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Peter Svidler vs Ruslan Ponomariov
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Dec-11
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  0-1

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Jul-30-05  Queens Gambit: Nice end game, its not usual queen vs two rooks.
Oct-03-09  whiteshark: 25.Rf1 was surely a mistake.
Dec-28-11  cocker: Ending after 27 fxg4 is discussed in UCE by Nunn, p 206.
Jan-10-19
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  plang: Game 3 of the four game semi-final match in the World Championship tournament was the only decisive game in the match; Ponomariov went on to defeat Ivanchuk in the final to win the championship. Ponomariov prepared the Petroffs for this match; he had defended against the Ruy Lopez earlier in the event. In the first game Svidler had played 3 Nxe5 without success; here he varied with 3 d4. [Note: It has always fascinated me that comparing the main lines of the Petroffs C42 (after 6 Bd3) and C43 (after 5 Nxe5). The positions are identical except that in C42 the knight is on f3 while in C43 it is on e5.] 13..Qc7 was new; 13..Qf6 had been played previously. 17 Bxe4?..fxe 18 Qe2..Bxh2+ 19 Kh1..Rf5 would have given Black a winning attack but 17 h3 might have been worth considering. White had little alternative but to take the rook on e4 as 20 Qg3..Rxf4 21 h3..h6 22 Re5..g5 would have been strong for Black. After 25 Rf1? White had little chance of saving the game; 24 Rb2 was necessary. 36 R4b3..Qxd4 37 Re2 was suggested as a tougher defense.

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