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Tea Bosboom-Lanchava vs Lawrence Day
Howard Staunton Memorial (2006), rd 3, Aug-16
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  1-0



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  Gejewe: How unfortunate ! Isn't the obvious 21..Rb7! a killer for black ? I do not see a defence for white after 22.Be2 Bxe4 23.Bxc4 Qc6. Black's bright idea 21..Qa7 and 22..d5 seems to fail. A pity after such a good opening..
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  IMlday: 7.Nfd2 is a novelty, probably prepared, 7.Nc3 is normal. 16.h3?! This is a negative move eliminating Bh3 as a possibility. But it is a trap hoping for 16..a4?! 17.b4 with White better. The correct move was 16.a4!? closing the Queenside~she can still try some play with f2-f4. After 19..bxc4 White is dead, but I had missed her zwichenzug and 20.Bh5 confused me. After 20..Ne6 21.Be2 Nc7 22.Qxc4 Qxc4 23.Bxc4 d5 24.Bd3 I thought it looked slightly better for me tho' drawish, but I'd missed 24..Nb5! which is very powerful. After 21.Qxf7 I looked at ..Ra7, ..Rb7, ..Qb7 and ..Qa7. ..Qb7? is bad, 22.bxc4 Qxb1 23.Bxh6 wins. Somewhat similar is 21..Rb7 22.bxc4 Rxb1 23.Bxh6 gxh6 24.Rxb1 when Black gets a piece for two pawns but his King is weak. Despite trancing out and running the clock down to a few minutes I missed the clear defence of two 'backward-moving ♗s' 21..Bf8! 22.Be2 Bg8! which wins easily. I tried to bamboozle her with some fast chaos but after 26.Be3 White had consolidated. This game broke my lifetime record of 100% against the ladies.
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  Gejewe: <IMlday>
Thanks for the notes. I judged the opening on the basis of the eventual outcome, which was a nice for black. My approach evidently was a bit superficial.. Considering your chance to win it seems 21..Rb7! is easy as well, as 22.bxc4 Rf8! ( more difficult to find than the move 21..Rb7 itself ) wins. I am sorry to hear about your broken record, but nowadays some of the ladies are "scary"( in terms of chess , I mean ). I can symphathize, having had an unbeaten record against women until 2005 when an Allgaier-gambit (!) against GM Peng gave me a choice of wins but I succeeded in messing things up in her timetrouble... The sunny side : at least there is no pressure anymore to guard your unbeaten status against women !
Aug-19-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <This game broke my lifetime record of 100% against the ladies.>

<IMlday> That's too bad! But it's absolutely no shame losing against a formidable player such as Mrs. Bosboom-Lanchava. And besides, I felt like this game could have gone either way.

How was it to play against her? What were her comments about the game? Is she a nice lady in general?

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  IMlday: <EA> She was well-mannered and quite vivacious, very likable, and readily agreed that her attack was refutable.
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  Richard Taylor: You are sure you weren't mesmerised by the beautiful young woman? I just had a look at her picture and she looks a bit of "allright" as they say!

It was a lively game -

Ladies eh? I thnk that's Chess's next hope - a sex scandal at the highest ranks!

"Topalov and Leko Caught in Wild Midnight Chess and Sex Orgy with Top Women Ches stars!!" (Then there follows some stuff about the world chamsp -

next headline -

"Exotic Sex Queen Poised To Take The Chess Crown!!" (Fischer and Kasparov are quoted at this point) (various others) (Karpov confeses he has lost interst in women) (Spassky recounts his many armours) (Fischer says that -the women are using tiny microchips in their heads - if he came back to chess he could play a simul against all the top women chesplayers with pawn down and in every game -Kasparov just mumbles something about "Deep Blue" and so on...

Brad Pitt confesses he can play mean game of chess....

Interest in chess skyrockets as it is discovered that chess is now a realy "sexy" game... and even (a new breed of) "women libbers" get interested as they get very angry with Fischer and Kasparov and the Chauvinist School of Chess and so on...

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