Sochi 2015
Pogonina - Cramling
The most precise way to win the game - and also the nicest: 38.Nd7+! Natalia Pogonina equalizes against Pia Cramling in the World Championship Semifinal.
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Moscow 2015
Zvjaginsev - Bok
The knight's leap 22.Nb6!! gave White a decisive advantage. The traditional Aeroflot open is underway in Moscow.
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Sochi 2015
Koneru - M. Muzychuk
White lost her focus for a second, and after 35.Qc1? Nd3! her position turned hopeless. Mariya Muzychuk advances to the World Championship Semifinal.
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Sochi 2015
Zhao Xue - Pogonina
After 41...Rb1! Black got a decisive advantage. Natalia Pogonina ties the score in her match with Zhao Xue at the World Championship in Sochi.
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Sochi 2015
M. Muzychuk - Koneru
Black pieces completely abandoned their king, and White now wins with a nice combination: 26.Qd2! Rf8 27.Bd5+ Bxd5 28.Qxd5+ Kh8 29.Qf7! Black resigns.
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Sochi 2015
Sebag - Pogonina
Fork is a powerful weapon: after 30...exf4 31.Bxf4 Qe7! White did not want to lose a pawn, but 32.e5? Rd4! cost her a rook. Natalia Pogonina advanced to the Quarterfinals of the World Championship.
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Sochi 2015
Khotenashvili - Huang Qian
When nervous tension reaches its peak, grandmasters make moves like 40...Rxc3?? The Chinese player dramatically loses her chances to play the Armageddon game.
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Sochi 2015
Javakhishvili - Tan Zhongyi
The time trouble tragedy: after 52...Rxf6! Black wins (after 53.gxf6 a1Q 54.f7+ Kf8 her queen controls the g7-square). Instead Black went for 52...Rd1? 53.Rc5 Rd6 54.Rc1! Re6 55.Rh1, and she has to regisn.
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Sochi 2015
Shan Yang - Kosteniuk
The knight pirouette 23...Nc5! is not only very beautiful, but also very strong. The 2nd Round of the Women's World Championship begins in Krasnaya Polyana.
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Socji 2015
Daulyte - Socko
Such moments can be hard to forget. Instead of mating by 57.b6#, Deimante Daulyte blundered her queen - 57.Qa5+?? The first round of the Women's World Championship ended in Krasnaya Polyana.
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Sochi 2015
Stefanova - Nguyen
White's desperate trap 39.Kg2!? suddenly worked: after 39...Rxf3? Black expected a resignation due to 40.Kxf3 Qe4#, but ended up with only half a point due to the the perpetual check: 40.Qd8+! The Women's World Championship started in the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort.
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Reykjavik 2015
Jussupow - Gunnarsson
Black got carried away by pawn-grabbing, and after 9.Nc4! d5 10.Rb3 lost a queen. A major open tournament in the capital of Iceland is coming to an end.
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Russian Team Championships