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Mikhail Golubev vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Donetzk zt (1998), Donetsk, rd 2, Nov-03
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack (B09)  ·  0-1



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  plang: This was a Zonal tournament; Ponomariov finished clear first thus qualifying for the 1999 World Championship tournament in Las Vegas. 6 Be2 is played less frequently than 6 Bd3 as it allows the immediate 6..c5. 15 Bg1 was new; 15 Rb1 had been played by Speelman in the 4th game of his 1988 Candidates Match with Short (Speelman won the game).

Tukmakov after 18..g5!:

"Black cannot allow White to take on g6 and 18..Re8 19 Qh4 is also unpleasant for him. Even so, it is not everyone who would decide on such a move."

22..Nh5?! gave Golubev a strong attack; either 22 Kh7 or the tactical 22..Qe7 would have been preferable. Black's best chance was 23..Nxf6 24 Bxh6..Ne4 25 Nxe4..Qxd2 26 Bxd2..Rc2 with complications; after Ponomariov's 23..Bxf6? he was in trouble. Golubev missed the bast chance to continue the attack with 26 Qg5+!..Rg8 27 Qxf6..Rg6 28 Qxf7+..Kxh6 29 h5!. After the time pressure error 30 Qf2? Black had the upper hand; 30 Qg5..Kxf7 31 Qxh5+..Kxe7 32 Nxd5+ would likely have led to a draw. The last chance to continue the fight would have been 35 Qxb7..g3 36 Qxg7+; after 35..Rf6 there was no good answer to the mate threat.

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  MikhailGolubev: My 1998 "Informator-style" notes are here:

Also, the 1998 newspaper annnotations (in Russian language) by a 2 times Donetsk champion, master candidate Igor Maksimenko are here:

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