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Valentina Gunina vs Pia Cramling
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015), Sochi RUS, rd 3, Mar-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  HeMateMe: 117 moves. Gunina did make Pia work for the draw. Hard work from both chess stars, Pia advances to the round of 8.
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  tamar: 32 Re1 set a trap, if 32...exd4 33 Qxf8+! wins instantly.

However Cramling was alert and played the strongest move 32...e4! which turns the tables prying open the King position.

In fact after 33 fxe4, had she found the weird 33...f5!!

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she could have forced a draw right away.

The point is if 34 exf5 Qxf5 and there is no way to guard both f3 and f2. Or if 34 e5 (or 34 exd5) 34...f4 Black's attack is too fast.

Mar-24-15  Brit: Current chess game. Next one in two days?
Mar-25-15  Nerwal: Pia Cramling deserves huge praise for this defence. Gunina tried every trick in the book (including Petrosian's move flooding), but every time there was a decision to make Pia found a good solution, whevener there was a crisis she didn't back down.

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