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Valentina Gunina vs Bela Khotenashvili
"Queen Bee" (game of the day Feb-11-2019)
Cairns Cup (2019), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Feb-06
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1-0

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Feb-11-19
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  beatgiant: <offramp>,<FSR> Would you believe it was В for Валентина (Valentina in Russian script)?
Feb-11-19
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  Count Wedgemore: A Beatles-related pun could be "Happiness Is A Warm Gunina".

Perhaps a bit impertinent.

Feb-11-19  ajile: <ChessHigherCat: "Cagey bee stung" would have been okay when Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. Question: Is 46. Bb6 a good alternative to 46. g4?

Answer: No way, Josť!>

You mean 46.Bf6 correct?

Feb-11-19
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  ChessHigherCat: <ajile: You mean 46.Bf6 correct?>

Right, sorry about that!

Feb-11-19  Saniyat24: Valentina pawn converter...! :p
Feb-11-19
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  jith1207: Would "Spelling Bee" have worked as a pun?

From the Free Dictionary - A bewitched state or trance: The sorcerer put the prince under a spell

Feb-11-19
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  jith1207: Or simply "B-witched".
Feb-11-19  Ironmanth: Valentina is taking no prisoners this tournament! Very nice game.
Feb-11-19  claia: If 46.Bf6 then 46...d2
Feb-11-19
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  offramp: h6 was a bogey square for Black in this game.
Feb-11-19  cliffordagoodman: Valentina Gunina is going to be the next womens world champion, and quite possibly overtake Judit Polgars record as the strongest female chess competitor of all time!!! What a game!!
Feb-11-19
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  keypusher: Gunina is rated about 2500, and is 30 years old. Polgarís peak rating was 2735. Gunina isnít on the same planet as Polgar, and never will be.
Feb-11-19
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  saffuna: <Gunina is rated about 2500, and is 30 years old. >

Judith was 2550 at age 12, if I remember correctly. Not that that's definitive.

Feb-11-19
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  perfidious: Played in two events, July of '92, with all three Polgar sisters--got destroyed by Susan, who was then about 2550.

As you say, no comparison whatever.

Feb-11-19
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  offramp: <perfidious: Played in two events, July of '92, with all three Polgar sisters--got destroyed by Susan, who was then about 2550. As you say, no comparison whatever.>

Even Zsofia Polgar, who had the lowest profile of the three, was super-strong!

<Zsůfia shocked the chess world in the Rome Open, 1989, when at the age of 14 she defeated a string of Soviet Grandmasters and achieved <the highest performance rating of any chess player, male or female, in any open tournament in chess history.> This performance has become known as "The Sack of Rome.">

Feb-11-19
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  ChessHigherCat: <perfidious: Played in two events, July of '92, with all three Polgar sisters--got destroyed by Susan, who was then about 2550.>

Did you beat the other two? (I mean figuratively, in chess - I know you're not a brutal guy)

Feb-11-19
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  perfidious: <CHC>, never actually met the other sisters at the board, then or any other time; the US G/10 and G/15 championships were held at Hunter College on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Tremendously strong, with probably twenty GMs in each; Granda (then involved with Susan Polgar), Gulko, Psakhis and a host of others.
Feb-11-19  cliffordagoodman: 18...Bh6!!
29...Nh6!!

Pure class and madskillz64@protonmail.com

Feb-11-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 24 dpa done

1. + / = (0.38): 20...Rxe1+> 21.Rxe1 Rd8 22.Bd1 Na5 23.b3 Nc6 24.b4 a5 25.a3 Nf6 26.Ne4 Be7 27.a4 bxa4 28.Bxa4 Nd4 29.Bxd7 Nxf3+ 30.gxf3 Nxe4 31.Rxe4 Rxd7 32.bxa5 Bc5 33.Re8+ Kh7 34.Bd2 Kg6 35.Kg2 Kf5 36.a6 Rd6 37.f4 Ba7 38.Re7 f6 39.Rxg7 Rxa6 40.Rd7 Rd6 41.Rxc7 Bb6 42.Rb7 Re6 43.c4

2. + / - (0.77): 20...Na5 21.Bd5 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Rd8 23.Be4 Nf6 24.Bg5 Nxe4 25.Rxe4 Re8 26.Rxe8 Qxe8 27.Qxd3 Qe1+ 28.Qf1 Qe5 29.Qc1 Bd6 30.Qe3 Qxe3 31.Bxe3 Nc4 32.Bc1 Ne5 33.b3 Nd3 34.Bd2 Bf4 35.Bxf4 Nxf4 36.Ne4 Ne2+ 37.Kf1 Nc1 38.Nc5 Nxa2 39.Nxa6 Nxc3 40.Nxc7 Kf8 41.f3 Ke7 42.Kf2 Kd7 43.Na6 Ke6 44.Ke3 Nd5+ 45.Kd4

Feb-11-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. + / = (0.64): 20.Be7 Rxe7 21.Rxe7 Qxe7(T) 22.Qxc6 Rd8 23.Nf5 Qf6 24.Qxc7 Ng5 25.Rd1 Ne4 26.Qf4 Nc5 27.Qf3 Kh7 28.Nd4 Qxf3 29.Nxf3 f5 30.g3 g6 31.Ng5+ Kg7 32.f4 Rd7 33.Kg2 Be7 34.Ne6+ Nxe6 35.Bxe6 Rd8 36.Kf3 Kf6 37.Bb3 Bc5 38.a4 Bb6 39.Rd2 Rd7 40.h4 Rd8 41.axb5 axb5 42.Ba2

2. + / = (0.64): 20.Re7 Rxe7 21.Bxe7 Qxe7(T)

3. + / = (0.28): 20.Bf4 Rxe1+ 21.Rxe1 Rd8 22.Bd1 Na5 23.b3 b4 24.Bd2 Nc6 25.c4 Nf6 26.Ne4 Nxe4 27.Qxe4 Nd4 28.Bf4 Qe6 29.Qxe6 Nxe6 30.Bd2 g6 31.Bg4 Nc5 32.Kf1 Kh7 33.h4 a5 34.Bf3 Kg7 35.Bc6 Ne6

Feb-11-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 24 dpa done

1. = (0.22): 18...dxc3> 19.bxc3 Rxe1+ 20.Rxe1 Re8 21.Rd1 Ne5 22.Qb7 Qc6 23.Qxc6 Nxc6 24.Bg5 Na5 25.Bxf6 Nxb3 26.axb3 gxf6 27.Ra1 Re6 28.Nf5 Kh7 29.Nd4 Rb6 30.g4 Bd6 31.b4 Be5 32.Kg2 Rd6 33.Rd1 Kg6 34.Kf3 Bxd4 35.Rxd4 Rc6 36.Rd3 f5 37.Ke3 fxg4

2. + / = (0.33): 18...Na5 19.Bg5 Nxb3 20.axb3 Nh7 21.Bf4 dxc3 22.bxc3 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 c6 24.c4 bxc4 25.bxc4 a5 26.Rd1 Qe6 27.c5 Bxc5 28.Rc1 Bb4 29.Rxc6 Qe1+ 30.Kh2 Rd8 31.Ne4 Re8 32.Be3 Qa1 33.Qf4 Qe5 34.Nd6 Qxf4+ 35.Bxf4 Re1

Feb-11-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 24 dpa done

1. = (0.15): 14...Bb7> 15.Ne4 exd4 16.Nxf6+ gxf6 17.Qd3 Rxe1+ 18.Nxe1 f5 19.Qg3+ Kh7 20.Bd2 Rd8 21.Qxc7 Bc8 22.Bb3 Qd7 23.Qxd7 Rxd7 24.Rd1 dxc3 25.Bxc3 Rxd1 26.Bxd1 a5 27.Nd3 b4 28.Bd2 Bg7 29.b3 Bf6 30.Nf4 Bd4 31.Nd5 Kg7 32.Bf4 Be5 33.Bxe5+ Nxe5 34.Be2

2. + / = (0.42): 14...Bg4 15.Bb3 Qd6 16.h3 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 exd4 18.Bf4 Qd7 19.Bxh6 dxc3 20.bxc3 Rxe1+ 21.Rxe1 Re8 22.Rd1 Ne5 23.Qb7 Qc6 24.Qxc6 Nxc6 25.Bg5 Na5 26.Bxf6 gxf6 27.Nh5 Be7 28.Bc2 Kf8 29.Be4 Nc4 30.g4 Rd8 31.Rxd8+ Bxd8 32.Kg2 Ke7 33.Nf4 Ne5 34.Nd5+ Kd6

Feb-11-19  Patzer Natmas: I think 46...Rxh7 would've given Bela a fighting chance with her passed pawn.
Feb-18-19
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  naresb: After 14. d4 when both White Bishops n both Knights have space adv on King side, it was positionally better to engage Black LSB for defensive duties with 14... Bf5 instead of Bg4.
Mar-09-19
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  HeMateMe: < the US G/10 and G/15 championships were held at Hunter College on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. >

I was a student at Hunter, for a short time. One is allowed to take classes at any of the 16 CUNY schools towards a degree, as the courses are considered to be interchangeable, for the most part. Ugly, vertical campus, though. Zero atmosphere, other than being in a pleasant neighborhood with Central Park nearby.

Was there still a candy store, at ground floor?

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