Natalia Pogonina: I did not expect Zhao Xue to allow the Benko
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Natalia Pogonina: I did not expect Zhao Xue to allow the Benko
 MG 4716In a must-win situation Natalia Pogonina went for the Benko gambit, and her favorite opening did not let her down. The fate of the match will be decided on a tie-break.

Anastasia Karlovich: Congratulations with your comeback! It was a very tough game. You played the Benko gambit, which is your favorite opening, as far as I know. Did it work out as expected?

Natalia Pogonina: My preparation for this game was very extensive. Zhao Xue has a wide opening repertoire, and I did not expect her to allow the Benko, as it is quite a sharp opening. I don't know why she went there, maybe just thought this time everything will be alright. We already played such schemes a few times, by the way. And in any case I was prepared for other openings as well.

 
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