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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Donetsk m (2001), rd 1, Jan-16
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Main Lines (C80)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  diagonal: 52 year of age difference, this was the first game of a friendly match (classical chess) between young Ruslan Ponomariov (*1983) and septuagenarian Viktor Korchnoi (*1931), played at Donetsk in 2001, the final result was a tie (+2=4-2). A year later, in January 2002, Ponomariov became the youngest (FIDE) World Chess Champion.

<He was tough, but always correct opponent> Ponomariov remembering Korchnoi, on Twitter in June 2016

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  offramp: The first game of this unusual and very hard-fought match.

The move numbers for the games were:
91 117 45 12 63 36 74 66.

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Pono played 52.Re3. He points out that 52.Rf4! would lead to a won pawn ending.

After 52.Re3 there followed
53.Ne5+ Kf6
54.g4, attacking the bishop.

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Wily old Kortschnoij! He loses the bishop on f5 but manages to win all of White's pawns. Well played!

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  Penguincw: Ah, the ♖♘ vs. ♖ ending. Drawn 89.1% of the time.

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  offramp: <Penguincw> it is funny to imagine how ballistic, how <POSTAL> 70-yr-old Korchnoi was when his 16-year-old opponent decided to test his technique by playing on for 30 moves. He must have been like mf Krakatoa.
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