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Baira Kovanova vs Natalia Pogonina
"Pogo Stuck" (game of the day Dec-03-2016)
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2010), Antakya TUR, rd 1, Dec-04
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: A great dinish-deCOY wins!
Dec-30-10  estrick: <if black could take both his e7 bishop and f8 knight off of the board, (2nd diagram) he would still be winning.>

Amazing indeed!

Dec-30-10  Prelate: Awesome move!
A chronic attack of chess blindness and contempt for such a seemingly wasteful move as Bd5 let me down, and I missed the solution by a galaxies width. Moral of this story? Examine even the really 'bad' moves several steps ahead - because "salvation may lie within"
Dec-30-10  scormus: I cant take any credit fo "finding" 22. Bd5 since I was following the game, though my memory manipulation strategy means I can think I saw it at the time ;-)

I especially like the amusing Q-exchange line with the Pe7 having 2 possible Qing moves (and B can only stop one of them)

Dec-30-10  WhiteRook48: I wanted to play 22 Qh3, so I missed it.
Dec-30-10  Squidious: "The EGT puts up a stout resistance with 22...Qxd5"

It sure does! It took me several tries and over 50 moves to beat it :-(

Dec-30-10  MiCrooks: Like a few others I had already looked over this game when it was featured on Chessbase during the tourney. But it is still a remarkable move. Already a piece down you sack two more pieces THEN trade Queens (in the unplayed "main" line). You recover one piece with fxe7 and end up recovering your Queen as well ending with Q+B vs B+2N easily won.

Fantastic find.

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  doubledrooks: 22. Bd5! threatens 22...Qxd5 23. Nxf7+ Nxf7 24. Qxd5 Bxd5 25. fxe7 and the pawn queens on f8 or e8.
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  fm avari viraf: I think, I have witnessed this game during the WWCC hence the solution is right in my mind. But the attack is simply superb with all the fragrance of Chessic tactics!
Dec-30-10  scormus: <MiCrooks> I agree completely, if ever a single move deserved to decide a game, it was this. A masterstroke. I imagine Pogo was absolutely gobsmacked.
Dec-30-10  skemup: half satisfied today
found Bd5 move but did not notice Qe8 answer.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I also looked at 22...Qa4?!, below, which prevents the text 23 Qh6, because of 23...Qd1#!

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But that fails because of 23 fxe7, which is a forced mate.

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Dec-30-10  wals: Black blundered after 22.Bd5, (which I for one didn't see),with 22...Qe8, resulting in:-

1. (#4): 23.Qh6 Bxf6 24.Qxf6+ Kg8 25.Be5 exd5 26.Qh8#

2. (#6): 23.Be5 Qa4 24.fxe7+ Kg8 25.exd8Q Qd1+ 26.Qxd1 a5 27.Qf6 exd5 28.Qxf7#

Rybka 4 x 64 depth 13 : time 3 min :

Dec-30-10  DarthStapler: Got it but I have seen this game already
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  Gilmoy: I heard Twiki the halfling-bot from the campy '80s Buck Rogers TV show: "Bd, Bd, Bd"
Dec-30-10  sleepyirv: <Phony Benoni>, <Once>, These daily puzzles have improved my pattern recognition and short-term planning. If I can tell myself the "story" of a position (I want to play fxe7, but there's a mate threat so I'll play bishop to block to defuse the situation) I do very well.

I just have to find the story. Sometimes I miss it, though there isn't much justification for a position like this.

Dec-30-10  MaxxLange: <wals> Black is totally lost before move 22...there isn't really a blunder there
Dec-30-10  TheBish: B Kovanova vs N Pogonina, 2010

White to play (22.?) "Medium"

White must stop Black's threat of mate, and does so with 22. Bd5!, since if 22...Qxd5, White wins with 23. Nxf7+ Nxf7 24. Qxd5 Bxd5 25. fxe7, queening next. If 22...exd5 23. fxe7 Nde6 24. Be5+ f6 25. Bxf6+ Kg8 26. Qf7#.

Feb-26-11  garcimitch: This should be compared to 12...Bd5!! in Janowski-Schallopp, Nuremberg 1896
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  FSR: Pogo Stuck.
Dec-03-16  AlicesKnight: A lovely example of exploiting space. 17.Nf6+ disrupts Black's easing by exchange and suddenly threatens the K-side; 22.Bd5 beautifully prevents mate and crowds the black Q away - with a choked back rank Black cannot avoid mate.
Dec-03-16  goodevans: <15.Ne4> threatens to take advantage of black's horrible weakness on d6.

With her next two moves Pogonina effectively deals with that threat only for <17.Nf6+!> to expose more deadly weaknesses on the K-side. Brilliant!

Dec-03-16  clement41: Amazing Bd5 blow!
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  maxi: OK combo for poor Pogo.
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  kevin86: White tops up the mate threat, then cashes hers in just a move later!
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