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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Krishnan Sasikiran
World Chess Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-03
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. McDonnell Defense (D20)  ·  1-0


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Dec-03-07  Bobak Zahmat: Ruslan rocks!
Dec-03-07  Ezzy: I don't think Sasikiran will want to look at that final position ever again.

Ponomariov seems to be seeking full blown revenge after his dodgy start to the tournament. A crushing demolition job!

It's a complicated position, but Sasikiran did have a drawing move.

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Instead of 29...f6 29...Bxf4! 30.Rxf4 Qxf4 31.Nf5 f6 32.Qc4+ Kf8 and white would probably have to take the pepetual for a draw.

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Dec-03-07  SetNoEscapeOn: Ruslan at his best is remeniscent of Karpov- 32 Qb7+! just a high class move.
Dec-03-07  Micawbr: <Ezzy><It's a complicated position, but Sasikiran did have a drawing move. Instead of 29...f6 29...Bxf4! 30.Rxf4 Qxf4 31.Nf5 f6 32.Qc4+ Kf8 and white would probably have to take the pepetual for a draw.> 31.Ne6! threatening mate and attacking the queen is stronger than 31.Nf5. White is still winning, but after 31. ... Qxc1 32. QxQ black is better than in the game.
Dec-03-07  shakh.i.shekh: I submitted your suggestion of 29...BXf4 to HIARCS 11.2 (and put HIARCS on autoplay). HIARCS deviated from your analysis with 31. N-e6 forcing QXR and eventually winning a complicated endgame with threats against the bishop in case of Black playing RXN (h3) and winning the exchange with B -f6 if Black plays BXN. (I have no idea if this is really sound analysis or if the players considered this during the game.
Dec-03-07  dabearsrock1010: this game is very difficult to is so sharp in the opening that i cant figure any moves out
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  whiteshark: Ponomariov tried something new today: a win in game one!
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  Jim Bartle: Can he stand prosperity?
Dec-04-07  paavoh: Great control of the center and use of weaknesses created by -g6, -c6, -f6!
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  Gilmoy: The final position is the most bizarre 4-unit protection chain I've ever seen.

The slowest-possible piece on 8 (a Knight), defended by the slowest-possible unit on 7 (a pawn)!

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