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Ponziani Update #7
by David Taylor
Two super GMs play the Ponz in an exciting game!
The game is Jussupow,Artur - Sokolov,Ivan / Garmisch rapid 1994 / 0-1
This move has been played in thousands of games and is in all the opening books. However recent analysis by GM Emms plus analysis in my book, Ponziani Power, cast some doubts on its soundness. The possible sequences of moves are very complicated and furthur analysis may have to be done. [ But, for now, I am advising 4. Qa4 here. 4.Qa4
D Taylor] 4...dxe4
[ the refutation of 6.d4
is given in my book] 6...Qxe5?!
[ usually seen is 6...Qxg2
with very complicated play] 7.Bxc6+
wins for White] 8.Qxc6+
is a suggestion from Emms, however after 11.d4!?
White has a great advantage] 11.b4?
not the best, this offers Black some chances for cheapos [ 11.Nc4!
should be an easy win] 11...Bxf2+
and White wins] 15.Bb2
Loses at once! [ 16.Qxa7
and some say the Ponziani is a boring opening !? 0-1