"I Like Watching High Jump"

Время публикации: 07.08.2012 20:58 | Последнее обновление: 07.08.2012 23:47

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Natalia Pogonina tells how she combines playing chess Superfinal with watching the Olympiad without chess

Natalia Pogonina grabbed solo lead after beating her direct rival Valentina Gunina in Round 5 of the women's Superfinal. The winner gave an exclusive commentary to our website after the game. 

"I mostly prepared on game Karjakin - Grischuk played in Astana, - Pogonina says. - So, the guys were smiling seeing their game on the women's board. Firstly it was quite easy position for me to play - I play g4, f4, Rg2, Rg1 and try to attack, but at some point I missed a counterplay. It seems to me I had quite uncomfortable position after 28...g5. I sacrificed a pawn in order to have a counterplay. Usually Valya is making a powerful final blow, but as we found out now she just made a mistake: instead 33...Rxe6 she didn't find 33...Kh8.


37.Nxg5 hxg5 38.Rxg5+ here she could hold, but she made an inaccurate move with her king and I got a forced win": 38...Kf8? 39.Rg8+ Ke7 40.Bb4+ Kd7 41.R1g7+ Kc6 42.Rc8+ Kb5 43.Rxb7+ Ka4 44.b3+ Kxb3 45.Rc3+ Black resigned.

The position would be equal after 38...Kf7: 39.Qh7+ Ke6 40.Qg8+ Kd7 41.Qxd5+ Kc7 - CN.

Peter Zhdanov, Natalia's husband, was also taking part in the conversation with our correspondent Elena Klimets. According to Peter, he is responsible for a moral and psychological atmosphere in a team which helps Natalia t this competition; he noted that the London Olympics is helping a lot in this situation: they watch it, support and thus distract from unnecessary thoughts: who leads, pairings and so on. 

[Event "Superfinal 62nd RUS-ch Women"] [Site "Moscow"] [Date "2012.08.07"] [Round "5"] [White "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Black "Gunina, Valentina"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2447"] [BlackElo "2533"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "91"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O h6 7. Nbd2 Bg6 8. Nb3 Nf5 9. a4 Nd7 10. a5 a6 11. c4 Be7 12. cxd5 cxd5 13. Bd3 O-O 14. g4 Nh4 15. Nxh4 Bxd3 16. Qxd3 Bxh4 17. Bd2 f5 18. h3 Rf7 19. f4 Rc8 20. Kh2 Be7 21. Rg1 Nf8 22. Rg3 Rc7 23. Rag1 Bh4 24. R3g2 Qc8 25. Bc3 Ng6 26. Qe3 Ne7 27. Nd2 fxg4 28. hxg4 g5 29. f5 exf5 30. e6 Rf6 31. gxf5 Rc6 32. Qh3 Nxf5 33. Nf3 Rcxe6 34. Nxh4 Qc7+ 35. Kh1 Re3 36. Nf3 Qf4 37. Nxg5 hxg5 38. Rxg5+ Kf8 39. Rg8+ Ke7 40. Bb4+ Kd7 41. R1g7+ Kc6 42. Rc8+ Kb5 43. Rxb7+ Ka4 44. b3+ Kxb3 45. Rc3+ Ka2 46. Qg2+ 1-0 

Tomorrow is a free day in both - men's and women's Superfinals. Fortunately for Natalia London Olympics is still under way, so she would be able to forget about her position in the tournament if she will have such wish. 
Таble, schedule, results, all games
Round 6  - August 9th at 15.00 MSK Time.


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