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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Peter Leko
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-18
English Opening: Symmetrical. Symmetrical Variation (A36)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-18-05  MidnightDuffer: Looks like time could well be added on here soon;
Jan-18-05  Dillinger: Morozevich really stepped in it again. Philidor's defense??
Jan-18-05  AgentRgent: <JohnBoy> White wants to trade his f pawn for black's c pawn
Jan-18-05  Bent Bexley: Mickey!!
Jan-18-05  JohnBoy: <Agent> - yeah, I missed the check on e7 with a superficial glance. But 40...Qd3 looks pretty good for black. Leko is still the one with a pull here.
Jan-18-05  Dillinger: Leko might take a draw soon given that Topalov went down. This looks too unclear to go another 50 moves.
Jan-18-05  AgentRgent: Should be a draw soon, now that the Queens are off.
Jan-18-05  JohnBoy: <Agent> - Not so quickly. Many of the possible K+P variants are lost here for white, due to the split pawns and more poorly placed K.
Jan-18-05
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  Gypsy: <Dillinger> You may be pleased to know that Hungarian's have the finest tradition of handling Q-endgames; Maroczy vs Marshall, 1907 is as good as know of off. (Maroczy had a more protected king though, but so did initially Mashall.)
Jan-18-05  AgentRgent: <JohnBoy> Agreed, but I think this is drawn.
Jan-18-05  acirce: Pono entered this with confidence. I think it's a safe draw.
Jan-18-05  suenteus po 147: Game is officially drawn now.
Jan-18-05  MidnightDuffer: Might even come down to "Zugzwang" time!
Jan-18-05  JohnBoy: This is where a computer is very helpful. Pure counting. Anyone able to run a check on what Fritz says here?
Jan-18-05  Ragar: How is Mickey doing?
Jan-18-05  Bent Bexley: Mickey won.
Jan-18-05
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Jan-18-05  acirce: <JohnBoy> 0.00 at 21 ply depth. :)
Jan-18-05  AgentRgent: <Ragar: How is Mickey doing?> Likely enjoying a pint, celebrating his victory.
Jan-18-05  AgentRgent: goodnight JohnBoy. (just had to say that!) ;-)
Jan-18-05  Dillinger: <Gypsy> Ponomariov must have known about Hungarians' Q endgame prowess when he took the queen. SZERVUSZ - that's all folks.
Jan-18-05
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  Gypsy: Obvious 45.Kf3 and, since black must not push c5-c4, White has the extra tempos to block the position so, that he keeps the oposition and Black is in the advertised zugzwang. Thus =.
Jan-18-05  Akavall: Did Leko have any serious winning chances in this game? or was he just a slightly bit better, in the middle game.
Jan-19-05  JohnBoy: Cute, <Agent> ;) And <acirce>, I was more interested in the details - what is considered best play - than the decimal evaluation.

After 45.Kf3 does black play ...h6 or ...c4? (I am not as convinced as <Gypsy> that this is a lemon.) The point after ...c4 is that 46.h3 h6 47.h4 h5 looks bad for white. Better here is 47.Ke3. I just wanted to see some details, but I suppose I will have to spring for a prog.

Jan-19-05
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  Gypsy: <JohnBoy> As you said, the two main branches are

I. 45.Kf3 h6 46.c4 h5 47.h4 =, and

II. 45.Kf3 c4 46.Ke3 h5 (probably the simplest path to a draw; it is actually Black who needs to excercise more caution now) 47.Kf3 (47.h3 g5) g5 48.fxg5 Kxf5 49.Ke4 Kg4 =. (Both sides would queen and, with caution, there are no post-promotion tricks.)

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