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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Cuernavaca Young Masters (2006), Cuernavaca MEX, rd 9, Feb-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-11-06  Montreal1666: Why 46...Rg2 Why not stay in the e file and keep the white's king away?
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  sisyphus: Good question, but it's still a draw.

For example, 46....Re4 47. Rf1 or 46....Re8 47 Rg1+ etc.

If the pawn were advanced one more rank, Black would win.

Feb-11-06  Montreal1666: Oh yes the white Rook can keep checking the black king and stop any progress.
Feb-12-06  euripides: Watching this live, I thought the ending at move 31 was winning for Black. Typically if Black can get a good square for the rook which protects the outside pawn and also defends the kings side pawns, he can win by moving his king to the queen's side. However, the particular pawn formation on the king's side makes this difficult here. The f pawn is vulnerable on f6 and after f5, once the white rook goes to the sixth rank, it is difficult to find a route for the king. As the game goes, he pulls the white king over to the queen's side but not quite far enough.
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  sisyphus: Averbakh calls this method of defense "rook attack from the front". It works where the pawn has not advanced "far"; in general, I think this means at least three squares between the rook and the pawn.

In this regard note 44. Kd3. Bringing the king up to assist is useful; it prevents the rook from defending the pawn.

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