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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 6, Dec-13
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-13-05  alicefujimori: <Ybrevo>Yes. It feels like a Karpov move!
Dec-13-05  Ybrevo: A sorry way to end an interesting game. Have a nice day all of you.
Dec-13-05  greyfox: cant beieve it ended up in an early draw.. quite frustrating..
Dec-13-05  cuendillar: Seems premature. Switch to another game?
Dec-13-05  baffersty: boring boring boring. come back Fischer all is forgiven
Dec-13-05  Koster: Even Kramnik has more fighting spirit than these two.
Dec-13-05  alicefujimori: I don't believe this. White could of pressed a little longer before allowing a draw.
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  messachess: Well, c4 would permit N to c3 with much activity.
Premium Chessgames Member We're going to switch to another game. Give us a few minutes.
Dec-13-05  cuendillar: Don't blame them. Time is taking it's toll now. They are no longer as rested and daring as in the first rounds.
Dec-13-05  greyfox: afraid to lose with each other.. gives me a bad day.. this game is so complicated that it deserves a continuation..
Dec-13-05  menacing knights: i expected a result.
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  chancho: This game would make Fischer nauseous, if he were watching it.
Dec-13-05  popski: Huh! This was quick :/ I was right about Sicilian!
Dec-13-05  thegreatzidane: ....couldnt believe it....i spent more than an hour watching the first 10-15 moves....and it ended like that......
Dec-13-05  alexandrovm: <...cuendillar: Don't blame them. Time is taking it's toll now. They are no longer as rested and daring as in the first rounds.> I agree, plus the confidence is diferent when playing rapid or blitz games and where Alexander has a good performance (even when he lost to Anand this year, he did have a couple of good victories). How about Pono, is he good at blitz and rapid chess (i.e. did he had good results)?
Dec-13-05  Akavall: I like the fighting spirit of those two! Second non-game!
Dec-13-05  jhoro: i just hope <Carlsen> doesn't retire soon to pursue career in politics ...
Dec-13-05  johnwgoes: Didn't Ponomariov just when the Moscow Blitz tournament?
Dec-13-05  KingG: I don't believe this. I stop watching at move 16, and they agree a draw one move later!? Absolutely ridiculous. If they where in time trouble, it serves them right for spending 45 minutes on the first 10 moves.
Dec-13-05  DCP23: <KingG>, please don't stop watching during the finals.
Dec-13-05  KingG: <DCP23> LOL. I'll try.
Dec-13-05  chesscrazy: Turned out to be a more boring game than I thought.
Dec-14-05  Akavall: I think both quick draws in standard games suggest that each of them thinks he is a better rapid/blitz player than the other. I don't see any other explanation.
Dec-14-05  Queens Gambit: These two should receive a fine for their lazyness.

And why they even bother to go to the boards?? they can agree the draw the day before, and they can save time to them and to fan chess like me, who wasted time seeing this discusting draw.

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