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Play Like a Star!
girlDear spectators and fans! Welcome to the European Individual Women Chess Championship! While first round is still in progress, let me entertain you a bit with examples of the fine chess moves played by ten top seeded players of our event. Try to solve the quiz and find out the solutions at the bottom of the page. Test yourself to find out if you can play like chess stars;

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(1) Lahno,Kateryna (2507) - Ivanisevic,Ivan (2664)

Mainz Ordix op 15th Mainz (8), 03.08.2008

26.Nd5! Ne5 27.Nxe7!! Nxf7 28.Rxf7 Qa8 29.Nxg8 Kxg8 30.Rxg7+ Kf8 31.e7+ 1–0


(2) Kosintseva,Nadezhda (2493) - Khurtsidze,Nino (2420)

EU-Cup (Women) 14th Ohrid (1.3), 04.10.2009

20.Ngf5!! Bh8 [In case of 20...gxf5 21.Nxf5 Re5 22.Bxe5 Nxe5 23.Nxg7 Kxg7 24.f4! followed by e4-e5 White's advantage is decisive.] 21.Qg5 Nc5 22.Nxc6! and White won on 39th move. 1–0


(3) Dzagnidze,N (2550) - Vallejo Pons,F (2698)

Gibraltar Masters Caleta ENG (6.8), 30.01.2011

At the previous stage of the game White achieved a strong initiative, and now it's a time for a final blow: 24.Rxe7 Rxe7 [More stubborn was 24...Ne8 25.b4! h6 26.Rxf7 Qxf7 27.bxc5 hxg5 28.cxd6 cxd6 29.fxg5±] 25.Nxf6+ Kf7 26.Bd5+ Ne6 27.Nd7 Qh8 28.Bf6 Qg8 29.Bxe7 Kxe7 30.Qf6+ 1–0



(4) Stefanova,Antoaneta (2464) - Gurevich,Mikhail (2607)

Gibraltar Masters 6th Gibraltar (2), 23.01.2008

White has decisive advantage, but it's always nice to finish the game in spectacular way: 30.Rg7! Qh5 31.Rg8+! [31.Rg8+ Kxg8 32.Qg3+ Kf7 33.Qg7#] 1–0


(5) Gunina,V (2472) - Turova,I (2428)

II Controceni Women Bucharest ROU (2), 03.03.2011

27.Bd5! Qxd5 28.Qxg6+ Kh8 29.Qxe8+ Kh7 30.Ne5!! [In the game White played 30.Qd7 Ne5 (30...Nxe7!? 31.Rh2!) 31.Qf5+ Kh6 32.Qg5+ Kh7 33.Qh5+ Kg7 34.Qxe5+ Qxe5 35.Nxe5 Bxd6 36.Rxd3 Bxe5 37.Rd8 Bf6 38.Rxa8 1–0] 30...Nxe5 31.Qh5+ Kg7 32.e8N+! Kf8 33.Qh8+ Qg8 34.Qxe5+-



(6) Muzychuk,Anna (2508) - Vasquez Ramirez,Rocio (2284)

Dresden ol (Women) 38th Dresden (8), 21.11.2008

16.Rxg7+! Kxg7 17.Rg1+ Qg6 [17...Kh8 18.Nxf7+ Rxf7 19.Qd8+] 18.h4!? Kh8 19.Nxg6+ fxg6 20.h5 gxh5 21.Qd6 Rf7 22.Qd8+ 1–0



(7) Zhao Xue - Cmilyte,Viktorija

11th TCh-RUS Women Dagomys RUS (3), 03.04.2010

White just played careless Ne2-c3, completely overlooking Black's reply: 34...Rh1+ 35.Kg3 [35.Kxh1 Qxh3+ 36.Kg1 Qxg2#] 35...Bxg2 0–1

(8) Turov,M (2628) - Khotenashvili,B (2423)

2nd Open Rethymno GRE (8), 19.07.2010

15...Nxh4! Only way to get an advantage! 16.Rxh4 Qxg5 17.Rh3 Bxh3 18.Bxh3 dxe4 White king's shelter is destroyed, so black has continuous initiative and much better prospects. 19.Bg2 exf3 20.Qxf3 Kh8 21.Kf1 Re3 22.Qd5 Qg3 23.Nf3 Re2! 24.Kxe2 Qxg2+ 25.Kd1 Re8 26.Rb1 Re2 0–1


(9) Mamedjarova,Turkan (2269) - Kosintseva,Tatiana (2513)

Dresden ol (Women) 38th Dresden (1), 13.11.2008

Black is already close to winning, but the following combination is the fastest way: 24...Rxd2! 25.Rxd2 Nxe4 26.Qc2 Nf2+! 27.Kg1 Nxh3+ 28.Kf1 Qh2 29.Bf3 Qg1+ [29...Qg1+ 30.Ke2 Ngf4+ 31.exf4 Nxf4#] 0–1

(10) Sebag,Marie (2509) - Sahitaj,Naim (2231)

EU-Cup 23rd Kemer (3), 05.10.2007

19.Bxf5! Tempting, but still nice! 19...exf5? [19...0–0 20.Be4±] 20.Rfe1+ Kf7 21.Qc4+ Kf8 22.Qc5+ [22.Ng5! h6 23.Rd8+!] 22...Kf7 23.Ne5+ Qxe5 24.Rxe5 Nxe5 25.Qxe5 Re8 26.Qd5+ Kf6 27.h4 a6 28.a4 1–0


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