(1) El Gindy,Essam (2503) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2705) [E32]
FIDE World Cup 2007 Khanty-Mansiysk (1.1), 24.11.2007
[Efstratios Grivas]



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