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Natalija Pogonina vs The World
"The End of the World as we Know It" (game of the day May-22-2011)
Pogonina vs. World (2009) (exhibition),, Dec-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1-0



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Nov-20-10  carelessfills: <scormus: I agree with the comment on "lacking a strategy". Seeing this for the first time and playing it over quickly, it seems to me that B's game didnt have any "shape" , as though the team voted on every move in isolation and every time try to find the most playable move.>


For the record, this was not a world team, so the rules and format could have been entirely different than what we are familiar with.

There may have been no collaboration between the teammates at all, and just a vote. Or if there was any collaboration, it might have not been very effective and perhaps even counter-productive.

Witness the recent Carlsen vs the World debacle, in which the World voted only on the the moves recommended or suggested by three other IGM's. In that game, the IGM's never got on the same page, and were suggesting moves that fit each of there own sysytems. Perhaps each had their own favorite KID line and couldn't adjust on the fly to what the others were proposing and then the world voters had some silly options to choose from. (Not to say that the exhibition wasn't good publicity - just the chess wasn't very good, except for Carlsen's play. In fact, I suspect any of the three Granmasters would have beat Carlsen and the other two in that format, as long as the voters didn't follow Carlsen blindly over the other two.)

Dec-06-10  chukcha96: It's quite strange that 91% percent of her moves were Stockfish top choices. No, really.
Dec-06-10  chukcha96: I mean, she wasn't allowed to use software, so it makes me a little bit suspicious.
Dec-15-10  AnalyzeThis: I guess what you're trying to say is that there is no way that a GM, given a few days to make a move, can find the best move in the position?
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  HeMateMe: How come the ChessGames brain trust didn't play this out to the finish?
Dec-15-10  sevenseaman: An excellent game, a beautiful present to chess aficionados by GM Natalia Pogonina. Have to google her as this is the first I heard about this GM.
Dec-18-10  chukcha96: <AnalyzeThis> What I'm trying to say is that it's hard to play 91% engine moves being given just <1> day to analyze the move.
Dec-18-10  RandomVisitor: After 30...Qe7: Rybka 4

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<[+0.58] d=28 31.Ra1> g6 32.Qb3 Rb8 33.Bc4 b5 34.axb6 Rbxb6 35.Bd5 Rxb4 36.Qxb4 Rb6 37.Qa3 a5 38.b3 Rb8 39.Rd1 Kg7 40.Rd3 Bb6 41.Rf3 f6 42.Qa4 Qe8 43.Qa1 Qd7 44.c4

Dec-19-10  RandomVisitor: After 31.Rd3: Rybka 4

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<[+0.60] d=24 31...g6> 32.Rf3 d5 33.exd5 Rd6 34.h4 Rxd5 35.Bc4 Rxc4 36.Rxc4 Bxa5 37.Re4 Bc7 38.Qb3 Qd8 39.h5 Rd1+ 40.Kh2 Rd7 41.g3 b6 42.Kg2 Qa8 43.hxg6 hxg6 44.Rh4 Kg7

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  Phony Benoni: I suppose it would have been more appropriate yesterday, but why take a chance?
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  Check It Out: Wait, you're still here?
May-22-11  Don Quijote: very good game


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  Domdaniel: Brilliant choice.
May-22-11  Ferro: the austr√ćac machine
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  TheAlchemist: ...and I feel fine!

Great game by GM Pogonina, first the pressure on the queenside and then slowly repositioning the pieces for a decisive kingside attack.

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  Penguincw: Nice final position.
May-22-11  erniecohen: The whole "vs. the world" concept is pretty much an Emperor of China's nose situation.
May-22-11  checkmateyourmove: would grishuck and gefland drawn after move 20 since position is equal? i only kid, kind of
May-22-11  karnak64: I see: she was playing against Another World, and not All My Children.
May-22-11  bambino3: lol wow
May-22-11  Nullifidian: LOL!

I guess the owners of are not among Harold Camping's biggest fans.

May-23-11  kingfu: Thank you for the lesson Grandmaster Pogonina.

I hope you and and your child are growing happy and healthy.


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  kevin86: White shifts the pressure from f file to g file-and it was lethal!
Jul-04-11  VladimirOo: Pogonina is not a GM but a WGM, that is not the same.
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  HeMateMe: Natalie knows her opposite Bishop endgames.
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