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Natalia Pogonina vs Mariya Muzychuk
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015), Sochi RUS, rd 6, Apr-04
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-04-15  makinavaja: M. Muzychuk had a small advantage, but it was not easy to win... I propose 39..., ab4 as a move with better winning chances. Why? Because there is only one dark square (b2) before the b-pawn's promotion. I think that my modest opinion is strategically better than what has been played in the game...
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  HeMateMe: one commentator said that 54.K-g3 is a mistake because it allows 54...h4, a pawn set up that would later let black get her King out in front of her pawns and win the endgame.

Not sure why 54. K-g3 "allows" h4. Maybe that move lets black check with his Rook and keeps white from capturing the advanced h pawn?

Apr-05-15  Nerwal: 54. ♔g3 h5 55. ♔h4 ♖d2 is the point : 56. g3 ♖h2#, and after the exchange of g2 and h5 White loses f5 to reach an endgame that is losing for her, even with the black king cut on the backrank.
Apr-06-15  Fanques Fair: In the final position, doesn´t Black win white´s f5 pawn ? 67-..., Kh4, 68-Ke4, Kg5, 69- Kf3, Kxf5 ?
Apr-06-15  Nerwal: <In the final position, doesn´t Black win white´s f5 pawn ? 67-..., Kh4, 68-Ke4, Kg5, 69- Kf3, Kxf5 ?>

Black wins the pawn but not the game, as White takes back opposition.

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