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Game of the day - round 8
IMG 0183 (1) Hou,Yifan - Ushenina,Anna [B51]

Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix Geneva (8.3), 11.05.2013


It was a game of the tournament for both players-in September they will play match for World Championship title in home city of Hou Yifan.So,this game was a real warming up for girls or ,maybe,game 0!Moment zero.Now they really understand the power of the opponent.I would not overestimate or underestimate the result.Of course,it can have different impact on players and it is not clear what is better. Of course,it always good to win,but...Let us wait and enjoy their fantastic fight!
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.d4 Ngf6 5.0–0 cxd4 [Deadly dangerous is materialism 5...Nxe4 6.Qe2 Nef6 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.Rd1 a6 9.Bc4 e6 10.Ng5 Qb6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.Nxe6 Be7 13.Re1 Ng8 14.Bf4+- 1–0 Velicka,P-Johann,C/Passau op 2000] 6.Qxd4 g6 [Classical way is 6...e5 7.Qd3 h6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Be3 0–0] 7.e5 dxe5


8.Qxe5 [Another capture is possible ,but does not promise too much 8.Nxe5 Bg7 9.Rd1 0–0 10.Nxd7 (10.Nc3 Qb6 11.Nxd7 Nxd7 12.Qb4 a6 13.Be3 Bxc3 14.Bxb6 Bxb4 15.Bxd7 Bd6 16.Bxc8 Raxc8 17.c3 Ѕ–Ѕ Rublevsky,S-Yermolinsky,A/Hyderabad 2002) 10...Nxd7 11.Qa4 Nb6! 12.Rxd8 Rxd8 13.Qf4 Rd1+ 14.Bf1 Nd5 15.Qf3 Rxc1 16.Qxd5 Bxb2] 8...Bg7 9.Re1 e6 [New idea here is 9...a6 10.Bxd7+ Bxd7 11.Bh6 Bxh6 12.Qxf6 0–0 13.Qxe7 Bc6 14.Qxd8 Rfxd8 15.Ne5 Be4 16.Na3 Bf5 17.c3 b5 18.Nc6 Rd2 19.Ne7+ Kg7 20.Nxf5+ gxf5 21.Rab1 Rad8 22.Kf1 Kf6 23.Re2 Rd1+ 24.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 25.Re1 Rd2 26.Re2 Rd1+ 27.Re1 Rd2 28.Re2 Rd1+ 1/2 Velicka,P (2469)-Rausis,I (2512)/Czech Republic CZE 2013] 10.Qd6 a6


11.Bf1 [Few years ago Rublevsky tried the move 11.Ba4 but without big success: 11...Qe7 12.Qxe7+ Kxe7 13.Bd2 Nd5 14.c4 N5b6 15.Bb4+ Ke8 16.Nc3 a5! 0–1 Rublevsky,S-Ivanchuk,V/Frankfurt Masters 2000/ (55)] 11...Bf8 [Not the best idea is 11...Qe7 12.Qxe7+ Kxe7 13.Nbd2 b6 14.b3 Black does not have weak pawns but falls behind in development 14...Kf8 15.Nc4 Kg8 (15...Nd5 16.Ba3+ Kg8 17.Rad1 Bc3!?) 16.Ba3 Bb7 17.Nfe5 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 Ne4 (18...Rd8 19.Rad1 Rxd1 20.Rxd1 Nd5 21.Bb2ѓ) 19.Bb2 Rc8 20.Rad1! (20.c4!?) 20...Bf6 21.Rd7 Nc5™ 22.Rd6 b5™ 23.Bd4 with advantage, Rublevsky,S (2686)-Ye Jiangchuan (2681)/Moscow 2004 After this move there is no doubt of White's overwhelming advantage.; Ushenina believed that more proper move here is 11...Qb6 but could not remeber her old analysis.] 12.Qd3 [Serious attention deserves 12.Qf4 ] 12...Bg7 13.c4 0–0 14.Nc3


14...b6 [Better try was to develop differently in the center 14...Qc7 15.g3 e5 16.Bg5 h6 17.Be3 Re8 18.Qc2 Nc5] 15.Bf4 Bb7 16.Rad1 Qc8 17.h3 Rd8 


18.Na4? Looks tempting ,but it is a serious mistake-decentralization. [White could keep slight advantage after 18.a3 Nh5 19.Bh2 Bh6 20.Ne5 Nxe5 21.Qxd8+ Qxd8 22.Rxd8+ Rxd8 23.Bxe5 Bf4 24.Bxf4 Nxf4 25.g3 Nh5 26.Na4 Rd6 27.c5 bxc5 28.Nxc5 Bc8] 18...b5! Unexpected counterstike. [White was ready for long line 18...Bc6 19.Nxb6 Nxb6 20.Qxd8+ Qxd8 21.Rxd8+ Rxd8 22.Bc7 Rc8 23.Bxb6 Bxf3 24.gxf3 Nd7 25.Be3 Bxb2 26.Rb1 Ba3 but it is not clear what will happen after blockade on c5.] 19.cxb5 [White could better hold after 19.Nc3 bxc4 20.Qxc4 Bxf3 21.Qxc8 Rdxc8 22.gxf3] 19...axb5 20.Rc1 Nc5 21.Qxb5 Ushenina honestly admitted that she overlooked this move,but eventually Black obtain here very strong initiative [White would get worse end after 21.Rxc5 Rxd3 22.Rxc8+ Rxc8 23.Bxd3 bxa4 24.Ne5 Nd5] 21...Rxa4 22.Rxc5 Qa8 23.Bc7 Rc8


24.Ne5 [Slightly worse position would get White after the best move 24.Bd6 Rxc5 25.Bxc5 Bxf3 26.gxf3 Ra5 27.Qc4 Nd7] 24...Rxa2 25.Nc4 Nd5! Now White pieces started to be vulnerable 26.Bg3 [It was necessary to try 26.Be5 ] 26...Bc6 27.Qb3 Bd4! Very strong move-now White Rook is in trouble 28.Nd6 Rxb2 [Very strong was 28...Bxc5 29.Nxc8 Bd4 30.Rb1 Kg7 31.Qc4 Bf6 32.Nd6 Rxb2] 29.Qc4 Bxc5 30.Qxc5 Rcb8 Now Rb1 is a threat and it becomes clear,that White is in serious trouble 31.Ne4 Rb1 32.Re2


32...Rxf1+! 33.Kh2 [Immediately losing was 33.Kxf1 Rb1+ 34.Re1 Qa6+] 33...Rbb1 Black won a Rook and White has just few cheap threats. 34.Be5 Rh1+ 35.Kg3 Rhe1 36.Ra2


This brave sacrifice cannot help. 36...Qxa2 37.Qxc6 Qa3+ 38.f3 Rxe4! 39.Bd6 Qxd6+ 40.Qxd6 Reb4 0–1


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