|Jan-15-07|| ||Shajmaty: Magnus gets totally destroyed by Ruslan. So sad. Why 16...Qxc8? Was 16...Ra8; 17. Nxd6, Qxd6; 18. Qxb7 so terrible? Opposite-colour Bishops, so the ending is not lost at all...|
|Jan-15-07|| ||euripides: I wonder if Carlsen had seen N Pert vs C Tippleston, 2006. I guess Ponomariov had.|
|Jan-15-07|| ||sandmanbrig: If 16 Ra8 then 17 Nxd6 Qxd6 18 Bb4.|
|Jan-15-07|| ||notyetagm: Egads! Has Magnus -ever- played a worse game than this? This game looked like Ponomariov vs NN.|
|Jan-15-07|| ||dehanne: 7...Ra7 starts the Claustrophobic Rook variation of the Slav.|
|Jan-15-07|| ||alicefujimori: It looks like black is really struggling in this line. Fortuately for black there's the 5...b5 variation to rely on but this game was a great display of technique by Pono. Just look at how he played against black's b6 weakness and the surrounding dark squares.|
|Jan-15-07|| ||Shajmaty: <sandmanbrig: If 16 Ra8 then 17 Nxd6 Qxd6 18 Bb4.> Thanks, dude. I missed 18. Bb4 at work...|
|Jan-15-07|| ||positionalgenius: Boy,this is turning into a nightmare for carlsen.And he's got a tougher tourney in february-Linares.|
|Jan-15-07|| ||notyetagm: <alicefujimori: It looks like black is really struggling in this line. Fortuately for black there's the 5...b5 variation to rely on but this game was a great display of technique by Pono. Just look at how he played against black's b6 weakness and the surrounding dark squares.>|
Ponomariov has an ideal skill set: very strong tactically, tremendous endgame skills (IMHO the best current endgame player), and tenacious will to win.
Today he made Magnus look like a patzer. Ponomariov played against the weak queenside dark-squared complex like he was Capablanca!
When did this game leave theory?
|Jan-16-07|| ||Jafar219: Carlsen played like 1800 player.|
|Jan-16-07|| ||notyetagm: What a massacre! Magnus could have resigned after 14 a4!.|
|Jan-19-07|| ||Mameluk: <notyetagm> Would you be surprised if I told you 13...Qxd7 is a novelty? And 13...Kxd7 was played in two solid GM´s games, PH Nielsen(!)-SB Hansen 1/2 and Vaganian-Frolov 1-0.|
|Jan-22-07|| ||Mateo: An unusual disaster at such a level. It was won in the opening. The best thing Black could achieve is an ending with a pawn down, or the position of the game.|
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 5. Nf3 Bf5 6. Ne5 h6 7. Qb3 Ra7 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. Bd2 e6 10. Rc1 Nbd7 11. Bb5 Bd6 <11...axb5? 12.Nxb5, White wins.> 12. Nxd7 <12.Bxd7+, P H Nielsen vs S B Hansen, 2003 1/2-1/2> Nxd7 13. Bxd7+ Qxd7 14. Na4 <Threatens Nb6 followed by Rc8+.> O-O <14...Bc7 seems sbetter. But after 15.Nb6 Qd8 16.Qa4+! Ke7 17.Ba5 (threatens 18.Rxc7+) Bxb6 18.Qb4+ Qd6 19.Qxb6 Qxb6 20.Bxb6 Ra8 21.Rc7+ Kf6 22.Ke2 Rac8 23.Rhc1 Rxc7 24.Rxc7, White will win a pawn when he wants with Ba7.> 15. Nb6 <Wins the exchange or like in the game gets Q vs R+B.> Qd8 <15...Qb5 16.Qxb5 axb5 17.Nc8 wins the exchange (if 17...Ra6 17.Nxd6 Rxd6 18.Bb4). 15...Qe7 16.Nc8.> 16. Nc8 Qxc8 <16...Ra8 17.Nxd6 Qxd6 18.Bb4 wins the exchange.> 17. Rxc8 Rxc8 18. Qb6 Bb8 19. O-O Kh7 <19...Rc2? 20.Qd8+ Kh7 21.Qxb8 wins.> 20. Rc1 Bc2 <20...Rxc1 21.Bxc121. Ba5 Kg6 22. Qb4 Rc4 23. Qd2 Bf5 24. Rxc4 dxc4 25. Bb6 Ra8 26. Qe2 <wins another pawn.> e5 <26...Bd3 27.Qf3.> 27. Qxc4 exd4 28. Qxd4 f6 29. f4 Bb1 30. Qd5 1-0
|Sep-23-07|| ||dx9293: DAMN! This qualifies as a 100% beating!|
|Nov-14-10|| ||YCP: What happens if 11... axb?|
|Nov-14-10|| ||Sastre: 11...axb5 12.Nxb5 Ra8 13.Nc7+ Ke7 14.Qb4+ Nc5 15.Qxc5+ Qd6 16.Qxd6+ Kxd6 17.Bb4#.|