Ponziani Update 10

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Ponziani Update 9 [C44]
29.01.2001
[David Taylor]

Ponziani Update #10
by David Taylor

The game is:
Managadze, N-Mastrovasilis, A; 29th ch-GRE Team Athens Greece, 0-1 

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 Nxe4 5.d5 Nb8 [ 5...Ne7 is often played whereupon White can respond with 6.Nxe5 Ng6 and now 7.Qd4 or 7.Nc4 or 7.Nd3 (Chapters 1,2, & 3 of my book) ] 6.Nxe5 Qe7 7.Qd4 Nf6 8.Be3 c5 9.dxc6 Nxc6 10.Nxc6 dxc6 11.Nd2 [ Better is 11.Bc4 b5 ( 11...Ng4 12.0-0 b5 13.Bb3 Nxe3 14.Re1 Be6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Qxe3 White big advantage) 12.Be2 Bb7 ( 12...Nd5 13.Bxb5 Bd7 14.Bc4 White should eventually win) 13.0-0 Nd5 14.a4 Nxe3 15.fxe3 b4 16.cxb4 Qxb4 17.Bc4 White is winning] 11...Be6 12.0-0-0 Nd5 13.Ne4 f6 14.Bc4 Qf7 15.Rhe1 Be7 16.Nc5 Bxc5 17.Qxc5 Qe7 18.Rxd5!? [ White has an obvious advantage -- better is 18.Qa5 Kf7 19.Bc5 Qd7 20.Qa3 ] 18...cxd5 19.Bxd5 Bxd5 20.Qxd5 Rd8 21.Qb3?? [ 21.Qc4 b5 22.Qb3 Kf8 23.Qxb5 White has much better game. The point is 21. Qc4 retains the threat of Bc5] 21...Kf8 22.f3 h5 23.Bf2 Qf7 24.Bc5+ Kg8 25.Qxf7+ Kxf7 26.Re7+ Kg6 27.Rxb7 Rhe8! 28.Be7?! [ 28.Bxa7 is a better try, but in any event, this endgame is probably winning for Black] 28...Rd3 29.Kc2?! [ 29.Rxa7 better try] 29...Re3 30.Bd6 Rd8 31.Bb8?! Re2+ 32.Kb3 Rxg2 33.c4 Rd3+ 34.Ka4 Rc2 35.b4 a6 36.a3 Rxc4 37.Rb6 Rcc3 38.Rxa6 Rxa3+ 39.Kb5 Rxf3 40.Rc6 Rf5+ 41.Kb6 Rb3 42.Rc4 Kh6 43.Bd6 g5 44.Kc6 g4 45.Bc5 Rf1 46.Kd5 Kg6 47.Rd4 Rb2 48.Bd6 Kf5 49.Kc6 h4 50.Rd5+ Ke4 51.Rh5 Rc1+ 52.Kb7 h3 53.b5 Rcb1 0-1