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Modern Ponziani Charmingly
Compiled by LjuboSubotic
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Rare 4...f6!? faces impressive defeat.
I Nikolayev vs M Rodin, 1985
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

A la Laburdonne game between two young Russian talents.
Dreev vs Kamsky, 1987 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

Super! W s/b winning somewhere, but B's hanging fantastically.
I Nikolayev vs S Gazakaev, 1989
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

White's castling on "wrong" wing on move 20 solves game.
I Nikolayev vs Stephen Capp, 1998
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Great attack and rook sac.
I Nikolayev vs D Hayes, 1998 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Smooth attack. Where was Black's mistake?
I Nikolayev vs D Hayes, 1998
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Laburdonne would like this armada too.
I Nikolayev vs D Hayes, 1998
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

4...Qd6!? 5.Na3!
I Nikolayev vs D Hayes, 1999
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Great positional game. On move 21 Black has no moves.
I Nikolayev vs C Kharroubi, 2001
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Absolutely spectacular finish!
I Nikolayev vs S Lorette, 2002 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Nikolayev already played the 15.g4!! vs Gazakaev in 1987.
I Nikolayev vs D Weatherly, 2003 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Accident.
I Nikolayev vs Mitchell Goldberg, 2004
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 1-0

Final queen sac (even twice) is very nice.
I Nikolayev vs R Ferguson, 2004 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Postmodern.
I Nikolayev vs M Parry, 2008
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Looks serious continuation of their discussion.
I Nikolayev vs M Parry, 2008 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Wow! Black looked ok just 3 moves before he resigned.
I Nikolayev vs K Cao, 2009
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 1-0

Diamond from world champion.
Carlsen vs Harikrishna, 2013 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Another great example from elite GMs.
Nakamura vs Svidler, 2013 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Very interesting play by Black. White works hard to handle it.
I Nikolayev vs Lev Paciorkowski, 2015
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

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