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Zhao Xue vs Maia Chiburdanidze
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2010), Antakya TUR, rd 2, Dec-07
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0



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Lack of concentration here by Maia.

She's just played 36..a4 and completely missed 37 Qd4! winning a piece.

Dec-07-10  Robed.Bishop: She lost more than a piece. 42...Kh6. 43. Ng4#.
Dec-08-10  Jamboree: You have to admit, 19. Rd4 Be7 20. Bg5! was a sneaky way to win the queen!

So, kudos to Zhao Xue for the brilliancy...however, afterward, she played kinda weak for the next 15 moves and let black into the game. Stuff like 31. Rd8 32. Rd4 33. Rd8 34. Rxa8 are embarrassing, moving a piece back and forth impotently, only to the trade it off with no advantage from doing so.

She got lucky at the end when Maia blundered, but Zhao should have put the game away many moves earlier.

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