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Jan Votava vs Anna Zatonskih
"American Woman" (game of the day Jul-24-2005)
Reykjavik Open (2004), Reykjavik ISL, rd 7, Mar-14
Hungarian Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1



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Jul-24-05  zabbura2002: A game with a lot of forced moves...
Jul-24-05  kevin86: A very aggressive game by black! The American woman sure can attack. This is the kind of woman who would let her husband have the last word--if the last word is "yes,dear". lol
Jul-24-05  LondonSystem: A great middlegame by black with good tactics. However the first few moves in the opening where a bit dodgy.
Oct-11-09  Whitehat1963: LOVE the beautiful combination.
Feb-11-12  Interbond: Here you can see Anna commenting her game <>
Jan-23-13  PhilFeeley: <kevin86> Does that mean that every MAN who "sure can attack" is nasty and brutish with his wife or girlfriend?

It helps to think before you post.

Anna also comments on this game here:

Sep-19-14  Lighthorse: I saw that on 17..Qxf3 if 18.exf3 then 18..Bh3+ 19.Kg1 Re1# but I couldn't see far enough after the game line of 20.Qxd3 to see getting the Queen back with the discovered check.

Oh well, better luck tomorrow. Nice finish to the game, though, since the King gets forced to a square for a Knight fork.

Sep-19-14  lostgalaxy: I got to the rook taking back the Queen and told myself with the material and position advantage it suffices to win.

Well, lazy me because unlike Anna I knew this is a puzzle.

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  al wazir: <Lighthorse: I saw that on 17..Qxf3 if 18.exf3 then 18..Bh3+ 19.Kg1 Re1# but I couldn't see far enough after the game line of 20.Qxd3 to see getting the Queen back with the discovered check.>

That could describe me. And even more to the point, though black is only a ♙ up after that, I didn't realize just how dire white's situation is until I saw how the game played out.

Sep-19-14  plumbst: Difficult. Black is down a pawn. Black's queen and knight are under attack. White's king is stuck in the center and many of his pieces are uselessly placed. His last move was likely 17.Bf3, but he must've not given it enough thought as Black has a simple crushing move..

17...Qxf3+! 18.Nxf3. <18.Kg1 Qf2#; 18.exf3 Bh3+ 19.Kg1 Re1#>

18...Bh3+ 19.Kg1 Rxe2. The threat is 20...Rg2+ 21.Kf1 Rf2+ 22.Kg1 Rf1#

If 20.Nh4, Re1#

If 20.Ba3, Black executes a classic windmill with 20...Rg2+ 21.Kf1 Rxd2+ 22.Kg1 Rg2+ 23.Kf1 Rxa2+ 24.Kg1 Rg2+ 25.Kf1 Rc2 26.Kg1 Rxc3.

So after 20.Qxd3 Rg2+ 21.Kf1 Rxd2+, neither of White's choices is appealing. Even with no queens, Black still has a vicious attack.

Black is winning material, e.g.

22.Ke1 Rxd3 (threatening Re8+ and Rxf3) 23.Ke2 Rd7 24.Rd1 <24.Bd2 Re8+ 25.Kd1 Bg4 26.Rf1 Re3> Re8+ 25.Be3 Rde7 26.Rd3 Ng4.

22.Kg1 Rxd3 (threatening Rd1+ and Rxf3) 23.Kf2 <23.Nd2 Ne4!> Ng4+ 24.Ke2 Rd7 with a similar win to the line above.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Saw it all, including why the Nd4 was not sufficient defense. Must admit, this represents one of the more spectacular "mere" wins of a pawn I've ever seen.
Sep-19-14  woody b: I didn't spend too much time with it and went for
17. .. Rxe2 18. Bxg4 Re1+ 19. Kg2 Be4+ 20. Kh3 Nf2+ 21. Kh4 g5+ 22. Kxg5 and now I thought b can win back the q with Ne4!
alas, this move is illegal!
apart from a few more holes in the line, like the rook hanging on e1 and 20. Kh3 is not forced, e.g. Bf3 or Nf3
Sep-19-14  diagonalley: hey... this one was hard... didn't solve it :-( ... but great puzzle
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  Once: The video posted by <PhilFeeley> is fascinating. For once we get to hear from one of the players about their thinking behind the game.

There is an interesting bit about 20 minutes in where she challenges the audience to find the winning move.

And I couldn't help thinking that the moment was like today's POTD as we all tried different moves before hitting on Qxf3.

A very well played attack.

Sep-19-14  morfishine: <17...Qxf3+> 18.Nxf3 Bh3+ 19.Kg1 Rxe2 20.Qxd3 Rg2+ 21.Kf1 Rxd2+ 22.Ke1 Rxd3


Plausible is <17...Rxe2> as long as White takes the Queen: 18.Bxg4 Re1+ 19.Kg2 Be4+ 20.Kh3 Nf2+ 21.Kh4 Bxh1 22.Bf5 h6 23.d3 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 g5#

However, White can play 18.Bxe2


Sep-19-14  Swedish Logician: Nice mixture of strategy and tactics!
There are several impressive such black wins among Anna Z's "Notable games".
Sep-19-14  eblunt: Saw it up to the point Black gets the Queen back - wins 2 pawns and leaves black's position horrible.
Sep-19-14  hedgeh0g: Fairly straightforward. The limited number of White responses made the winning sequence fairly easy to calculate.
Sep-19-14  dfcx: The white king is caged!

17... Qxf3+ 18. Nxf3 (exf3? Bh3+ 19. Kg1 Rf1#) Bh3+ 19. Kg1 Rxe2 20. Qxd3 Rg2+ 21. Kf1 Rxd2+ 22. Kg1 Rxd3

Black has taken back the queen plus a pawn, with great position.

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Sep-19-14  Balmo: I've got this one as 17...Qxf3+ 18. Nxf3 (if exf3 then bh3+ leads to mate) Bh3+ 19. Kg1 Rxe2! 20. Qxe3 Rxg2+ forcing a discovered check which wins the White queen and leaves Black ahead in a dominant position. Time to check...
Sep-19-14  Balmo: Ah I see now that Black still had a little bit of work to do after winning back the queen. Also in my previous post I wrote Qxe3 instead of Qxd3.
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair and a pawn.

White threatens 18.Bxg4, 18.exd3 and 18.Nxf5.

The best defender of the white king seems to be the bishop on f3. This invites to consider 17... Qxf3+ 18.Nxf3 (18.exf3 Bh3+ 19.Kg1 Re1#; 18.Kg1 Qf2#) 18... Bh3+ 19.Kg1 Rxe2:

A) 20.Bb2 Rg2+ 21.Kf1 Rxd2+ 22.Kg1 Rg2+ 23.Kf1 Rxb2+ 24.Kg1 Rg2+ 25.Kf1 Rc2+ 26.Kg1 Rxc3 - + [B+N+P].

B) 20.Qxd3 Rg2+ 21.Kf1 Rxd2+ 22.Ke1 Rxd3 and Black is one pawn ahead and has the better endgame.

C) 20.Ng5 Re1#.

D) 20.Qd4 Rg2+ 21.Kf1 Rf2+ 22.Kg1 Rf1#.

E) 20.Ba3 is similar to A.

Sep-19-14  kevin86: Black's attack was well worth the queen "sacrificed".
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  Jimfromprovidence: I liked 24...Ng4, keeping white's king in the middle of the board.

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I was a little surpised by 25...Re8+ instead of 25 ...Rd8, because 26 Kd1, below, leaves black vulnerable to a back rank mate. (Not that it turned out to be any kind of problem, though).

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Great attack

Sep-20-14  TheBish: Votava vs A Zatonskih, 2004

Black to play (17...?) "Difficult"

Black is down a pawn, but her pieces swarm around the White monarch.

17...Qxf3+!! 18. Nxf3

Much better than 18. exf3 Bh3+ 19. Kg1 Re1#.

18...Bh3+ 19. Kg1 Rxe2 20. Qxd3 Rg2+ 21. Kf1 Rxd2+ 22. Ke1 Rxd3 23. Ke2 Bf5!

Black has won two pawns, leaving her up one. Now the threat is 24...Rxf3 25. Kxf3 Be4+ and 26...Bxh1, winning a piece. The secondary threat is 24...Re8+, and Black's pieces are just too active for White's exposed king and undeveloped back-row pieces, leaving many pitfalls for White to fall into:

(a) 24. Be3? Re8 and the bishop is a goner.

(b) 24. Bd2 Re8+ 25. Kf2 Ne4+ 26. Kg2 (26. Ke2 Nxd2+ is even worse, winning the knight as well) Nxd2 wins a piece.

Woops! Had this all typed up (mostly) in Notepad but got busy, so posting just after the clock (calendar?) strikes Saturday. Better late than never, as the saying goes.

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