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Ju Wenjun vs Aleksandra Goryachkina
Ju - Goryachkina Women's World Championship Match (2020), Shanghai CHN, rd 2, Jan-06
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-07-20  actinia: I don't know if 14. h3 is book or not but it is unusually passive and weakening. Her dark squares are now weaker and her f1 bishop is now passive. 19. Qc1 is essentially a draw offer.
Jan-07-20  actinia: admittedly White's pieces are tangled but the engine offers the simple 14. Ba3!, followed by 14. ... Re8 15. Rxe8 Qxe8 16. Bd3, untangling her pieces
Jan-08-20  Thief: Three-fold repetition claimable after 37... Rh8, but they went to move 40 anyway. Draw offers weren't allowed until move 40 but does that mean no three-fold repetition can result in a draw before then either?
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  Count Wedgemore: <actinia: I don't know if 14. h3 is book or not but it is unusually passive and weakening. Her dark squares are now weaker and her f1 bishop is now passive.>

Yes, the f1-bishop is a problem, but Ju Wenjun could still make 14.h3 work, if followed up by energetically pushing the g-pawn at the right moment. With 18.Bxg5 and 19.Qc1 White is more or less giving up any hopes of playing for the win. Instead, 18.g4!? could be the start of some aggressive manoeuvring. Black cannot respond with 18...Bg6, as after 19.f4 Bf6 20.f5 White is winning material.

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