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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Jan-23
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Larsen-Haakert Variation (B04)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-24-02  knight: White could have possibly avoided the exchange of queens.
Aug-20-02  ksadler: Yes, but considering that White only needs a draw in this game to clinch the world title, why would he want to keep both Queens on the board?
Jun-28-06  Poisonpawns: Vassily is undefeated when he uses Alekhines defense as far as i know,and against some very tough opponents he has made me look into the opening a bit more. Ponomariov vs Ivanchuk, 2002
Vallejo-Pons vs Ivanchuk, 2002
Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2002
Morozevich vs Ivanchuk, 2002
and finally A Volokitin vs Ivanchuk, 2006
Sep-13-06  Sleeping kitten: It is quite strange, but he looks to me as if White was winning. What can Black do against the coming c5, since the b7 pawn needs protection ? Could Ponomariov have agreed a draw in a clearly winning position because he only needed a draw ?
Aug-09-07  atragon: Black has a very poor position. After 22.b4 i think there is nothing better than 22. ... a5 but black is always busted
May-14-13  Poisonpawns: White is winning here.Ponomariov must have just allowed the draw, since that was all he needed to clinch the title.
Mar-25-19
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  plang: Needing a win in game 7 to keep the match alive (down 2-0 in an 8 game match) Ivanchuk surprised his opponent by playing rarely used sideline (4..Nc6) of the Alekhine's Defense. 9..0-0 was new; 9..e5 and 9..d5 had been played previously. Under normal circumstances Black would have played 13..Bxd4 14 Qxd4..e5 15 dxe..Qf6 with equality but a draw was useless for Black. Of course not 15..Kh8? 16 Qd4+..e5 17 dxe+..Qf6 18 e7! and wins. In a hopeless position Ivanchuk offered a draw ending the match.
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