chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Ruslan Ponomariov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Jan-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

explore this opening
find similar games 46 more Ponomariov/Ivanchuk games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Some games have photographs. These are denoted in the game list with the icon.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-24-02  knight: A tragedy for "Chucky".39..Bxg4 was one of many wins for black.
Jan-24-02
Premium Chessgames Member
  Doctor Who: You mean 40 ...Bxg4, and yes, you are right.
Jan-05-08  dumbgai: 47...g5 would have also won.
Feb-17-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: In Shirov-Adams Wijk aan Zee 1998 White played 14 Nf5 and went on to win; 14 Nh2 was new but Ponomariov admitted after the game that it was not an improvement. Ivanchuk gradually developed an initiative in the center and after 29 bxc?! Black was clearly better; preferable would have been 29 Bxc3..d4 30 Bd2..Rc2 31 Bc1..d5 32 Bb3..Rc5 with just a small Black edge. Giving up the a2-g8 diagonal with 35 Bb1?! had to have been a difficult decision as after 35..Qe6 Black had both a positional as well as a material advantage. 47..Kg7? was an unfortunate blunder overlooking White's clever 48 Qd2! after which the game changed from winning for Black to completely unclear. 48..Qxb1 49 Bxh6+..Kf7 50 Qd5+ would have been favorable for White and Black would likely have taken the perpetual. 51..Qf7 would have been better not giving White connected passed pawns. In a sharp endgame Ponomariov outplayed Ivanchuk and after 59..a4? (59..Bf1 was best) Black was lost. Ivanchuk may have been counting on playing 61..Bd1 62 Ke6?..Bb3 before realizing the White would have had the response 62 Bc4.

This was the key point in the match: a win by Ivanchuk would have evened the match and after he missed the win he was unable to adjust to the changed situation and missed the draw as well.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Round 5, Final
from WCC Index [FIDE 2001 World Championship] by iron maiden
Match Ivanchuk!
by amadeus
Ponomariov - Don't Under-estimate Him
by Runemaster
FIDE WCh 2002 - The big chance, or how to beat yourself.
from b) Chess on Ivanchuk by Beans
ruy lopez
by afabian
zumakal blunders archivadas2
by zumakal
Match Ponomariov!
by amadeus
Ivanchuk 100 selected games-Kalinichenko's book
by Gottschalk
Ponomariov - Ivanchuk WCC 2002
by Eepero
Game 5, Ponomariov leads 3 1/2-1 1/2
from 2002 FIDE World Chess Championship by Penguincw
Spanish Game: Closed (C84) 1-0 Chucky missed the win
from Spanish Disasters Copy by fredthebear


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC