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Natalia Pogonina vs Pia Cramling
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015), Sochi RUS, rd 5, Mar-30
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Aronin System (B28)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: Pogonina is clutch! She is now a stunning 5/5 (+5,-0,=0) in Game 2s of the classical match, not to mention a perfect 3 for 3 in must-win games.
Mar-30-15  paavoh: Equally dominant by White as in their first game. This match promises to be an exciting one.
Mar-30-15  bugoljubow2000: Excellent play, bravo!
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  HeMateMe: Why doesn't black just play 9...Bxc3? Free pawn?
Mar-30-15  SimonWebbsTiger: 10. Ba3! is very dangerous. Giri has played this.
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  AylerKupp: 23...Na5 moving the knight away from the soon to be critical k-side did not seem to be a good idea. And it's interesting how Black's seemingly well-placed knight after 24...Nc4 accomplishes nothing.

The ending is pretty too, all pretty much forced: 38...Rxd7 39.Ra8+ Rd8 40.Rxd8+ Qxd8 41.Qg7+ Ke8 42.Qxh8+ Kd7 43.Rg7+ Kc8 44.Rg8. And the knight is still sitting pretty on c4, accomplishing nothing.

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  Chnebelgrind: <10. Ba3! is very dangerous. Giri has played this> A Giri vs N Vitiugov, 2012
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