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Andrei Volokitin vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Aerosvit GM Tournament (2006), Foros UKR, rd 1, Jun-17
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1-0

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Jun-17-06  Chess Classics: No kibitzing for this game yet? Highly entertaining. It's nice to see such an agressive opening at a high level tournament.

Regards,
CC

Jun-18-06  Atking: <Chess Classics: No kibitzing for this game yet? Highly entertaining. > Yes you are right, this game looks as an important game on Marshall. I don't know in details this opening and tought 17. ...Bf5 was the "normal" move with 18.Nd2 Rae8 19.f3 and something like 19. ...BxRe4 20.fxBe4 Nc7 21.a4!. In the game, White keeps the pawn. Else 20. ...g4!? 21.Bxh6 gxNf3 22.BxRf8 the question is: Could black f3 stay alive ? For example 22. ....Bh3+ 23.Kg1 RxRe1+ 24.RxRe1 KxBf8 25.Bd1 Bg2 (25. ...Bg4 26.Re4! here again Nf6 27.RxBg4 ! with almost 4 compact pawns for a piece) 26.Be2!! and 27.Bf1. Therefore one may suppose that 19. ...Rfe8 could be an alternative 20.RxRe8 RxRe8 21.Kg2 Re2! but Black is still pawn down and without Queen on the board for his usual king side attack. Then 22.Nf3 g4 23.Ng1 Re1 24.f3 and something like Kf2-a4-Bd2 White is still a bit better. In the game White looks definitively better after the beautiful defensive piece ballet Rd1-Rd2 (a4) Bd1-Bf3. A really important game. I thought after Sofia Tournament that Marshall defence could be a choice for the next World Championship. I doubt now of that.
Jun-18-06  Chess Classics: <Atking> <I thought after Sofia Tournament that Marshall defence could be a choice for the next World Championship. I doubt now of that.> Wait a minute, though. There are so many variations and subvariations of the Marshall, and some are different. Perhaps a better way to put it is that 16...Qxf1 (rather than the more usual 16...Qh5) might not get a lot of use. Take care mate!

Regards,
CC

Jun-19-06  Atking: <Chess Classics: Perhaps a better way to put it is that 16...Qxf1 (rather than the more usual 16...Qh5) might not get a lot of use. Take care mate!> Yes 16. ...Qh5 could be a better choice. Keep the queen on the board seems normal. Also surprising that Ponomariov did not select it.
Jun-19-06  euripides: From move 12 to move 50 White plays almost entirely in his own half. Italy will win the World Cup.
Jun-19-06  Runemaster: <euripides: a) From move 12 to move 50 White plays almost entirely in his own half. b)Italy will win the World Cup.>

a) - yes, good spot. It worked in this case, though.
b) strongly debatable.

Jun-19-06  crwynn: I remember Short commenting that a lot of Marshall theory leads to endings with an extra pawn for White, and a bishop pair for Black, with an almost-certain draw. Perhaps trading queens while White still has his bishops is not so good? White was in a bit of a tangle for quite some time, but he just slowly unwound and won.
Aug-19-06
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  Richard Taylor: This also shows how the knight isn't so good agaist a rook pawn - this ending was quite elegantly played by White.

The opening might be 'drawish' (it looks dangeroos to me - White has to be alert - but I would like to have seen Kasparov essay it against Short - he might find it hard to draw - or Topalov.

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