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Jan Jodilyn Fronda vs Bela Khotenashvili
Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016), Baku AZE, rd 2, Sep-03
Scotch Game: Classical. Intermezzo Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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Sep-03-16  Bruce Graham: Big win by the Filipina.
Sep-03-16  Amulet: As the great GM David Bronstein said, chess brilliancies are achieved OTB, when the players put their heart and soul in their games.

White, at the start has no idea how this game would go, she simply pour her everything.

Sep-03-16  Pulo y Gata: Quit the drama. White just out-calculated black in a king-and-pawns endgame
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  whiteshark: "GM Bela Khotenashvili (2463) was board two for Georgia (photo by David Llada), facing a vastly lower-rated WIM Jan Jodylin Fronda (2128) from the Philippines and had managed to build a positionally won rook endgame.

What happened was <the stuff of nightmares>, and in one move she threw it away for a drawn pawn endgame.

Then, exactly one move later she made <a fatal blunder> in that drawn pawn endgame, and suddenly she was lost, and never recovered."



(31...Ke6??) 31...c5=/31...Kd6= (scroll down to the middle)

Sep-04-16  Nerwal: Of course Black miscalculated the entire pawn endgame (31... ♔e6 being seemingly a winning attempt), but still not playing 29... ♖f8 (trying to grind a rook endgame with excellent practical chances at no risk) against a much lower rated opponent is very strange.
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  cro777: A win of the Philippine women over title contenders Giorgia in the second round was the first sensation at the Baku Olympiad 2016!

Fronda's opponent GM Bela Khotenashvili (2463) was the winner of team gold and individual gold on first board in the Women's World Team Chess Championship 2015.

The Philippines women played very well (Fronda and Khotenashvili on board 2):

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  cro777: The decisive moments of the game came in the endgame. GM Parimarjan Negi thoroughly analyzed this endgame in the Tournament Bulletin (World Chess):

"The turning point was probably when Bela Khotenashivili overlooked a beautiful pawn sacrifice by her opponent, Jan Jodilyn Fronda, in a king-and-pawn endgame."

Position after 31.Kxf4

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31…Ke6? This was the decisive mistake. (The correct move was 31…Kd6 and with best mutual play the game would have ended in a draw).

Why did Khotenashvili commit this error? What was the idea behind this move?

"In the diagram position, Black's plan is based on infiltrating White's kingside with her king, while White isn't able to do anything on the queenside. For this to work, Black must not play d4 because then White's king can be perfectly placed on e4 to prevent the Black king's entry.

The only way to stop White forcing Black to play d4 with either Ke5 or Kf5 was to play 31...Ke6. It makes perfect sense but she missed the pawn sacrifice 32.b4!"

Khotenashvili probably only calculated 32.Ke3 thinking she was winning.

"32.Ke3 c5 33.Kd3 Kf5 34.Ke3 Kg5 and Black should win, although she still needs to perform some gymnastics with the king:

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35.h3 Kf6 36.h4 h5 37.Kd3 Kf5 38.Ke3 Ke5 39.f4+ Kf5 40.f3 d4+ etc"

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