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David Navara vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-27
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  1-0


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Jan-27-07  Kean: Bravo Navara!
Jan-27-07  syracrophy: Now, THIS IS A REAL SURPRISE! Navara beating the former World Champion? WTH! Unbelievable! Really amazing!

Ponomariov set a nice trap with 40...♖d5 because now if 41.♘xe6? ♖d2+! 42.♔f1 ♖f2+! 43.♔e1 ♖e2+! 44.♔xe2 stalemate!

But disgracefully, it failed. What a great clash!

Jan-27-07  Kean: wow it's true syracrophy! nice trap, but believe me, Navara is a player to follow, his chess is not common
Jan-27-07  Mameluk: The opening play of Ponomariov was pretty poor here, with many second rate moves, but still the endgame is not easy. I expected 26. Nd4 Rxb2 27. Ra7+ Kg8 28. Nxe6 Re2 and now the rook endgame is what? I think more draw, and after 29. Ra6 still big drawing chances.

The losing mistake is 32...Ra8. Pono must have played 32...Bc5. Now Navara can go back to b5, but would he admit 32. Nd4 is a mistake? And 33. Nc6 Rxb3 34. h4 Rb2+ 35. Kh3 g6 36. Ne5 Be7 looks like draw, for instance 37. c5 g5, and it is black who threatens mate. Letīs wait for some expert analysis.

Jan-28-07  Mameluk: So after seeing analysis on, I must once again admit I was completely wrong:) After 32...Bc5 33. Nf3 Rxb3 white is still clearly winning, with 34. Ne5. After Be7 white just goes c5, c6, c7, and after Rb2+ Kf3 and march to the center. After 34... Rb2+ 35. Kf1 Rxh2 36. c6 Rc2 is 37. c7 not enough because of g5 and the h-pawn will run, but white can play 37. Ra7 with winning threat of c7, Nd7, Nb6 and c8Q. No way to cover this. Never believe to your computers. So 32. Nd4 is really !! at least.

So the losing mistake was probably 27...f5 or even 15...Bd7 perhaps?

Jan-28-07  slomarko: even 10...Qb6 might be slightly suspect!
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