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Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Olga Girya
Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Dec-22
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1

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Dec-22-07  wanabe2000: This endgame is outstanding! I can't recall a game where this B+N check mate is used except in textbooks. Olga Girya played a great game.
Dec-23-07  stanleys: The young lady knows how to mate with B+N.Fernando Peralta should take a look at this game
Dec-23-07  Karpova: <wanabe2000>
Judit managed to do it while she was blindfolded:
Ljubojevic vs Judit Polgar, 1994
Dec-23-07  Giearth: Nevertheless, Girya mated Kovalevskaya in less moves than many "good" chess player I know. :) OK, I was exaggerating, I mean my friends who had FIDE rating. ;) Although they finally mastered the ♗ + ♘ ending at the end, because they felt humiliated by drawing (or even losing, on time that was) the ♗ + ♘ Endings... :D
Feb-08-08  Gameoverziggy: Very well played B + N + K vs K is not easy to master. Did not help white that they were already in a bad spot on the board; but overall a very enjoyable game
Mar-29-09  matherd1: Stupid question I'm sure to anyone who's not a beginner, but why the underpromotion?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <matherd1: Stupid question I'm sure to anyone who's not a beginner, but why the underpromotion?>

Any other promotion would allow Nf3+ picking the new piece up. Any non-promotion would allow Nxg2 followed by a b-pawn advance, for example after 51...Kh3 52.Nxg2 Kxg2 53.b4 is an easy draw since Black's bishop is unable to both protect the d-pawn and stop the b-pawn.

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