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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Levon Aronian
FIDE World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Dec-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Dec-15-05  controlaltdelete: i feel White has unnecessarily (Rxa5 wasn't forced) simplified the position after these exchanges - and now Aronian's passed pawn on b3 poses a threat
Dec-15-05  Boomie: 31...Rxa5 32.Nb6 Rc2 33.Nxd7 Rxe2 34.Rxe2 Bc1 35.d5 Rxd5 36.Re1 b2 (-0.18)
Dec-15-05
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  chessgames.com: It's official: 1/2-1/2
Dec-15-05
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  vonKrolock: good morning, sport fans
Dec-15-05  amateur05: 31...Rxa5 32.Nb6 Qc6 33.Nxc8 Qxc8 34.Qxe4 Bd2. 35.Rd1 b2 36.Qg4 Qxg4 37.hg Ra1 and black wins
Dec-15-05  Per: < chessgames.com: gmgomes is right. It's unrealistic to hope that a room full of chess fans will keep quiet when somebody gets defeated. >

When I look at a chessgame I always hide the result. Otherwise it feels like reading a detective story when you know who the murderer is from the start (which some people seem to like)

Dec-15-05  lathish: why not ........Rxd5?
Dec-15-05  KingG: Top level Ruys are so boring these days. Everyone threatens the Marshall to get into some kind of anti-Marshall line that tends to be quite drawish. And of course the Marshall seems to have been worked out to a draw as well. I think in 5 or 10 years time 1.e4 might not be played in a must win situation due to the Petroff and the (Anti-)Marshall. Maybe top players should take a closer look at the King's Gambit to meet 1...e5.
Dec-15-05  jmi: A bit of a letdown..... :(

After the exchange, Black has control of the open a and c files. It seems there might be more chances for Black to go for a win.

Dec-15-05  slapwa: Rxd5 Rxd5 Qxd5 Qg4
Dec-15-05  lathish: i think black would have won this match!!!!!
Dec-15-05
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  Honza Cervenka: <why not ........Rxd5?> 31...Rxd5 32.Rxd5 Qxd5 33.Qg4 attacking Bishop g5 and Rook c8 looks like a sufficient reason.:-D
Dec-15-05  amateur05: Aronian shouldn't have accepted the draw!
Dec-15-05  StraightLarsen: <amateuar05> Rubbish. It was an obviously drawn position.
Dec-15-05  amateur05: <StraightLarsen> Read my previous comment.
Dec-15-05  StraightLarsen: <amateur> Analyse the game. The computers all say that it is equal....
Dec-15-05  zhentil: <amateur05> If white played like that, nobody would ever accept a draw. Also, when you quote lines, it's supposed to be best play for both sides, not a helpmate.
Dec-15-05  amateur05: <zhentil> I don't see better lines for white.
Dec-15-05  cade: Then you need to work on your chess because the line for white you played really is "amateur"
Dec-15-05  amateur05: <cade> Very poetic, but that's not chess.
Dec-15-05  OldNewB: <Honza> <33.Qg4> 33...Qd8
Dec-15-05
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  AgentRgent: <OldNewB: 33...Qd8> 34. h4 Bh6 35. Qe6+ Kh8 36. Qxb3 Qxh4 37. Qb7
Dec-15-05  slapwa: AgentRgent: <OldNewB: 33...Qd8> 34. h4 Bh6 35. Qe6+ Kh8 36. Qxb3 Qxh4 37. Qb7

36. Qxh6 is better.

Dec-15-05  zhentil: <amateur05> You don't see anything wrong with 36. Qg4 in your line?
Feb-23-08  positionalgenius: Another great ponomariov-aronian game
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