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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Ruslan Ponomariov
FIDE Grand Prix (2010), Astrakhan RUS, rd 6, May-16
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0

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May-17-10  Whitehat1963: I'm not sure I understand the intricacies of the exchange in this one. In any case, Jakovenko ends up ahead in an endgame, and his technique is way too strong to let Pono slip away.

Where could Pono have improved, though? It seems like there may be a glaring error or two here.

May-17-10
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  Eyal: <It seems like there may be a glaring error or two here.>

17...Ne7 was questionable - 17...g4 18.Nh4 Be6 would have been considerably better. Then, after 21...Qc6? 22.Bxb5! which allows White to win a pawn with the d6 pawn secured, Black is dead lost - he could have prevented White's combination with 21...Kh8, for example (a move earlier, 21.Bxb5 Qxb5 22.Rb1 Qa6 23.Qb3+ Kh8 24.Qxb7 Qxb7 25.Rxb7 is less bad for Black, because he has 25...g4 followed by f5-f4 and Rxd6).

May-18-10  Whitehat1963: Thanks, Eyal. I think 21...Kh8 would have shown remarkable forsight given the position. Jakovenko probably didn't think he was in any kind of trouble at all.
May-18-10
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  vonKrolock: <17...g4 18.Nh4 Be6 would have been considerably better> The ♙ advance looks really like black's best move - But why 18.♘h4 now? ♘e1 looks much stronger.
May-18-10  Whitehat1963: I meant PONOMARIOV probably didn't think he was in trouble.
May-18-10
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  Eyal: <vonKrolock: <17...g4 18.Nh4 Be6 would have been considerably better> The ♙ advance looks really like black's best move - But why 18.Nh4 now? Ne1 looks much stronger.>

It would be a bit difficult to play that move, though, considering the king still occupies that square...

May-18-10
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  vonKrolock: <Eyal> Yes, you're right ... that would be a phisical hindrance for the move, indeed :o/

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