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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-18
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-18-11  Maatalkko: No comments on this game? It got very tactical. The guys were saying 17. c5 was not the strongest. I forget what they claimed was better.
Jan-18-11  talisman: i don't see anything else for 17 except ♗ x e5.
Jan-18-11  Hesam7: <Maatalkko: No comments on this game? It got very tactical. The guys were saying 17. c5 was not the strongest. I forget what they claimed was better.>

According to engines 17. c5 was White's best. One improvement I did find is: 21. f3!. After which you basically have the game continuation: 21. ... Re8 22. Be5 b5 23. Rab1 Rc5 24. Bd4 Rd5 25. e4 Qxe7 26. Rxb5 Rxb5 27. Qxb5:

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Here Stockfish's evaluation is <+0.96 @ depth 32>. White has the upper hand: B vs N with pawns on both sides plus more space which amplifies the previous advantage.

Jan-19-11  Eyal: Good game by both players - White in attacking, Black in defending. 8.Nxd4 is - was? - considered rather harmless, so it's been quite rare compared with Qxd4.
Jan-20-11  Hesam7: <Yesterday as black against Ponomariov I found a way into a Hedgehog-like position and was doing all right. He had put a knight on c6 and I had the choice between the adequate resource Nb8 or the more aggressive Ne5 both aimed at attacking his knight. I chose the latter due to an oversight far down a long line (which turns out to be losing). After his Bf4 I discovered the fault in the intended line and had to find close to ten only-moves to survive his ambush. A draw was agreed in a fairly equal ending.> GM Carlsen in his blog:
Jan-24-11  notyetagm:

<17...Nxc6 [17...bxc5 <<<blocks the influence>>> of Black's rook down the c-file, allowing 18.Bxe5 dxe5 19.Qxa7 ]>

Jan-24-11  notyetagm: Ponomariov vs Carlsen, 2011

Very instructive analysis to play over, from IM Reeh at

<16.Bf4 Be7! [Black wisely refrained from 16...Nxc6? , since despite clearing the diagonale b7-g2 this ultimately leads to advantage for White - correct is answer B). The point is that after 17.Bxd6 Qb7 18.bxc6 (not 18.Bxf8? Ne5+ followed by 19...Kxf8) 18...Rxc6 the discovered check followed by the capture of the queen can just be allowed: 19.Bxf8! (otherwise Black is okay.) 19...Rxc4+ 20.f3 Rxa4 21.Rxd8! and the double threat Sxa4/Be7+ wins material for White, e.g. 21...Qc6 22.Be7+ Ne8 23.Nxa4 Qxa4 24.Rad1 f6 25.Rxe8+! Kf7 (25...Qxe8 26.Rd8 ) 26.Rdd8 A ten-move variation in the background - vintage Wijk A group!]

17.c5! White does not loosen the reins - this move conquers the point d6.

17...Nxc6 [17...bxc5 blocks the influence of Black's rook down the c-file, allowing 18.Bxe5 dxe5 19.Qxa7 ]>

Jan-24-11  notyetagm:

<25.Rxe8+! Kf7 (25...Qxe8 26.Rd8 )>


Feb-08-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: O&CL: OPENING AND CLOSING LINES

Ponomariov vs Carlsen, 2011

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