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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura - Ponomariov Match (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 5, May-21
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Glek Defense (E94)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-21-11
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  Gypsy: Nf2-h3-g5 looks very tempting now.
May-21-11  Strongest Force: White has won game...time to switch to baseball
May-21-11
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  keypusher: <Strongest Force: White has won game...time to switch to baseball>

Pono had a won game last time he had white (I think)...we all know how that turned out.

May-21-11
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  Marmot PFL: If nothing else black has a good knight outpost on e4.
May-21-11
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  watwinc: Ne4 and Re4: looks tempting - a passer on e5 or connected passers on the K-side, and the knight fork on g5 ...
May-21-11
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  Gypsy: <Marmot PFL: If nothing else black has a good knight outpost on e4.> I wonder if we may see another Pono x-change sac if Back plays Ne4.
May-21-11
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  Marmot PFL: last time with white Pono also sacrifice the exchange and had a strong knight.
May-21-11
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  Gypsy: < Marmot PFL: last time with white Pono also sacrifice the exchange and had a strong knight.> Eerily similar. (But this time, the knight is(!) the last minor on the board.)
May-21-11
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  Marmot PFL: White can regain exchange with Qc4+ and Nxh7 but that allows Qd2+ and anyway the knight is very strong on g5.
May-21-11
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  Gypsy: <39.Qe2> maybe?
May-21-11
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  watwinc: Why give up the e pawn?????
May-21-11
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  Marmot PFL: Maybe another queen ending coming up.
May-21-11
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  Gypsy: If <41...Qxe6>, then I do not see a White win.
May-21-11
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  Gypsy: A draw already?!

Naka has escaped again. (A fun game to watch.)

May-21-11
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  watwinc: What was Ponomariov thinking???
May-21-11
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  Administrator: Thanks to everyone for your participation in today's game. Our next live broadcast will be the fourth game of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Finals Match between Gelfand and Grischuk, tomorrow at 7:AM USA/Eastern time. Hope you can join us for that.
May-21-11
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  tpstar: <chessgames.com> Tomorrow 5/22/11 is a rest day for Gelfand-Grischuk.
May-21-11
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  Gypsy: This game is one of those where White keeps some advantage from the first move till practically the end. By the time Black equalizes, the position is a clear draw.

To absorb pressure, Naka had to give; but he bent without breaking.

The critical point probably was after the 34. Beside the game <35.Nh3>, White could have played the forcing

<35.Qd1 Qf7 36.Re1 Kg7 37.Reh1 Rdh8>.

But here too Black defense reconfigures just-in-time.

May-21-11
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  Administrator: <tpstar> Thanks for the correction. Our next scheduled broadcast will then be the sixth game of the Nakamura-Ponomariov Match, tomorrow at 4:30pm USA/Eastern time.
May-21-11  MaxxLange: behold the power of this fully operational King's Indian Defense!
May-22-11  deave: <watwinc:Why give up the e pawn?????>

40. e6 for the threat Nf7+

May-22-11  Garech: Another great game from the pair - almost like watching engines play; something about how the position looked!

-Garech

May-22-11  Everyone: <Administrator: Thanks to everyone for your participation in today's game.> That's a quite popular misunderstanding.
May-23-11
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  parmetd: Nakamura claims this was 18 moves of preparation.
May-24-11  theodor: bulgarian country song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX9_...
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