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Hikaru Nakamura vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Nakamura - Ponomariov Match (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 4, May-20
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-20-11  Marmot PFL: Nxd5 Bxc1 Nb6
May-20-11  Ulhumbrus: After 17 Qb1 the N on c1 can go to d3 and from there to c5 or even e5
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  beenthere240: well, we'll see if it works.
May-20-11  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Nakamura is thinking of Na4, Nc1-b3 and Na4-c5
May-20-11  Ulhumbrus: Nope, Nxd5 is what he was thinking of.
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  beenthere240: <marmot> nice call.
May-20-11  kudubux: 18...Bxc1 19.Nb6 Bxe3+
May-20-11  Ulhumbrus: My present forecast is a draw.
May-20-11  Marmot PFL: The theme seems to be that black took advantage of white's rather slow play to force some trades that seem likely to lead to a draw rather soon, unless white has something surprising.
May-20-11  Ulhumbrus: I am off for now. Perhaps Nakamura will play d5 in order to get rid of his two remaining weak pawns.
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  ketchuplover: I like white's prospects
May-20-11  Marmot PFL: Maybe white can try to do something while Nh5 is offsides, but that is just a move or 2.
May-20-11  marcwordsmith: My inner Fritz evaluates this position at about +0.40
May-20-11  haydn20: Is Rxf6 really that bad? Black may regret these doubled Ps, tho' things look drawish anyway.
May-20-11  haydn20: 29 Ra1+ Kf2 30 Ra2+ Kg3 31 f4+ Kxf4 32 Rxg2 and draws?
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  ketchuplover: What about Kh3 instead of Kxf4?
May-20-11  haydn20: If Kh3, then Ra5 followed by Rh5+ still draws.
May-20-11  marcwordsmith: Hikaru can't really squeeze a win from this, can he??
May-20-11  JohnBoy: <ketchuplover: What about Kh3 instead of Kxf4?> I was looking at that too. I believe that black draws easily enough with ..h5. Then shuttle the black rook back and forth on the 7th. White makes no progress.
May-20-11  parmetd: no one can squeeze a win from this as there isn't one to be had.
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  ketchuplover: <JohnBoy> thanks. looked promising at first glance
May-20-11  parmetd: the problem is this is drawn even if black had neither pawn left.
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  tamar: Nakamura up from board looking for stronger mousse to keep from breaking head against brick wall?
May-20-11  Strongest Force: They should call it draw and go have a healthy salad with red wine
May-20-11  uscfratingmybyear: They should schedule Saturday's game earlier so they can finish it before the end of the world.
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