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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Donostia Chess Festival (2009), Donostia ESP, rd 7, Jul-14
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0



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Jul-14-09  messachess: Nice hard fought game, a somewhat rare Grunfeld. Ponomariov prevails through the complications.
Jul-14-09  Bob726: Why did black resign, is it too early?
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  Gilmoy: Black is down a huge passed pawn, and he can't stop the d-pawn and also defend his <weaker back rank> (worse than a weak back rank because White's triangle mate pattern trumps Black's h5 luft). 34..Rb6 35.d6 threatens f4 (so that Qxd6 isn't check) and Re1!
Jul-15-09  totololo: I think that 25....Na5 is better then 25...Nxd4 that create a strong connected center...
Jul-16-09  TheChessGuy: As a Grunfeld player, I don't like Black's 10...Bd7. It just seems too passive. I'd prefer 10...Bg4, not fearing the complications arising from the Seville Variation, 11 f3 Na5!? 12 Bxf7+ Rxf7 13 fxg4 Rxf1+ 14 Kxf1 Qd7! Here, best is 15 g4 Nc4 16 Qb3 b5 17 Kg1 e6 and Black has equality and a sharp, tense position that Grunfeld players should enjoy playing.
Jul-17-09  Shajmaty: <TheChessGuy: As a Grunfeld player, I don't like Black's 10...Bd7. It just seems too passive. I'd prefer 10...Bg4, not fearing the complications arising from the Seville Variation, 11 f3 Na5!? 12 Bxf7+ Rxf7 13 fxg4 Rxf1+ 14 Kxf1 Qd7!> 10...♗d7 has been the main line in the last years, with more than decent results for Black. It is not about Sevilla, but about the old main line with the exchange sacrifice in a1.

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