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Gata Kamsky vs Ruslan Ponomariov
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 4, May-25
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Zaitsev System (C92)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-25-13  abuzic: Even in the press conference both Kamsky & Ponomariov missed that Kamsky's 42.Nf6+ was a blunder: 42...Qxf6 43.Rxc5 black wins with 43...Qe7! For example 44.Rc6 Qb7 winning the R; otherwise like 44.Rd5 or 44.Rb5 then 44...Qe1+ is crushing. Ponomariov rushed for 43...Qf3 and Kamsky got away with a draw, a close call.
May-25-13  Eyal: Position after 43.Rxc5:


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Here Ponomariov missed a win with <43...Qe7!> attacking the rook as well as threatening the lethal Qe1+ followed by Re2. White can try and make things difficult for Black by 44.Rc6, so that 44...Qe1+ & 45...Re2 would be met by 46.Rxg6+, harassing the black king with checks; but then 44...Qb7! is decisive - if the rook moves, then 45...Re1+ wins. E.g. 45.Rc5 Re1+ 46.Kh2 Qf3 and mate; or 44.Rd6 Re1+ 46.Kh2 Qh1+ 47.Kg3 Rg1+ 48.Kf4 (48.Kh4 g5+ 49.Kh5 Qxh3#) 48...Qh2+ winning the rook on d6; or 45.Rf6 Re1+ 46.Kh2 Rh1+ 47.Kg3 Rg1+ 48.Kf4 g5+ 49.Ke5/e3 (49.Kf5 Qd7+) 49...Qe7+ winning the rook on f6.

May-25-13  schweigzwang: The commentators are explaining how the strange-looking 29.g4 is actually quite good. Ah, maybe they don't realize all the g4's Kamsky must have witnessed in the tournament in St. Louis that Kamsky recently won ...
May-25-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: Funny that both players would miss a move someone 1,000 elo points lower might see <43..Qe7>

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