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Humpy Koneru vs Shen Yang
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008), Nalchik RUS, rd 4, Sep-07
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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Shen's move <17...h5> looks really ugly now. [♕-->♔ and weakening of ♙g6 by removing one of it's guards]

Sep-07-08  socnegoti: 17...h5?? a big mistake.

But a stronger and the best continuation for white was 18.gxh5

Sep-07-08  Wolfgang01: I'd say, there a good moves and very good moves. 12. ... g6 weakens the black fields around the king and 17. ... h5 was just a good move and indeed tooooo optimistic.

Koneru refuted Shen's plans in a real great and amazing way.

Maybe 12. ... e5 was a way to open the position and starting some counterplay in the center.

Sacrificing a pawn for nothing with 12. ... Ne4 can't be good.

Sep-07-08  dramas79: Help a blind man here! While the game is way beyond me, I cannot evn understand why the final position is lost for black.
Sep-07-08  dramas79: Ok, I get it..31...Kh8, 32. Rh5. I thought 32...Rc1+,33.Kg2 Nf4+ got back everything but I now see the e3 pawn that would capture the knight. Of course 31...Kh8 or 31...Kg7 drops the Rook and 31...Qf7 drops the knight.
Sep-07-08  Timex: <dramas79> White is up by a few pawns
Sep-07-08  dabbler: <dramas79: Help a blind man here! While the game is way beyond me, I cannot evn understand why the final position is lost for black.>

(a) If black plays Qf7, the knight is lost with check and the king has to go to f8 (otherwise the queen is lost). Then Qd6+ eventually leads to loss of queen or to checkmate.

(b) If Kh8, Rh5 pins the queen.

(c) If Kg7, Qd7+ wins the rook.

(d) If Kf8, Rf5+ wins for white.

Sep-08-08  Kangaroo: <<dabbler>: (d) If Kf8, Rf5+ wins for white.>

Or <31 ... Kf8 32. Qf5+> as well ... .

Sep-08-08  dramas79: Thanks <Timex> and <dabbler>.
Sep-08-08  sharkw: To be complete, line (c) in dabbler's post should be continued:

31...Kg7 32. Qd7+ Kh6 (attacking White's rook in turn) 33. Rh5+ winning the queen rather than the rook.

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