Women's World Chess Championhsip: Natalia Zhukova: "You Can Sacrifice Everything, Just Give that Mate"

Время публикации: 13.11.2012 14:46 | Последнее обновление: 13.11.2012 14:46

Natalia Zhukova is one of those who have won in yesterday's Round 2 and move on the next stage. HEre's what ZHukova has said on her game at the press conference:

"It seems I am not really responsible for this result – my opponent wanted to beat me a bit too much, and she found the way to lose. I played a very solid line and wanted to equalize without much complications, but Gou Qi refused to give me a break and started to sacrifice everything. Being in her shoes, I would spend like 40 minutes on the exchange sacrifice, because her position was very comfortable anyway. However, she decided to go for it after just ten minutes of contemplation, which really scared me. She forced me to calculate a lot. In some lines she would win even without a rook… So, out of plain desperation I made a number of only moves (according to the people who followed my game with the computer). The scariest part of the game began after 27.Bh3. I recalled the smothered mate puzzles we solved with my 5-year-old daughter, and realized that I get mated in most variations…

I was very short on time, had about ten minutes, and she had plenty – about 40 minutes… I used to tell my daughter: “Don’t worry about material, you can sacrifice everything, just give that mate!” And this is exactly what Gou Qi did – she started with an exchange sacrifice, then gave up a pawn, and then put her bishop under attack. First I thought I am okay after 27…Nd5, but then I found 28.Bxe6 Nxc7 29.dxc7, and Black is helpless despite having extra queen and rook! So I had to go for 27…Bb3. Frankly speaking I thought I am losing the game, because White has so many mating threats… She regained the material with some interest in the next three moves, and the little a-pawn was my only hope. I started pushing it forward, with just three minutes on the clock, and suddenly I was winning! Later I was told that objectively it was a draw, White could save the game with the most accurate play. How exactly? I don’t know. I really didn’t want to play tie-break with her, because she plays really fast. She played very well at the World Rapid Championship in Batumi, so I was pessimistic about my chances. Although I would be more confident if I survived the rapid part – in the only blitz game we played I won as Black.", - the official website of the competition cites Zhukova.

Natalia's next opponent is Humpy Koneru. 

[Event "FIDE WCh Women World Cup"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2012.11.12"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Guo, Qi"] [Black "Zhukova, Natalia"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E11"] [Opening "Bogo-Indian defence"] [EventDate "2012.11.11"] [Board "31"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 a5 5. g3 d6 6. Bg2 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8. e3 c6 9. a3 Bxd2 10. Nfxd2 O-O 11. Nc3 Qe7 12. b4 Rd8 13. d5 c5 14. Qb3 axb4 15. axb4 Rxa1 16. Rxa1 cxb4 17. Qxb4 Nc5 18. Qb6 Nfd7 19. Qc7 Na6 20. Rxa6 bxa6 21. c5 dxc5 22. d6 Qf8 23. Nd5 Nf6 24. Ne7+ Kh8 25. Nc4 e4 26. Ne5 Be6 27. Bh3 Bb3 28. N5c6 Ra8 29. d7 Nxd7 30. Bxd7 a5 31. Bc8 a4 32. Qb7 Rxc8 33. Nxc8 Be6 34. Nd6 a3 35. Ne5 a2 36. Qa7 Bd5 37. Kg2 Qa8 38. Qe7 a1=Q 39. Ne8 Kg8 40. Nd7 h6 41. Qf8+ Kh7 42. Ndf6+ Qxf6 0-1 


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