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Alexander Motylev vs Humpy Koneru
Corus Group B (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-29
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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  DiceToThat: 17. Qh6 is a nice move, but only because Humpy makes a series of very suspect plays to precede it. Her 14th and 15th moves don't make much sense to me; allowing white to open up the g-file in the first place was just the start of her problems.
Jan-30-06  notyetagm: 17 ♕h6! is a wonderful tactical shot, exploiting the three tactical weakness in the Black position: the <undefended> h5-knight, the <loose> h7-mating focal point, and the <pin> down the g-file.

Humpy could have resigned right there and then.

Jan-30-06  notyetagm: <DiceToThat> Black's strategy is funny: she destroys the White pawn structure but opens the g-file for White with 12 ... ♗xf3 13 gxf3. Then she plans to ride out the attack and win the endgame due to these damaged pawns. Unfortunately for Black the pressure down this open g-file creates tactical opportunities for White and she promptly blunders a piece.

For another example of this same theme, check out Anand vs Korchnoi, 2000, where Korchnoi grabs a hot g-pawn and then has to resign just 4 moves later.

Mar-20-06  notyetagm: 17 ... ♘f6? runs into 18 ♖xg7+! ♘xg7 19 ♖g1 and to stop the mate on g7 Black must allow mate on h7.

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