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Darja Kaps vs Natalia Kovalevskaya
EuChJun Girls (2001), Patras GRE, rd 9, Jul-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jun-15-07  wanabe2000: I don't know if Darja had underpromotion in mind here but the continuation 32....Kg7. 33.fxe=N+ Rxe8. 34.Nxe8+ Kh7. 35.Qh4+ Qh6. 36. Rf7+ Kf8. 37. Qxh6 with mate next move.
Jun-15-07  jon01: 29....h5 is rather bad idea for defence, but the game was practically lost anyway.
Jun-15-07  spin: also, a little quicker forcing line:

32. ... Kg7
33. Nxe6+ Kh7
34. Qh4+ Qh6
35. Nf6+ Kg7
36. Ng4+ Kh7
37. Qxh6#

but really, I don't think there's any good response to:

32. ... Kg7
33. Qh4

Jun-15-07  Chicago Chess Man: I think black lost this game somewhere between moves 18 and 20. He responds to white's threats with a bunch of pointless queen moves that simply let white gather his forces on the kingside.
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  Gilmoy: <CCM: He ... his ...> The event title says "Girls" :)

You could deduce it from the names, too. The "-(ay)a" suffix is Russian feminine, here meaning "daughter of Kovalevsky" (or "wife of", but we can probably rule that out because of the 'Girls' keyword). Yuri Sharapov's daughter is Sharapova, Marat Safin's sister is Darina Safina, etc. It's a Russian thang. If Garry ever produces (promotes to a?) daughter, she'll be Kasparova, etc.

"Darja" is borderline (i.e. sufficiently unfamiliar to US-ian speakers that we can't be sure whether it implies gender), but the "-a" ending tends to be feminine. I'd guess it's East European, and pronounced "dar-ya". Google | says it's the Slovene form of "Daria" (which is the feminine form of "Darius"). Coolness: A later hit from the same search shows Darja Kaps' FIDE ratings page (, from Slovenia (bingo), with a photo of her (serious babeness), and her birthyear (1981), so she was 20 at the time of this game.

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