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Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi
Tan - Ju Women's World Championship Match (2018), Chongqing/Shanghai CHN, rd 6, May-12
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E01)  ·  0-1


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  HeMateMe: black gains the opposition, and will win. Long king march pays off!
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  Sally Simpson: One for the Steel Kings Collection.

Tan Zhongyi in desperate need of a win from here...

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...decides the only way to win it is to get her King right into the White camp. Any Queen swap by White would lose the K & P ending and then use her King to set up a mating net.

....60 moves later. (white to play)

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An enthralling match.

May-12-18  SChesshevsky: I guess the computer likes the 17.Nd4 then 18. f3 to kick the bishop idea but I'm uncomfortable with it on principle.

The N's hanging and not very secure. Once booted it leaves e2 hanging and also leaves dark squares weak all around e2.

None of these issues are fatal but appears to take some tempo to address.

Not too hard to envision something like this at 22...Qb6 after 18...Bd7

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And I'm not sure what White has to be happy about.

Anything maybe more solid than 17. Nd4 and 18. f3?

May-12-18  lentil: Last pawn move was at move 78; the game ended at 125. Ju almost saved it.
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  Eisenheim: Would you say move 87 is where the defense started to crack? Intuitively you want the queen to be around the king to help to defend but jamming the queen up to a7 and mounting a checking counter attack probably would’ve drawn this
May-13-18  morfishine: The capture of White's e-pawn on <e2> (<29...Rxe2>) just doesn't seem right and is probably highly symbolic of a flaw in White's development
May-13-18  znsprdx: nerves of steel indeed
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  Check It Out: Terrific queen endgame by Tan. Seemingly random king and queen moves led to a plan that eventually worked.
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  Biroldo: I wonder why didn't white give check back again on b5, instead of f3, on move 92 for a second repetition.
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