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Tatiana Kosintseva vs Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova
European Championship (Women) (2003), Istanbul TUR, rd 10, Jun-13
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0



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Jul-04-03  mj29479: great game by whites?
Jul-04-03  mj29479: Blacks are trapped in a cage of its own making
Jul-06-03  jmcd2002: That's a sweet ending if ever there was one. Whether or not black takes the Queen, Bxf6 will pin the king, pinning his own rooks - while black's Queen sits useless on the sidelines. With the g file open, it's over.
Jul-18-04  Leviathan: 20. ... Bf6 is an enourmous blunder you wouldn't expect from a player as strong as Mrs. Ivanchuk.

Someone knows if she was out of time?
(I have no other explanation. The trick was so evident that I had spotted it myself at the first look =D )

Jul-18-04  Dick Brain: 21. Qxf5 is roughly a Wednesday problem here.
Jul-19-04  Leviathan: You mean 21.Qxh5, don't you? :)
You know, Kosintseva invented nothing here.

That's a very well known combinative trap: when the Bishop is out of the fianchetto and you can put a Queen or Rook on g column, just sacrifice on h5 and you've won!

Dec-31-04  Dudley: Oh sure, yes, happens all the time.
Dec-31-04  fizixgeek: Now wait a minute! 21 ... gxh5 22. Bxf6+ Kg1 23. Kh1 h5 24. Rg1+ Kh2 25. Rg7+ Kh6 and Black seems to have survived. No?
Dec-31-04  fizixgeek: Oops! can't move 23. ... h5 There's already a piece there!

So, 23 ... h6 24. Rg1+ Kh2 25. Rg7+ Kh8 26. Rxf7+ Kg8 27. Rg1#

Yep. Nice work, Tatiana!

Dec-31-04  notsodeepthought: <fizixgeek> 23 ... h5 is impossible - there is already a pawn on h5 (remember 21 ... g:h5). So there is no escape in h6 for the king.
Dec-31-04  aw1988: I'm sorry, I can't read your notation.
Dec-31-04  aw1988: Man. I really am slow.
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  kevin86: I saw the possible solution-but it seems that fizixgeek has cooked it. :(

Help <crafty> help!!

Dec-31-04  crafty: 21...gxh5 22. ♗xf6+ ♔g8 23. ♔h1 ♕xf5 24. exf5 h6 25. ♖g1+ ♔h7 26. ♖g7+ ♔h8 27. ♖ag1 ♖e6 28. ♖g8+ ♔h7 29. ♖1g7#   (eval Mat08; depth 13 ply; 10M nodes)
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  kevin86: After further review,black's escape seems to be faulty---but,in fixitgeek's variation,Rg1 is not mate as the R@f7 is undefended.
Dec-31-04  be3292: <jmcd> your use of the word "pin" is interesting.
Dec-31-04  be3292: thanks <dudley> for your appropriate irony.
Dec-31-04  be3292: that's thinking on your feet <fisixgeek> ... you do play standing up, don't you?
Dec-31-04  be3292: <kevin86> re: your comment "after further review" ... the R@f7 doesn't have to be defended. Happy 2005.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <be3292>--The R@f7 does too have to be defended. After 21.Qxh5 gxh5 22.Bxf6+ Kg8 23.Kh1 h6 24. Rg1+ Kh2 25. Rg7+ Kh8 26. Rxf7+ Kg8 27. Rg1+ black plays ...Kxf7.
Dec-31-04  white pawn: Got this one :-D... pretty simple. Of course, I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to find this OTB.
Dec-31-04  euripides: <cg> Has crafty been fed the wrong position ? In the line given isn't 28...Rxg8 possible ? Of course, White is winning anyway if he plays something else on move 28.
Premium Chessgames Member <In the line given isn't 28...Rxg8 possible> No it's not, it's double-check.
Dec-31-04  jkiipli: <fizixgeek>
23 ... h6 24. Rg1+ Kh2 25. Rg7+ Kh8 26. Rxf7+ Kg8 and now Rg1+ is not mate because the rook on f7 is unprotected: Kxf7
Dec-31-04  euripides: <cg> True. Clever Crafty.
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