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Natalia Khoudgarian

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Natalia Khoudgarian

Photo: copyright 2008 by Natalia Khoudgarian.

Woman International Master Natalia Khoudgarian of Toronto, Ontario, is an Administrative Assistant for Geriatrics & Aging. In 2008, Khoudgarian was co-captain of the Women's Team at the Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, where she represented Canada on Board 1.

Career highlights

Here is Khoudgarian's last round win over her closest rival:

Natalia Khoudgarian - Dina Kagramanov
12th Canadian Women's Championship, Kitchener, Ontario, 2007.08.06, Round 7

1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Bd3 e6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Qe2 d5 6. e5 Ne4

This dates to 1978. The alternative is 6... Nfd7.

7. O-O c5 8. c3 cxd4

Novelty. Black usually plays 8... Be7 first, while White tries to evict the knight.

9. cxd4 Be7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Nfd2 f5 12. exf6 Bxf6 13. Bxe4 dxe4

Diagram 1

14. Qg4 Bxd4 15. Qxe6+ Kh8 16. Bxd4 Qxd4 17. Nb3

Diagram 2

17... Qd3

Needing a win, Black could try to complicate with 17... Qxb2.

18. Nc3 Qd8 19. Nxe4 Bd5

If 19... Re8 20. Nd6 Rxe6 21. Nf7+ Kg8 22. Nxd8 with an easy game.

20. Qg4 Qe7 21. Rfe1 Qf7 22. f3 Nc6 23. Rad1 Bxb3 24. axb3 Qxb3 25. Rd7 Qxb2 26. Nd6 Qc3 27. Re6 g6 ?

Diagram 3

28. Rxh7+ ! Kxh7 29. Qxg6+ Kh8 30. Qh6+

Mate is forced by 30... Kg8 31. Rg6+ Qg7 32. Qxg7#.

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Acknowledgements

Thanks to Natalia Khoudgarian (biography, photo), Bob Armstrong.

Sources: Scarborough Community of Toronto Chess News & Views, Volume 10, No. 7, 2008.12.01; 2008 Olympiad web page on the web site of the Chess Federation of Canada; Chess Canada 2007-4.