Ruslan Ponomariov Vs GM Lazao Bruzon – FIDE Chess World Cup

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The 2011 FIDE World Chess Cup has been insane as always, with every player pushing harder for the win with every round. The Knockout format has become a trademark of this event, and deservedly so as this encourages highly entertaining chess only at the cost of the participants’ nervous systems. Ruslan Ponomariov is a fierce attacking player who has been a member of the 2700 club for quite some time now. His opponent, Lazaro Bruzon, was having an exceptional tournament, having defeated Francisco Vallejo Pons in round 2 and Quang Liem Le in round 3. His match with Ponomariov really went the distance, as this video is covering the last of their 8 games (this is game 6 of the tiebreakers after 2 regulation games). Bruzon played very exciting chess this year and was rewarded with victory in his other matches, however he did not see the trap that Ponomariov set with 13. Qxd4!? (instead of the calmer 13. Nb5) and bravely attempted to pick off the loose knight on e5 with 14. …g5?! However, the Ponomariov’s piece sacrifice proved sound enough for a blitz game and Bruzon was unable to find his way through the complications with very little time left. Ponomariov has moved on to round 6 where he is facing Vugar Gashimov – definitely going to be a hard-fought match.

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PGN:

[Event “FIDE World Chess Cup 2011”]
[Site “Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia”]
[Date “2011.09.08”]
[Round “4.4”]
[White “GM_Ponomariov”]
[Black “GM_Bruzon”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2764”]
[BlackElo “2673”]
[Opening “Queen’s Indian: anti-Queen’s Indian system”]
[ECO “E17”]
[NIC “QI.07”]
[TimeControl “300+3”]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 b6 3. d4 Bb7 4. c4 e6 5. Bg2 Be7 6. Nc3 O-O 7. Bf4 Na6 8.
O-O d5 9. Ne5 c5 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Rc1 Re8 12. Qa4 cxd4 13. Qxd4 Bc5 14. Qa4
g5 15. Nxf7 Kxf7 16. Bxg5 Qd7 17. Qh4 Qf5 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 19. Qxh7+ Qg7 20.
Qf5+ Qf6 21. Bxd5+ Bxd5 22. Qxf6+ Kxf6 23. Nxd5+ Kf7 24. e3 Rad8 25. Rfd1
Rd7 26. Nc3 Red8 27. Rxd7+ Rxd7 28. Ne4 Be7 29. Kf1 Nb4 30. a3 Nd3 31. Rc2
b5 32. Ke2 b4 33. axb4 Nxb4 34. Rc4 Rb7 35. h4 Nd5 36. Rc2 Nb4 37. Rd2 Nc6
38. f4 Na5 39. Rc2 Nb3 40. Kf3 Na1 41. Rc1 Nb3 42. Rc6 Na5 43. Rc2 Rb3 44.
h5 Bd8 45. Nc5 Rb5 46. g4 Bf6 47. Nd3 Rb3 48. Ke2 Rb5 49. b4 Nb7 50. g5 Bd8
51. h6 Nd6 52. Rc6 Nf5 53. Ne5+ Kg8 54. Rc8 {White wins} 1-0

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