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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-23
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0



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  plang: 7..c4 is a rarely played sideline that Van Wely had played earlier in the tournament in a draw versus Grischuk. Against Grischuk Van Wely had played 11..cxd; here he varied with 11..Bb7. 17..Ne4 perhaps should have been considered. Black was in trouble after 18..Kh8? 19 Qc3..Re8 20 Bf6!; better would have been 18..Bxd5 with just a small White edge. 22..Qc5 23 Ne5 would have won easily for White. White was close to winning after 24 Rfe1 but even stronger would have been 24 Ne5!..Rxe7 25 Ng4..Re6 26 Nh6+..Kf8 27 Qh8+..Ke7 28 Qxh7+..Qf8 29 Nxf7..Qg8 30 Qh4+..Kxf7 31 Rd7+. Both players made errors in the complicated double rook ending but Ponomariov eventually prevailed. Van Wely may have been planning to play 54..Rxh7 before realizing that 55 Rf8+! would have been immediately decisive (and not 55 Rxe8..Rg7+ which would have only drawn).
Aug-20-20  siggemannen: Yes, 54...Rxh7 55. Rf8 is the key move to make this work. Interesting game!

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