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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Linares (2003), Linares ESP, rd 14, Mar-09
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation (E17)  ·  0-1



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Sep-17-04  alspookyd: The last four moves of this game show an instructive fight for the opposition
Sep-22-06  think: Well, I got out my board and worked this endgame out to the end, very instructive. The whole thing is pretty much forced. I picked the variations where white holds on the longest.

54. Kg5 Kg7 55. Kh4 Kh6 56. Kg4 g5 57. Kf5 Kh5 58. Kxe5 g4 59. Kf4 Kh4 60. e5 g3 61. Kf3 Kh3 62. e6 g2 63. Kf2 <or 63. e7 g1=Q 64. e8=Q Qf1+ and black wins the queen> Kh2 64. e7 g1=Q+ and black wins

I encourage others to work this out. Certainly an instructive king-and-pawn endgame.

Sep-23-06  positionalgenius: <think>Yes,this is a very instructive endgame.
Apr-02-08  zoat22:

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Apr-02-08  zoat22: amazing game
Apr-29-09  freeman8201: Moves 18...Rc8 & 19...Rd8 are just mysterious to me.
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  plang: 12 b4 was a new move; 12 d5 and 12 Rac1 had been played previously. Perhaps 23 Kg2 should have been considered giving White more options in response to ..Bg5. 26 f4 would been better avoiding the exchange at e3. 33 Rb7+? was an error helping to activate Black's king; better would have been 33 e4..e5 34 Rb7+..Ke6 35 Rb6+ with equality. Benko was critical of 43 e4+!? as being over committal recommending instead 43 Kf3 though this is not entirely clear. Ponomariov considered the position to be won after 45..h4 due to the weaknesses at h3 and e4.

The pawn ending is an excellent example of triangulation while the rook ending shows again that theoretically drawn endings are often not that easy to defend in practice.

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