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Candidates Match: Ponomariov - Rublevsky Match

Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky3.5/6(+1 -0 =5)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov2.5/6(+0 -1 =5)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ponomariov vs Rublevsky ½-½372007Candidates Match: Ponomariov - RublevskyD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Rublevsky vs Ponomariov ½-½412007Candidates Match: Ponomariov - RublevskyB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Ponomariov vs Rublevsky 0-1922007Candidates Match: Ponomariov - RublevskyB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. Rublevsky vs Ponomariov  ½-½562007Candidates Match: Ponomariov - RublevskyB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
5. Ponomariov vs Rublevsky ½-½382007Candidates Match: Ponomariov - RublevskyD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Rublevsky vs Ponomariov ½-½182007Candidates Match: Ponomariov - RublevskyB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
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Jun-02-07  cannibal: <keypusher>
You are aware that Rublevsky is the one who just needs a draw, aren't you?
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  keypusher: Yes, but I thought he was playing Black for some reason! Thanks for clearing that up.
Jun-02-07  Per: Pono seems to play hard fought end games instead of trying to mess things up with tactical middle game tricks. Odd strategy given the match situation!
Jun-02-07  twinlark: What everyone just said.
Jun-02-07  Open Defence: the guys in the audio coverage seem to think this is a good opening choice...
Jun-02-07  karnak64: <Open Defence> - do they say why? I thought the Bronstein-Larsen was pretty much discarded at top levels. I'd be interested in knowing what the experts now see in it.
Jun-02-07  Knight13: Qd8.... Unless you got better place for the queen.
Jun-02-07  seaotter: the typical plan for White is to play g3 and Bg2 and Nh4,... the Nh4 move stops silliness of Bf5 and h7-h5-h4,.. also by fianchettoing the white squared Bishop it aims at d5,... White uses this move to break open the center and expose the King even at the cost of a center pawn... Finally, the attack that Black has down the g-file is nullified because of the configuration of g3/Nh4.
Jun-02-07  seaotter: Unless Pono has some brillant scheme he has just given Rubi a tempo with c4 toward his plan and not really helped himself at all. But he ob has some idea in mind or he would of not gone into this variation.
Jun-02-07  Open Defence: <karnak64> if they did i didnt catch it and now Pono's got his Queen between a fork and a hard place...
Jun-02-07  percyblakeney: Looks like Rublevsky has a draw here.
Jun-02-07  Aleking: Congrats to Rublevsky!
Jun-02-07  Ziggurat: Oops, Pono ... That must have been painful.

Congrats to Rublevsky.

Jun-02-07  Open Defence: did he think he had another game tomorrow ???
Jun-02-07  suenteus po 147: Too bad for Ponomariov, but then if his games in the WC tournament would have been like this, it's probably better he's not going on. Congrats to Rublevsky, who has really stepped up in the last two years since winning the Russian SuperFinal.
Jun-02-07  twinlark: Well done for the underdog. He should give Grischuk a run for his money if he keeps playing solidly. Maybe one for the tie break in the second round.
Jun-02-07  Knight13: Yes. Rublevsky won. Very nice.
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  Gypsy: A draw from the position of strength. Congratulations to Rublevsky for the match won.
Jun-02-07  babakova: I was right, Rublevsky goes through.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Open Defence: the guys in the audio coverage seem to think this is a good opening choice...>

<karnak64: <Open Defence> - do they say why? I thought the Bronstein-Larsen was pretty much discarded at top levels.>

The game is now over, so we know that Ponomariov's strategy did not succeed, but it was probably exactly the fact that the Bronstein-Larsen is out-of-fashion that the commentators liked. Their and Ponomariov's thinking was probably that the likely unfamiliarity of the defense to Rublevsky (in comparison with other defences Ponomariov could have played) would have increased the possibility that he would have gone wrong.

Jun-02-07  TheSlid: Ouch - Talk about ending with a whimper instead of a bang. (TS Elliot).
Jun-02-07  suenteus po 147: I don't know if Rublevsky will have a harder time with Grischuk than he did with Ponomariov, or an easier time.
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  chancho: Grischuk won one game and the rest were drawn in their matchpups. I think it will not be easy for either one of them.

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Jun-02-07  karnak64: <Open Defence> and <Peligroso Patzer> : thanx.
Jun-03-07  Petrosian63: Davai Rublevsky!!!
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