Yesterday, I reported that Zhao Xue defeated Karpov. The good news is she was the only female participant to make it to the quarterfinal. The bad news is she had to face young phenom Karjakin in the quarterfinal.

She gave Karjakin everything he could handle! Above is the brilliant combination by Zhao Xue to beat Karjakin and tied up the score at 1-1. She eventually lost the blitz playoff .5 – 1.5. She is a brilliant attacking player. Now if she can improve on her positional game, she will be a force to be reckoned with.

Zhao Xue is White and it is her move. Can you find her brilliant combination to beat Karjakin?

Zhao Xue (2467) – Sergey Karjakin (2672) [D43]
KO Cap d’Agde, 10-30-2006

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.h4 g4 11.Ne5 h5 12.0-0 Nbd7 13.Qc2 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 Bg7 15.Rad1 0-0 16.f3 Nh7 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.g3 Qc7 19.Kh2 f5 20.fxg4 fxg4 21.b3 Rxf1 22.Bxf1 cxb3 23.axb3 a6 24.e5 c5 25.dxc5 Nf8 26.Ne4 Qxe5 27.Ng5 Bd5 28.Bg2 Rc8 29.Bxd5 exd5 30.Rf1 Kg8 31.Rxf8+ 1-0
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