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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
Donostia Chess Festival (2009), Donostia ESP, rd 3, Jul-09
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0



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Jul-09-09  returnoftheking: Pono makes it look easy.
All black's pieces away from the king and a weakened pawn structure with that..
Jul-09-09  visayanbraindoctor: Granda Zuniga put up a heroic resistance trying to prevent Pono from infiltrating with Qf6 and Qg7 mate. Black's Kingside was rotten with holes. Granda succeeded, but Pono still rammed in his advantage in the center.
Jul-10-09  Method B: <returnoftheking: Pono makes it look easy.>

I wonder when Granda Zuniga went wrong.. or his setup was rather too passive?

After 16.h4 Ponomariov had full control of the center and his pieces ready to attack on the king's side. Despite black's heavy presence on the queen's side there wasn't any chance for counterplay. It seemed Granda Zuniga was always a tempo behind.

Jul-11-09  chillowack: Beautiful chess by Ponomariov!

Was it David Bronstein who pointed out that an important difference between queenside attacks and kingside attacks (in positions of kingside castling, that is) is that in the former, the goal is usually to win material, while in the latter it's to checkmate the king?

<Method B: I wonder when Granda Zuniga went wrong.> Perhaps by removing his last kingside defender, the f8-knight, from guarding the king? Though he was probably in trouble before that.

Jul-11-09  kurtrichards: The latest is the sweetest.

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