|Jun-02-07|| ||Maxim Dlugy: A surprising choice of openings by Ponomariov. Rublevksy played very well in this match.|
|Jun-02-07|| ||protean: <<Maxim Dlugy>: A surprising choice of openings by Ponomariov. Rublevksy played very well in this match.> You predicted he would, of course. :-)|
|Jun-02-07|| ||arunjangity: what a way to lose the match! the early queen move by black seems odd to me, as is bishop g7 with a pawn on f6 (why not just rg8 to control of the open file?) not sure what point the draw was unavoidable but it all adds up to a sad ending for pono.|
|Jun-02-07|| ||notyetagm: What a disaster for Ponomariov! In a game he must win, either he accepts a draw by repetition or he loses his queen.|
Sucks to be Ponomariov here. A game you must win to survive and you end up with an 18-move draw (or an instant loss).
|Jun-02-07|| ||positionalgenius: Ponomariov really performed poorly in this match....|
|Jun-02-07|| ||notyetagm: <positionalgenius: Ponomariov really performed poorly in this match....>|
Yes, he didn't win even a single game in this match. But he -was- a rather weak FIDE champion. Like Kasimdzhanov, his march to the FIDE title was based on his rapid/blitz prowess.
|Jun-03-07|| ||wanabe2000: Why doesn't someone play 5. Ng5!? e6 6. N1f3 h6. 7. Nf7 Kf7 8. Ne5+ Kg8 9. Bc4. I can't find this in MCO but I have a friend that plays this line and wins. Any comments?|
|Jun-04-07|| ||notyetagm: From http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/eve..., highlighted comments by IM Pein.|
Position after 13 ♕b3-c2
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<13.Qc2 very canny, Black is tempted to occupy a retreat square for his queen 13...Bf5>
Position after 13 ... ♗c8-f5
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So Rublevsky (White) placed his queen on c2 with 13 ♕b3-c2 in order to provoke Black
into developing his undeveloped c8-bishop with "gain of time" on the White queen, and Black
gladly accepts this provocation.
But notice now how few squares the Black h5-queen has available
to her after this developing move, 13 ... ♗c8-f5. This move <SELF-BLOCKS> the Black h5-queen,
taking away a potential flight square (f5-square) for her majesty. And in fact the Black queen being
trapped on the edge of the board plays a major role in deciding the outcome of this game.
|Jun-04-07|| ||cotdt: the FIDE Champions based on rapid matches are rather weak, and both of them got eliminated first round.|