WWTC: Fortune on Koneru’с Side

The match between one of the outsiders of the Women'с World Team Championship, Greece national team and India turned out to be unexpectedly intense. However, fortune was on the side of the leader of Indian team, a recent challenger for the World Champion title Humpy Koneru. 


Here Dembo agrees on a draw, but if she had played 26.Bxe4! dxe4 27.Nxe4, White would probably need a good advice of how to save the position. 

Due to the specific tactical peculiarities of the position (vulnerability of the Queen h4 and the rook c8, as well as uncomfortable positioning of the Knight b6) White fail to find antidote for the White'с powerful initiative. Threat comes from 28.Nf5, and on 27…Qd8 White can play 28.Nd6, while in case of 27…g6 play 28.Nf3! (with a plan of putting the Knight on d6, while 28…Qh5, would be followed by 29.Ne5!). Diagnoses: White feel unwell.

[Event "FIDE Women'с World Teams"] [Site "Mardin TUR"] [Date "2011.12.25"] [Round "7"] [White "Dembo, Yelena"] [Black "Koneru, Humpy"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C91"] [WhiteElo "2468"] [BlackElo "2600"] [PlyCount "50"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "GRE"] [BlackTeam "IND"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be3 exd4 11. cxd4 Na5 12. Bc2 Nc4 13. Bc1 c5 14. b3 Nb6 15. Nbd2 Nfd7 16. h3 Bh5 17. Bb2 Re8 18. Nf1 Rc8 19. Ne3 cxd4 20. Bxd4 Bf6 21. Ng4 Bxd4 22. Nxd4 Bg6 23. f4 Qh4 24. Qd2 d5 25. Nf2 Bxe4 1/2-1/2
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