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Mariya Muzychuk vs Humpy Koneru
"Face the Muzychuk" (game of the day Feb-25-2020)
Cairns Cup (2020), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Feb-08
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1-0



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  Sokrates: The attack beginning with 13.Rb4 was well planned and carried through. Koneru's bishop quickly suffered hardship on the king side. Excellent game by Muzychuk.
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  Count Wedgemore: Funny how White's dark-squared bishop never moved but still indirectly played its part in the attack.
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  HeMateMe: demonstrates weak pawns in the petrov. It's a bit conservative for black, not too ambitious.
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  FSR: Face the Muzychuk.
Feb-25-20  LivBlockade: Inspired by "The Sound of Muzychuk"?
A Muzychuk vs O Kobo, 2020
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  paavoh: I feel that Black should have played -NxNe5 at some point before -Nxc3, to make the White pawn structure a tad weaker.
Feb-25-20  goodevans: Position after 20...Rfe8:

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White would like to put a R on the h-file but h4 is covered and after 21.Rh3 black has the annoying 21...Qxe5 (threatening 22...Qe1+).

Muzychuk's solution was to put her Q there instead but that meant vacating the g-file for a while. A better solution would have been to sac the e-pawn with <21.e6!>. There is no good way to decline the sac but accepting it blocks the e-file leaving white free to play 22.Rh3.

This sac is only possible because black has just vacated the f-file with <20...Rfe8?> so I guess both players missed this little tactic.

Feb-25-20  ajile: Humpy Humpy sat on a Wall Humpy Humpy had a GREAT FALL.
Feb-26-20  Ironmanth: Brutal finish; evidently Humpy's only misstep in the tournament. Thanks, chessgames.
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