"I Gave Away the Queen with Pleasure"

Время публикации: 14.11.2012 21:03 | Последнее обновление: 14.11.2012 22:47

Natalia Zhukova beat Humpy Koneru and told how to best prepare for the tournament   

"The real preparation bases on preparation of oneself, not preparing for a concrete opponent. I prepared myself for the Championship, so it doesn't matter who will be my rival."

These remarkable words were said by Natalia Zhukova several hours ago. Ukrainian player beat the rating favourite Humpy Koneru in the second round of the Women's World Championship. This is what the winner said about the game:

"I surely tried to equalize position and keep it calm. To some point Humpy played very logically and I think if she would continue doing so, the game would finish in a logical draw. When I went on playing with the pawn on c2, I considered the position to be safe for me, because, as far as I understand chess, one shouldn't be uncomfortable with having the pawn on c2. I though she would beat 22.Rdxc2 Qxc2 23.Rxc2 Rxc2. It turned out Humpy assessed the position in a different way; maybe the critical moment was when she played 22.Qe2 and I replied with 22...Bf5.


I was really happy with this position: d5 is safe, which means I just keep defending c2-pawn and continue putting pressure. 

So, she got nervous. I couldn't really understand what she was doing when playing all those 25.e4, 26.f4. If she has played 27.f5 I would have a nice  27...Qb6! in reply leading to a terrible pin. For instance, in case of 28.Kh1, Black has 28...Qxd4 29.Qxd4 dxe4, and c2-pawn again determines the fate of the game. (actually 28...dxe4! brings win even quicker - CN)

However, that'd be almost the same that took place in the game. I've been planning the queen sacrifice and continue thinking: "Just play 28.Rb4". And she played it...

And here  Igave away my queen with pleasure. 28...Qxc1+ 29.Qxc1 Rb8 30.Be4 Rxb4 31.Bxc2 Rc4 32.f5 Bxf5 33.Qf1 Rxc2 34.Qxf5 Rd2 35.Qg4+ Kh8 36.Qf4 R8xd5 37.Qxf6+ Kg8 

Here she turned on the thinking mode and her flag fell, well, she wasn't actually going to make a move..." 

[Event "FIDE WCh Women World Cup"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2012.11.14"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Koneru, Humpy"] [Black "Zhukova, Natalia"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D34"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Tarrasch, Prague variation, 9.Bg5"] [EventDate "2012.11.11"] [Board "2"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. g3 Nf6 7. Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Bg5 c4 10. Ne5 Be6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. b3 Rc8 13. Na4 Qa5 14. e3 Rfd8 15. Bxf6 gxf6 16. Qh5 c5 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. Nxc5 Qxc5 19. Rfd1 c3 20. Rac1 c2 21. Rd2 Qc3 22. Qe2 Bf5 23. Rd4 Qb2 24. Qd2 Qxa2 25. e4 Bg6 26. f4 Qxb3 27. exd5 Qb2 28. Rb4 Qxc1+ 29. Qxc1 Rb8 30. Be4 Rxb4 31. Bxc2 Rc4 32. f5 Bxf5 33. Qf1 Rxc2 34. Qxf5 Rd2 35. Qg4+ Kh8 36. Qf4 R8xd5 37. Qxf6+ Kg8 0-1 

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