FINALS – Fide World Cup – Ruslan Ponomariov Vs Vassily Ivanchuk

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After drawing game 1 of their consolation match to determine who would take 3rd place honors and a guaranteed place in the 2012 World Chess Championship Candidates Tournament at the 2011 FIDE World Chess Cup, Vassily Ivanchuk displayed an excellent piece of preparation playing against fellow Ukranian Super-GM Ruslan Ponomariov in the Queen’s Gambit. Ivanchuk’s play seemed risky in the opening, as he quickly snatched a pawn with 11. …Qxc3+!? however he was able to quickly repel Ponomariov’s attack and seize the initiative with 13. …Qe5! and 14. …0-0! Ponomariov opted to release the tension and trade queens, however this gave Ivanchuk precious time to begin a dangerous counterattack via the rapid mobilization of his queenside pawns. Ivanchuk switched gears with active play directed towards an attack against the white king, misplacing white’s pieces and destroying Ponomariov’s coordination. Ivanchuk won the game with a decisive tactical sequence beginning with 36. …Be2! – leading to Ponomariov’s resignation after 40. …Ne2+.

PGN:

[Event “FIDE World Cup 2011”]
[Site “Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia”]
[Date “2011.09.17”]
[Round “7.2”]
[White “GM_Ponomariov”]
[Black “GM_Ivanchuk”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2764”]
[BlackElo “2768”]
[Opening “QGD: 4.Nf3”]
[ECO “D37”]
[NIC “QI.01”]
[TimeControl “5400+30”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 Bb4 6. Bg5 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8.
Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Qa5 10. Bb5+ Nbd7 11. Bxf6 Qxc3+ 12. Kf1 gxf6 13. Nxe6
Qe5 14. Nd4 O-O 15. Qd3 Nc5 16. Qg3+ Kh8 17. Qxe5 fxe5 18. Nf3 a6 19. Bc4
Nxe4 20. Nxe5 f6 21. Nf3 Bf5 22. h3 b5 23. Bb3 Nc3 24. Nd4 Bd3+ 25. Kg1 a5
26. Kh2 a4 27. Bd1 Bc4 28. a3 Rad8 29. Nc6 Rd2 30. Bf3 Rxf2 31. Rhc1 Na2 32. Re1 Rc8 33. Re7 Nc3 34. Nb4 f5 35. Rae1 Rg8 36. R7e5 Be2 37. Rxf5 Bxf3 38. Rxf3 Rgxg2+ 39. Kh1 Rh2+ 40. Kg1 Ne2+ {Black wins} 0-1

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