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Lela Javakhishvili vs Lilja Gretarsdottir
37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006), Turin ITA, rd 1, May-21
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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May-22-06  alicefujimori: A nice KIA game. White pretty much didn't give Black a chance throughout the game.
May-22-06  notyetagm: John Emms in Starting Out: King's Indian Attack, pages 165-166:

<7 ♕e1! Although slightly bizarre at first sight, there's a clear logic to this move. White wishes to force through e2-e4, but wants to keep the rook on f1 where it will be well placed if White decides to move the f3-knight and play f2-f4 (see Game 38). So White's idea is ♕e1, e2-e4, and then ♕e2 (the manoeuvre can be achieved in the same amount of time with e2-e3, ♕e2 and then e3-e4.

There's also a practical difficulty in forcing through e2-e4 with ♖e1, which is seen in the variation 7 ♖e1 h6 8 e4? (b2-b3 and ♗b2 should be played) 8 ... dxe4 9 dxe4 ♘xe4! 10 ♘xe4 ♕xd1 11 ♖xd1 ♗xe4, winning a pawn.>

So that is the point of 6 ♕e1 as played in this game. Note that the variation given in the second paragraph pertains to the move order in which White plays ♘d2 before ♕e1.

May-23-06  notyetagm: <alicefujimori> Yes, a very nice KIA game. After generating tremendous pressure against the Black king, White wins by liquidating the pieces to win a pawn ending by one tempo after 51 ♖x♗! ♕x♖ 52 ♕x♕+ ♔x♕ 53 d7 d2 54 d8=♕. Again, it's not what comes off the board that counts, but rather what is left on the board. In this liquidation variation, White "loses the exchange" in return for an easily winning pawn ending.

This ending also showed great flexibility of thought by White. She was always on the lookout for a mating combination using her powerful heavy pieces but that did not prevent her from keeping her eyes open for liquidating into a winning pawn ending.

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