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Anna Muzychuk vs Anna Ushenina
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-16
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Nov-20-12  Hesam7: White had to undermine the e5-knight. In that spirit <24 c4!> would have won the game.

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Black can't take on c4 with either the Queen or the Knight. And his King is in too much danger for 24...Be7?? which is met by 25 Qh6 with mate in 3.

After the engine recommended move, <24...Rb8>, we see White's idea in full: <25 c5! Qa7 26 Rf2!> better than 26 Kg2?! <26...Rb4 27 g5> it is wonderful how White stubbornly follows the plan of undermining the e5-Knight, both f6 & d6 pawns are under attack!

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Black has very few options:

a) The Black Queen can not move from the 7th rank due to Rh7-Qh4-Qh6 mate.

b) 27...f5? 28 Be5 de5 29 Qe5 Qg7 30 Qg7 Kg7 31 Rc2 looks pretty much lost.

c) <27...Rd4> my engine's best line which results in the following long forced line: <28 Qd4 h5 29 Kg2!> better than 29 gf6 <29...Qc5 30 Qc5 dc5 31 Re3 Nc4 32 Rb3>

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And now both 32...Nd6 & 32...f5 are met by 33 Rb8 with a decisive infiltration.

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