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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov
Donetzk zt (1998), Donetsk, rd 5, Nov-06
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Ponomariov sacrifices a Bishop (17. Bxg7!) to expose Tukmakov's King. The move <14... c5?!> is a standard idea but here it was not the most accurate idea. Instead, another standard idea, <14... a5> should have kept the position balanced.

Tukmakov's <18....f5?> loses, instead with:

<18... Nf6> 19. dxe6 Qc7 20. Nf5+ Kh8 21. exf7 Rxf7 22. Nxh6 Rff8; he could have continued the struggle. Whilst inn static terms the material balance (a bishop for three pawns) is equal, dynamically White would have the better chances although not a won game.

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  plang: Ponomariov, at the age of 15, scored his first big success finishing clear first in this zonal tournament thus qualifying for the 1999 World Championship tournament in Las Vegas. 14 c4 was new; 14 Ne4 and 14 Qe2 had been played previously.

<<18... Nf6> 19. dxe6 Qc7 20. Nf5+ Kh8 21. exf7 Rxf7 22. Nxh6 Rff8; he could have continued the struggle.>

A nice sub-variation provided by Komarov was 21 Rhe1..fxe 22 Qxe6..Bd8 23 g4..Re8 24 Qxe8+..Nxe8 25 Rxe8+..Kh7 26 Rd6 and wins.

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  WorstPlayerEver: 13... a5 was necessary:

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Because White has a better (developped) position due to the -questionable- moves: Bc8-f5-g6-h7-xd3

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