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Aleksandra Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun
Ju - Goryachkina Women's World Championship Match (2020), Shanghai CHN, rd 5, Jan-11
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  1-0



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Jan-11-20  GM Maybe: Fine play by Goryachkina! This is going to be an exciting match! Waaaaay more exciting than men championship....
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  OhioChessFan: I've tried opening the English with a subsequent e4 and typically get blasted off the board by Black's minor pieces. As for the game, when White can develop Bb5+ to a solid/defensible square, a piece developed with tempo, Black loses the right to castle, and the King is scrambling for a safe haven, that bodes well for the opening plan.

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Jan-11-20  catlover: Wow. I wonder if this was a prepared variation.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If a prepared variation, it was prepared by Black--in I Nepomniachtchi vs Anand, 2018, Anand played a different pawn sacrifice, 12...Be6, and drew.
Jan-12-20  SChesshevsky: <catlover: Wow. I wonder if this was a prepared variation.>

Seems pretty good surprise prep by Goryachkina. She doesn't seem to have a lot of history with 1.c4 while Ju Wenjun has faced this line before.

N Zhukova vs Ju Wenjun, 2016

Korchnoi appears to have played this setup a bit suggesting it's going to be sharp play with lots of questions put to the opponent.

Korchnoi vs Robatsch, 1982

Setup also appears to have gotten some good tests in the very sharp and entertaining 2019 Champions Showdown match.

J K Duda vs Nakamura, 2019

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