Xue Zhao played well to knock out Mariya Muzychuk from the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in the third round in Khanty Mansiysk on Sunday. In the position on the left, White has just played 25.e5. White had already, earlier in the game, sacked a pawn to launch a winning attack on the Black King. Is there any way to save this game for Black? Can you see all of White’s winning threats? Muzychuk, soon enough, resigned. Replay the nice game in the Chess King applet below. You can read complete reports on the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 on Chess Blog.


Xue Zhao – Mariya Muzychuk

Result: 1-0
Site: Khanty Mansiysk
Date: 18.11.12
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