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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Levon Aronian
Tal Memorial (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Nov-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Spassky Variation (D87)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-06-09  Kola: looks like everybody is playing the Grunfeld now.
Nov-06-09  arnaud1959: I don'know when was the last time someone played 0-0 before c5 at this level.
Nov-06-09  Marmot PFL: You weasel Ponomariov, at least try to win (29 Rf1 or 31 Rf1). Turn the board around and I bet Aronian would.

<arnaud1959> The move order makes little difference in this line.

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  HeMateMe: any chance white could play 32. B-b1, and then activate the rook?
Nov-06-09  whatthefat: Perhaps I'm overlooking something, but surely any attempt to play Rf1 is met by ...Qd4+ and then ...Qxd3.
Nov-06-09  JonathanJ: yea, you are overlooking Qxf6+ with mate to follow.
Nov-06-09  whatthefat: Ah, I see now. I thought 29.Rf1 Qd4+ 30.Kh1 Qxd3 31.Qxf6+ Kh7 saved Black owing to the threat of back rank mate, but there's 32.Qh4+ Kg7 33.Qg5+
Nov-06-09  Eyal:

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<29.Qh6+? [29.Rf1 Qg5 30.Rxf6 Qxg6 31.Rxg6 Nb7 32.Kf2 Nc5 33.Bc2 Favors White, who is playing with an extra king. If Black tries to rectify this with 33...Rg8 , then White is probably winning: 34.Rxg8+ Kxg8 35.Ke3 Kf7 36.e5 White's four passers are likely to be too much for Black in the long run. Even if that judgment is too optimistic, this is clearly a risk-free position for White, who could even draw by exchanging everything for Black's knight and b-pawn.]> (

Nov-06-09  arnaud1959: <Marmot PFL> You're right. I was thinking about 7.Nf3 variation like in Kramnik vs Anand, 2009
Nov-06-09  I Like Fish: it seems as if...
pono lacks practise...
Nov-06-09  JonathanJ: or guts...
Nov-06-09  SetNoEscapeOn: Larry Christiansen in the ICC game of the day presentation:

"Ponomariov made his bones playing 1.e4"

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