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Pia Cramling vs Farid Basta-Sohair
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2006), Ekaterinburg RUS, rd 1, Mar-12
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  1-0

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Mar-14-06  Ulhumbrus: 16 Qf4 both attacks d6 a second time and pins the Nf6 to the f7 pawn.
Mar-14-06  Ulhumbrus: After 18 Nxe5 the d5 pawn is defended once but appears to be attacked three times. However taking two of the three Black pieces attacking the d5 pawn, the N on f6 is pinned to the f7 pawn and so cannot capture on d5, while the Black Queen is tied to the defence of the N on f6 and so cannot capture on d5. Therefore d5 is really threatened with capture by only one piece. Therefore d5 is defended adequately. It turns out that Qf4 not only pins the N on f6 to the f7 pawn, it ties the Q on d8 to the defence of the N on f6 as well.
Mar-14-06  Ulhumbrus: 19 Qxh6 is a shocking move. The White Queen offers herself upon a square which can be forked from f7, as can the Black Queen be forked from f7,and if the black king takes the queen on h6, he cannot also defend the f7 pawn.
Mar-14-06  Ulhumbrus: 20 Nxf7 removes the pawn defending the g6 pawn. On 20...Kxf7 21 Qxg6 and al Shah mat.
Mar-14-06  Ulhumbrus: 21 Nxd8 removes the black Queen which defends the N on c7, but in doing so it also draws the Black King's Rook on to a square which can be forked by the White Queen's Bishop from c7, as can the Black Queen's Rook on b8 be forked by the White Queen's Bishop from c7.Thus White wins the exchange in addition to regaining the piece.
Mar-14-06  Ulhumbrus: A highly instructive game. All these combinations seem useful to know about.
Mar-17-06  EmperorAtahualpa: My favorite game in the Women's World Chess Championships so far!

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