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Tamara Chistiakova vs Natalia Pogonina
"Tamara Never Dies" (game of the day Mar-06-2012)
RUS-chT (Women) (2007), Sochi, rd 2, May-01
Benko Gambit: Declined. Main Line (A57)  ·  1-0


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  al wazir: Something is screwed up. On the home page it says Salomeja Zaksaite vs Tamara Chistiakova.
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  whiteshark: Nice processing in the endgame.
Mar-06-12  newzild: A couple of odd decisions by Black.

15...Bb7 fianchettoes the bishop onto a diagonal that can never be opened because Black's b-pawn has already run past the base of White's pawn chain at c4.


26...a3 blocks the queenside and leaves White free to attack on the kingside. True that White can stop Black from opening the queenside in any case, but at least after 26...b3 27. a3 Black's dark-squared bishop has a target on b2.

Mar-06-12  PeaceRequiresAnarchy: The pawn formation after 32.h4 is crazy! I've never seen anything like it among such high rated players.
Mar-06-12  Oceanlake: To do some quoting: One bishop bites on granite while the other strikes at airy nothing.
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  Check It Out: <The pawn formation after 32.h4 is crazy! I've never seen anything like it among such high rated players.>

Check this one out after move 39:

Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929

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  Once: You've got to feel a little sorry for black here. She gets a great space advantage on the queenside, only to find that this large chunk of real estate is worth precisely diddly.

Then she opens up the long diagonal for her Bg7 - but there is nothing useful to do along this diagonal.

Black opens the e file, but it is white who profits from it.

Black decides to swap off pieces, then probably wishes she had kept them on.

By the time that black does get control of the e file she can't do anything useful with it.

Sometimes it's just not your day.

<newzild> Agree that 15...Bb7 isn't the most inspiring move in the world. But I guess she was suffering from piece congestion in a cramped position. The only other square for this bish was d7, but one or other of the knights needed that square. Once your pieces get this badly knotted up it can be hard to find good moves.

Mar-06-12  King Sacrificer: Nice comments <newzild>.
Mar-06-12  ossipossi: Strategic wreck of Black. Not expected at this level. <Oceanlake>: well said. Maybe refusing Benko Gambit was actually the best decision.
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  kevin86: It seemed the black wanted to gum up the queenside,but it was foolhardy since his counterplay was on the queenside.

White is more than glad to change the bishop for his knight.

Mar-06-12  dumbgai: Black willingly heads into a suicidal endgame. Uncommon for players of this level.
Mar-06-12  tatarch: < dumbgai: Black willingly heads into a suicidal endgame. Uncommon for players of this level.>

My thoughts exactly. Trading queens at move 32 seems like an obvious mistake no? Unless you're just annoyed with your position at that point and want to play a new game.

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  Penguincw: Nice move. If 48...Kxe7 49.cxd7 Kxd7 50.Ra7+ Ke6 51.Rxh7 and black will lose that pawn and will have to face the quick moving passed pawns for white.
Mar-06-12  RookFile: When you play 3.... b5, supposedly you're undermining white's center. Therefore, you follow up with bxc4 when given the chance.
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  kurtrichards: Why "Tamara Never Dies"?
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  kevin86: "Tomorrow Never Dies " is a James Bond movie title.
Mar-07-12  Nemesistic: And "Tamara's never dry" is also the name of a film, but has nothing to do with spies!
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  kurtrichards: I remember a game <The World v. Natalia Pogonina,1/2-1/2> "Flat Earth Society", they said. (I don't know who the "they" were.)But perhaps "The World Is Not Enough",(Another James Bond movie title), is also good... :)
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