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The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - GAMES - By Leonard Bar­den

Xie Jun v Kete­van Arakhamia-Grant, women's world cham­pi­onship can­di­dates, Gronin­gen 1997. Ma­te­rial is level, but White's game looks close to strate­gic de­feat. The c3 knight is at­tacked, while after 1 Nb1 or 1 Nd1 Black sim­ply cap­tures Qxe4+ ex­chang­ing queens with an ex­tra pawn and the su­pe­rior po­si­tion. China's Xie Jun, who went on to win the world ti­tle, found a sub­tle and imag­i­na­tive move in the di­a­gram which turned the ta­bles and led to rapid vic­tory for White. What hap­pened?

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