Grandmaster Maia Chiburdanidze, the Sixth Women’s World Chess Champion, has played many notable games that I regularly use as lesson material. Today’s puzzle comes from her final move against GM Vladimir P Malaniuk played in Round 9 of the 1990 Kusadasi Open in Kusadasi, Turkey. Chiburdanidze (white) plays a crushing move that causes her opponent to resign immediately on move 17. What was Maia’s winning chess move and how would the game have continued had black not resigned? To really test your chess, be as thorough as possible when listing white’s winning continuations against several of black’s possible replies.
White to move and win (GM Maia Chiburdanidze vs. GM Vladimir P Malaniuk, Round 9 of the 1990 Kusadasi Open in Kusadasi, Turkey.)