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Humpy Koneru vs Yifan Hou
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008), Nalchik RUS, rd 5, Sep-11
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0



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Sep-11-08  stardust762: My kingdom for a pawn!
Sep-11-08  Shams: A must-win game for Koneru. Very nice.
Sep-11-08  jon01: 32. ...Na5?? loses immediately.
Sep-11-08  chessmoron: Humpy should thank Hou for 32...Nxa5??? 32...Ra2! and Humpy is lost.
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  whiteshark: Stronger was <27...Rd2! 28.Rg1 Nd4!> (Threat is trapping ♗h6) <29.f5 g5 > (anyway)

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Sep-11-08  suenteus po 147: Although I'm something like 15 years older than Yifan Hou, this was a good learning experience for me as well. Each piece on the board is actually capable of multiple activities, not just threatening other pieces. For instance, the knight was blocking the white queen's access to the crucial back rank square c8. Always good advice to think carefully before capturing, and look at all captures to begin careful thinking :)
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"The Chinese girl prodigy is on the offensive and should have no difficulty at least holding the position and advancing to the final. However not with the move <32...Nxa5??> Ignoring the back rank threat. Actually this allows a forced mate: <33.Qc8+ Qd8 34.Qe6+ Kh8 35.Qf7 Qg8 36.Qxe7> and now White is threatening 37.Qxf6 Qg7 38.Qxg7# for which there is no real defence 36...Rd6 37.Qxd6 Qf7 38.Qd8+ Qg8 39.Qxf6+ Qg7 40.Qxg7# or 36...Rd7 37.Qxf6+ Qg7 38.Re1 and mate to follow. <1-0.>

Very traumatic for Yifan, who was just a whisker away from eliminating the top seed in this tournament. Now they have to go into tie-break games on Friday."

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