Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Quarter-Finals: Harika Dronavalli Saves Absolutely Lost Game Against Zhao Xue!

Huge material advantage of the Chinese Zhao Xue went down in a single moment of greed in the quarter finals of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk on Wednesday as Harika Dronavalli saved a totally lost endgame! The match now goes into tiebreak with the duo having already drawn their first game. You can read the full report on Chess Blog. In the position on the left, Black has just played 65. …e4 attacking the White Knight on f3. Harika plays the daring 66.Qd8. What happens now if Black takes the Knight? Replay the fantastic chess game in the Chess King applet.




Harika, Dronavalli – Zhao, Xue

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Khanty-Mansiysk
Date: 2012.11.21

[…] 1.d4 ¤f6 2.c4 e6 3.¤c3 ¥b4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 ¥xc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 ¤xd5 8.dxc5 f5 9.¤h3 £a5 10.e4 fxe4 11.fxe4 ¤f6 12.¥e2 O-O 13.O-O £xc5+ 14.¢h1 ¤c6 15.a4 £xc3 16.¦a3 £a5 17.¦d3 ¤e5 18.¥d2 £c5 19.¥e3 £e7 20.¦d4 ¥d7 21.¤g5 ¥c6 22.¥f4 ¤fd7 23.£d2 h6 24.¤h3 ¤g6 25.¥d6 ¦xf1+ 26.¥xf1 £f6 27.¢g1 ¤de5 28.a5 ¤f7 29.¥a3 e5 30.¦b4 ¤d6 31.¤f2 a6 32.£e1 ¤b5 33.¥c1 ¤d4 34.¤g4 £d6 35.¦b2 ¥b5 36.¦f2 ¥xf1 37.£xf1 ¦f8 38.£c4+ ¢h7 39.¦xf8 ¤xf8 40.¥e3 ¤c6 41.h3 £e6 42.£c3 ¤d7 43.¢h2 £d6 44.£b3 h5 45.¤f2 ¤xa5 46.£f7 ¤f6 47.¥g5 £d7 48.£f8 £e6 49.£b4 b6 50.¤h1 ¢g6 51.¥h4 ¤b7 52.¤g3 ¤c5 53.£e1 ¤cd7 54.¤f5 ¢h7 55.£e3 £f7 56.¤d6 £e6 57.¤f5 a5 58.¥g5 g6 59.¤h4 ¤c5 60.¥h6 ¤g8 61.¥g5 £c6 62.¤f3 £xe4 63.£d2 £d3 64.£a2 £b3 65.£d2 e4 66.£d8 exf3

(66…£e6 67.¤d4 £d7 68.¤e2 £xd8 69.¥xd8 ¤d7 70.¤c3 ¢g7 71.¢g3 ¤gf6 72.¢f4 ¢f7 73.¢e3 ¢e6 74.¢d4 (0:00:05) 66.Qd8)

67.£c7+ ¢h8 68.£e5+ ¢h7 69.£c7+ ¢h8 70.£e5+ ¢h7

4 Responses to “Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Quarter-Finals: Harika Dronavalli Saves Absolutely Lost Game Against Zhao Xue!”

  • alexis cochran, nz says:

    Indeed after Qe6 and forced Queen exchange it is winning all the way for Black with that huge material up – guess taking the knight was the one move to draw with sympathies for xue

  • amrit puri, knights chess club, new delhi says:

    CONGRATS HARIKA GOOD SHOW

  • Tara says:

    Chess is just so cruel

  • dudeirock says:

    this reminds me of the immortal losing game. Look it up it is an extraordinary game in which black is trying to save a lost game by setting some brilliant traps, but loses anyway. (Hence the name) check it out sometime!

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