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Anna Ushenina vs Olga Girya
Women Grand Prix Geneva (2013), Geneva SUI, rd 4, May-06
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-06-13  Jigsaw42: Women's World Chess Champion?
May-06-13
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  whiteshark: The laugh is always on 'the loser'.
May-06-13  Nerwal: She forgot the end of the method of the W, when the king seems to escape : 82. ♘e2 ♔f3 83. ♗e6 and the king has to go back. Same error at move 107 (107. ♘g4).
May-06-13
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  Natalia Pogonina: This is ridiculous. We actually had a friendly conversation with our team (Ugra) during the last Rus. Ch. Someone joked that we should recall how to convert B+K. Obviously, we didn't do it and reviewed some rook endgames instead. Unfortunately, Anna (my teammate) wasn't present. I guess she would have taken a look had she been there...
May-06-13
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  whiteshark: Having the courage to keep the gaps in knowledge didn't pay-off here.

There are 15 games in the chessgames.com Endgame Explorer where the superior side couldn't win. Well, 16 now.

May-06-13  spand42: This is embarassing, the Women's World Champion can't convert Bishop and Knight vs King when the starting position already has the king in the corner?

Not a good advert for Women's Chess...

May-06-13  Jigsaw42: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG3X...
Grischuk mates with B+K in less than one minute.
May-06-13
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  cro777: <Natalia Pogonina: We actually had a friendly conversation with our team (Ugra) during the last Russian Team Championship.>

Interestingly, at the Russian Superfinals 2007, Girya happened to convert such an advantage in the endgame against Kovalevskaya.

Position after 51.Ne1


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51...g1=N 52. b4 Bc3 53. Ng2+ Kg3 54. Ne3 Bxb4 55. Kf5 Nf3 56. Nc4 Nd4+ 57. Ke4 Nb5 58. Kf5 Kf3 59. Nb6 Ke3 60. Ke6 Kd4 61. Nc8 Bc5 62. Kf5 Kxd5 63. Nxd6 Bxd6


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Girya succeeded to convert Bishop+Knight.

E Kovalevskaya vs O Girya, 2007

May-06-13  Nerwal: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG3X... Grischuk mates with B+K in less than one minute.> Karjakin didn't play the defence that confused Ushenina.
May-06-13  dx9293: Oh Anna...
May-07-13  Sequoia: <Nerwal: Karjakin didn't play the defence that confused Ushenina.> Nor did Kovalevskaya (74. Kd1 instead of Kf1).

Any player should be able to mate in less than 1 minute. Basic training.

In the final position the B and N are not even at their right places.

May-07-13
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  FSR: <spand42: This is embarassing, the Women's World Champion can't convert Bishop and Knight vs King when the starting position already has the king in the corner?

Not a good advert for Women's Chess...>

That's nothing. In L Galojan vs A Ushenina, 2012, her opponent gave her piece odds and won. When does she lose her world championship? It can't happen soon enough.

May-07-13
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  FSR: <Jigsaw42: http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=xG3X... Grischuk mates with B+K in less than one minute.>

I've seen Christiansen do it starting with 30 seconds on his clock. But he actually only used about half of that. Botvinnik said that any GM who failed to mate with bishop and knight should be stripped of the title.

Ushenina should be an inspiration to us all. I look at her play and say "She's 2500 FIDE? What the hell is wrong with <me>?!"

May-07-13
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  FSR: Look at the bright side. In L Galojan vs A Ushenina, 2012 Ushenina got a free piece on move 5, and lost. Here she was two pieces up, so she was at least able to draw. If she can get a position with <three> extra pieces, she might even win. More likely, though, she'd reach a position like this (Black to play), and have to give up another draw:


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May-09-13  Catholic Bishop: Asking a chess player to execute the BN checkmate on the spot is like asking a pianist to play the Chopin opus 10#2 on the spot. Just a train-wreck waiting to happen unless you've put in some serious practice.

The claim that any GM should be able to 'work out' the solution OTB is equally ludicrous. Barring maybe Marc Andre Hamelin, no pianist alive can sight-read the opus 10#2 at speed. Those who claim to be able to do so are liars

May-09-13  schweigzwang: But it's not that hard to learn the BN checkmate. I agree that the practice may have to be "serious" but it would not be "lengthy."
May-09-13  Catholic Bishop: The problem is that, many who think they know this checkmate would be hopeless executing it against a legit defense, especially without any prior review.

I personally have 'learnt' this checkmate at least 5 times in different stages of my chess life, each time to the point of consistently winning against tablebase defense. Yet as time passed, details would become fuzzy, key moves would be forgotten and I would find myself in Anna's position here.

May-09-13  asiduodiego: <Catholic Bishop> Indeed, but watching her game, it seems she had the right idea at the beginning: 81 Kd3 was the right move. But then, apparently, she panicked with the prospect of the black king escaping, but 82 Ne2 and 83 Be6, there's no escape.

In my opinion, a clear case to show why it's useful to know by heart, at least, the main lines of this ending. You can become a very good chessplayer without knowing the B+N+K vs K endgame, but, it can cost you a won game.

May-11-13
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  norami: If I was Black I would have resigned on move 44. Going down a couple of pieces? Forget it.
May-11-13
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  FSR: <Catholic Bishop: ... I personally have 'learnt' this checkmate at least 5 times in different stages of my chess life, each time to the point of consistently winning against tablebase defense. Yet as time passed, details would become fuzzy, key moves would be forgotten and I would find myself in Anna's position here.>

Yeah, but you're probably not a grandmaster and definitely not the Women's World Champion.

May-11-13  dumbgai: <FSR> I think you're being a tad harsh here, but your comments are hilarious.
May-11-13  Beholder: While I agree that it's embarassing for any GM to not be able to convert a KBN vs K position, and ten times more so for a World Champion, still Ushenina is not nearly as bad as <FSR> tries to present.

<When does she lose her world championship? It can't happen soon enough.>

Well, if you thought she would present no challenge to Yifan, you are gravely mistaken.

Yifan Hou vs A Ushenina, 2013

May-11-13  dehanne: Judit Polgar once pulled off this mate blind folded, IIRC.
May-11-13
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  FSR: <Beholder><dumbgai> No doubt I am being too harsh on her, and the two games I have focused on are not representative of her abilities. Obviously, to reach a rating of 2500 FIDE she has to have something going for her.
May-11-13  alkinoos: <FSR> I have learnt mating BNK vs K by myself but i am completely sure that if it happens OTB with the clock ticking next to me i would fail 50% of the times.On the one hand i dont think this type of mate is that hard ,on the other hand people need to understand that a human mind can have a blackout(yes even a grandmaster)
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