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Pia Cramling vs Natalia Pogonina
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015), Sochi RUS, rd 5, Mar-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense (D56)  ·  1-0
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Mar-29-15
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  cro777: Strategy of waiting.

After 39.Kxf3 Pogonina decided to wait, and played Kd7-d8-d7 for fifteen moves in a row!!

Position after 39...Kd7


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Position after 53...Kd7


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Mar-29-15
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  cro777: The art of doing nothing.

"Is there a method to this madness? We may never know if this is an odd way to offer a draw, a strange way to gain time on the clock, or a brilliant try to get the opponent to create weaknesses in his position." (GM Gregory Serper)

According to Serper, these are key features of a position where you might consider "doing nothing":

The position must meet all three of the following conditions

-You absolutely, positively have no good plan.

-Your pieces are on their best squares so you cannot possibly improve any of them.

-You are well prepared for any possible activity of your opponent.

http://www.chess.com/article/view/t...

Mar-29-15
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  cro777: Cramling's endgame rules.

Pia Cramling: "You need to have active pieces. You should find more targets. When I put a pawn on h5, there was a target on h6. It was quite logical that pawn should go further."

http://sochi2015.fide.com/en/main-p...

Mar-29-15  Nerwal: But maybe here waiting was the decisive mistake at move 49. 49.... gxh4 looks bad but the continuation of the game seems to offer very few chances to survive.
Mar-29-15
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  cro777: Pia Cramling: "When I got this rook ending, where she could only make Kd8, Kd7, it was fantastic position for me. But it took me long to decide where I should place my h pawn, whether it should be on h5 or continue on h3. Then I found the right move.

Position after 48...Kd8


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49.h4 Kd7 50.h5

You should find more targets. When I put a pawn on h5, there was a target on h6. It was quite logical that pawn should go further.

Maybe she had to take on h4, but then I could have a possibility to enter with my king to f4. And she would have to play f6. But she has a danger to be in zugzwang. I will go Kf5. So, I think it was nice position for me."

Mar-29-15  SimonWebbsTiger: Pure Ulf Andersson!
Mar-29-15
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  Mating Net: I agree with <SimonWebbsTiger> about the similarities to Andersson. In this game, Ulf Andersson vs Huebner, 1981 Andersson played h5 to fix the h6 pawn for future harvest.
Mar-30-15
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  Penguincw: With this win, Cramling improves to 4.5/5 in classical games with white in this tournament.
Mar-30-15
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  keypusher: <Mating Net> That's good. Another analog, not so close, is Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1911.
Mar-30-15
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  cro777: Sergey Shipov: "This was one of the best games of the championship. I'm sure Cramling's play in this rook endgame can safely be included in endgame textbooks."
Mar-31-15  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 27...Ke8, 27...Ke7 advances the king towards the square d6

If Black gets into trouble after 28...Nd5 an alternative is to prepare the move by 28...Re6-d6 to be followed by ...Nd5

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