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Zhao Xue vs Antoaneta Stefanova
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Apr-11
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  1-0
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Apr-11-14  Nerwal: 58... ♖c1+ is a nervy move only extreme tension, time trouble and tiredness can explain. 58... ♖d1 as pointed by both players at the press conference is an easy draw (as black can just wait playing the rook along the d file til white plays the pawn to h7). After that there is still a draw to be saved, but also some scope for black to go wrong, and she got tricked playing the natural but losing 66... ♔f8.
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  whiteshark: A very strange game. Zhao Xue manage to get an advantage from the opening by stifling her opponent's counterplay and retaining her positional advantages, but her play afterwards allowed Stefanova to activate her pieces powerfully. The Bulgarian missed a precise continuation that might even have started to swing the game in her favor, but instead she lost a pawn and ended up in a difficult endgame. Eventually this difficult endgame turned hopeless as Zhao Xue slowly but surely converted her extra pawn... only to blunder her advantage again! Stefanova reached a book drawn rook endgame, but she blundered majorly missing the following:


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<66. Ra7+ Kf8??> (66... Ke6! is a draw, as I'm sure Karsten Muller would be delighted to show in his Endgame Magic show) <67. Ra8+! Ke7 68. h6 Rg1+ 69. Kf5!> (Stefanova must have forgotten that now White's pawn does not need the help of the king to advance, as Black's awkward king position does the job for her.) <...Rf1+ 70. Ke5> (70. Ke4 ?? Rf8 =)

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(70. Ke5 Re1+ 71. Kd4 Rd1+ 72. Ke3 Re1+ 73. Kd2 Rh1 74. h7) and Black cannot stop the pawn, unless she sacrifices a whole rook. Tragic, truly.

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