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Zhong Zhang vs Humpy Koneru
Corus Group B (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-16
Center Game: Berger Variation (C22)  ·  1-0



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Feb-28-04  thefrogspitit: This is a beatiful game...this makes centre game look totally sweet :-) Beautiful endgame...this is what i call " a real game" many of these games, as in the, cough cough, the linaries are draws in the middle of the game...this is like three of one of those stupid draws...95 moves of beautiful chess :-) i'd like to hear some analysis on zhong's incredible play!
Apr-15-04  Prophylaxis: The endgame is impressive but not especially so. The precise timing of the sacrifices and counter sacrifices in the middle game and the smooth transition to a decisive advantage are what fascinate me. 16. Bc4! was artistic.
Sep-07-04  athyn: Today's opening of the day.
Oct-14-05  chessfreako: I have to disagree with <thefrogspitit> and <Prophylaxis>. I feel that this is a very badly played game. Maybe I feel this way because I missed a point in the game but I believe that 16. Bc4 was a disaster. The knight was basically given away for free. Also, 18. .. Ne4 was a lot better than 18. .. Bxf5.

However I do agree that it was a very great endgame

Oct-14-05  euripides: After 18...Ne4 White has 19 g6 when 19...Nxc3 20 gxf7+ will at least leave White the exchange up (White may have better) and 19...Kf8 20 Bxg7+ leads to mate.
Oct-19-05  chessfreako: <euripides> I have seen those lines when I went through the game. However, what if Black plays 19. .. hxg6?! instead of 19. Nxc3?. I tried it out and could only end up with the line: 19. .. hxg6
20. Bxf7+ (Best move I could think of to open up the king position) 20. ... Kxf7
21. fxg6+ Ke7
22. Qh4+ Kd7
23. Qg4+ Re6

I can't see a way for White to continue to attack into black's position. I hope you can tell me if I missed out anything.

Oct-19-05  s4life: <chessfreako> After Ne4, white has Bxg7! and ..insert black move... Qh6 gives white a winning attack.

16 Bc4 was indeed a GM move.

Oct-19-05  chessfreako: Oh I get it! lol I didn't think of inserting Bxg7 earier! Thx for help me out with my problems!, <s4life>!
Oct-19-05  s4life: np :)
Sep-05-12  vinidivici: Zhong Zhang sings solo
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