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Kiril Georgiev vs Ruslan Ponomariov
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Dec-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1



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Mar-14-05  cuendillar: A nice mate, however not played out, is the variation 41.Kg2 Qxg3+! 42.Nxg3 Rg1+ 43.Kh2 hxg3#
Mar-02-10  okiesooner: Black also forces mate after 41. Kh2 hxg3+. If 42. Nxg3 Qd2+ 43. Ne2 Qxe2+ 44. Kg3 Qf2#, or 42. Kg2 Qd2+ 43. Nxd2 (43 Kh1 Rxf1#) 43...Rg1#.
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  plang: After winning game 1 this win in game 2 clinched the third round match in the World Championship tournament for Ponomariov; he went on to defeat Morozovich, Bareev, Svidler and Ivanchuk to win the championship. 23..Nb6?! was a new move but was not an improvement over the previously played 23..Qc7. 26..Qd7?! 27 Bxc5..dxc 28 Nxh5..gxh 29 Qh6 would have given White a dangerous initiative. Perhaps 32 d6!? was premature; 32 Ne3 looks more solid. Again, 34 Ne3 would have been better. 36 Qh6? was the losing move; 36 Qg5..Bxh2+ (36..Qxd6 37 Nhf1..Bf4 38 Nxf5 is the point) 37 Kxh2..Qxd6+ 38 Kg1..Qg3 39 Qh6 would have maintained equality.

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