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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Alexander Motylev
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Nov-27
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0



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Nov-27-09  talisman: no k-bitzing for this baby? well black allows the pawn capture w/ 35...Ng7? but why? then it becommes all about white's b pawn. Pono looking good.
Nov-28-09  JohnBoy: This is a very nice game by Pono. Extremely patient - particularly freeing up his bishop from moves 40 to 60. It looks like black was going to lose the pawn anyhow at move 35. Black's bishop is almost a bystander and black wants to make white submit to either a bind on the light squares (what happened - and required the fine maneuvering mentioned) or else the black knight on f5.

With the recent epic battle with Kramnik (heartbreaking loss) and this as evidence, Pono is playing very strongly.

Nov-28-09  Open Defence: Ponomariov is playing some good chess here, but I dont want to jix him :)
Nov-28-09  whiteshark: Better was <58...Qa1!>, which looks counter-intuitive, giving up the position behind White's passed pawn.

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But on the other side how shall White protects ♙d4?

Nov-30-09  paavoh: Among the top endgames in this Cup.

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