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Ponomariov, R. (2744) - Serov, M. (2379) [E80]
European Rapid Championship, Warsaw (3) 2010

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 Nc6 6. Nge2 a6 7. Be3 Rb8
A rare continuation. Usually Black plays 7...0-0.








   
8. a3
You can read about 7...Rb8, 7...0-0 8.Qd2 Rb8 9.a3, 9.Nc1 and other lines in my CD King's Indian Saemisch System.
8...b5
A novelty, but this is a typical move in the KI. If 8...O-O then 9. b4
9. cxb5 axb5 10. b4
10. d5 is also possible.
10...Bd7 11. d5 Ne5 12. Nd4








   
12...e6 13. dxe6 fxe6 14. Bxb5
White grabs the b5-pawn.
14...Bxb5 15. Ncxb5 Qd7








   
16. Nc3
Worthy of attention is 16. Rc1!? c6 17. Nxd6+! (17. Nxe6 Rxb5) 17...Qxd6 18. Qb3 with compensation.
16...d5
Or 16...c5 17. Nde2.
17. exd5
The alternative is 17. O-O!?
17...Nxd5 18. Nxd5 exd5 19. O-O Nc4 20. Bf2 O-O








   
21. Re1!
Logical. White has a small but lasting advantage.
21...Rfe8 22. Qd3
22. Rxe8+ Rxe8 (22...Qxe8 23. b5) 23. a4 looks good for White.
22...Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 Ra8 24. Nc2 Qf5 25. Qxf5 gxf5 26. Nd4?!
White obtains the better chances after 26. Bc5 Nxa3 27. Ne3 Bc3 28. Rd1 c6 29. Nxf5.
26...Rxa3 27. Nxf5 Bc3 28. Re8+ Kf7 29. Re7+








   
29...Kg6?!
29... Kf6! is correct, 30. g4 Ra1+ 31. Kg2 Ra2 with equality.
30. g4 Nd2?
A mistake. White gets only a small edge after 30...Ra1+ 31. Kg2 Ra2 32. Kg3 Be5+ 33. f4 Bxf4+ 34. Kxf4 Rxf2+ 35. Kg3 Rb2 36. Rxc7.
31. Rxc7?!
White wins with 31. Nh4+! Kf6 32. Rxc7 Bxb4 33. f4.
31...Nxf3+ 32. Kg2 Be5?!
32...Bxb4 is more precise.
33. Rc6+ Kg5








   
34. h3
After 34. Be3+ Kxg4 35. Nh6+ Kh5 36. Kxf3 d4 37. Ng4 the first player has a clear advantage in the endgame.
34...h5?!
34...Kf4 is better.
35. Be3+
White wins with 35. Ne7!
35...Bf4 36. Kxf3








   
36...Bxe3
A nice move to finish. Black could try 36...hxg4+.
37. h4+
Checkmate!
Black resigned. 1-0










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Ponomariov, R. (2744) - Serov, M. (2379) [E80]
European Rapid Ch/Warsaw (3) 2010

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 Nc6 6. Nge2 a6 7. Be3 Rb8 8. a3 b5 9. cxb5 axb5 10. b4 Bd7 11. d5 Ne5 12. Nd4 e6 13. dxe6 fxe6 14. Bxb5 Bxb5 15. Ncxb5 Qd7 16. Nc3 d5 17. exd5 Nxd5 18. Nxd5 exd5 19. O-O Nc4 20. Bf2 O-O 21. Re1 Rfe8 22. Qd3 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 Ra8 24. Nc2 Qf5 25. Qxf5 gxf5 26. Nd4 Rxa3 27. Nxf5 Bc3 28. Re8+ Kf7 29. Re7+ Kg6 30. g4 Nd2 31. Rxc7 Nxf3+ 32. Kg2 Be5 33. Rc6+ Kg5 34. h3 h5 35. Be3+ Bf4 36. Kxf3 Bxe3 37. h4+ 1-0


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