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Hikaru Nakamura vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Nakamura - Ponomariov Match (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, May-18
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-18-11  HowDoesTheHorsieMove: Houdini suggests that Ponomariov should not have traded queens, but instead played 24. Qd8.

I would have a hard time calling that a blunder, though.

May-19-11  paavoh: @HDTHM: "I would have a hard time calling that a blunder, though."

Yes, it is a match. Pono sure knows when to hold them and when to fold them: Win with White, draw with Black.

May-20-11  MWYOUNG: 24. QxQ was a blunder, Naka said he played into this line because he saw 24.QxQ as his only drawing chance.

Pono missed 24. Qd8!! that does seem to win for black. The point being black needs to hold onto his d pawn to force a win. After 24. QxQ blacks play runs out of steam, because of his weak queen side pawns. With the d pawn and queen still in the game. Black can squeeze white to death with his center control after playing d4.

Houdini shows how this is done very nicely.

May-23-11  apexin: <24. Qd8!!>
24...Qd8 you mean?
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