 'precise'! :D
Dec-06-12  zb2cr: Missed it badly.
Dec-06-12  eblunt: I came up with a completely different idea:

44 Bc8 threatening Be6 mate

If 44 ... Rxc8 then the Qg6+ then QxNf6+ and Qe6+ forking black K and R leave white a rook ahead, and I don't see a good reply for Black to protect e6. Maybe some folks with silicon can tell me where I went wrong ....

Dec-06-12
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  doubledrooks: I found 44. a7 and now:

a. 44...Qxa7 45. Rd7 Nxd7 46. Bd5+ Rf7 47. Qg6+ Kh8 48. Bxf7 Nf6 49. Qxf6+ Kh7 50. Qg6+ Kh8 51. Qh6#

b. 44...Qb3 45. Qxf8+ Kxf8 46. a8=Q+

Dec-06-12
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  chrisowen: Sock in dead deaf 44.a7 to distract queen in ecumen it follow in

chest queen rifle up ride a lion f6 easliy tamed once rook invade d7

tanka6 for highball it reach in a7 whence a e3 there believe in

plucking best i mate again lash queen 2e a con since inflate a8 cant

be stopped black to chuck her majesty in you it swine g6+ look good

enough queen mark in b1 mange no gain have 44...Qxa7 red i think

afforded some room 45.rd7! gun left no bit mate in eight shape

loosen try as she might forced in hook it rook clinch in aint it

sweet in be-duel motive morbid it now in backd-up b7 an ginseng

going in g7 gaze braving black can in effect pack up again a king

hone white will mate in bishopd5 or f7 ascent rookd8+ quick to the

point so Nxd7 opening position it down in digs signet 46.bd5+ a bade

it her in f7 rock address 47.qg6+ in undulate again kingh8 it fable

go building in the changes ring cordoned 48.Bxf7 mate na four

three, back in cadenced fee lilaced 37.Kh1 black had adamant a4 xray

in light rookf1 ragged band c4 got off in see her fissure no problem

after hoofed queen around pawn advance gadzooks a gogo

Dec-06-12
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  kevin86: The pawn chases the queen away from threatening mate on white's coast.
Dec-06-12  BOSTER: The naked black king in the front of the beautiful white queen had the same feeling like a naked woman bathering in the lake on the desert island, when she suddenly saw the man looking at her on the beach.

To distract the attention from self and own camp, white queen ordered the pawn a6 to move forward.

It was exactly like the man on the beach threw his hat behind the woman, and she by natural instinct turned her head in this direction, when the man jumped into water.

After 44.a7 Qxa7 45.Rd7 the love story was not too long.

Dec-06-12  pdwaj: I agree with eblunt that 44.Bc8 also wins.

After 44..Qb6 then 45.a5!

Dec-06-12  M.Hassan: <outplayer:i saw the move 44.a7 to deflect the black queen but i would play 45.Be4. Is it a sound move?>

IMO 45.Be4 exposes 7th rank to the Black Queen which can defend the checks easily as against the Queen sitting on a7,its line of action being blocked and being practically out of play. Therefore, I think 45.Be4 is not a sound move

Dec-06-12
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  morfishine: <David2009> Ole Crafty makes me feel better today: Though I missed the rook deflection, It was a nice comsolation to have found 44.a7 Qxa7 <45.Rd8>, so it wasn't a total loss :)
Dec-06-12  Steve.Patzer: My thoughts precisively.
Dec-06-12
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  paulalbert: Took a lot of thought, but got this one. Nice ideas: a7 to deflect black Q from attacking white's back rank thus freeing up white R, then Rd7 with mate threat to deflect black N permitting B to go to d5ch unmolested, and then N on d7 blocks black Q from a defensive role on the other side of board enabling mate. Everything fits together beautifully.
Dec-06-12  Patriot: After a long think, 44.a7 looks really good.

44...Qxa7 45.Rd7 Nxd7 (45...Rf7 46.Qg6+ ) 46.Bd5+ Rf7 47.Qg6+ Kh8 48.Bxf7

44...Qe2 45.Rg1

The question, "What is white's goal?" is an important one. White has an extra pawn and it is more advanced than black's. If it weren't for white's weak back rank, a move like 44.Rd6 would probably win. So the answer is, white is trying to win. White could use almost all of his/her time after realizing that 44.Qg6+ Kh8 45.Qh6+ should draw since 45...Nh7? 46.Be4 seems lost. 46...Rf7 47.Bxh7 Rxh7? 48.Qf8#; 46...Qa7 47.Bxh7 .

Dec-06-12  Ratt Boy: <eblunt> and <pdwaj>: After 44.♗c8, what about ♔f7? What's White's 45th?
Dec-06-12  Patriot: <David2009> I took a different approach with Crafty and eventually won. I used my line above, 44.a7 Qe2 45.Rg1. Crafty played 45...Kf7 46.Qxf8+ Kxf8 47.a8=Q+ and I went on to win.
Dec-06-12  eblunt: <Ratt boy> yes 44.♗c8 ♔f7 holds for black. Didn't see that
Dec-06-12  KIDragon: I saw Bc8 as well with the following idea in mind... if Rxc8. the king can not leave the back rank during the checks due to eventual involvement or the rook and mate and the king gets mated anyway eventually as shown.

44 ... Rxc8 45 Qg6+ Kh8 46 Qxf6+ Kg8 47 Qe6+ Kf8 48 Qxc8+ Ke7 49 Rd7+ Kf6 50 Qc6+ Kf5 51 Rf7+ Kg5 52 Qf6#

Therefore the defence Qb6 must be considered, blocking the e6 square from the bishop, after which a5 is a really good move

45 a5 Qc6 46 Qg6+ Kh8 47 Rd7! wins white queen

Kf7 just delays the inevitable, after Be6 followed by Kxe6 Qxf8 or Ke7 Qg7+.

I gues its just not clinical enough.

Dec-06-12  Patriot: <<eblunt>: <Ratt boy> yes 44.Bc8 Kf7 holds for black. Didn't see that> Not quite! 45.Be6+ as <KIDragon> says, wins.
Dec-07-12  JG27Pyth: I went with Bc8 like some others.

Crafty doesn't defend Bc8 Kf7... it tries Qb6 after which I play a5 Qc6 Rd7 Qxd7 Bxd7 Nxd7 Qxf8! the a-pawn is unstoppable leaving a silly Q v N ending.

Dec-07-12  TheBish: Got it, but after time had "expired".
Dec-07-12  eblunt: <KIDragon> Thanks for that. I had worked out good replies to 44 ... ♖xc8 or 44 ... ♕b6 as you so clearly describe, but had missed 44 ... ♔f7 45 ♗e6, but I'm pleased ♗c8 does turn out to be winning even if not so clinical. I'll give myself 1/2 point :)
Aug-18-16
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  whiteshark: This was one of the most dramatic and important games of the whole tournament.


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Black's position is totally lost, but the former World Champion Xiejun evidently underestimated her opponent's threats. Suddenly the Georgian Ioseliani got a break to win the game and with it last minute qualification to the candidates' final. However, she was slightly short of time and played <37...c4?>, missing her big chance.

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