GOTW: Martinez - Zhou, 2016 Women's Continental Ch.

The 2016 Continental Women's Chess Championship took place in Colima, Mexico, November 6-12, 2016.

It was a 9-round event with the winner collecting $5,000 US and qualifying for the next stage of the Women's World Championship (2016-18 cycle).

The tournament was convincingly won by WGM Deysi Cori (Peru) who started with 6.5/7 and had a 2600+ TPR, before giving quick draws in the last two rounds to cruise home with 7.5/9, a full 1.5 points ahead of second-place finisher IM Carolina Lujan from Argentina. 

Canadian Champion FM Qiyu Zhou played. She scored +3 =4 -2, including a draw with Lujan in round 2, a loss to Cori in round 4, and a final round loss to the 3rd place finisher, WGM Katerina Nemcova (USA).

Our Game of the Week is Qiyu's crazily complicated Lopez from round 6 against WIM Ayelen Martinez from Argentina. It is White to move in the diagram. White had played a strong Novelty on move 19 to improve on a Judit Polgar game, and Black (Qiyu) has just played 21...d5 to get some counterplay in the center. What should White play now?

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