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Peter Svidler vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Corus (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-20
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-20-05  Abaduba: I cannot believe that there is no more play in this position. Can one of the stronger players confirm if this is indeed a dead draw or if the players just wimped out?
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  tpstar: I cannot answer that question as stated, yet I would bet reality favors the latter option. There's a huge amount of play left, with Pawn storms on opposite wings, yet continuing on also substantially increases losing chances for both players. Black would probably play 23 ... Qc7 to break the pin and hinder g4, then 24. Rdf1 a5 and now White can choose between 25. a3 or 25. c3 (25. a4!? ba 26. Bxa4 Rb4 27. Qc6) to save the Bishop. I believe Black stands better since the half-open c file points straight at White's King, yet there is material equality plus BOOC already. A sensible draw, versus a fighting draw.
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