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Ju Wenjun vs Aleksandra Goryachkina
Ju - Goryachkina Women's World Championship Match (2020), Shanghai CHN, rd 4, Jan-09
Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  1-0



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Jan-09-20  MirrorStalemate: Congratulations, Ju!!
Jan-09-20  posoo: DAT is how u roal da pons and make a win out of DRAUGH. CONGRADULATIONS to da best pawn shuffler OUT there, JU!
Jan-09-20  Mikhail1962: Good game
Jan-09-20  Steve.Patzer: Stockfish gets confused on Black’s 54th move. It agrees with Kc6 with a +0.17 but after the move it goes berserk.
Jan-09-20  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Howdy,
What Happened? GORY was supposed to get the first FULL POINT? BTW it was WEIRD to hear Short's voice for the first time! I also read some of the COMMENTS on The COMMENTARY! Did not sound so good at ALL!


Jan-09-20  Diana Fernanda: Nice game of Ju, your tecnike in the endgame Is owesome
Jan-09-20  Boomie: It was probably a draw up to 50. Kf3. 50...Qe7? was a miscalculation that threw the game. The Fish says that 50...Ke8 is the only move to maintain equality. So Goryachkina can be forgiven for missing such a subtle move. Ju played flawlessly after 50...Qe7? Students are encouraged to follow the ideas.

This technique of playing out seemingly even endgames is probably Carlsen's influence. Suddenly everybody has to work harder on endgames. I consider this a very positive trend in chess.

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  Check It Out: I was surprised by 34...Bc5, allowing Ju to breakup black's queenside pawns.
Jan-09-20  botvinnik64: Check it Out:
I agree entirely - why voluntarily bust up your pawns (while removing pieces on the board) when the dull 34...Be7 probably would have held in 95% of the cases?
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  RoseMei: Here's a lesson for all of us:

Study your pawn endgames people!

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  HeMateMe: I think 34...B-c5 was played to prevent white from playing 35. Q-h7 or Q-g6, winning a pawn or driving the black king out into the open. Black gets ugly pawns but counter play with her queen on the opened up board.
Jan-09-20  Steve.Patzer: 34....Be5 improves
Jan-10-20  ndg2: I think 30..h5 is the first step into the strong direction. This pawn turns into a liability that has to be protected with g6 then, further weakening the black position. It would have still be a draw then if black would have activated her king (ultimately white did that).

Kudos to both players for their fighting spirit

Jan-10-20  ndg2: s/strong/wrong
Jan-10-20  goodevans: <HeMateMe: I think 34...B-c5 was played to prevent white from playing 35. Q-h7 or Q-g6...>

Black can answer either of those moves quite happily with 35...Qg4 so I don't think that's the reason. Alas, I have no reasonable hypothesis of my own.

Jan-10-20  SChesshevsky: <I was surprised by 34...Bc5, allowing Ju to breakup black's queenside pawns.> Goryachkina might've been surprised with 36. a5 expecting some sort of Queen move like Qf3, Qc4 or maybe even Qh7 allowing Black's Q centralization at ...Qd4 or Qd5 or if 36. Qf3 then ...c4 trading off c-pawn for a-pawn. Maybe still worse in all cases but could be some counter play hope with outside pawn or perpetual threat.

Subtle but brutal was 36.a5. Have to figure if a6 with control of the a8 diagonal it has to be winning with Black stuck in some sort of eternal blockade until a white win can be found.

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  HeMateMe: White will queen with check on the f file, giving her just enough time to pick off the black a pawn before it queens.

An endgame worthy of use for <Searching for Bobby Fischer>!

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  Gypsy: <34...Bc5(?)> Instead, the game would have been completely even and drawish after 34...Be5.
Jan-16-20  rcs784: Forgive me, but what happens if Black plays 54...Ke6 instead of Kc6? How does White make progress here?
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  Count Wedgemore: <rcs784: Forgive me, but what happens if Black plays 54...Ke6 instead of Kc6? How does White make progress here?>

I would think 55.Kf4 does the trick. Black will have to move her king away from protecting the f5-square in her next move (55...f5 is of course met by 45.Kg5 and White ia winning), so White simply follows up with 55.Kf5 and wins rather easily.

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