Originally posted by scacchipazzo
Thanks for posting this gem of a game and your second post as well. Excellent player we should all aspire to emulate!
Our GM blogger Natalia Pogonina has lost a Ruy Lopez game to Baira Kovanova.
Perhaps someone a bit more up on Ruy theory can say whether Kovanova's 8...b4 an attempt to get out of book, but my inner GP was starting to freak out, there are pieces waiting to be developed!
Poganina responds to the flank attack with movement in the center 9. d4, but she too has all her queenside bits still at home, having moved her white bishop 4 times and her kings knight twice! (I'm being a bit tongue in cheek here, that bishop moves a lot in the closed Ruy I know)
Even here though
Black looks much more active with the c8 bishop having some open lines to move to and a lead in development.
Pogonina goes down a pawn at move 23 and is still cramped on the queen side, and the "two bishops advantage" is pretty hard to see if you are white in this position
On move 27 she has a choice to take back the bishop with the e pawn or the rook, I was leaning heavily to the rook, keeping the e4 pawn connected to the kingside ones, and leaving a backwards target on d6 for Kovanova to defend. Wrong I guessed, she went with the pawn, not sure why at all.
Then heartbreak. After Kovanova plays 27...Qb8 here there is a missed shot for NP - see if you can spot it.
Bh6!! threatens mate and forces a few things - like so
Here is the whole game