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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Ruslan Ponomariov
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Sep-16
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System (A22)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Sep-16-11
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  chessgames.com: We'll close the day out with Ivanchuk-Ponomariov, already in progress. Stop back tomorrow for round #2 in the exciting Grischuk-Svidler match, 5:00am USA/Eastern (11:00 CET).
Sep-16-11
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  SugarDom: Ok, but i'll think about it FIRST...
Sep-16-11  technical draw: Looks drawish...
Sep-16-11
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  Honza Cervenka: Very Ivanchukish setup. But I guess it's draw with opposite colour Bishops on the board.
Sep-16-11
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  Honza Cervenka: Well, black has quite a lot of weak pawns and so Chucky can try to win this. But draw seems to be inevitable, if Pono avoids to make any blunder.
Sep-16-11
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  moronovich: There seems to be a basis for a longer game.Also due to the bishops of opposite coulors.The weak black pawns.. the c-file in whites position ..the akward placed B on a4..So white should be better with fine drawingchances for black
Sep-16-11
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  Honza Cervenka: <0-1. look at black's rooks and the 2 pawns vs 1. Black is going to win. Ivanchuk must have fallen.>

Black QS Pawns are not going to advance and his other Pawns are weak. Only white has winning chances here. Of course, anything can happen but it is black who is now fighting for draw.

Sep-16-11  leonn0077: white's position seems stronger now
Sep-16-11  mslr45: black's e3 pawn losted
Sep-16-11
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  Honza Cervenka: 41.Kf3 allows black to force draw after 41...Rc1. 41.Bxf4 was better.
Sep-16-11  TheoNov: 41. Kf3 seems to be a mistake. Looks like a draw now. Wouldn't 41. Bxf4 have been better?
Sep-16-11  nimh: <Very Ivanchukish setup.>

What do you mean by that?

Sep-16-11
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  moronovich: I am almost shure Pono will force a draw by -Rf1+
Sep-16-11
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  Honza Cervenka: <41. Kf3 seems to be a mistake. Looks like a draw now. Wouldn't 41. Bxf4 have been better?> Definitely yes. Now 42.Bxf4 Rf1+ 43.Kxe3? (necessary is 43.Kg3 Rg1+ 44.Kf3 Rf1+ =) 43...Re7+ 44.Be5 Kg5 loses for white and 42.Kxf4 Rf1+ 43.Kxe3 Re7 44.Kd2 Rd1+ 45.Kc3 Rc1+ is perpetual check.
Sep-16-11
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  Domdaniel: Yes, Black has a draw if he wants. No harm, though, in looking a little longer for a winning chance. It may be possible to play ...Ra1 and get a passed pawn on the b-file.
Sep-16-11
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  moronovich: And now Rf1 with draw or Rh7 or Ra1 !?!?..
Sep-16-11
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  moronovich: In anyway it is an important decission as it is matchplay.
Sep-16-11
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  Honza Cervenka: <nimh: <Very Ivanchukish setup.>

What do you mean by that?>

Ivanchuk plays very unorthodox chess which produces quite often very unusual positions and Pawn structures.

Sep-16-11  nimh: I see, thanks
Sep-16-11
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  Honza Cervenka: <It may be possible to play ...Ra1 and get a passed pawn on the b-file.> White can still cover Pa3 with Bd6. It can be dangerous for black to continue here as black central pawns are too weak.
Sep-16-11
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  moronovich: -

Draw agreed.
A fine start for Pono and it seems like Chucky needs to reload his batteries.

Sep-16-11  Petrosianic: How do you figure that?
Sep-16-11
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  moronovich: <Petrosianic: How do you figure that?>

His choice of opening,mising the rather simple Bxf4,and how he looks at the pressconference.And his nervous play in the playoffs.

Sep-16-11
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  NARC: Honza Cervenka: Thanks for pointing out 44. ... Kg5 after 43.Kxe3? 43...Re7+ 44.Be5

I would have fallen into the trap.
Ivanchuk stayed out.

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