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Mariya Muzychuk vs Humpy Koneru
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015), Sochi RUS, rd 4, Mar-26
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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  ClassZPlaya: Position after 26. ... Rf8 would make a good puzzle.
Mar-26-15  LEPORNO8: ClassZPlaya: Position after 26. ... Rf8 would make a good puzzle.

Why not after 25... f6 ?

Mar-26-15  patzer2: Yes indeed (26. ?) would make for a good puzzle, as 25...f6? loses the game to 26. Qd2!! Instead, 25...Rd1! = forces off the rooks and eliminates the back rank weakness.
Mar-26-15  bugoljubow2000: Congratz Mariya for excellent finish
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  Gilmoy: Like that (non-Judit) Polgar game with an early h6(?) deflection to lure White's Q away, and Qb6+ Kh1 Qf2 0-1 with Re8-e1 overwhelming the lone Rf1. Too busy to search for it this week ...
Mar-26-15  Nerwal: This is not the first time Koneru collapses tactically. I wonder if Muzychuk went for this dubious plan 15. f4 16. b3 17. h3 19. b4 20. g4 just as a pure provocation because she knew she would likely be outplayed in the technical position that would occur after normal continuations.
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  Penguincw: And Mariya Muzychuk snaps Koneru Humpy's perfect streak. Since losing her first game, Muzychuk has been playing pretty well actually (8-2, including this game).

Muzychuk trying to become the first 8-seed to ever knock off a 1-seed in WWCC knockout history...

Mar-26-15  notyetagm: M Muzychuk vs Koneru, 2015

Humpy dies on the <BACK RANK>:

26 ?

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26 ♕f2-d2!!

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29 ?

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29 ♕d5-f7! 1-0

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  whiteshark: <Position after <26. ... Rf8> would make a good puzzle.> Here you are:

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Mar-26-15  Mating Net: What a great game! The double declined Queen deflection/sacrifice perhaps? With both the Black Queen & Knight in exile (in Siberia)on the Q side, it's not surprising that a tactical solution was available.

I agree wholeheartedly with all the kibitzing suggesting that this game has multiple puzzle possibilities.

Mar-26-15  Eduardo Bermudez: Very nice chessgame !!
Mar-27-15  Eduardo Bermudez: Queen and Knight, one of the most lethal combinations in chess !!
Mar-27-15  Baron Harkonnen: b5!, Qd2! lots of fireworks
Mar-27-15  ALKINAN: Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2007
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  OhioChessFan: Wow. Love the fireworks here. Q+N are a brutal combination.
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  Richard Taylor: 25....f6?? loses otherwise Black had a small edge most of the game. A pity as Black had played well up to there and White had diminished her own position somewhat.

Then the obvious Bd5+ any amateur would find, perhaps not the Q sac but it doesn't look good for Black after that...

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  Richard Taylor: But, I have to concede as someone alerted me to it in the comments above, that I was looking for a combination at the end and to my annoyance didn't see the beautiful 29. Qf7!!

26. Qd2! was a nice move also.

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  Richard Taylor: << whiteshark: <Position after <26. ... Rf8> would make a good puzzle.> Here you are...>

This player already said this above...Here it is:

<ClassZPlaya: Position after 26. ... Rf8 would make a good puzzle.>>

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