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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Boris Gelfand
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Dec-10
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  kdogphs: Pono said in response to a question about Gelfand using the Petrov: "What, so we should stop playing 1) e4?" Ha, I stopped playing 1) e4 cuz I hate going against the Sicilian!
Dec-10-09  Astardis: I stopped playing 1. e4 because of the many possible responses for Black in general. I only play it if I know my opponent *always* plays the Caro Kann. That way out of the opening I either get a position I'm halfway comfortable with or my opponent - IF he chooses to play something other than c6 - gets one he's not comfortable with. In any other case I'll stick to 1. c4 or d4.
Now of course d4 is not such a brilliant choice against Gelfand either. His Slav defense doesn't seem to be that much more likely to beat than his Petrov for that matter...
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  messachess: I always play 1.e4 because I don't know 1.d4 (yes, that is being lazy.) I like going against the Sicilian, but against the Spanish is my favorite. I hate going against the English, Caro Kann, and Petrov. I do wish I knew 1.d4. It looks like fun.
Dec-10-09  AuN1: i can't believe ponomariov couldn't come up with something better against the russian game. he must have expected it if he was going to play 1.e4
Dec-10-09  kurtrichards: <i can't believe ponomariov couldn't come up with something better against the russian gme.> Ponomariov was always on + according to the engine used by chess.ok and until Gelfand found a drawing line starting with 22. ... Be6 and by move 28. ... Kxe8 Gelfand equalized and perpetual check ended the game, 0.5-0.5.
Dec-11-09  ycbaywtb: i've always hated perpetual check, but sometimes it's the thing to do

i hope this World Cup Final becomes one to remember, a great match

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  acirce: <Boris, do you think that the “Petroff defense” will kill chess?

• B.G.: No, you cannot kill chess. Yes, we played the “Petroff defense” but we had the position which gave the possibility for both opponents. [...]>

My compliments to the brilliant mind asking that question to one of the world's foremost Petroff specialists right after he's used the Petroff to achieve a desired result in an important game.

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