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Pia Cramling vs Irina Krush
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-16
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  0-1



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Nov-16-12  jrofrano: ouchhhhhhhh rh5# probably a good deal of time pressure in this position.
Nov-16-12  waustad: This may have been her last shot at the title that has eluded her for so long. When she stopped losing to Maia C all of the time in 2000, she was no longer the champ. Is she so chooses next year, she would be a huge favorite to be Senior Women's WC, unless Maia is also in the field. In that case they'd probably be co-favorites. Nona G is the top rated woman this year and she's 71 yo.
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  whiteshark: <57.Rb7!!> would have been the winning move here

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  whiteshark: and <68.f4+!!>

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would have led to mate after <68... Kxf4 69.g3+ Kg5 70.Rg8+ Kh5 71.Re5 Rg7 72.Rxg7 Rg6 73.Rxf5+ Rg5 74.g4#>

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Nov-16-12  notyetagm: Chess Today 4392

<Cramling missed a forced mate: 68.f4+!! ¢xf4 69.g3+ ¢g5 70.¦g8+
¢h5 71.¦e5 ¦g6 72.¦xf5+ ¦g5 73.g4#
68...¦f6 69.¦g8+ ¦g6 70.¦b8 ¢f4
71.¦bb5 ¦g5 72.¦ec5??
(Blundering to mate in one).
72...¦h5# 0–1>

Nov-16-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Damn. Tough rook ending. I'd wager the clock was a huge factor.
Nov-16-12  notyetagm: <Wyatt Gwyon: Damn. Tough rook ending. I'd wager the clock was a huge factor.>

Yes, in a must-win game for White, she missed *two* wins, as pointed out by <whiteshark> above, the straightforward 57 ♖b6-b7! and the brilliant 68 f3-f4+!!.

Nov-16-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES!
Nov-16-12  braimondi: Embarrassing mate.
Nov-16-12  notyetagm: P Cramling vs I Krush, 2012

<braimondi: Embarrassing mate.>

Yep, Cramling thought that 71 ... ♖g6-g5 was just to protect the Black f5-pawn from the White rooks doubled along the fifth rank.

71 ... ♖g6-g5 Δ ♖g5-h5#

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She completely missed the point that there is also a threat: 72 ... ♖g5-h5#.

72 ♖e5-c5?? ♖g5-h5#

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