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Irina Krush vs Tatev Abrahamyan
US Championship (Women, Rapid Tiebreaks) (2014) (rapid), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, May-20
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Bernstein Defense (E56)  ·  1-0



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May-21-14  westcopy: Did Black miss a win on move 30? Why can't Black play 30 ...Nxd4 31 exd4 ...Re2! and Black penetrates with tempo. The Black Queen can go to h5 threatening mate and guarding f7. Am I missing something?
May-22-14  andrewjsacks: and then after 32. Qf3...what? One must do some figuring, and White might be just fine, with the attack on the d pawn, the eye on f7, etc.
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  GrahamClayton: <westcopy>Did Black miss a win on move 30? Why can't Black play 30 ...♘xd4 31 exd4 ♖e2! and Black penetrates with tempo. The Black Queen can go to h5 threatening mate and guarding f7. Am I missing something?

I found an interesting way to defend h2 after 32. ♕f6 ♕h5 - 37. h4!. If 37...gxh4 38. ♖f5, and the Black queen will be lost after 38...♕g6 39. ♖g5+ or 38...♕g4 39. ♖g5+.

Jun-02-14  RedShield: < Hikaru Nakamura @GMHikaru · May 20

Such a shame that Abrahamyan didn't know the Vancura defence from games like Botvinnik-Fischer and Radjabov-Nakamura #Uschesschamps>

Of course, knowing it and demonstrating it are not the same thing.

Jun-02-14  john barleycorn: Hilarious video. <AJ> take note.
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  g15713: <“All rook endings are drawn.”> - Tarrasch

Black should exchange rooks
Black to move. Last: 45.Rf2

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FinalGen says this position is equal after 45...Rxf2 46.Rxf2

Now 46...h5 or Rc1+ or Rc4 or Rc5 are clear-cut draws

Example line:

45...Rxf2 46.Rxf2 Rc1+ 47.Kg2 Ra1 48.Rf4 Ra2+ 49.Kh3

Now 49...Kg7 or Kh8 or a6 or a5 =

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