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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Linares (2003), Linares ESP, rd 7, Mar-01
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-04  PinkPanther: I officially hate this opening, the Shirov-Shabalov Gambit. I've been murdered by it two times in a row by Schroer in simuls on the ICC :-(. On a lighter note, nice game by Pono.
Apr-20-05  aw1988: <Pinky> That's what 1...Nf6 is for! :D
Apr-21-05  Swapmeet: White's 67th move is instructive. 67. bxa3?? allows black to escape with a draw! The black King will get to a8 first and there's nothing white can do to chase him out. However, after 67. b3!, the bishop can keep watch on the the a-pawn, and white's b-pawn is unstoppable.
Feb-24-06  LIFE Master AJ: A long, incredibly tough battle.
Nov-04-08  freeman8201: What is up with Ponomariov? Qb3 the Qd1?? huh?
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  plang: I don't understand 14 Qb3 but it has been repeated several times since this game. Razuvaev worked with Ponomariov for the first time at this tournament. He suggested the use of this very sharp Anti-Meran system. The two of them actually reached the game position after Black's 19th move in their pre-game analysis which I find remarkable since several of the moves are far from obvious. They had estimated the endgame prospects as ~50-50 White win/draw. 30 a3 would have been fine but Ponomariov decided to give back the pawn in exchange for a central initiative. 37..g4 was an unclear alternative. 47..Rc5 would have been a tougher defense. A quicker win would have been 52 Rd5..Rb4 53 Kf3..Rb3+ 54 Be3..b4 55 Rd6..h5 56 Rd1. Of course not 67 bxa?..Kb7 with a draw as the bishop is the wrong color.

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