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Elena Sedina vs Sopio Tkeshelashvili
"Combination Lock" (game of the day Mar-01-2010)
European Championship (Women) (2003), Istanbul TUR, rd 2, Jun-03
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Haag Gambit (B51)  ·  1-0



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Mar-01-10  Starf1re: I wept hot tears of joy as I replayed the game. Bravo.
Mar-01-10  Eduardo Leon: The queen sacrifice wasn't particularly difficult, but it was very beautiful. Still, OTB, the most difficult part of the game would have been determining 21.bxc5 was feasible and then dealing with Black's attack (moves 22-28). At least for me.
Mar-01-10  ounos: Fantastic catfite, and great finish!!!
Mar-01-10  Bonifratz: Woah... this is beautiful!
Mar-01-10  Skylark: 21. bxc5 was ballsy and the final position is very picturesque. Two thumbs up from me.
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  whiteshark: <19...g5 20.b4> was the signal for uncompromising attacks on opposite wings.

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And it seems that 20...Nxc4 and 20...Nf3+ were the only better moves for black.

Mar-01-10  randomsac: This game had everything. Underpromotion, queen sacs, and finally and double check for mate. Great game.
Mar-01-10  The HeavenSmile: Ridiculous!
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  kevin86: What a game! Underpromotion-sacrifices-double check and mate by two minor pieces!!
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  Once: When I pick up a pencil and try to draw, the resulting scrawl is an absolute mess. But in the hand of an artist, that same pencil can make a masterpiece.

And we play a game that can be so plodding in the hands of amateurs, and yet can provide us with miracles like this. A beautiful game, well played on both sides and with such a memorable and witty finish...

Please let this be an end to sexist comments about women playing chess.

Mar-01-10  JohnBoy: Nice game. Interesting gambit. A young Gashimov took it and tried (with some success) to hold on to the pawn in J Gallagher vs V Gashimov, 2004

Would the big guns play this line as black?

Mar-01-10  amateur1971: just superb.
Mar-01-10  estebansponton: wonderful
Mar-01-10  Slurpeeman: 9...Nf6 is significantly inferior to 9...Nxf3+. Strange that Black played it since Nxf3 is more natural
Mar-01-10  weisyschwarz: Superbly calculated!
Mar-01-10  botvinnik64: WOW!!! What fun - thanks CGames for sharing this one!
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  patzer2: Sedina's 29. Qc7+!! sacrifices the Queen for a beautiful combination to decisively exploit her opponent's weak Queenside castled position.

Black's replies are pretty much forced until 32...Qa5, which allows the neat double discovered check and mate in the game continuation (i.e. 32. Ra8+! Rxa8 33. Nc8#).

If Black tries 32...Nd4, then White wins with 33. Rxd4! Qe5 34. c8=Q Rxc8 35. Nxc8+ Ka8 36. Nb6+ Ka7 37. Nd7 Qh8 38. Rd6+! Ka8 39. Ne5! h5 (39...Qxe5 40. Rd8+ ; 39... b6 40. Bd4 f6 41. Bxb6 Kb7 42. Nd3 f5 43. Nc5+ Kb8 44. Rd8+ ) 40. Bd4 Qe8 41. Bb6 Qxe5 42. Rd8+ Qb8 43. Rxb8+ Kxb8 44. Kd2 .

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  patzer2: Fritz 10 indicates Black can survive after 25... Qh5!, when play might continue 26. Qc7+ Ka8 27. Nf4 Qg4 28. Qc5 Ne5+ 29. f3 Qxf3+ 30. Kd2 Nxc4+ 31. Qxc4 Rxd6+ 32. Nd3 Qf5 33. Ke2 Rc8 34. Qf4 Rc2+ 35. Kf3 Qh5+ 36. Qg4 Qd5+ 37. Qe4 Qh5+ 38. Qg4 Qd5+ 39. Qe4 Qh5+ 40. Qg4 = (draw by perpetual check).
Mar-02-10  David2009: What a fantastic game! 32...Nd4 <rhedrich> does indeed put up a tough defence

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since 33. Nc8+ <al wazir> fails to 33...Qxc8. Instead 33.Rxd4 seems to win. E.g. Qe5 (hoping for Rd8? Qa1+ with perpetual check) 34.c8=N+! Rxc8 35.Nxc8+ Ka8 36.Nb6+ Ka7 37.Nd7

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and wins. E.g. 37...Qh8 38.Re4+ b6 39.Bd4 Qg8 40.Nxb6 and now there is no perpetual check and meanwhile White retains an attack, so wins slowly but surely on material.

Cradit Crafty, not me, with these ideas. Crafty link to the start of the combination: You are White: enjoy winning starting move 28.

Mar-02-10  lijepalou: Can someone explain why black castles queen side move 12, i would have thought moving Bishop to d6 putting attack on white rook, then with option of castling king side would have proved better?
Mar-02-10  PaulLovric: <lijepalou> i have no idea either, any suggestions from more experienced players would be appreciated, seeing my ECO rating is only around 2800
Mar-02-10  MaxxLange: ..Bd6 looks solid, Black can castle on either side after, and I don't see a strong move for the Rook to retreat to....the Bish is on an active square
Mar-02-10  MaxxLange: 12...Bd6 13 dxe6 has to be calculated. That might be embarrassing for Black.
Mar-02-10  PaulLovric: <MaxxLange> We need the Random Visitor to do the calculations on his rybica.
Mar-26-14  SpiritedReposte: One of the prettiest checkmates I've seen. A double checkmate at that!
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