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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Vugar Gashimov
World Cup (2009) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Dec-05
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-05-09  Rachit: okie. Gashimov can share my vodka after this :-(
Dec-05-09  spawn2: nice move..go Pono!
Dec-05-09  parisattack: Dang! These guys make it look so simple...Yet I touch the pieces...and, disaster.

How do they 'control the chaos' so very well??

Dec-05-09  Eyal: <Ponomariov was getting outplayed, but his wild idea with 38.Rb1 and 39.Rxb6 randomized things. Gashimov was winning, and could have bailed out several times to achieve an easy draw (even on the game's penultimate move), but considering the time pressure, stress, exhaustion and disbelief it's not surprising that he lost.> (

The "bailing out" on the game's penultimate move could have been achieved with 47...Nd6! since keeping b7 under control is the most important thing - 48.Qxd6 Rxb7 49.cxb7 Qxb7+ =; whereas after 48.Rxc7 Qxc7, 49.Qb7! wins - 49... Qg7 50.Qxg7+ Kxg7 51.fxe5 and the c-pawn is unstoppable. White did have a forced win on move 47, in fact, but it was by a completely different idea - 47.Rb8!! Rxc6 48.Qe1! - a combined attack from the back rank and the h-file.

Dec-06-09  talisman: Randy Newman came to Baton Rouge one time and of course everyone was calling for "Louisiana 1927". Finally Randy says, "I'm saving that for later on...You"ve got to work it." That's the patience Pono seems to have.

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