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Esther Danilovna Epstein vs Tuvshintugs Batchimeg
"Catfight" (game of the day May-18-2008)
US Women's Championship (2008), Tulsa USA, rd 1, May-13
Ponziani Opening: Vukovic Gambit (C44)  ·  0-1

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May-18-08  wouldpusher: 35. ... ♖ch3!! puts White in the same mating net as in the above game:


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It's quite uncommon to see such violent gambit attacks nowadays.

May-18-08
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  al wazir: Why did white tamely surrender the ♘ on move 33?

I thought this kind of chess disappeared around the time Lasker became WC.

May-18-08  vlaka: @wouldpusher: 35...Rch3 is met by 36.Rxa5 and white can escape for a bit longer.
May-18-08  Manic: <vlaka> 35...Rch3 36.Rxa5 f5+ still works as in the game a few moves later with 37...R5h4# coming
May-18-08  whiskeyrebel: Looks like middle of the night blitzicuffs on ICC.
May-18-08  whiskeyrebel: I bet they had to sweep up a major pile of hair extensions after this one.
May-18-08  Bowf: An interesting opening and a very entertaining game. The gender of the players is neither here nor there. Well done both.
May-18-08
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  MarkThornton: This is a very interesting game. But it doesn't seem very accurate. Here are two big improvements, one for each player:

1) Instead of 14...Rae8, why didn't Black play <14...Nxh1> with a material advantage?

2) Instead of 16. g3, why didn't White play <16. Bb5+>, when there are two variations:

2A) <16...Kc8> 17. Na3 Rxc3+ 18. Kf1 White has a piece for 2 pawns, and Black has very little attack.

2B) <16....c6> 17. Rd1+ Kc8 18. Be2 Rhe8 19. Bf3


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I don't see a good continuation for Black here.

May-18-08  ounos: It seems White is bound to lose a piece or so at move 33. Some example by Rybka: 33. Ne6 f5+
34. Kh3 Rc2
35. Rh1 Re1

Or 33. Ng2 Rc2
34. Kh3 Rd2
35. Bc8 f5
36. Rg1 Bb6

May-18-08  ezmerin: Hah, I love the names of people playing in the US. Championships. If you think about Akobian, Ibragimov, Kaidanov, Gurevich, Kamsky, Krush or other you might start to think they could play those tournaments in Moscow.

Anyway, what do you think about an improvement: 8. Be3?

May-18-08  patzer2: From http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/200... is a little biography on the winner of this game, plus a picture.
May-18-08  patzer2: The blunder 35. Rh1?? cost white the game. Instead, 35. Ra6 = holds.

After 35...Bb6! Black is winning, but even quicker is 35...Rch3! with mate-in-five.

Here's a more detailed breakout of the combination:

<35. Rh1 ??> The losing Blunder.

Instead, 35. Ra6 Bb6 36. Re1 Rxh2 (36... Rd3 37. Re6 Rxh2 38. Bc6 =) 37. a4 Kg7 38. Re7+ Kf8 39. Re1 Rg2+ 40. Kf5 Rc5+ 41. Ke6 Kg7 42. Ke7 Ra5 43. Rxa5 Bxa5 = holds.

<35... Bb6!>

This wins, but even quicker is an immediate mate-in-five with 35... Rch3! 36. Ra6 Bb6 37. Rxb6 cxb6 38. Rb1 f5+ 39. Bxf5 R5h4#

<36. Ra8 Rch3!> Now Black sees the mate.

37. Rf8 f5+> 0-1

White resigns in lieu of 38. Bxf5 (or 38. Rxf4) followed by 38...R5h4#.

May-18-08  solstys: <al wazir>: Why did white tamely surrender the N on move 33?

I'd also like to know what happens after Ng2. It seems like white is ok.

May-18-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Do you know what they were fighting about?
May-18-08  xKinGKooLx: Complicated! This game is a perfect example of a game I would not like to play. I could play it, but I wouldn't want to get into it.
May-18-08
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  al wazir: <ounos: It seems White is bound to lose a piece or so at move 33.>

Thanks. I completely overlooked that mate threat. It really was a very tactics-rich game.

May-18-08  mindkontrolle: W O W great game, i was mesmerized by both these players, especially the white
May-18-08  mindkontrolle: kg4 a mistake
May-18-08
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  whiteshark: <26.Re4> seems to be a good move.


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May-18-08  charliechaffka: Re: Whiteshark! Yes, or even better is Bf5check which wins a rook or a pawn on h7
May-18-08
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  whiteshark: <charliechaffka> After <26.Bf5+ Kxf5 27.Rxe8 Rxd5> material balance is ♖ : ♗♙♙♙


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Black's pawn majorities on both wing is more than enough compensation for the exchange. ♙a2 will bind a ♖ for defencive purpose.

May-18-08  RandomVisitor: E Epstein (2184) - B Tuvshintugs (2278) [C44]
US Womens' Championship Tulsa USA (1), 13.05.2008
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp ] <6 minutes per move>

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.c3 Nf6
4.d4 Nxe4
5.d5 Bc5
6.dxc6 last book move

6...Bxf2+ 0.25/15
7.Ke2 0.19/17 Bb6 0.25/15
8.Qd5 0.16/20 Nf2 0.23/18
9.Bg5 0.17/17 f6 -1.29/19
10.Nxe5 -1.31/20 Qe7 -1.31/20
11.cxd7+ -1.21/19 Bxd7 -1.36/19
12.Qxd7+ -1.25/19 Qxd7 -1.27/19
13.Nxd7 -1.30/19 Kxd7 -1.46/20
14.Be3 -1.32/18 Rae8?± 0.92/16
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 14...Nxh1 15.Bxb6 -1.32/18 ]

15.Kxf2 1.09/21 Rxe3 0.97/18
16.g3= 0.21/18
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 16.Na3 Rxc3+± 0.97/18 17.Ke1]

16...Rxc3+ 0.21/22
17.Ke2 0.20/19 Rc2+ 0.22/20
18.Kd3 0.22/19 Rxb2 0.23/19
19.Bh3 -0.06/21
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 19.Nc3 Rd8 20.Na4 Kc6+ 21.Kc4 Rf2 22.Nxb6 axb6 23.a4 f5 24.Bd3 g6 25.Rae1 Rf3= 0.23/19 ]

19...Ke7 -0.01/19
20.Re1+ -0.51/21
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 20.Kc3 Rf2 21.Kb3 Rd8 22.Nc3 Bd4 23.Raf1 Rd2 24.a4 Be5 25.Rf3 R8d6 26.a5 b6= -0.01/19 ]

20...Kf7 -0.51/20
21.Be6+ -0.46/19 Kg6 -0.51/19
22.Nc3 -0.48/19 Rd8+ -0.32/21
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 22...c6 23.Kc4 Ba5 24.a4 Rd8 25.Rab1 b5+ 26.axb5 cxb5+ 27.Nxb5 Rc2+ 28.Kb3 Rc5 29.Bc4³ -0.48/19 ]

23.Nd5 -0.40/19 Rb5= 0.08/21
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 23...Ba5 24.Re4 h5 25.Ra4 Rd2+ 26.Kc4 b6 27.Ne7+ Kh6 28.Kb5 Re8 29.Nf5+ Kg5 30.Nd4³ -0.40/19 ]

24.Ke4 0.10/20 Re8 0.66/20
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 24...Rdxd5 25.Bxd5 f5+ 26.Ke5 c6 27.Rad1 cxd5 28.Rxd5 Rb2 29.Rd6+ Kg5 30.Rd7 Kg6 31.Kd6= 0.10/20 ]

25.Kf3 0.66/19 Ba5 1.50/19
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 25...h5 26.Nxb6 axb6 27.Rac1 Re7 28.Re3 c6 29.Rd1 Kh6 30.Rd2 g5 31.h3 Rb1 32.g4² 0.66/19 ]

26.Reb1 0.27/23
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 26.Re4 h5 27.Bf5+ Kf7 28.Rxe8 Kxe8 29.Bg6+ Kd7 30.Rd1 Rb2 31.Nxf6+ Ke6 32.Nxh5 Rxh2 1.50/19 ]

26...Rc5 0.25/21
27.Rxb7= 0.00/22
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 27.Bd7 Re5 28.Nf4+ Kf7 29.Rc1 Bb6 30.Rxc5 Bxc5 31.Ba4 c6 32.Rd1 Re3+ 33.Kg4 Ke7= 0.25/21 ]

27...Kh6 0.00/23
28.Bd7 -0.26/23
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 28.Bf7 Rf8 29.Be6 Re8 30.Bd7 Re5 31.Nb4 Bb6 32.Rf1 Rc4 33.a3 Rd4 34.Nc6 Rd3 0.00/23 ]

28...Rd8= 0.00/22
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 28...Re5 29.Nb4 Bb6 30.Rf1 Rc4 31.a3 Rd4 32.Nc6 Rd3+ 33.Kf4 Rc5 34.Nb8 f5 35.Rxb6+ -0.26/23 ]

29.Be6 0.00/21 Re8 0.00/23
30.Bd7 0.00/23 Re5 0.00/21
31.Nf4 -0.41/19
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 31.Nb4 Bb6 32.Rf1 Rc4 33.a3 Rd4 34.Nc6 Rd3+ 35.Kf4 Be3+ 36.Kf3 Bc5+ 37.Kf4 Be3 0.00/21 ]

31...Rc3+ -0.41/22
32.Kg4 -0.41/20 g5 -0.41/19
33.Rxa7 -0.68/19
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 33.Rb3 gxf4 34.gxf4 Rc4 35.Rd1 Rg5+ 36.Kf3 Rh5 37.h3 Bb6 38.Rbd3 Rc2 39.R1d2 Rc1 -0.41/19 ]

33...gxf4 -0.75/19
34.gxf4 -0.68/20 Rh5= -0.19/20

[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 34...Rd5 35.Ra8 Rcc5 36.Be6 f5+ 37.Kf3 Rd2 38.Re1 Rxh2 39.Kg3 Bxe1+ 40.Kxh2 Kg6 41.Rd8 -0.68/20 ]

35.Rh1?? -#5/4
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 35.Ra6 Bb6 36.Re1 Rxh2 37.a4 Kg7 38.Re7+ Kf8 39.Re4 Rg2+ 40.Kf5 Rc5+ 41.Ke6 Kg7= -0.19/20 ]

35...Bb6? -6.54/16
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 35...Rch3 36.Ra6 -#5/4 ]

36.Ra8? -#3/3
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 36.h4 Bxa7 -6.54/16 ]

36...Rch3 -#2/3
37.Rf8 -#2/3 f5+ -#1/3 0-1

May-18-08
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  Cinco: A catfight indeed.
May-19-08
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  kevin86: What a pathetic finish for white. He must take the pawn,blacking the only escape square for his now-doomed king.
Jul-06-09
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  Domdaniel: This is The Cat's Whiskers.
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