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Peter Svidler vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Spanish Team Championship (2006), Lugo ESP, rd 2, Nov-04
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C18)  ·  0-1

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Nov-15-06  Bobak Zahmat: Great game by Ponomoariov. He is back at his top level again.
Nov-15-06  danielpi: Wow. That's really impressive and elegant. 34... Nxd4 35. Qxd4 Qe5 36. Rxa7+ Kc6 37. Qxe5 Rxe5 is particularly "artistic". Masterful balance of positional and material factors. He converted to the won endgame with surprising economy.

Pono's always been one of my favs. Glad to see this game. I haven't plunged into candidate moves and variations, but I'm sure this game merits further investigation.

Nov-16-06  slomarko: actually 34... Nd4 is innacurate and gives white some chances. 34...Re2 and then transfering the bishop from to e4 via f5 would have been much quicker.
Nov-16-06  danielpi: Heh?! Whatever. I didn't even know that <slomarko> knew how the pieces moved- much less how to improve on Pono's play. Whatever. He's just another <Bufon>.
Nov-16-06  slomarko: <I didn't even know that <slomarko> knew how the pieces moved- much less how to improve on Pono's play.> check it with an engine before making a fool of urself.
Nov-17-06  danielpi: <slomarko> Oh, of course. You used a computer. I'm curious, have you looked at the lines? Is Pono's move really worse, or is it simply not to the computer's particular taste?

If you let the computers do all the thinking, who's the fool?

Nov-17-06  slomarko: <danielpi> no i dont let the comps do all the work. in fact i rarely use engines. however when i played trough the game i didnt like Nd4 and later i checked with a comp if there is something i'm missing. but look once again at the position before 34...Nd4. the knight is excellently placed defending all the key squares, the two white rooks are doing nothing on the a-file and most importantly the white bishop has no future. so why exchange it? its simple really.. all in all pono was a little lucky his move was also winning.
Nov-18-06  danielpi: <slomarko> Lucky? Looks to me like he found a clear way to liquidate to a won endgame. You're right, he lost a good piece- but he got a won endgame out of it. No good? The rooks can be redeployed, and they're pressuring where they are, anyway.
Nov-19-06  slomarko: <danielpi> the rooks can be redeployed? it would took lots of time to redeploy them. in the mean time Re2 with Bf5-e4 would be game over quickly. maybe you are right the ending is won but Svidler could have tried the uggly looking 41.Rc1

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