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Sergei Tiviakov vs Ruslan Ponomariov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Nov-30
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  0-1



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Jan-14-06  notyetagm: The position after 23 ♕g5? is The Times Winning Move puzzle for Friday, January 13. GM Keene writes that White was hoping for 23 ... fxe4 24 ♕xe5+ and then 25 ♕xf4.

Instead Ponomariov sees that the White g2-pawn is <overworked>, having to break the alignment of the White king and queen along the g-file to prevent a ... ♖g8 pin while it also must meet the threat of the royal fork ... ♘h3+ by defending the h3-square. Two threats, one defender, not good.

So Ponomariov simply deflects the overworked g2-pawn from breaking the aligment along the g-file with 23 ... ♘h3+! 24 gxh3 and then pins and wins the White queen with 24 ... ♖g8, forcing White's resignation.

Mar-12-11  kdogphs: Rg8!! We call this a skewer kids!!!

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