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Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi
Women's World Championship (2018), Chongqing/Shanghai CHN, rd 3, May-06
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Looks like White caught Black in a completely unfamiliar variation. 27. White to Move is a reasonably good candidate for an early in the week Puzzle.
May-06-18  JPi: A catastrophic defence. I don't know where is black mistake but around move 20 it's already 1-0 : 21.QxQ+ KxR 22.Ne4 wins a piece 22...RxR 23.RxR+ Nd7 24.Nf6 or Nc5
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  Sally Simpson: Hi JPi

It does not quite a win a piece. Black can bale out going the exchange down with 22...Nxe4 but in a totally hopeless position.

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21.Qxd8+ (a stab in the back combo) 21..Kxd8 22.Ne4 Nxe4 23.Rxd7+

But you are correct the position is 1-0 after 21.Qxd8+

Mildly surprised it was missed. It leapt out at me. It is possibly one of those you either see right away or you never do. (obviously was missed.)

Spotting the shots is easy, especially if you are not playing. Getting the position on the board where the shots appear has always been my difficulty.

May-06-18  JPi: <Sally Simpson> You have rightly nuanced my first insight. Yet 23.RxRd7+ is such terrible that it could be compare to a NorB down. Indeed no reason to give back the pawn (g) 14...Kf8 or 14...g6 then 15..h5 (16...h4) might be more resilient.
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  ajile: Black wasted too much time trying to keep the extra c pawn. Meanwhile White built up a vicious attack with Black's king in the center and rooks unconnected.
May-06-18  SChesshevsky: Zhongyi's team probably did see a similar Wenjun - Maisuradze 2012 game but didn't look into the Qe4 then Qg4 sequence, which does seem awkward for black to deal with.

Or maybe Zhongyi just couldn't remember the necessary response as it seems ...g5 isn't it.

May-06-18  DirkMcCallahan: I'm a terrible chess player, so this might seem a bit silly, but...what's wrong with 10...Nxe5?
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  beatgiant: <DirkMcCallahan> 10...Nxe5 has been tried before. J Bai vs B Socko, 2014
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  Richard Taylor: I thought that 20. ... Qd8 was a 'misprint' so to speak. But those kinds of moves can be hard to spot.

Actually the way White played might have been an easier win. But it looks bad for Black. A blemish.

May-09-18  mrfuddington: DirkMcCallahan
I'm guessing that since black is already a pawn up, she doesn't want to fall further behind in developing pieces, for example, 10...Nxe5 11.Rd1 Qe7 12. Bf4 and that already looks crazy to play for black.
May-09-18  Vitez: This game is on YouTube:
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  Marmot PFL: Anyone can have a bad day, but this game would be criticized if it was played in the championship of many chess clubs.
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  offramp: I watch a lot of women's cricket, because no matter what anyone says, cricket, like basketball, is a woman's game. Women play both of those games extremely well and usually with more PASSION than the men players.

I think that's happening here, and good cess to them.

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