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Svidler, Peter (2695) - Ponomariov, Ruslan (2684) [C43]
World Championship, Moscow (6.3) 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Nd7 6. Nxd7 Bxd7 7. O-O Bd6 8. c4 c6 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 O-O 12. Qh5 f5 13. Re1!?
A novelty. In the game Rublevsky, S - Oll, L, Rubinstein mem, Polanica Zdroj 1998 White played 13. Qf3 Kh8 14. Bf4 Qc7 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Rfe1 Rac8 17. Bc2 Rfe8 18. Bb3 Re4 19. Bc2 Ree8 20. Bb3 1/2-1/2. Or 16. Rab1 b6 17. Rfe1 Rfe8 18. h4 g6 19. Bc2 Rac8 20. Rbd1 Bb5 21. h5 Kg7, Firt, S - Velicka, P, CZE-ch, Opava 2000 (1/2, 37).
13...Qc7 14. Bd2 Rae8 15. Bc2 g6 16. Qf3 Re4!
A very strong continuation. Weaker is 16... Bxh2+? 17. Kh1 Bd6 18. Bb3 Kg7 19. Bxd5 Bc6 20. c4 Bxd5 21. Qxd5 with some advantage to White.









   
17. g3
Dangerous is 17. Bxe4? fxe4 18. Qe2 Bxh2+ 19. Kh1 Rf5 20. Be3 Rh5 with a powerful attack.
17...Bb5 18. Bf4 Bxf4 19. gxf4 Qd6
Deserving attention is 19... b6!? 20. Bxe4 fxe4 21. Qg3 Rxf4 22. Re3 Bd3 with more or less equal game.
20. Bxe4 fxe4 21. Qg3 Rxf4 22. Rab1 Bd7 23. f3!
The best.
23...b6
If 23... exf3 then 24. Kf2 b5 25. Re3 with a small edge to White.
24. Re3 Qf6








   
25. Rf1?
A critical moment. Correct was 25. Rb2! exf3 (25... Qf8 26. Rf2) 26. Kf2 Bg4 27. Re8+ Kg7 28. h3 Bd7 29. Ra8 with slighly better chances to White.
25...Bg4
The pin decides the game.
26. Qxg4 Rxg4+ 27. fxg4 Qg5 28. Rg3 b5 29. Rf2 Kg7 30. Kg2 a5 31. Rb2 b4 32. cxb4 axb4 33. h3 Qc1
Black has a winning position thanks to a strong passed pawn in the centre and the weak White's d4 pawn.
34. Rgb3 Kh6 35. Rxb4 Qd1 36. Kf2 Kg5 37. Re2 Kf4 38. Rb3 Qxd4+ 39. Kg2 Qc4 40. Rf2+ Kg5 41. Rf7 d4 42. h4+ Kxh4 43. Rxh7+ Kxg4 44. Rg3+ Kf5
White resigned. 0-1










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Svidler, Peter (2686) - Ponomariov, Ruslan (2684) [C43]
FIDE-Wch k.o./Moscow (6.3) 2001

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Nd7 6. Nxd7 Bxd7 7. O-O Bd6 8. c4 c6 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 O-O 12. Qh5 f5 13. Re1 Qc7 14. Bd2 Rae8 15. Bc2 g6 16. Qf3 Re4 17. g3 Bb5 18. Bf4 Bxf4 19. gxf4 Qd6 20. Bxe4 fxe4 21. Qg3 Rxf4 22. Rab1 Bd7 23. f3 b6 24. Re3 Qf6 25. Rf1 Bg4 26. Qxg4 Rxg4+ 27. fxg4 Qg5 28. Rg3 b5 29. Rf2 Kg7 30. Kg2 a5 31. Rb2 b4 32. cxb4 axb4 33. h3 Qc1 34. Rgb3 Kh6 35. Rxb4 Qd1 36. Kf2 Kg5 37. Re2 Kf4 38. Rb3 Qxd4+ 39. Kg2 Qc4 40. Rf2+ Kg5 41. Rf7 d4 42. h4+ Kxh4 43. Rxh7+ Kxg4 44. Rg3+ Kf5 0-1


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