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Loek van Wely vs Ruslan Ponomariov
FIDE World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-06
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  0-1
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Dec-06-05  PARACONT1: Superb endgame technique! I'd never have expected it of Ponomariov.
Dec-07-05  Frhddy: why? I would have..... He is great at the endgame.
Dec-07-05
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  Mateo: 30. Qb5? loses. Van Wely should have played 30. Qa1 Qc7!? (30... Qd8 31. Bc3; 30... Qb4 31. Bc3 Qb6 32. Bd4 Qd8 33. Bc3) 31. Bf6 gf 32. Qf6 a4.
Dec-07-05  Frhddy: It is not so obvious <Mateo>You cant really say Qb5 was a blunder...
Dec-07-05
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  Mateo: <Frhddy> Please explane why.
Dec-07-05  GBKnight: It certainly looks as if 30 Qa1 would have made it difficult for black to make progress. The a-pawn is attacked and attempts to defend it seem to fail as <Mateo> points out. Another inaccuracy might have been 35e5 - this looks wrong in principle, putting a pawn on the same colour square as his bishop. Simply hold tight eg with 35 Ke3,if black plays e5 then Ba7 and the bishop still 'dominates' the knight, and black will have to watch for the white king coming over to c3. Still, excellent technique from Ponomariov.
Dec-07-05  euripides: Ponomariov skilfully opens a second front with h5 and g5 leaving White with the vulnerable e5 pawn as well as the passed pawn to cope with.

On move 62 he looks ready to cash in on this. However, if 62...Nxe5 63 Nb6+ Kd6 64 Nc8+ Black can only avoid a repetition by allowing a knight exchange, when White's bishop holds all the pawns on the same diagonal and draws two pawns down.

Eventually the multiple weaknesses are too much for White to defend.

Dec-07-05  syracrophy: A good ending!
Dec-07-05  bishopawn: Ponomariov must have nerves of steel. His batteries don't wear down at the end of a game. He does seem like among the best in endgame problems.
Dec-08-05  Boomie: Here are some alternatives for move 30. White may be able to draw this. Of course the pawn was lost earlier, so the main mistake happened then.

30. Qa1 Qc7 31. Nd3 Ne8 32. e4 Bc4 33. Nc5 e5 (-0.47/16)

30. Qb8+ Qe8 31. Qg3 Kh8 32. e4 Bb3 (-0.53/16)

30. e4 Bc4 31. Qa1 Qc7 32. Bc3 Qa7+ 33. Bd4 Qa6 (-0.75/13)

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