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Alexander Morozevich vs Ruslan Ponomariov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Dec-05
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C96)  ·  1-0


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Aug-25-08  ToTheDeath: The knight on the rim gets a trim.

28...Nxb3 29.Rb4.

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  plang: Game 2 of their fourth round match in the World Championship tournament; this win by Morozovich evened the match but Ponomariov won the quick play playoff and then defeated Bareev, Svidler and Ivanchuk to win the championship. 11..cxd!? is rarely played as it gives White the option of developing the knight on c3. 15 Re2?!..Nxe4 16 b4..Nf6 17 bxa..Bxd5 would have given Black very promising compensation for the piece. 15..Nxe4 was new; 15..Nh5 and 15..Bxd5? had been played previously. The combination starting with 15..Nxe4 and ending with 21 Ncf3 left White with a clear edge; White was behind in development but the lack of activity for Black's minor pieces more than made up for it. A tougher defense would have been 27..Rc1 28 Qd3..f4 29 Re7..Qf6 30 Qe2..Nxb3 31 Rxb7..Nc5 32 Rbb4..Nxa4 33 Rxa4 though White should still win.

11..cxd!? opening the position may be playable but 12..Bb7!? taking away one of the escape squares for the knight looks strange to me. At least in this game Black was unable to untangle the two pieces.

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