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Rafael Vaganian vs Natalija Pogonina
Snowdrops and Old-hands (2011), ?, rd 3, Dec-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Miles Variation (D53)  ·  1-0



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Dec-07-11  OrigamiArtist: Interesting game but...
19...cxd3 20.Rxd3 Ba6 21.Rg3+ Qxg3 22.hxg3 Bd3+ 23.Ka1 Bg6, and it looks close to winning for black.
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  Natalia Pogonina: <OrigamiArtist>: In that variation the position is balanced; full compensation for Black.
Dec-08-11  AylerKupp: For what it's worth, I think that the position is more than balanced; it's definitely in Black's favor. Critter 1.2 evaluated the position at [-1.63] at d=29 after 24.g4 d3 25.Rd1 Rac8 26.b4 Rd4 27.f4 Rxb4 28.f5 exf5 29.gxf5 Bxf5 30.Qxf6 Bg6.

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Houdini 1.5a also finds the position significantly favorable for Black, evaluating it at [-1.14], d=29 after arriving at the same position with a transposition of moves: 24.g4 Rac8 25.Rd1 d3 26.b4 Rd4 27.f4 Rxb4 28.f5 exf5 29.gxf5 Bxf5 30.Qxf6 Bg6

Engines aside, Black's original position following 26...Bg7 looks impregnable to attack by just White's remaining queen and rook, and it's hard to see how White will defend its pawns and prevent Black's d-pawn from queening after a determined attack by Black's rooks supported by the well-placed bishop.

But, of course, that's not easy to evaluate OTB; the continuation 19....gxd3 20.Rxd3 looks suicidal with Black's exposed king and the upcoming 21.Rg3+.

Dec-09-11  coastalferg: i suppose 17...cxd3 is losing... i know thats what i would play without even thinking.
Dec-09-11  Davolni: I don't know what computers think, or whether they prefer black or white... What matters is that Vaganian is still able to play creative and WIN a game against the youth!

Long live to Vaganian!

World #3 at 1 point!!!

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  HeMateMe: I think he had the misfortune to play in the Karpov era. Anatoly hoovered up every single tournament prize.
Dec-09-11  manakin: 19...cxd3 20.Rxd3 Ba6 21.Rh3 and is there any defence against 22.f4 followed by 23.Rg3+?
Dec-09-11  goodevans: 19 ... cxd3 20 Nxf6+ gxf6 21 Rxd3 also wins, e.g. 21 ... Rd8 22 Qh6 Rd5 23 h4.
Dec-09-11  AylerKupp: <Davolni> Let's not forget that Vaganian mis-evaluated the position (I think) as much as Pogonina. Pogonina may not have seen that 19...cxd3 20.Rxd3 Ba6 21.Rg3+ Qxg3 leads to a position not unfavorable to Black, but Vaganian allowed (and perhaps sought) that position also (at least up to 21.Rg3+). But that doesn't detract at all from his accomplishments, either during his career or during this tournament.
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  Domdaniel: I agree with <Davolni> -- it's great to see Vaganian still playing such games.

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