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Almira Skripchenko vs Irina Krush
Accoona Women's Championship (2004), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Sep-16
Sicilian Defense: French Variation (B40)  ·  0-1



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  Nightsurfer: Everybody who wants to execute the <King's Indian Attack> should study this game here <Almira Skripchenko vs Irina Krush, New York 2004>.

Our beloved Almira Skripchenko should have won the game after the instructive sacrifice <28. Nh6+! ...>, please see the diagram as follows ...

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..., though later on she misses several chances to corner Black King.

One interesting aspect of <28.Nh6+! ...>: That move can be compared to the quite similar <30.Ngf6+! ...> in the <King's Indian Attack>-game R Gralla vs S Demel, 2015> - just have a look at the diagram after <30.Ngf6+! ...> ...

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..., therefore every player of the <King's Indian Attack> should always watch out for either <Nf6+> or <Nh6+> after having concentrated his troops in front of the castle of the enemy!

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  Nightsurfer: Three more examples of <The King's Indian Attack> that have ensured the corresponding victories of the White armies just in a similar way as in this game here <Almira Skripchenko vs Irina Krush, New York 2004>: the masterpieces of Fischer vs Panno, 1970 and Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 - and the more simplistic encounter R Gralla vs S Demel, 2015 (though the less sophisticated features of R Gralla vs S Demel, 2015 are somewhat instructive, on the other hand).
Nov-16-15  wierba: 40. Qf6+ Ke8/Kf8 41. h7, 40. ...Kd7 41.Q:f7+ ???
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  Nightsurfer: p<wierba>

Dear <wierba>, you are right, <Almira Skripchenko> missed the win with <40.h7? ...>.

But - as <Mig Greengard> has pointed out (please see his comments in the article ) - <Almira Skripchenko> has missed a clear win already two moves before.

After <28.Nh6+! gxh6 29.Qg4+ ...>, please see the diagram as follows ...

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..., White would have finished off Black King after <29. ... Kh8> - the alternate move <29. ... Kf8?> would have been worse because of <30.Bxh6+ Ke8 31.Qg8+ Bf8 [31. ... Nf8 32.Nf6+ ... pp.] 32.Nf6+! Nxf6 33.Qxf8+ Kd7 34.Qxf7+ ...> pp. - with the moves as follows (which are moves that have been actually played during the game!): <30.Bxh6 Bf8 31.Bxf8!?! ...> - maybe <31.Nd6! ...> was even better now because of the threat <32.Nxf7#> as <Mig Greengard> has suggested because of <31. ... Qc6+ 32.Kh2 Nxe5! 33.Rxe5! ...> and winning! - <31. ... Nxf8 32.Nf6 Ng6 33.Qh5! Qc6+ 34.Kh2 Kg7 35.Qxh7+ Kf8 36.h5! ...>, please see the diagram as follows ...

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..., since "the h-pawn is a winner", as <Mig Greengard> has put it.

But after <36. ... Rb2 37.Ne4 Ne7>, please see the diagram as follows ...

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..., <Almira Skripchenko> missed the decisive move <38.Qh8+! ...> - that would have won after <38. ... Ng8 39.h6 Rb8 40.Nf6 ...> pp. - , but played the hasty <38.h6? ...> instead; though even after that all too confident <38.h6? ...> White could have won the game after <38. ... Ng6 39.Qg7+ Ke7>, please see the diagram as follows ...

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..., namely with the immediate check <40.Qf6+ ...>, as you have pointed out, dear <wierba>, and with the eventual follow-up <40. ... Ke8 [40. ... Kd7 41.Qxf7+ ... pp.]> and <Mig Greengard>'s follow-up moves <41.Nd6+ Kd7 Qxf7+ Kd8> pp. and clear advantage for White.

But most unfortunately <Almira Skripchenko>'s move <40.h7? ...> - that she has played during the game, please see the diagram as follows ...

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... - was that all too nonchalant move that has sadly thrown away that big chance!

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