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Essam El Gindy vs Ruslan Ponomariov
World Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  1-0



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Nov-24-07  Resignation Trap: A good day for Egypt at the World Cup! The other success was the drawn game Kamsky vs A Adly, 2007 .
Nov-24-07  Whitehat1963: Wow! Big upset!
Nov-24-07  suenteus po 147: It's no wonder that Ponomariov had so much trouble. Firs the white rooks are aimed directly at the castled black king's position, then that passed d-pawn ended up being decisive. Poor Pono was embattled most of the game.
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  Eyal: After 58...Kb7 there's no more for White than a draw by perpetual, but Ponomariov lost his sense of danger and allowed his king to walk into a mating net with 58...Kb5?? Btw, there was a prettier finish for White with 63.Rxc5+! bxc5 64.Qc7+ and mate next move.
Nov-24-07  Resignation Trap: Photo of Ruslan thinking about his 26th move while his opponent views the game from a different angle: .
Nov-25-07  notyetagm: From

White to play: 63 ?

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<63.Rc3 [Not bad also was the straightford 63.Rxc5+ bxc5 64.Qc7+ Ka6 65.Qc6+ Ka5 66.Nb7# .] >

So in the given position, White played 63 ♖c2-c3?! when he could have played a forced mate in 4(!) beginning with 63 ♖c2xc5+!. The final position of this mating variation is shown below.

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Dec-04-07  waddayaplay: Rc3 is still a simple win; black has to give up the queen to avoid immediate checkmate.

Feb-20-08  Gharieb M: 63)rxc5 + !!

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