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Branko Damljanovic vs Ruslan Ponomariov
EU-chT (Men) (2003), Plovdiv BUL, rd 7, Oct-18
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C96)  ·  0-1



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Dec-15-05  notyetagm: Notice how attentive Black is to the threats to his king the whole game. Very solid play by Ponomariov.
Jul-04-12  master of defence: What happens after 56.Qxe4?
Feb-03-13  kunjankp: I believe simply 56...Rg8; 57.g4 Rf8 is winning!
Feb-03-13  master of defence: 56.Qxe4 Rg8? 57.Qf4!
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  Gilmoy: 56.Qxe4 Qf5+ 57.Qxf5 Rxf5 looks unholdable: 58.Rd1 Rf3 59.Rb1 Rd3

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Black's K can go anywhere, since his Q-side PP-v-R queens. White's K can't go up h (Black just gives his R for the last P), so he must inevitably abandon his K-side pawn(s). Not fun, and then Black wins.

Black could toy with an immediate 59..h5. Two principles collide here: clamping g4 is obnoxious; but conversely, why use your own tempo to save his two tempi? White will trade regardless: so maybe it's better to maximize his time cost to get there.

Jan-12-14  rustyj: See page 8 of Nigel Davies "play 1e4 e5!"

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