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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Zaven Andriasian
11th Essent Chess Tournament (2007), Hoogeveen NED, rd 1, Oct-14
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0
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Oct-14-07  Elxiddicus: This game could make a good sunday or late week puzzle for the continuation after move 23
Oct-14-07  Bobsterman3000: wow nice game by Ponomariov. Maybe if he keeps winning like this he'll climb back to relevance again one day :-)
Oct-14-07  kingsindian2006: world junior champ is playing with the big boys now.. Re6!! great move, ill give it !!!!!! and !...lol
Oct-14-07  Jim Bartle: And if black takes the rook on move 23?
Oct-14-07  computer chess guy: 23 .. fxe6? 24. dxe6 and White has the terrible threat of e7 with discovered check. There is no defense that doesn't drop material.
Oct-15-07  KCJayhawk: Can anyone explain the thinking behind 29...b5.
Oct-15-07  hovik2003: <KCJayhawk>
29...b5 was last desperate shot to distract Pono from playing 30.Re7 with crushing attack on king and queen. And if 30.Bxc5 diverts the annoying bishop for a moment from f7.
Oct-15-07  hovik2003: Zaven's 17...Be7? (with the idea of Nf6 later) was really bad, I mean he wanted exchange on d5 in case white plays 18.d5 exd5 19.exd5 20.Bd6 (ofcurse bishop returns) he should have kept the bishop on d6 as blockading piece. say if he played 17...f6 18.d5 exd5 19.exd5 Qxe2 20.Bxe2, Black looks OK to me.
Oct-15-07  notyetagm: <hovik2003: <KCJayhawk> 29...b5 was last desperate shot to distract Pono from playing 30.Re7 with crushing attack on king and queen. And if 30.Bxc5 diverts the annoying bishop for a moment from f7.>

Position after 29 ... b7-b5:


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Yes, White threatened the bone-crunching 30 ♖e1-e7, which

1) attacks the Black d7-queen

2) threatens the Black g8-king by attacking the tender f7-square again

3) supports the advance of the passed White d6-pawn by removing the Black d7-queen blockader.

It's not often that one move (♖e1-e7) accomplishes three(!) goals.

Oct-15-07  notyetagm: A powerful performance by Ponomariov, capped off by the wicked tactical shot 23 ♖e1-e6!!:


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Oct-15-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Isolated passed pawns win if supported by pieces


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<<<A textbook example of using your pieces to support the promotion of a <PASSED PAWN>.>>>

Ponomariov has three pieces (♕♖♗) and they
-all- support the advanced White d7-passed pawn:

1) White b3-bishop defends the d7-passed pawn and controls the potential e8-promotion square

2) White d3-queen defends the passed pawn from behind, "pushing" the pawn forward, and controls the d8-promotion square by x-ray

3) White e8-rook blocks the 8th rank, preventing the Black f8-rook from defending the d8-promotion square

Oct-16-07  hovik2003: < notyetagm >
Good positional analyses, I should add harmony is the key word in Pono's created instructional game.
Oct-18-07  babakova: Good example of good player against better player.
Oct-29-07
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  Chessmensch: Speelman discusses this game in his Guardian column of October 28, 2007. http://sport.guardian.co.uk/chess/s...
Sep-03-08
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  GrahamClayton: A great example of 2 bishops in tandem along adjacent diagonals.

<ComputerChessGuy>23 .. fxe6? 24. dxe6 and White has the terrible threat of e7 with discovered check. There is no defense that doesn't drop material.

If Black plays 24...♔h8, to avoid e7+, winning the Queen, then 25. ♕d6, and Black is busted. He will win the pinned Black knight, as any move allows ♕d8

Sep-03-08  arsen387: can't black hold with 29...Re8? trying to exploit white's weak back rank? e.g. 29..Re8 30.Bxf7+ Qxf7!? and if 30.Rxe8 Nxe8 31.Bxf7+ Kf8 seems like black can survive...
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