(1) Zhao Xue - Ju Wenjun [D80]
FIDE Women Grand Prix Nanjing Nanjing/China (2), 29.09.2009



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bh4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7.e3 Be6 8.Be2 c6 9.Nf3 Bg7
[9...Bh6!? was played earlier this year. Undoubtedly Zhao Xue would have seen this game and was prepared for it 10.0-0 b5 11.a4 a6 12.e4 0-0 13.axb5 cxb5 14.d5 Bc8 15.e5 Qc7 16.d6 exd6 17.exd6 Qb6 18.Be7 Re8 19.Ne5 Be6 20.Bg4 Nc6 21.Nd7 Bxd7 22.Bxd7 Red8 23.Bxd8 Rxd8 24.Qe2 Bf8 25.Bxc6 Qxc6 26.Rfd1 Rxd6 27.Rxd6 Qxd6=/+ 1/2-1/2 Wang Yue (CHN) (2739) -Dominguez Lenier (CUB) (2717)/Linares (Spain) 2009 (48)]

10.0-0 b5 11.a4 a6
up to here all played before, albeit by transposition

12.Qc2
Novelty. Maybe Gupta's idea is also interesting. [12.Bg3 0-0 13.Qc2 h6 14.Ne5 Bxe5 15.Bxe5 Nd7 16.Bg3 Nb6 17.Bf3 Qd7 18.a5 Nd5 19.e4 Nf6 20.h3 b4 21.cxb4 Qxd4 22.Rfd1 Qa7 23.Be2 c5 24.Bxc4 Bxc4 25.Qxc4 cxb4 26.Qxb4 Rac8 27.Qb6 Qa8 28.f3 Rc6 29.Qb4 Nh5 30.Be5 1/2-1/2 O'Kelly,R-Sully,D/Morecambe ch62-BCF; 12.Ng5 Bd5 13.e4 h6 14.exd5 hxg5 15.dxc6 b4 16.c7 Qxc7 17.Bg3 Qd7 18.Rb1 Nc6 19.d5 Ne5 20.Rxb4 Rc8 21.Rb6 0-0 22.Bxe5 Bxe5 23.Bg4 Qd8 24.Qb1 Rb8 25.Rxg6+ Bg7 26.Rxg7+ Kxg7 27.Qf5 e6 28.dxe6 Qf6 29.Qe4 fxe6 30.Qxc4 1-0 Gupta Abhijeet (IND) (2569)-Howell David WL (ENG) (2622) /Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands) 2009 (57)]

12...f5
[12...0-0 13.Ng5 Bf5 14.e4 Bd7 when white has compensation due to black's pieces being jammed up for the time being]

13.e4 h6 14.exf5
[14.axb5!? cxb5 15.Bg3 0-0 16.Bxb8 Qxb8 17.Nh4 with a small pull for white]

14...Bxf5 15.Qc1 Nd7 16.Re1 g5 17.Bg3 0-0 18.h4
white may have felt obliged to try something on the king-side but now black starts to get play as well [18.Qe3 Nf6 19.Ne5 Nd5 20.Qd2 Qb6= ]

18...g4 19.Nh2 Nf6 20.Be5 Qd7=/+ 21.f3
[21.Bxf6!? exf6 22.Qf4 ]

21...gxf3 22.Bxf3 Nd5 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Re5 Rae8 25.Qd2
[25.Bh5 Rd8 26.axb5 axb5 27.Ng4! Qd6 (27...Bxg4 28.Rg5+ hxg5 29.Qxg5+ Kh8 30.Qh6+ Kg8 and perpetual) 28.Ne3= ]

25...e6 26.Bh5
too late

26...Re7 27.Rf1 Nf6 28.Be2 Ref7=/+ 29.Re1 Kh7 30.Bf3 Rg7 31.Kh1 Rfg8
[31...Qd6!? ]

32.Qf4?!
[32.Nf1! Ng4 33.Rc5 Qd8 34.g3 and white is slightly worse but still in the game]

32...Nd5 33.Qd2 Nf6 34.Qf4 Nd5 35.Qd2
both players were low on time and the repetition was played to gain the increment on the clock

35...Qd8 36.Rxe6 Qxh4 37.R6e5?!
[37.Rxc6!? Nf4 38.Rg1 (38.axb5 Nxg2 39.Rg1 Nf4 40.Rxg7+ Rxg7 41.b6 Nh3 42.Bg2 Nf2+ 43.Kg1 Be4-+ 44.Rc7 Nh3+ 45.Kf1 Bd3+ ) ]

37...Bd3 38.Rh5
in time trouble white loses the hold on the position

38...Qf4 39.Qf2?
Time, but position was lost anyway [39.Qf2 Rxg2 40.Qxg2 Rxg2 41.Bxg2 bxa4-+ ] 0-1