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Viktor Korchnoi vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Donetsk m (2001), rd 2, Jan-16
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  1-0
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Mar-27-17
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  plang: Game 2 of their 8 game match that ended 2-2 with 4 draws. 8 Nf3 was a move popularized by Korchnoi that is now the main line. The move discourages ..d5 while ceding Black a lead in development. In a draw with Akesson at Antwerp 1995 Korchnoi had played 10 Bf4; 10 0-0 was new. Black erred with 25..Bb7; better was 25..Be7 26 Qe2 looking to play on the dark squares with only a small edge for White. Poomariov may have underestimated 31 b5! which left White with a winning edge. However, Korchnoi erred with 32 Qxb8+?; winning was 32 Qxa6..Rc2 33 b6..d5 34 b7..Rxf2 35 Kxf2..Bc5+ 36 Ke2..Qd4 37 Rb3. A second error 36 e5? let Black back into the game; Ponomariov pointed out that 36 Rd2 followed by Rdb2 would have been decisive. 57 Nxd3..exd 58 Rxd3 would have been an improvement. Black was defensing well until 82..Kg7? after which he was lost; he could have drawn with 82..Rf4.
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