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Zhao Xue vs Natalia Pogonina
FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015), Sochi RUS, rd 4, Mar-27
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fully Accepted Variation (A58)  ·  0-1


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  beenthere240: I imagine 46...Qc8! came as a shock. The obvious move would have been Qc2, threatening the R and h2, and forcing Ra1. But after that, what?

Very nicely played Benko IMO.

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  beenthere240: Of course, 45...Qc3! had already killed white. White's 45. Qxd6 was a blunder.
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  HeMateMe: Well done Natalie! She played a Benko gambit in a must win situation, and pulled it off. Off to the tie breaks on Saturday...
Mar-27-15  Nerwal: Playing a variation of the Benkö accepted when you need a draw is a difficult task. Time and again you will be tempted to play a simplifying line which turns into a headache. That's what happened here with 31. ♖a4, then problems started to pile up for White.

Another example is Gheorghiu vs Beliavsky, 1982, last round of the 1982 Interzonal. White played brillantly up to a point but duly blundered at the end.

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  Gilmoy: I thought <18..Bd4 19..e5> was worth the pawn already :)
May-18-15  notyetagm: Zhao Xue vs N Pogonina, 2015

Game Collection: REMOVING THE GUARD OF A CHK SQ FROM MINED SQ 41 ... Rb6-b1! attacks defender of e4-chk sq from b1-mined sq

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