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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Gata Kamsky
MTel Masters (2006), Sofia, Bulgaria, rd 1, May-11
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-10-06  fgh: First! I predict Ponomariov to win.
May-11-06  crazy monk: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Predicted opening.
May-11-06  russep: It might be sicilian Kan
May-11-06  DCP23: Yep, Kamsky is definitely the underdog here. I think Pono will crush him.
May-11-06  percyblakeney: Estimation:

Pono win: 70%, draw: 25%, Kamsky win: 5%.

May-11-06  crazy monk: <crazy monk: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Predicted opening.>

Exactly! again. See Svidler vs Topalov, 2006

May-11-06  John Abraham: Kamsky has an at least equal position in this game upto 35...Qe8
May-11-06  Open Defence: can't ponomariov win a piece by ♕xe8 and then after ♔xe8 ♗xc7 ?
May-11-06  John Abraham: <Open Defence> In that line black can take white queen with knight...
May-11-06  Open Defence: hehehe I was wondering how long before I made a blundering post LOL
May-11-06  ak43: To Kamsky detractors and haters: Pono
tried mightly for 64 moves and got only 1/2, and prophets got a zero!
May-11-06  pkjohn146: Well, no short draw for Kamsky this game.
May-11-06  Milo: Kamsky apparently remembers how to play the endgame. Knight vs. bishop only favors the bishop in open positions with pawns on both wings.
May-11-06  nolanryan: Isn't there an anti-draw rule? Seems like this was the only reason why pono pushed so hard. Kamsky was not in danger.
May-12-06
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  WannaBe: <nolanryan> Yes, in a way. visit the official site for more detail(s).
May-12-06  MagnaPsygnosis: It is quite clear that Ponomariov, played for a draw before the match even started. The reason for this I dont exactly but I have a Hunch that Pono knows the truth... he was a transitional champion only, and because of this knows that he is quite inferior to the mighty kamsky.

Pono (according to me) is only the flavour of the week (just like Waitzkin for example).

I definitely agree with <nolanryan>, with his statement that "Pono pushed for a draw."

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