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Sergey Karjakin vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Aerosvit GM Tournament (2006), Foros UKR, rd 9, Jun-26
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  0-1



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Jun-27-06  orio24: The idea to sacrifice the quality starting with 30. ..e5 is amazing.
Jun-28-06  notyetagm: <orio24> Yes! I totally agree. The bishop pair runs rings around the uncoordinated White ♖♘.

You could -not- ask for a better example of using the bishop pair to promote passed pawns or that the bishop pair coordinates better than ♖♘ than this game.

A brilliant (!!) idea from Ponommariov, to give up the quality so that his bishop pair plus his passed pawns could rule the board. One for the endgame books.

I am learning more every day about how material is not really all that important, within limits. Like Capablanca said, <Position comes first, material second>.

Jun-28-06  notyetagm: The power of the bishop pair to promote passed pawns:

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Position after 49 ... ♗h3

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Final position

First the bishop pair promotes the passed f-pawn and then the bishop pair promotes the passed g-pawn. The ability of the bishop pair to control the squares of both colors (coordination) is -memorably- shown by this endgame.

All this for the price of a mere exchange! :-)

Jun-28-06  mack: <Nice finish by Karjakin. Must feel good for him to finally get a win after ten rounds of draws and defeats.>

It probably would have felt good for him, if he hadn't lost.

Jun-28-06  Xaurus: <mack>That will teach me to not drink fifty cups of coffee in a row. :-) I was, obviously, thinking of the game Karjakin - Volokitin. But my point remains, this is a nice finish of the game (by Ponomariov!).
Jun-12-10  computer chess guy: 53. a5 was a blunder. After 53. ♖c8, I think White can draw. Black needs the Bishop on the g1-a7 diagonal, but White can keep attacking it or make it move off.

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