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Irina Krush vs Tatev Abrahamyan
US Championship (Women) (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Apr-16
Blumenfeld Countergambit: Accepted (E10)  ·  1-0



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Apr-17-11  goodevans: The win isn't immediately obvious to me.

After <20 ... Rb7 21 Bxe6+ Bxe6 22 Qxe6+ Kh8> I looked at both <23 Nd5 Nxd5 24 Nxe7 Nf6> and <23 Na4 Qxb5 24 Nxe7 Qxa4 25 Rf4 Qe8> but wasn't totally convinced by either.

I think maybe the best line is <20 ... Rb7 21 e4>. I can't see a good defence for black against the threat of <e5>.

Would anyone care to publish a definitive analysis, please.

P.S. This might make game of the day, if only I could think of a decent pun! :)

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  perfidious: <goodevans> Your conclusions seem reasonable; this type of position is a depressing prospect for the Blumenfeld player who had hoped to gain an attack, as she is bound hand and foot.

21.e4, with 22.e5 to come, gets my vote. Hard to see anything Black can do after this.

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  Robed.Bishop: It's late at night and I'm tired, but in the line <23 Nd5 Nxd5, isn't white's position improved by 24 Rxf8+ forcing Bxf8, then 25 Qxd5 threatening Rf1?
Apr-27-11  Helloween: "Mourn for the youth whose hope is crushed in bloom("Krushed in Blum")"- lyrics of War and Peace
Apr-27-11  MaxxLange: sir, I am in your debt
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  perfidious: Think another pun of the day has been found; I'm glad cg doesn't hire me for this sort of thing, as I've no imagination whatsoever!

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