### (1) El Gindy,Essam (2503) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2705) [E32]

FIDE World Cup 2007 Khanty-Mansiysk (1.1), 24.11.2007

* [Efstratios Grivas]*

**
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1.d4
Nf6
2.c4
e6
3.Nc3
Bb4
4.Qc2
0-0
5.a3
Bxc3+
6.Qxc3
b6
7.Bg5
Bb7
8.e3
d6
[Another try is 8...c5
9.Nf3
h6
10.Bh4
cxd4
11.Nxd4
d5
12.cxd5
Bxd5
13.f3
Nbd7
14.e4
Rc8
15.Qe3
Bc4
16.Bxc4
Rxc4
17.b3
Rc8
18.0-0+/=
Ivanchuk,V-Beliavsky,A/Batumi 1999.]

9.Ne2
[White have also played 9.f3
Nbd7
10.Ne2
c5
* (10...h6
11.Bh4
c5
12.Qb3
cxd4
13.Nxd4
d5
14.cxd5
Bxd5
15.Qd1+/=
*Bareev,E-Volokitin,A/Warsaw 2002*) *11.Qd3
h6
12.Bh4
d5
13.cxd5
exd5
14.Nc3
Re8
15.Be2
cxd4
16.Qxd4
Qe7
17.Kf2
Ne4+
18.Qxe4
dxe4
19.Bxe7
exf3
20.gxf3
Rxe7
21.Rad1
Ne5
22.Rd4+/=
Bareev,E-Volokitin,A/Warsaw 2002.]

9...Nbd7
[9...c5
10.dxc5
dxc5
11.Qc2
h6
12.Bh4
Qe7
13.0-0-0
Rd8
14.Rxd8+
Qxd8
15.Nc3
Nbd7
16.f3+/=
was seen in Kramnik,V-Bologan,V/Dortmund 2003.]

10.Qd3
[The main alternative is 10.Qc2
c5
11.Rd1
* (11.Nc3
cxd4
12.exd4
Qc7
13.Bd3
Rac8
14.0-0
Ba6~~
*Ivanchuk,V-Topalov,V/Linares 1999*) *11...Qc7
* (11...Rc8
12.Nc3
cxd4
13.Rxd4
Rc5
14.Bh4
Qa8
15.Be2
d5
16.b4
Rcc8
17.0-0~~
*Bareev,E-Efimenko,Z/Turin 2006*) *12.Nc3
cxd4
13.Rxd4
a6
14.Be2
h6
15.Bh4
Bxg2
16.Rg1
Bh3
17.Ne4©
Morozevich,A-Beliavsky,A/Heraklion ETC 2007.]

10...a5!?
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[Black seems to be fond of either 10...Ba6
11.b4
* (11.Nc3
d5
12.Qc2
Bxc4
13.Bxc4
dxc4
14.Qa4
c5
** (14...h6
15.Bh4
c5
16.Qxc4
cxd4
17.Qxd4
Nc5
18.Bxf6
Qxf6
19.Qxf6
gxf6
20.0-0-0
Rfc8=
*Ivanchuk,V-Kasparov,G/Rethymnon ECC 2003*) *15.Rd1
cxd4
* (15...Qc8?!
16.0-0
Nd5
17.Qxc4
Nxc3
18.Qxc3
Qb7
19.f3
h6
20.Bh4
Rfc8
21.e4
cxd4
22.Qxd4
Nf8
23.Rd2+/=
*Navara,D-Pelletier,Y/Fuegen 2006*) *16.Rxd4
Qc7
17.0-0
Rfc8
18.Rfd1
Qc5
19.Bh4
Qh5
20.Bxf6
Nxf6
21.Rxc4=
Shirov,A-Naiditsch,A/Sochi 2006) 11...c5
12.b5
Bb7
13.Nc3
a6
14.f3
h6
15.Bh4
Qe7
16.Be2
cxd4
17.Qxd4
e5
18.Qd1
g5
19.Bg3
axb5
20.Nxb5
d5
21.0-0+/=
Kasparov,G-Grischuk,A/Rethymnon ECC 2003; or either 10...h6
11.Bh4
c5
12.Nc3
Qe7
13.Rd1
* (13.Be2
cxd4
14.Qxd4
e5
15.Qd1
Bxg2
16.Rg1
Bc6
17.Bg4©
*Bareev,E-Karpov,A/Cap d'Agde 2002*) *13...Rfd8
14.Be2
cxd4
15.Qxd4
Nc5
16.Bxf6
Qxf6
17.Qxf6
gxf6
18.Rd4
* (18.Nb5
d5
19.cxd5
Bxd5
20.Nc7
Bb3
21.Nxa8
Bxd1
22.Bxd1
Rxa8
23.Bc2
Rc8
24.Kd2
Kf8=
*Bareev,E-Karpov,A/Wijk aan Zee 2003*) *18...Nb3
19.Rh4
Kg7
20.Kd1
d5
21.Kc2
Na5
22.cxd5
Bxd5
23.Nxd5
Rxd5
24.Rd1
Rc8+
25.Kb1
Rcd8
26.Rxd5
Rxd5
27.Kc2
Rc5+
28.Kd3+/=
Bareev,E-Leko,P/Monte Carlo 2003. But the text-move chosen by Ruslan is a good example of playing the opening according to the opponent's strength.]

11.Nc3
a4
12.Be2
[The alternative is 12.Bh4
Ra5
13.f3
Qa8
* (13...c5
14.Be2
d5
15.cxd5
exd5
16.0-0
Re8
17.Rfe1
Ba6
18.Qd2
Bxe2
19.Rxe2+/=
*Masse,H-Mikanovic,G/Toronto 2004*) *14.Be2
* (14.0-0-0
d5
15.Qc2
Rd8
16.Kb1
*1/2-1/2 Morovic Fernandez,I-Arencibia,W/Havana 2004*) *14...d5
15.cxd5
Ba6
16.Qd2
exd5
* (16...Nxd5
17.0-0
c5
18.Bxa6
Qxa6
19.Nxd5
exd5
20.dxc5
Nxc5
21.Rad1
Nb3
22.Qd3
Qxd3
23.Rxd3
Re8
24.Rfd1+/=
*Farrell,N-Aloma Vidal,R/Calvia 2007*) *17.Bd1
Bc4
18.Kf2
Re8
19.Re1
b5
20.Kg1+/=
Khismatullin,D-Kiriakov,P/Tomsk 2004.]

12...Ra5
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13.h4!?
[A new move. Instead of transposing to the above comments on White's 12th move with 13.Bh4, the later has also tried the less ambitious 13.Bxf6
Qxf6
14.0-0
Qg5
15.f3
c5
16.Bd1
cxd4
17.exd4
Rfa8
18.Bc2
Nf6
19.Qe2
d5
20.cxd5
Nxd5
21.Nxd5
Qxd5=
Sutter,O-Pelletier,Y/Switzerland 2005.]

13...Qa8
[13...Bxg2?
14.Rg1
Ba8
15.0-0-0
gives White a strong attack and should be avoided.]

14.Bxf6?!
[This move has nothing in common with the previous one (13.h4!?). 14.f3
is preferable.]

14...Nxf6
15.f3
e5
16.0-0-0?!
[16.d5
looks safer.]

16...e4!
17.Qc2
[17.fxe4?!
Nxe4
can only be helpful to Black.]

17...exf3
18.gxf3
Bxf3
19.Rhg1
Black sacrificed a pawn in order to get a kind of attack against the black king. But still it seems that Black's defence will not be broken easily and then the extra-pawn will carry the day.

19...Be4
20.Bd3
Bg6
21.Rdf1
Qd8
22.Qg2
Qe7
23.Rf3
Kh8
24.e4?!
[Black seems to be doing OK even after 24.Bxg6
fxg6
25.e4
Rh5
but White had to try it.]

24...Rh5
25.Rf4
c5!
26.d5
Re5
Now Black is a healthy pawn-up, combined with a positionally better position due to the control of the dark squares and the weak white e4-pawn. It seems that another Goliath-David battle will soon finish in favour of the strongest side, contrary to the history...

27.Rf5
Nh5
28.Rxe5
dxe5?!
[28...Qxe5
was rather natural and strong.]

29.Qg4
Nf4
30.Bc2
f6?!
[30...Ra8
31.Kb1
h5
32.Qg3
Kg8
was the right track for Black.]

31.Re1?!
[White had to go for 31.Bxa4
f5
32.exf5
Bxf5
33.Qg3~~
.; 31.Nxa4?
Bh5
]

31...Ra8
32.Kd2
Bh5
33.Qg3
Be8
34.Rg1
Bd7
35.Bd1
g6
36.Bg4
Kg7
37.Bxd7
Qxd7
Black is clearly on a winning tune. A healthy extra pawn and a safe king. But still several technical difficulties have to be overcome.

38.Rf1
Rf8
39.Re1
h6?!
[As 39...h5
40.Rg1
does not help much, I think that Black ought to open the f-file by; 39...f5
. Then he would have good chances to convert his material advantage.]

40.Kc2
g5
41.Rh1
Kg6
42.Rh2
h5
43.Kb1
Kh6
44.Nd1
Qh7
45.Nc3
Qg6
46.Ka2
Ra8
47.Rd2
gxh4
48.Qxh4
Qg5
49.Qh1
Qg4
50.Rh2
Kg6
51.d6
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51...Kf7?
[Black's chosen plan with the expansion of his kingside pawns was a dangerous one. He should now have second thoughts about his strategy and draw with 51...Rd8
52.Nd5
Rxd6
* (52...Nxd5
53.Rg2
Nf4
54.Rxg4+
hxg4
55.Qh4
Rxd6
56.Qxg4+
Kf7
57.Qc8
) *53.Nxf4+
Qxf4
54.Rxh5
Rd2
55.Rh8
Rxb2+=
.]

52.Nd5
Rh8
[52...Nxd5
53.cxd5
Rh8
54.Rg2
Qc8
55.Qf1
h4
56.Rg5!+-
.]

53.Ne3?
[White kicks away his chances. He should continue with 53.Nxb6
Qe6
54.Qd1
h4
55.Qxa4
Qxd6
56.Nd5+/-
.]

53...Qe6
54.Nf5
Qxc4+
55.Ka1
Ke8
56.d7+
Kxd7
57.Qd1+
Kc6
58.Qd6+
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58...Kb5?
[Again the 'playing the opponent' strategy. Black had to be satisfied with a draw: 58...Kb7
59.Qd7+
Kb8
60.Qd6+
.]

59.Qd7+
Ka5
60.Nd6
Qf1+
61.Ka2
Ra8
62.Rc2!
Qd3
63.Rc3
[Not bad also was the straightford 63.Rxc5+
bxc5
64.Qc7+
Ka6
65.Qc6+
Ka5
66.Nb7#
.]

63...Qe2
64.Rc4
As mate follows, Black resigned. A painfully defeat. White attacked the black king in the kingside but finally mated him in the queenside!** 1-0**