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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Alexander Grischuk
Russian Club Cup (2006)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-28-06
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  Knight13: Nope. You can't miss them passed pawns!
Apr-30-06  yoozum: This must be a pretty satisfying victory considering that one of the last times they played (Corus 2005), Grischuk, after he won, stated that Ponomariov simply didn't understand these kinds of positions. (That's in reference to the 2005 game)
Apr-30-06  alexandrovm: 30. ...Bf3 was a terrible blunder, I think black was just fine after that...
May-01-06  MarvinTsai: <alexandrovm> Nope, 30. ...Bf3 is just a sign of give-up. He would've lost the bishop anyway.
May-23-06  dimoss: Grischuk was winning but due to time trouble lost the bishop.
Jun-06-06  MarvinTsai: <dimoss> Oh, you are right. Black was better before that blunder. White just couldn't organize a strong attack after losing g-pawn.
Dec-02-06  S.Brew: Not knowing the Scheveningen much, is it the 8..b4 or the 10...Qa4 that causes early losses?
Dec-02-06  euripides: <Brew> Both Qa5 and b4 are frequent ideas in the English attack (where White plays f3, g4 and Qd2 and castles queen's side against the Scheveningen); whether they're good in this particular position is probably being investigated by some super-GM's computer at the moment.

What is unusual in this game, to my eyes, is Ponomariov's defensive setup with Nc2 and c4. I've read somewhere that a few recent games have shown that White can advance his pawns in front of the king in the English attack and the king is less exposed than it looks.

Perhaps 29...Bc6 is the mistake.

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