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Aleksandra Goryachkina vs Tan Zhongyi
FIDE Candidates (Women) (2019), Kazan RUS, rd 5, Jun-05
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0



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Jun-05-19  The17thPawn: A Luft a Luft my kingdom for a Luft.
Jun-06-19  siggemannen: Funny how black's rook is in risk after 35.Kg2. Both 35...Rxh4 and g6 lead to 36.e4 and the rook is running out of air support.

Nice scalp for Sasha

Feb-08-21  nummerzwei: The rook endgame after 40.Rxa6 already occurred in the game D Werner vs W Schlemermeyer, 1982 from the second Bundesliga season. It was annotated by Claus Dieter Meyer in <Im Spiegel der Analyse> (1987).

As indicated in the old annotations, 47...Rg1! leads to a draw. After 51.Kg5! White is already winning - this was played by Werner on move 57 (with the minor difference that White's rook was on b6). Still, instead of Tan's 52...Rh1?!, Schlemermeyer managed to get in a cunning trap with 58...Rg3!? 59.Rf6+ Ke7

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Now 60.Rxg6? Rxf3 61.Kxh5 Rf5+ 62.Rg5 Rf4 is only drawn despite the two extra pawns. After 60.f4!, Werner still managed to win in a way that is worth seeing.

Incidentally, in the text, Black may still be able to draw after 47...Rf1?! due to the Stockfish improvement 48...Kf8!! (to the back rank!), e.g. 49.e5 Re1 50.Kg5!? Rxe5+ 51.Kxg6 Re3 52.Rf7+ Kg8! 53.Rf5 Re6+ 54.Kxh5 Rd6, and White is left with f and h pawns.

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