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IMG_6164Grandmaster Sergey Rublevsky reviews the first two games of the final.

Pogonina – Muzychuk
Game 1

In this game we saw a fashionable line of the anti-Meran, quite a safe option for Black. Mariya made a new move 16…Be6; before that everybody played 16…Nd7, as far as I know. 16…Be6 is also okay, but is does not create new problems for White.

After Mariya retreated her bishop to c8 on the move 22, White got an advantage. Natalia had a very interesting idea 23.Nc1, intending to bring the knight to с5 and block the black pawns.

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