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Natalia Pogonina and methods of rationality
IMG 5174Natalia Pogonina proved deadly for Chinese players, defeating three members of the Chinese national team. Today she dominated in rapid games with Zhao Xue and could win 2-0, but followed a rational advice of her trainer and forced a draw in the last game.

Anastasia Karlovich: Congratulations, Natalia! What was your mood before the match? What was your trainer's plan for it?

Natalia Pogonina: Of course I was in a fighting mood. Who would not be happy to play tie-breaks after starting the match with a loss? Besides, I actually enjoy playing tie-breaks. So my morale was quite high.

In the first game she once again allowed me to play the Benko gambit and went for a sideline, which gave me a good game.

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