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Viktor Antonovich Bologan vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Enghien-les-Bains 3rd (1999), Enghien-les-Bains FRA, rd 9, Mar-12
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Kurajica Variation (B09)  ·  0-1

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Nov-22-12
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  plang: Played in the last round; this was the third consecutive loss for Bologan after starting with six straight wins. He ended up in second place half a point dehind Bacrot. Three months earlier the same opponents had played at Belfort 1998; Bologan had played 12 Ne5 but Ponomariov had won that game as well. 17 Bd4?! led to an immediate Black advantage; perhaps 17 a3 holding on to the pawn would have given White better chances. Bologan's plan to win the h-pawn with 27 Qh3 proved to be too slow leaving his queen out of play. He had no good response to Ponomariov's 30..Qc4.
Nov-22-12  Shams: Yes, <30...Qc4> just wins. That's very nice. I suppose relatively best for White is 31.Qh3 but then 31...Rxd2 32.Rxd2 33.Qxa2 Rd7 34.b3

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