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Irina Krush vs Richard Wang
Edmonton International (2012), Edmonton - Canada, rd 2, Jun-28
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  0-1



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Jun-28-12  Edmontonchessclub: Irina Krush said that she missed Wang's 12...Kd7! when she played 10.Bd3
Jun-28-12  King Death: Maybe 12...Kd7 is more obvious than the same king move in this famous game (Keres vs K Richter, 1942) but it gets Black an advantage here too.

When Krush played into the whole mess with 10.Bd3 I wonder what she was thinking because even after the natural looking 12...Qd7 (not 12...Qd6 13.Nb5) Black would have a good position. In the middle game White misses her light squared bishop and her opponent gets a bulldog grip on those squares. That and his spatial advantage in a Maroczy Bind reversed and it's a matter of time in the hands of a strong player.

Jun-28-12  Shams: <King Death> I just came to the same conclusion on 12...Qd7 and the whole line so it's mighty pleasing to hear you echo it. Maybe she didn't like the look of 10.Be2 Na5<?>
Jun-28-12  King Death: <Shams> If Krush didn't want to play 10.Be2 Na5, and I don't like it either then there's something wrong with the way she played this. The problem might be the routine 9.Bb2 because White has trouble with that b pawn, maybe 9.d3 going for a Hedgehog reversed is the best move.
Jun-28-12  savagerules: Krush got crushed badly here. No wonder Korchnoi once insulted her chess playing abilities.
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  HeMateMe: Is this where they coined the phrase "Penis Envy"?
Jun-29-12  King Death: < HeMateMe: Is this where they coined the phrase "Penis Envy"? >

Wang's first opponent in this tournament (Robert Gardner) is known as "Rocket Rob", so there's a powerful lot of it in that matchup.

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  HeMateMe: I guess they could BOTH get up for their game...
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  HeMateMe: Very interesting opening.
Jun-29-12  PhilFeeley: Wow! Krush got outplay practically from move 5! By move 14 the bind was solid and there was no escape.
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  HeMateMe: Yeah, the bind on one color of squares was brutal, worse than potential threats against black's exposed King.
Jul-01-12  King Death: < savagerules: Krush got crushed badly here. No wonder Korchnoi once insulted her chess playing abilities.>

Not to rain on your parade but I suspect that the reason old VIk got so hot was this game (Korchnoi vs I Krush, 2007), Korchnoi doesn't like losing to anybody. See the interview with Krush in the kibitzes.

Oct-22-12  bystander: 8) b3. What about 8) ♗d3 ♗d6 9) b3 h6 10) 0-0 0-0 11) ♗b2 f5?
Oct-22-12  bystander: 9) ♗b2. Some comments have already been posted about this move. What about 9) ♗c4 ♗e7 10) 0-0 0-0 11) ♗b2 ♕d7 12) ♖fd1 ♗c4x 13) bc4x f5 14) d3? I think also 10) ♗c4 is better than 10) ♗d3.
Oct-22-12  bystander: 11) ♕b3. What about 11 ♕b1 g6 12) 0-0 ♗g7 13) ♖c1 ♖c8? Yes, black is one solid pawn up, but I think white has more changes to fight for a draw now, but I cannot find a line to prove this statement.
Oct-22-12  bystander: 16 ♘e2 looks like a mistake to me. Why not 16 ♘d1? White defends Bb2, is not forced to trade the queens, and Rc3 becames a threath. E.g. 16 ♘d1 ♘b3 17) ♖c3 ♕g6 18) 0-0 e4 or 16) ♘d1 ♕b3 17) ♕a1 or 16) ♘d1 ♗d6 17) ♖c3. Appearently 15..♘a5 is not so strong but why?

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