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Natalia Pogonina vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
Russian Team Championship (Women) (2010), Dagomys RUS, rd 4, Apr-04
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation General (B83)  ·  1-0


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  kingfu: choice: Get mated on f8 or g7. There is no third choice.
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  beenthere240: After 28. Qg3, black may have thought her worse problem was the d6 pawn. It wasn't.
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  Richard Taylor: Nice game!
Mar-25-13  Nerwal: Ending the game with 30. ♕e5 would be sweet. But in a practical game experienced otb players tend to avoid such cute stuff when there are safe, natural moves like 30. ♕c3 (and 30. ♖xd6 for that matter) winning easily. 32. ♖f2 is nice; 32. ♖xd6?? ♕xh3+ would be a real cold shower.
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  andreagiananti: oh God, I would have played 32. Rxd6?? faster than light
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  Gilmoy: <22.h3> was a dainty twist of the screw. White must have already seen the capture-chain resulting from <22..Nc4 23.Bg4>.

After <25.Bxb7> it's <still mutual threat>, hence White's free move has nabbed a pawn. Blindly continuing the chain suggests 25..Nxe4 keeping pace. Now 26.Bxb6 fails as mutual threat (to the Qs) because Black checks out. But the simple 26.Nxe4 creates an unanswerable 4-v-1 on weak d6, and meanwhile a6 is also hanging.

So <25..Bxb7> Black abandons the chain early, and plays to regain her pawn elsewhere. Probably after <26.Rxd2 Bxc3> White took a think and saw the rest of the attack, as a constraint-proof that surely Black <wouldn't> go walkabout like that.

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  whiteshark: Natalia annotated her game here:

Her general remarks on <time management> are also worth reading.

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