18.Nc3 What did Black Play?

Russia’s Valentina Gunina recently won the Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship 2012in the beautiful city of Batumi, Georgia. She dedicated her victory to her father who has taught her since she was five years old. Gunina continued to study with her father before she moved to Moscow and says her father’s contribution to chess cannot be overstated. Here is a nice game from the event in which Gunina beat Zhao Xue with black in a fast-paced game. But, before you replay the game in Chess King, how about looking at the position on the left and figuring out what Gunina played after 18.Nc3 18….?

Zhao Xue – Valentina Gunina

Result: 0-1
Site: Batumi,Georgia
Date: 2012.06.04
[…] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.¤c3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.¤f3 ¤c6 6.g3 ¤f6 7.¥g2 ¥e7 8.O-O O-O 9.¥g5 cxd4 10.¤xd4 h6 11.¥f4 £b6 12.¤xc6 bxc6 13.¤a4 £a6 14.¦c1 ¥g4 15.¦e1 ¦fe8 16.h3 ¥h5 17.¥e3 ¥b4 18.¤c3 ¦xe3 19.fxe3 £b6 20.£d3 ¥g6 21.£d2 ¦e8 22.a3 ¦xe3 23.¢h1 ¤e4 24.¥xe4 ¥xe4+ 25.¢h2 ¦xg3 26.£f4 ¦g2+ 27.¢h1 ¥xc3 28.¦xc3 ¦xe2+