Peter Svidler CRUSHES Ponomariov – FIDE Chess World Cup 2011 Semi-Finals

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The Semi-Finals, as expected, featured an incredibly high class of chess. Svidler was able to overcome Ponomariov in game 2 of regulation time with an excellent exchange sac early on from the black side of a Grunfeld Defense. It was no surprise that Svidler played the Grunfeld, however it was strange how quickly Svidler was able to achieve an unbalanced position out of the opening because Ponomariov had undoubtedly prepared this line for this game – as by move 12 Ponomariov had used 8 minutes and Svidler had used 27 minutes. While many argue that a diversified opening repertoire yields the highest dividends, Peter Svidler has played the Grunfeld Defense with rare exception at the highest level. Svidler emerged from the opening with a bishop + pawn for a rook, however his coordinated mass of queenside pawns coupled with excellent technique disabled Ponomariov’s counterplay. Svidler went on to win the game with 2 very nice tactical finesses – 42. …c3! and 43. …Bc5!

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PGN:

[Event “FIDE World Cup 2011”]
[Site “Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia”]
[Date “2011.09.13”]
[Round “6.2”]
[White “GM_Ponomariov”]
[Black “GM_Svidler”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2764”]
[BlackElo “2739”]
[Opening “Gr�nfeld: exchange variation”]
[ECO “D85”]
[NIC “GI.04”]
[Time “04:31:43”]
[TimeControl “5400+30”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Qa4+ Bd7
8. Qa3 Nc6 9. Nf3 e5 10. Be3 exd4 11. cxd4 Qe7 12. Qxe7+ Nxe7 13. Rb1 O-O-O
14. Bc4 f5 15. Ng5 fxe4 16. Nf7 Nf5 17. O-O Nxd4 18. Bxd4 Bxd4 19. Nxh8 Rxh8
20. Bd5 b5 21. Bxe4 c5 22. g3 a5 23. Kg2 b4 24. Bd5 Kc7 25. Bc4 Kd6 26. Rfe1
a4 27. f3 Rb8 28. Re2 Bf5 29. Rd1 b3 30. axb3 axb3 31. g4 Bd7 32. Re3 b2 33.
Rb3 Rxb3 34. Bxb3 Bb5 35. Ba2 Kc6 36. Rd2 Kb6 37. f4 Bc6+ 38. Kg3 Be4 39.
Rd1 Kb5 40. Re1 Bd3 41. Re7 c4 42. Rd7 c3 43. Rd5+ Bc5 {Black wins} 0-1

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