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Yuanyuan Xu vs Inga Charkhalashvili
Wch U20 Girls (2001), Athens GRE, rd 12, Aug-28
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  0-1



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Jul-06-09  felixd: White should have kill himself after that XD
Jul-06-09  kevin86: What a strange ending! White was two pawns ahead and then runs into an epaulette mate! Ow! OW!! OW!!!

Mate in two by 88...♕c7+ 89 ♔e6 ♕e7#.

Jul-06-09  Civhai: Lol, I tried to find a draw with stalemate or something like that, because my king is already almost checkmated and then I saw the simple mate. XD
Jul-06-09  YouRang: My first impression was the black would be playing for a draw.

Then I started looking at black's obvious moves and noticed that white was about to be the victim of a head-slapping mate.

Jul-06-09  Marmot PFL: I won a game like that once. The other player thought i would resign soon anyway and got careless. He wasn't rated 2430 however!
Jul-06-09  dumbgai: I've had these kinds of things happen to me. It hurts.
Jul-06-09  WhiteRook48: I found 88...Qc7+ 89 Ke6 Qe7#
88 Kd6 was a blunder, 88 Kb6 is advisable
Jul-06-09  costachess: i believe the white was a time control trouble !!!
Jul-06-09  Suji: Monday: Very Easy. Black to move.

White is up two pawns.

Candidate Moves: 88. ... Qc7+

88. ... Qc7+
89. Ke6 Qe7#

Time to check.


This is good. I got it. 1/1 for the week.

Jul-06-09  carelessfills: <RandomVisitor: After 40...Kf8 white missed a win with this surprising forced combination:

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41.Qd8+! Kf7 42.Nxe5+! dxe5 43.Qg8+ Ke7 44.d6+! Rxd6 45.Qxa2 snaring the Queen.>

The amusing thing is if Black plays 41....Kf8 in your variation, 42 Qg8++ is a similar mate to the game!

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  fm avari viraf: After a quick glance, I thought that Black could draw but my beloved wife Roshan sitting besides me announced mate in two & I realised that 88...Qc7+ 89.Ke6 Qe7#
Jul-06-09  Marmot PFL: If you are into terminology this is evidently called Gueridon's Mate
Jul-06-09  lzromeu: I was looking for stalemate or avoid checkmate in next move, when I see the mate in 2. Probabily the next move after this was ARAKIRI. - -
Jul-06-09  David2009: What a disaster!

Does 81 Qf7 win for White (with the intention of playing the WK to g7 or similar hoping to shelter from the checks)?

Jul-06-09  MostlyAverageJoe: < TheDestruktor: I once lost one game almost exactly like that>

< Marmot PFL: I won a game like that once>


Jul-06-09  Marmot PFL: <David2009> There are 9 winning moves, the quickest is 81 Qd4 (32 moves), 81 Qf7 is 3rd best (win in 36). 11 moves draw, and 8 lose. The winning moves are all queen moves which increase the queen's activity, all king or pawn moves only draw. Intuitively I can see this, but for me this would be a very hard win if even possible. A player like Alekhine or Kramnik though I am sure would win it blindfold.
Jul-06-09  Marmot PFL: 87 Kc4 would still win
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  Jimfromprovidence: Per the Nalimov tablebases, white blew it on move 87. Kc4, Qg5, Qf6, Qe4, or Qg4 all win. All other moves draw.

And, on move 88, white picked the only king move out of 4 that loses.

Jul-06-09  Artar1: <AniamL: <Artar1>

RV wrote 41.Qd8+, rather than Qc8+, yeah?>

He sure did! Ahhh!

Jul-06-09  tivrfoa: come on... white had a winning game
Jul-06-09  SamAtoms1980: 88 Kd6 was a leviathan brain fart.
Jul-06-09  TommyC: My solution was 88...Qc7+ 89. Ke6 Qe7+ 90. Kd6 Qc7+ with a draw by repetition.
Jul-06-09  waustad: I was looking for a stalemate trap and blundered into a win.
Jul-06-09  TheBish: Xu Yuanyuan vs I Charkhalashvili, 2001

Black to play (88...?) "Very Easy"

88...Qc7+ 89. Ke6 Qe7 mate.

Jul-09-10  Zhang Wenhua:

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It is a really a turning point of whole life of Miss Xu Yuanyuan!

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