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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Peter Svidler
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 6, Sep-13
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: This one is over too.
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  whiteshark: Svidler ftw!!!
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  tpstar: Hooray! Thanks for the second broadcast. =)
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  agb2002: No moves left. Pono just abandoned.
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  whiteshark: and game over.

Thanks for the live broadcast, <>

Sep-13-11  talisman: one thing i like about Pono is he never made excuses...interviews would try bait him on Kaspy and his fallen ranking...he would just say he's OK and is working hard to get back in the top ten.
Sep-13-11  Knight13: Impressive performance by Svidler.
Sep-13-11  Yafazuda: <Knight13> yeah! he's doing a wonderful tournement
Sep-13-11  abstract: 22.. a5 is a scary move.. isnt it ??
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  Honza Cervenka: <Knight13: Impressive performance by Svidler.> Yes, but definitely not in the opening.
Sep-13-11  sevenseaman: A very confident <Svidler>! He will be hard to put down.
Sep-13-11  JohnBoy: 17.0-0 gives up the d pawn without a struggle. Why? Seems like this is aat the heart of white's loss.
Sep-13-11  GBKnight: White can not hold the d-pawn, eg 17Rd1 Ba4 followed by Nxd4, so black will emerge with 2 pawns for the exchange, and, more importantly, 3 pawns v 2 on the queen side.
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  HeMateMe: Fine judgment by Svidler. The pawn mass, sheparded by the King and two Bishops, was stronger than losing the exchange.
Sep-13-11  madlydeeply: the two bishops are better than rooks for shepherding passed pawns... the rooks sit behind the pawn, whereas the bishops can clear the squares in front of the pawns...while being protected by the same pawns! i found this out one day losing to my Kaspy computer...won the exchange and five moves later was completely pinned to the wall by passed pawns supported by two bishops! huzzah! even a class B player can figure some things out...
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  HeMateMe: Yeah, the other point being that black got his King activated very fast, and white had no time to create a passer on the other wing.
Sep-13-11  nummerzwei: Was 28.g4 more tenacious?
Sep-13-11  JohnBoy: Why not just 17.d5, <GBKnight>? Then Ke2 and Rhd1 (or c1). I don't see why white needs to lose the d pawn right away. At least without a fight.
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