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Natalia Pogonina vs Baira Kovanova
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2010), Antakya TUR, rd 1, Dec-04
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1


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  whiteshark: <Pogonina Natalia, who just became vice-champion of Russia, lost a game to compatriot from same city Saratov Baira Kovanova with white.>


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Dec-05-10  Sequoia: Second game started. Sicilian.
Dec-05-10  scormus: <2nd game> anyone know where you can see it live?

Any bets on it being the Dragon? Oh sorry, bets are taboo

Dec-05-10  Sequoia: <scormus: <2nd game> anyone know where you can see it live?

Any bets on it being the Dragon? Oh sorry, bets are taboo>


Then navigate to find the game... WWCC...

Dec-05-10  Sequoia: Or here... if it is working...

Dec-05-10  scormus: <Sequoia> thanks, I've got it. No, not the Dragon, not any Sicilian I've seen before either.
Dec-05-10  scormus: ... and not any position I'd want to be in as B. Well, I've been in worse ....
Dec-05-10  Sequoia: Pogo is lost, and she resigned... Out!
Dec-05-10  scormus: What was wrong with 20 ... Qc6? I thought that was why she'd played 19. ... Nd8. I'll have a closer look
Dec-05-10  Sequoia: Kovanova - Pogo

After 22. Bd5!

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Dec-05-10  scormus: 22. Bd5 is a killer. 1-0
Dec-05-10  scormus: ... but it has to be adv. W after 21. Bd5 as well
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  whiteshark: Oh no, all the beautiful prior posts, gone forever...
Dec-05-10  dotsamoht: Why not 29 Bxf6?
Dec-05-10  alternative moves: I've been looking at the position myself and thinking the same thing. Why not take the pawn on 29. f6 with a mate threat? Are we missing something? And then put the bishop back on c3. And I do not find the final position too bad either for her to resign. Someone told me the time flag dropped on her.
Dec-06-10  Skakalec: In the final position she's about to loose Pd5. Being 2 pawns down,it was pretty good reason to resign.
Dec-06-10  scormus: <whiteshark: Oh no, all the beautiful prior posts, gone forever...>

The more I see about this, the more perplxed I am. When I blitz played through I wondered why not 28 Bh6, and even after Bg5? f6 why not 29 Bxf6? They were moves a 1500 player should have seen. And what was Kovanova doing 27 ... Qb8?

And why did it earlier report 16. 0-1? Are there more glitches in the game score - these was not the moves? Perhaps we'll never know, a case of "dont ask, dont tell"?

Dec-06-10  alternative moves: She could have also played 32. Bf4 and take the pawn on d6 after the rook exchange and be only one pawn down? And possibly even win the exchange after Bf4 and going into the ending with Q+R vs. Q+Knight or her two rooks vs. rook+knight! There was more play there it seems. Anyhow, I'm glad this looked a bit weird to others, thank you for responding.
Dec-06-10  gus inn: Yes,why not 29.Bxf6 ??
Something with the notation must be wrong.
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  Domdaniel: <whiteshark> Gone forever, or just shifted to a parallel universe? N Pogonina vs B Kovanova, 2010
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  cro777: Both players were under heavy time pressure. Pogonina ran out of time at the 31st move.
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  whiteshark: <Domdaniel> For now they both exist, but the space-time continuum might get muddled up.

On a partly different subject, comment <13> is probably for you: while I did the no <14> thing...

Dec-12-10  thickhead: Missing 28 Bh6 is horrible.After 28.... g6 29 Qc3 f6 30Qxf6 Qc7 31 Re1 curtains. Even running away is not possible.28... Kf8 29 Qxg7+ Ke8 (or Ke7) 30 Qg4 blocks the road.<cro777> might have seen live game both running out of time.
Dec-24-10  ReikiMaster: Yes, this doesn't look right. 28.Bh6 wins, 29.Bxf6 is ok and 32.Bf4 Rexd5 33.Qf3 gives white a good chance for draw.
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