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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Gata Kamsky
World Chess Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Dec-06
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-06-07  rover: Why not 36.Qd8+ Kh7 37.Qxb6
After 37...Qxe2+ 38.Kg3 there's no perpetual check and white seems to have a small advantage because of the advanced passed pawn.
Dec-06-07  Maroczy: <rover> I did a quick check with Fritz 10 and if white goes to h4 he'll get mated; so it is a perpetual.
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  Eyal: <According to GM Shipov, Kamsky misread the chart and thought he was supposed to have White against Ponomariov. So he went ahead and prepared accordingly.

He was very upset to find out right before the game that he was having Black. He got a horrendous position but managed to hold on for a draw. The good news is he can relax tonight since he already prepared for White yesterday. There is always something good somewhere:)

This reminds me of what happened in 2004 in Calvia at the Olympiad. I was told that the Captain of the French women's team got the wrong colors in one of the rounds. So the entire team prepared for the wrong colors on every board.> (

Dec-07-07  nolanryan: i thought pono had some killer chances with 24. Nexf7. People thought kamsky would have counterchances with 24.. Nc5, but i don't think they and pono considered 25 Nxh6!! as a followup
Dec-07-07  cotdt: Ponomariov didn't have the nerves to take the pawn and complicate the position for winning chances. He took the safe draw instead.
Dec-07-07  RookFile: Once upon a time, Bobby Fischer played things like the Poisoned Pawn Sicilian, allowing a massive attack, and dared anybody in the world to beat him.
Dec-07-07  suenteus po 147: Tell me about it! Back in the good old days, chess players were men! When Alekhine captured your queen, did he hand it to you afterwards? NO! He threw it square at your forehead! And if you weren't quick enough to duck he beaned you good and then you had to play on with a headache. And did they have aspirin back then? NO! Your second came out with a hammer and gave your big toe a thwap so you could ignore the pain in your head. That's the way to play chess! Bunch of namby-pamby sissies these days....
Dec-13-07  nolanryan: I take back my line of 24 Nexf7, 25 Nxh6.
I like move 24 Nexf7- it is prob a good chance, but the followup Nxh6 is perhaps too risky.
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