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Ponomariov,R-Giri,A (comments by John Bartholomew)
12/02/15 at 20:27:28
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In a variation of the above game I found some interesting moves that may prove the comments to be wrong:

[Event "39th GM"]
[Site "Dortmund GER"]
[Date "2011.07.22"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Ponomariov, Ruslan"]
[Black "Giri, Anish"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2764"]
[BlackElo "2701"]
[ECO "D46"]
[EventDate "2011.07.21"]
[Annotator "John Bartholomew"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventRounds "10"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[Source "ChessPublishing"]
[SourceDate "2015.01.03"]

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.d4 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 O-O 8.O-O dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.Rd1 b4 12.Na4
    ( 12.Ne4 {This should give White a slight edge after} 12...Nxe4 13.Bxe4 f5 14.Bd3 c5 15.e4 Rc8 16.Qe2 {!} 16...cxd4 17.Bc4 {but instead of the now recommended} 17...Bxe4 18.Bxe6+ Kh8 19.Nxd4 Qe7 20.f3 Bc5 21.Bb3 Qe5 22.Be3 Bb7 23.Qd2 {+= is true, but Black had the stronger 21...Rfe8! = and more important in the recommended line, Black can even try to play for a win with 17...Qe8!! =+ and it will be White to search for a draw. A possible line is given in the second game analysis stated below.} )
12...c5 13.dxc5 Rc8 14.Qe2 Nxc5 15.Nxc5 Rxc5 16.Bd2 a5 17.e4 Qb8 18.h3 Bf4 19.a3 Bxd2 20.Nxd2 Ba8 21.Qe3 Rc7 22.a4 Bc6 23.Nb3 Qa7 24.Qxa7 Rxa7 25.f3 Rd8 26.Bb5 Rxd1+ 27.Rxd1 Bxb5 28.axb5 Kf8 29.Nc5 Ra8 30.b6 Ke7 31.b7 Rb8 32.e5 Nd5 33.Ra1 Kd8 34.Rxa5 1-0

[Event ""]
[Site ""]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Utzinger, Kurt"]
[Black "XX"]
[Result "*1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2363"]
[BlackElo "2314"]
[ECO "D46l"]

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Be2 O-O 8.O-O dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.Rd1 b4 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 f5 14.Bd3 c5 15.e4 Rc8 16.Qe2 cxd4 17.Bc4 Qe8 18.Nxd4 Rxc4 19.Qxc4 Qh5 20.Be3 Qxh2+ 21.Kf1 Qh1+ 22.Ke2 Qh5+ 23.Ke1 Nc5 24.Nb5 f4 25.Bxc5 Bxc5 26.Nd6 f3 27.Qxe6+ Kh8 28.Qe7 *

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