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Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Russian Club Cup (2006), Sochi RUS, rd 1, Apr-20
Sicilian Defense: General (B20)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Photo of Ponomariov staring at 2 Na3 at

(About 1/3 of the way down)

May-04-06  Dr. Funkenstein: Apparently 2. Na3 is a novelty that Zvjaginsev originated according to, a fantastic Russian chess site that also has an english translation. I applaud his originality to break out of standard patterns played for much of the last century and as a Sicillian player, I eagerly await someone smarter than myself coming up with a good line against it.
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  Eric Schiller: No, it isn't. 2.Na3 was played at least two dozen times, dating back to 1993, before Zvjagintsev "discovered" it. Here is the first use in an international event:

[Event "Tournament"]
[Site "Mar del Plata (Argentina)"]
[Date "1993"]
[Round ""]
[White "Corsi Ferrari A (ARG)"]
[Black "Piscicelli Daniel (ARG)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B20"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.Nf3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 d5 8.Bb5 Bd7 9.O-O dxe4 10.fxe4 O-O 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Kh1 Nxe4 13.Qf3 Nd6 14.c3 Qc7 15.Nb3 Be6 16.Qg3 Qc8 17.Qf2 Bd5 18.Bxa7 Qg4 19.Bd4 e5 20.Bc5 Ne4 21.Qf3 Qxf3 22.gxf3 Nxc5 23.Nxc5 f5 24.c4 Bf7 25.Nd7 Rfd8 26.Nb6 Ra6 27.c5 e4 28.Nac4 Rd4 29.b3 exf3 30.a4 g5 31.Rac1 g4 32.Rfd1 Ra7 33.Nd6 Bxb3 34.Rxd4 Bxd4 35.Nxf5 Bg7 36.h3 h5 37.hxg4 hxg4 38.Kg1 Be6 39.Nxg7 Kxg7 40.Kf2 Kf6 41.Kg3 Kg5 42.Ra1 Rh7 43.a5 Rh3+ 44.Kf2 Rh2+ 45.Ke3 Re2+ 46.Kd3 Bf5+ 47.Kd4 f2 48.Rf1 g3 49.a6 g2 50.a7 gxf1Q 51.a8Q Qd1+ 52.Kc3 Rc2+ 53.Kb4 Qb1+ 54.Ka5 Qb5# 0-1

May-04-06  percyblakeney: It's not easy to come up with a never played move already after 1 ... c5. To me it feels like Zvjaginsev's Variation even if it was played first by a below 2200 player that lost with it. Going +2 -0 =2 against opposition averaging 2680+ is another thing...
Jun-23-06  e4Newman: i've never seen a game like this with the knights hanging out on the rim all game

leaves room for the bishops and rooks in the centre i guess?!

Aug-22-06  Chess Lou Zer: Great game by the Scrabble-named player!
Dec-08-06  Whitehat1963: Monday/Tuesday puzzle after 56...Kd8.
Dec-09-06  Fisheremon: Pono missed the right plan to move Nd4 severel times, the last 51...Nd6 turned to be a blunder. Instead 51...Nd4 52. Rh7+ Ke8 53. Rxa7 Nxe6 54. Nxe6 Rxh4+
Feb-09-07  dbquintillion: I really like 21. Ba3. Having had his queen's knight rudely removed from his favorite outpost of a3, Zvjaginsev finds a way to bring it back.

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