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Mariya Muzychuk vs Natalia Pogonina
"A Queen's Coronation" (game of the day Apr-06-2015)
FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015), Sochi RUS, rd 6, Apr-03
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0
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Apr-03-15
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  Penguincw: And Muzychuk draws first blood!

Entering this game, Pogonina was 5/5 (+5,-0,=0) in Game 2s of matches (this is a 4 game series though).

Big decision for Pogonina now: does she try to even the match tomorrow, or try to improve her 3/3 record in must-win games with black for Game 4).

Apr-03-15  dumbgai: Despite my criticism of the KO format, I have to say that this is a well played game. Both sides were carrying out their strategic plans, until black made a couple of subtle inaccuracies and allowed white's attack to break through.

There were none of the big blunders that tend to characterize the KO format.

Apr-03-15  makinavaja: Experience teaches that it is easier to play Spanish-Breyer for White...
Apr-03-15
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  HeMateMe: good game. White finds the best break, first. I wouldn't want to play this with black, either.
Apr-03-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Yeah White was much easier to play in this line...playing black is torture.
Apr-03-15
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  wordfunph: <Women's World Championship 2015 Finals Game 2: Muzychuk - Pogonina : Muzychuk [cash in ticket] 1000 YOU WIN! COLLECT 2502 3:2 2.50 2,502 Apr-03-15>

Muzychuk!

Apr-04-15  latvalatvian: Chess is both weird and not weird. It's weird in that often you can play almost anything and not be losing. It's not weird in that often you can't play anything. When you mix these weird moves with the not weird moves, you get something that is both rational and not rational. Basic logic says no to this but this does not prevent these contradictory moves from being made all over the world.
Apr-06-15
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  RookFile: <Big decision for Pogonina now: does she try to even the match tomorrow,>

The answer would be yes.

Apr-06-15  stst: my earlier bet for a "dark-horse" now got the dividend- some quite unexpected name finally floats on top....
Apr-06-15
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  morfishine: This game is difficult to play through
Apr-06-15
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  offramp: I think I will go to my grave baffled as to why black players play this type of Spanish Defence. The object seems to be to give white loads of space to build up an attack, then black shuffles his or her pieces around on the first three ranks and waits patiently for white to play Nf5 and win a few moves later. Wouldn't it be easier, after about move 10, to pretend to answer a mobile phone call?
Apr-06-15
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  Zhbugnoimt: The Breyer is perfectly fine for Black. If Black had won this game in style you all would have said how the Spanish is dead.
Apr-06-15
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  offramp: <Zhbugnoimt: The Breyer is perfectly fine for Black. If Black had won this game in style you all would have said how the Spanish is dead.>

You are right! Also, if my uncle had fallopian tubes he would be my aunt.

Apr-06-15  Nerwal: Rublevsky recommended 32... ♘fd7 Δ ♘e5 . Not sure it is that strong, but it looks better than the game.
Apr-06-15
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  Castleinthesky: Nice game-it never looked like black had much of an attack. White kept black pretty well constrained until the final sacrifice. The pawn advance reminded me of a reverse Kings Indian.
Apr-06-15
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  RookFile: <offramp: I think I will go to my grave baffled as to why black players play this type of Spanish Defence. >

I used to play the Breyer, but have switched to the Sicilian. Sometimes Spassky would organize a piece sac with either ...Nxd5 or ...Nxe4. He would get rid of white's center pawns and push his doggies forward. Takes a lot of bravado, I think the crazy Sicilian is safer by comparison.

Apr-06-15
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  kevin86: I was looking to see a pawn promotion...Instead I see a Woman's Championship game. It's about time!
Apr-06-15
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  AylerKupp: Spanish torture at its best. Black allowed the q-side to be closed by 21.a5 and so was limited in her counterplay for several (too many) moves. Once White can get her k-side pawns moving supported by knights on f3 and g3 behind them, it's tough to stop White's k-side attack, when the Ng3 often gets sacrificed on f5 to open up lines or, as in this game, on h5. Black' attempted some q-side counterplay with 45...b4 but with the rooks misplaced to support it was a case of too little and too late.

But the real Queen's Coronation was the 3rd game in the match, N Pogonina vs M Muzychuk, 2015, when Pogonina failed to win with the White pieces and indeed almost lost the game, but managed to hold on at the end. And an exciting game it was, with the unbalanced material of N vs. 3P. Maybe that will be tomorrow's GOTD.

Apr-06-15  Pirandus: Úgy tudtam, a kínai (Chinese) sakkozónő a világbajnok. (Word Champion). Sorry.
Apr-06-15  poachedeggs: Wow...27 moves before a piece comes off the board.

But I'm sure this is not the record...

Apr-06-15  Bubo bubo: <poachedeggs: Wow...27 moves before a piece comes off the board.

But I'm sure this is not the record...>

You're absolutely right, see for example the game A Filipowicz vs P Smederevac, 1966 which ended after 69 moves without a single capture (White claimed a draw by the 50-move-rule!) or the game K Rogoff vs A H Williams, 1969 with the first capture on move 94.

Apr-07-15  MagnusVerMagnus: 94 moves, damn that is amazing

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