Another important match of Round 3 at the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 was between Marie Sebag and Alisa Galliamova in Round 3. Sebag held her ground and tired out Galliamova by knitting a checkmate. Galliamova was knocked out with the loss. In the position on the left, Black has just resigned. Can you see the forced checkmate coming up after White played 56.Qa8? Galliamova resigned immediately. Read all reports on the World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk at Chess Blog. Run the game in the Chess King applet below.


Marie Sebag – Alisa Galliamova

Result: 1-0
Site: Khanty Mansiysk
Date: 18.11.12
[…] 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d6 3.d4 ¤d7 4.¤f3 £c7 5.¥d3 g6 6.O-O ¥g7 7.¦e1 a6 8.a4 e6 9.¤a3 ¦b8 10.¥f1 ¤gf6 11.¥f4 ¤h5 12.¥e3 O-O 13.£d2 b6 14.¥h6 ¥b7 15.¥xg7 ¢xg7 16.h3 ¤hf6 17.¥d3 ¥c6 18.£e2 ¦a8 19.¤d2 ¥b7 20.¤f1 ¤b8 21.¤g3 ¤c6 22.£e3 ¤e7 23.e5 dxe5 24.dxe5 ¤fd5 25.£g5 h6 26.£g4 ¦ad8 27.¦ad1 £c6 28.¥e4 £c7 29.c4 ¤b4 30.¤h5+ ¢h8 31.£f4 ¤g8 32.¤f6 ¥xe4 33.¤xg8 ¢xg8 34.£xe4 ¦xd1 35.¦xd1 ¦d8 36.¦e1 £d7 37.¤c2 £xa4 38.¤e3 h5 39.g4 hxg4 40.¤xg4 ¦d1 41.¦xd1 £xd1+ 42.¢h2 £d4 43.£f3 ¢f8 44.£f6 ¤d3 45.¢g3 b5 46.cxb5 axb5 47.£h8+ ¢e7 48.£f6+ ¢e8 49.£h8+ ¢d7 50.£f6 ¢c6 51.£xf7 £d7 52.£f8 c4 53.¤f6 £d4 54.£c8+ ¢b6 55.¤d7+ ¢a5 56.£a8+
The checkmate is simple from here on so Black resigned: 56. …Qa7 57.QxQ Kb4 58.Qa3#