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Natalia Pogonina: I look forward with curiosity
 MG 4430Grandmaster from Saratov became the second Russian player who managed to come back following yesterday's disaster. She got a nearly winning position and more than an hour lead on the clock against Marie Sebag, but the fate of the game was once again decided in a rook ending...

Anastasia Karlovich: Natalia, how difficult was the first game of your match and what happened today?

Natalia Pogonina: Yesterday I played the opening poorly and soon got a lost position. Marie could win a few times, once could execute a strong tactical blow. She played well for a while despite the time trouble, but then made a couple of mistakes, and the position turned sharp. I could equalize, but didn't find the right way. In the arisen endgame I was a pawn down, but had good drawing chances. Then she missed a forced win, and the position became objectively drawn. However, I failed to hold it, having an easy draw even a couple of moves before resignation. In short, in was a long game and I lost.

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