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Jun Xie vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
FIDE Candidates (Women) (1997), Groningen NED, rd 4, Dec-12
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation General (B83)  ·  1-0



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Jul-03-07  Hot Logic: I haven't seen if anyone's already answered this or not, but for those who think the king is safe after Ke8:

34.Rxf8+ Kxf8
35.Qh8+ Kf7

This one involved a lot of calculating because there were so many possibilities, you just have to keep going at it. Yet White has so many pieces in that part of the board it looked like mate was inevitable. Two of black's pieces are also fenced off by the doubled e-pawns.

I found this one easy because forcing lines is one of my strengths, quiet moves are my bane however.

Jul-03-07  zb2cr: Saw this in about 45 seconds. The pin on the Black g-Pawn after 32. ... Kf7 is the key to the whole position.

I evaluated the following lines:

a. 33. ... ♔xf6; 34. ♕g6#.

b. 33. ... ♔e8; 34. ♖xf8 .

b1. 34. ... ♔xf8; 35. ♕h8+, ♔f7; 36. ♖xg7+, ♔f6; 37. ♕h6#.

b2. 34. ... ♔d7. Here White has regained her piece and a Rook as well, and has her Queen protecting the check at e4.

I never even looked at 32. Qh5.

Jul-03-07  Edeltalent: Maybe 31...♖c7 was better, the idea being that 32.♕h7+ ♔f7 33.♖xf6+ ♔xf6 leads to nothing for White, as the King escapes via e7.

After 32.♕h5 ♘f7 33.♖xf6 ♖d8 (33...bxc3 loses to 34.♖xg7+) Black still has a little fight left, although it's obviously not enough.

Jul-03-07  Crowaholic: Not so easy for a Tuesday, but then I saw that Black cannot recapture after 32. Qh7+ Kf7 33. Rxf6+ because of ..Kxf6 34. Qg6#. However, White was down a minor piece so this merely equalizes. But then it's not hard to see that after 33. ..Ke8 34. Rxf8+, again, Black cannot recapture because of 34. ..Kxf8 35. Qh8+ Kf7 34. Rxg7+ Kf6 35. Qh6#, so there follows 34. ..Kd7 35. b3 and White is simply up a rook. Arakhamia-Grant saw this coming and resigned after 33. Rxf6+ already.
Jul-03-07  gnixon: Tough Tuesday. I looked at Qh7 first, but it seemed too deep for a Tuesday. I thought Bf6, leaving Q guarding the diagonal escape, was a simpler win, but that gives time for ..Qxe4. I've spent way too many seconds on this Tuesday!
Jul-03-07  Crowaholic: <willyfly: White is down by a N and a P and I've got to redeem myself from yesterday's humiliation.>

Down a pawn? I see five white and five black pawns in the diagram.

Jul-03-07  soberknight: Yay, I got it! It's a cute combination.
Jul-03-07  Eurotrash: perhaps cg are trying to make up for the very easy one yesterday. This was a tought Tuesday.
Jul-03-07  YouRang: Gaaah! What a dope - I hastily went with 32. Qh5?? thinking 32...Nf7 33. Rxf6!

It was so cute, I thought it had to be the solution. Didn't even notice 32...Qxe4+ .

I hate it when I blow a Tuesday puzzle. :-(

Jul-03-07  kevin86: an interesting switchback:the rook sac smokes the king out,so that he cannot return to g8. The mate is a variation on an epaulette mate.
Jul-03-07  xKinGKooLx: Difficulty - Easy? I didn't think so! I thought this puzzle was very hard for a Tuesday, and I am a fairly decent chess player. I was concentrating so hard on the top right of the board I failed to notice that Black can play Qxe4+ if the White Queen moves away and leaves the pawn unguarded. I therefore settled for 32. Qh5 after several minutes of thought. I really thought this should have been a Thursday puzzle. I hope I get tomorrow's puzzle!

<HotLogic: I haven't seen if anyone's already answered this or not, but for those who think the king is safe after Ke8: 33...Ke8
34.Rxf8+ Kxf8
35.Qh8+ Kf7

I don't think Qxg7 is checkmate HotLogic, because I think the King can escape at e8. Instead, I think the moves should have been:

36. Rxg7+ Kf6
37. Bg5#

Sorry if I am wrong.

Also, I don't think Black resigned because of a mate threat, I think it was because he loses a lot of material if he chooses not to get mated.

Jul-03-07  WarmasterKron: Curses. I thought about this but completely forgot about the pin on the g-pawn after ...Kf7.
Jul-03-07  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution, 32. Qh7+! exploits Black's weakened castled position with two decoy sacrifice offers in 33. Rxf6+! and 33...Ke8 34. RxR+! (both leading to mate if accepted or decisive material loss if declined).
Jul-03-07  fyad reject: i found this one quite hard after 33 ...Ke8 and couldnt get it

i wish people would stop complaining about the monday and tuesday puzzles being "too easy"

the point of monday and tuesday is not to live up to your supercilious standard of chess is to give beginners like me a chance to enjoy a chess puzzle that we actually have a half a prayer of solving and maybe improve a little

so just relax man its chess

Jul-03-07  zb2cr: <Crowaholic>: " 34. ..Kd7 35. b3 and White is simply up a rook."

Hmmm. What's your response as White to 35. ... Qe2, threatening your Bishop and renewing the threat of advancing the Black c-Pawn? 36. Bg5, Qxc2; 37. Bxe7 looks strong for White, but can Black hold off the attack and Queen his Pawn?

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  playground player: Sure glad I got this one; it really was hard for a Tuesday puzzle. If the Black King takes the White Rook at e6, he's dead. If he retreats to e8, he's still dead: Rxf8+, Kxf8; Qh8+, Kf7; Qxg7+, Ke8... and now the Black King is on the run, and the White Bishop can join in the chase.
Jul-03-07  newton296: looked at a few lines Qh7+ , Qh5 but nothing looked great so In disgust, I whaled on my computer !
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  fm avari viraf: White's pieces are ready to pounce as the Black's dilapidated fortress is vulnerable & so the only winning move is 32.Qh7+ Kf7 33.Rxf6+ Kxf6 34.Qg6# If 33...Ke8 34.Rxf8+ Kxf8 35.Qh8+ Kf7 36.Rxg7+ Kf6 & now either 37.Qh6# or 37.Bg5#
Jul-03-07  unferth: <zb2cr: What's your response as White to 35. ... Qe2, threatening your Bishop and renewing the threat of advancing the Black c-Pawn? 36. Bg5, Qxc2; 37. Bxe7 looks strong for White, but can Black hold off the attack and Queen his Pawn?>

I don't see how. If black uses a tempo to move his knight, 38 Bb4 threatens the c pawn & the capture of the g7 pawn with check; if black forgets the knight & clears the way for the c pawn's advance via 37 ... Qb2 etc., 38 Bxd6 & again the g pawn falls with check. either way, black's mated by white's heavy artillery well before the c pawn can queen, I think.

Jul-03-07  vortex2639: I agree that was a tricky Tuesday. I had to break out the board to play it out and make sure I had found the right move. Beginners should be proud if they found this one, don't think I would have 6 months ago. I always love the second move of the puzzle, which is what I most often miss, Rf6+ was great.
Jul-03-07  Crowaholic: <zb2cr: Hmmm. What's your response as White to 35. ... Qe2, threatening your Bishop>

Hopefully you don't mind that I asked my computer because for today, I'm too tired to figure out all the plausible lines myself. Anyway, Spike 1.1 says 36. Bg5 wins but 36. Rxg7 with the threat of 36. Qxc2?? 37. Rxe7+ Kc6 38. Rc7# is stronger. Black has several options to stop the mate, e.g.

36. ..Rxg7 37. Qxg7+ Kc6 38. Qa7! where White can protect the bishop and threatens mate starting with 39. Qb6+ Kd7 40. Rd8+ Ke7 41. Qxd6+ etc.

36. ..Qxe3 37. Rxe7+ Kc6 38. Rc7+ Kb6 39. Rb8+ Ka5 40. Rc5+! Qxc5 41. b4+ Qxb4 Qc7+! 42. Kxa4 Rxb4+ 43. Kxb4 Qxd6+ and Black has only a few pawns to fight against the white queen and pawns.

In the light of this, Spike prefers the forced queen exchange 36. ..Qe1+ 37. Kg2 Qe2+ 38. Rf2 Qg4+ 39. Rxg4 Rxh7, however with an easy endgame for White.

I did look at 35. ..Qe2, but also considered 36. Bg5 to be winning and left it at that. But it's interesting to see that Bg5 is probably not the best move and in any case sharp play is still required by White, and blunders are possible. For example 37. Bg5 Nf7 38. Bxe7?? gives Black a perpetual with Qf3+ and so does 38. Qxg7??. Instead, 38. h4, h3, Qh3 or Rxf7 are required (the latter two moves lose some material but still seem to win). Certainly, a much more complex game is ahead than on most Tuesdays.

Jul-03-07  neilmcmurdo: This is a difficult puzzle to describe in terms of difficulty. On the main line 35. b3 is effectively the move that defines the win - and seeing the line that far with accuracy is hard. However, the absence of good alternatives at 32 means that getting 32. Qh7+ isn't that hard.
Jul-03-07  Fezzik: (I just wanted to point out for the record since so many people said "he" made this or that move when referring to the moves made in the game.


I hope this helps to give some respect for women. There's a great book available, "Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport" by Jennifer Shahade that discusses some of the obvious biases that chess players have about women. I hope this game helps to redress some stereotypes.

Jul-06-07  zb2cr: Thank you to both <unferth> and <Crowaholic>, especially the latter for his detailed post.
Nov-26-08  Ladolcevita: Why XieJun retire?????
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