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Evelyne Gichuru Wanjiru vs Ila Mody
Calvia Olympiad (Women) (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 7, Oct-22
Caro-Kann Defense: General (B10)  ·  0-1



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Mar-06-09  c o r e: Either something is missing, or I'm missing something. Why does white resign after 19...Ba4?

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  technical draw: It's strange to me too. Maybe white thought she had lost a piece?
Mar-06-09  chessman95: That's just weird. I couldn't find anything, so I put the test to a computer. It could not find any reason for black to have an advantage either, and said after Qxa4 the position is +381. The only thing that I can think of is that white lost on time, but that seems unlikely.
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  Calli: Touch rule perhaps? White might have accidentally touched a piece other than the Queen or Knight and then resigned rather than continue after BxQ.
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  technical draw: Also black could have won the exchange on move 16 with 16..Nxb6....White was rated 1606 so maybe just beginners oversight?
Mar-06-09  zanshin: Very strange game .. almost like a children's game. I agree with the touch move suggestion.

Final position eval (Rybka 3) shows White leading.

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[+1.81] d=20 20.Qxa4 Qxa4 21.Nxa4 OľO (0:10.38) 29239kN

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  tpstar: The Caro-Kann Exchange Main Line is 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. ed cd 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. Bf4 Opening Explorer which is one of the few lines where White develops Bishops Before Knights. By combining 2. Nc3 with 4. d4, White is mixing systems and Black has already equalized. The opening play is uneven until 17. Bxa6?? losing a piece for a Pawn.

I'll propose three theories about the gamescore, as 19 ... Ba4?? is a bizarre way to end:

1) The game went 19. Nc3 0-0 20. Qa4?? Bxa4 0-1.

2) The game ended 19 ... Qc4 0-1.

3) Black blundered with 19 ... Ba4?? or 19 ... Qa4?? and White won (1-0).

Mar-07-09  c o r e: Thanks for the assist, gentlemen. Glad to see that I'm not losing my mind.

I've been encountering some playable but uncommon openings lately against my regular opponents at work. I happened upon this game while looking for suitable responses to 1.Nc3. It's a useful transposition, for an occasional Caro-Kann player.

Mar-07-09  zanshin: Like many others, I feel that some notation should be included in games that are decided by factors off the board.
Mar-07-09  zanshin: The other possibility is that the game actually ended 1-0 and the score is wrong. I've seen it happen!
Mar-07-09  chessya11: CELL PHONE

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