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Ju Wenjun vs Atousa Pourkashiyan
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-11
Budapest Defense: Adler Variation (A52)  ·  1-0



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Nov-11-12  notyetagm: Ju Wenjun vs A Pourkashiyan, 2012

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32 ... ♗b6-c5??

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33 ♕h4xh7+! 1-0 <line-opening: h-line>

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Wow, unbelievable, Black missed a simple h-file mating pattern with 33 Qh4xh7+! Kh8xQh7 34 Re4-h4#. This pattern is known as an <ANASTASIA MATE>.

33 ... ♔h8x♕h7 34 ♖e4-h4#

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I don't see any means of stopping the mate. If correct, then 32...Bc5 isn't a blunder. But that's not where things get interesting.

Where did Black go wrong? If 22...Ne7 doesn't improve, then Pourkashihan was already lost--more exactly, I can't find any defense.

The position after 16.Rae1 shows that White has developed every piece and pointed them at the King side, whilst Black's Ra8 does nothing and the Bc5 "bites on air." I think Black had to play 16...g6 and hold onto the f5 square, but Black is very passive and White's lead in development gives her a big edge.

Which means that the losing move might be 2...e5! Black's Ng8-f6-g4xe5 represents a loss of two tempi that White exploited very well. Of course I exaggerate; the Budapest is not an automatic 1-0. Nonetheless, one should choose carefully when to indulge in this risky defense.

Nov-14-12  notyetagm: <An Englishman: Good Evening: I don't see any means of stopping the mate. If correct, then 32...Bc5 isn't a blunder. But that's not where things get interesting.>

There's a very simple way to stop the mate, as well as prevent 33 ♕h4xh7+! from appearing on the board -> <RESIGN>.

Nov-15-12  FrogC: According to Moskalenko in The Fabulous Budapest Gambit, Black should play 7...O-O. The idea is to wait till White commits the bishop to e2. The line played here is risky because White gets a strong attack with the bishop on d3.

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