SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan, after yesterday’s victory over Judit Polgar, has left no doubt in anyone’s mind why she is the top female player in the world today when she won yet again, this time against Viet Nam star Le Quang in a sharp Sicilian defence. This puts her in a 2-way tie with England’s Mickey Adams.
Yifan played a bit recklessly in the opening and experts felt that she was on the brink of being definitely worse when she wisely embarked on some wild complications. The game should have been a draw towards the end, but the Viet Nam star stumbled and fell into a mating net.
POSITION AFTER BLACK’S 33rd MOVE (33…h6)
Retreating the Knight would simply leave Black a pawn to the good. Fortunately for the chinese star, she has a perpetual check with a simple Rook sacrifice:
34. Rxh6! gh 35. Qe6 Kg7 36. Qd7 Kg6 37. Ne6
Now the game should end in a perpetual after 37… Rf7! 38. Nf4 Kg7 39. Nh5 Kg8! 40. Qe8 Rf8 41. Qg6 Kh8 42. Qxh6 etc. INSTEAD, Le Quang blundered:
37…Bc5?? 38. Qg7-ch!
It is forced mate!
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