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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Xu Jun
FIDE World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 31, Dec-03
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1-0


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Dec-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: I did not watch this game, but I did receive two e-mails about it.

A strange game ... Pono engages in some wild gyrations with his King, but comes out on top. (I took about 10 minutes and played through this game in CB 9.0, however, I did not use any analysis engine ... so I am unsure exactly where Black went wrong.)

The Sicilian Dragon takes it on the chin ... again.

T answer the young man who asked why Black resigned ... lets just say the endgame stinks after the exchange of Queens. (Which is forced, unless Black wants to lose his a-Pawn, allow doubled Pawns, or drop the f-button to Qxf7+.) And while I agree with you it seems a little early for a resignation, if you play through this with a strong program like Fritz, you will see just how hopeless White's position really is.

Dec-04-05  euripides: <The Sicilian Dragon takes it on the chin ... again. > eh ?
Dec-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: <euripides>
I used to play this opening. (For like close to - or maybe over - 30 years in tournament play.)

If you read "My Sixty Memorable Games," the intro to the game with Larsen says it all.

See Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 for maybe one of the most famous of all examples.

Dec-04-05  euripides: <aj> this isn't a Dragon.
Dec-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: oops

I looked at a Dragon this morning ... (another chess game) and then confused that one with this one.

I may ask for forgiveness and plead tiredness. (And too much work.) I also go forty-something e-mails this morning ... everyone seems to have a question about the World Cup.

Dec-04-05  euripides: <aj> to be fair Pnomariov's nice play on c5 is very like some Dragon lines. I have the feeling Pono knew it was his day when Black played 10...e5.
Dec-04-05  Frhddy: Great play by Ponomariov!
Dec-05-05  EmperorAtahualpa: A timely resignation of Xu Jun. This position is indeed hopeless.
Dec-06-05  THE pawn: <AJ> was the dragon not Kasparov's favorite opening, a weapon so deadly in his hands? Is there some sort of refutation to it, a bit like the king's gambit?
Dec-09-05  LIFE Master AJ: Fischer said the Dragon is killed dead by the Yugoslav. After playing the Dragon in tournaments for like 30+ years, I would have to agree with him.
Dec-10-05  Frhddy: I wouldn't though. I play the dragon and the yugoslav and I never have bean killed every game....
Aug-05-06  ronaldducalang: Nice game by Pono
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