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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Mateusz Bartel
Dortmund Sparkassen (2012), Dortmund GER, rd 6, Jul-19
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  0-1
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Jul-19-12  sevenseaman: Bartel has played a losing game.
Jul-19-12  master of defence: Itīs all over. White will lose the pawn in f6. 0-1
Jul-19-12  boz: Congratulations to Bartel for getting on the scoreboard against a very tough opponent.
Jul-19-12
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  Check It Out: What do you mean, abuzic?

Fun game to follow.

Jul-19-12
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  WannaBe: Ummm, on the mobile page, the rook does't dance, it just grins. =))
Jul-19-12
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  Check It Out: Bartel can rest a little easier now. He's vanquished a very solid player.
Jul-19-12
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  Check It Out: WannaBe, he's dancing like a whirling dervish on my mobile
Jul-19-12
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  eternaloptimist: Good job by Bartel of just hanging around waiting for Pono to make some mistakes! He finally got a win! Although it would've been interesting to see what would've happened if Pono would've kept the ♗ pair on the board. Thx for the live coverage CG!!
Jul-19-12  OBIT: On the official site, the message "xxxx won by adjudication" appears when a player resigns. Yeh, the wrong word is being used, but it's a German site.
Jul-19-12  abuzic: <Check It Out> A message popped up in the live game of the event stating that!! Those remarks were not mine.
Jul-19-12
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  Check It Out: Got it
Jul-19-12  abuzic: <OBIT> thanks for the info..
Jul-19-12  haydn20: IMO Pono played several suboptimal moves after move 40 and Bartel simply outplayed him.
Jul-19-12
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  Eyal: Funny how things turn out sometimes. Pono scored +2 in the first five rounds, while playing against Leko, Caruana, Karjakin & Kramnik, and started to look like the favorite, having the "easiest" schedule for the remaining rounds. Then he goes and loses with White to the tailender, who scored only half a point so far.
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  chessgames.com: Thanks to everybody for coming by today. The next round is at 9:15am tomorrow morning; hope to see you then.
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  bubuli55: Bartel wins!
Jul-19-12
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  eternaloptimist: <Eyal> that is kind of odd. It goes to show that u never know for sure what will happen in some chess tournaments.
Jul-19-12  OBIT: I take full responsibility for Pono's loss. I am sure I jinxed him at the end of the time control when I commented about how much better White position looked.
Jul-19-12  karnak64: Nice result for Bartel. Interesting game for the whole always ongoing knights v. bishops in the endgame thing.
Jul-19-12  kia0708: good game
Jul-19-12  OBIT: Remarkable pairings next round - the three players with 4 points play the three players with 3 1/2. Also, in all three games the player with 4 has the White pieces. The games are:

Karjakin vs Caruana
Kramnik vs Leko
Naiditsch vs Ponomariov

Jul-19-12  Ulhumbrus: So Bartel won. Well done. I expected him to lose.

An alternative to 37 Be4 is 37 fxe3 undoubling the f pawns

40 Bxg6 has been pointed out as a promising alternative to 40 Re7

Another alternative to 40 Re7 is 40 Bc6. The move Bb7 has done not just one useful piece of work but two. Apart from inducing Black's rook to give up its occupation of the d file it has cleared the e file for White's own rook. On 40 Bc6 Ne6 41 Ke4 Nxd4 42 Kxd4 threatens 43 Re7 as well as 43 Kc5

It is possible that Ponomariev overlooked just one or two things which were enough to pass the advantage to Black.

Jul-19-12  zoren: These are the worst kind of games to lose. Imagine you're in command for some odd 4 hours and there's some "just" subtle enough resources that your opponent is going to find due to desperation, and 1-2 moves later stumbles onto a decent position.

<Ulhumbrus> 40.Bxg6 is indeed interesting but I think Ponomariov at that point still had illusions of taking the full point by more reasonable means. In fact that line kind of fizzles out to the point where white is going to have to give up his remaining material for K vs KNN.

Jul-20-12  messachess: Bartel shows himself to be a player of substance, having had some good results against top players but not invited to their circuit much. Maybe that will change.
Jul-26-12  Ulhumbrus: <zoren> After the move 46...Nf5! White's bishop, g3 pawn and f6 pawn have suddenly all become targets.
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