The second round at the ongoing Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk saw sensational results with top stars getting knocked out. One of the key games was Natalia Zhukova-Humpy Koneru. Zhukova had already won the first game and Koneru needed to win the second game with Black. She built up a good onslaught, but after a Queen exchange White slowly and steadily won the game. Zhukova eliminated the top-rated player of the tournament. Read report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King.

Zhukova, Natalia – Koneru, Humpy

Result: 1-0
Site: Khanty-Mansiysk
Date: 2012.11.15
[…] 1.d4 g6 2.e4 ¥g7 3.c4 d6 4.¤c3 ¤d7 5.¤f3 e5 6.¥e2 ¤gf6 7.O-O O-O 8.¥e3 ¦e8 9.d5 ¤h5 10.g3 ¥f8 11.¤e1 ¤g7 12.¤d3 ¥e7 13.£d2 c5 14.a3 f5 15.f3 h5 16.b4 b6 17.a4 a5 18.bxc5 bxc5 19.£c2 ¥f6 20.¤f2 ¤b8 21.¦ad1 ¦a7 22.¤b5 ¦f7 23.¥d2 ¤a6 24.¥xa5 £xa5 25.¤xd6 ¦a7 26.¤xe8 ¤xe8 27.exf5 gxf5 28.f4 exf4 29.gxf4 ¤d6 30.¢h1 £c3 31.¦g1+ ¢f8 32.£xc3 ¥xc3 33.¦g6 ¤e4 34.¤xe4 fxe4 35.¦dg1 ¥g7 36.¥xh5 e3 37.¦d6 ¥d7 38.¦g3 ¥d4 39.¦dg6 ¥f5 40.¦g8+ ¢e7 41.¦3g7+ ¢d6 42.¦xa7 ¥e4+ 43.¦g2
Black resigns because there is nothing much they can do about the a-passed pawn, the exchange loss. Once the strong White Light-colored Bishop goes to e2 and controls any possible pawn roll, White can even use the h-pawn.