(1) Ponomariov,R (2734) - Le Quang Liem (2681) [B13]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (10), 25.07.2010
Before the game, I was in doubt as to what to play. The tournament situation dictated no risks were to be taken, so I chose a quiet line against the Caro-Kann. - Ponomariov 4...Nc6
At this point, I began to have doubts. I had prepared well with my second, Zahar Efimenko, who had played this line against Konstantin Landa in the Russian championship. It seemed however that my opponent was well prepared even here. - Ponomariov 9.Re1
with the idea of 11.--
is much too risky for White. - Ponomariov.] 9...Bxd3
It was unclear to me, what my opponent wanted in this game. Normally, I would offer a draw here to see where I stood, but this was not possible thanks to the Sofia rules. - Ponomariov 13.a4
I had underestimated this. I had thought I would swap and then mate my opponent on the h-file. This was obviously nonsense. - Ponomariov 18.hxg5
[Instead, the following variations were also interesting: 20...f4!?
; or 20...e5!?
I must be better here though the position is very complicated. There are simply too many possibilities. - Le Quang 23...f4
was perhaps better, but I couldn't see how Black wins. - Le Quang.] 31.Nxd4
As of now the position is equal and the draw almost inevitable. - Ponomariov 31...Ne5