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Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Yifan Hou
FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2011), Rostov-on-Don RUS, rd 3, Aug-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  0-1



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Aug-04-11  DrMAL: Nice game today by Hou. Sensing K-side danger, on move 23 white adopts a dubious plan to slide the king over to the center. Seems she was planning g3 to seal up the K-side?

Hou responded by maneuvering her queen to the h-file. Now, all white could do was move 26.Ke1 to avoid disaster, and the g2 pawn fell. I guess 27.Bd6?! intended f4 with the pawn on g4 pinned but this would not be so logical because 27...Bf3 unpins. 27.Bg3 was clearly better (or 27.Kd2 right away).

28.Bg3 was clearly better here as well to possibly survive. From the pawn exchange 28.Bxf3? the g-file is now also open, the pawn on f3 acts as a wedge, and white's king must run over 29.Kd2 to postpone inevitable execution a bit longer.

29.Bxb4? seems a desperate attempt to make luft on c3 but after 29...Qh4 the king cannot move to d2 (30...Qxf2+ forces mate).

Aug-07-11  Rama: Alexandra's "Heroic King March" (Nimzovich) becomes a Death March instead.

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