Evgeny Najer: "We Shouldn't Be Expecting the Rise of Popularity for Ponziani Opening"

Время публикации: 16.01.2013 20:11 | Последнее обновление: 16.01.2013 20:26

GM Evgeny Najer is one of a few high-level players who has been applying Ponziani opening. We asked him to comment on yesterday's Carlsen - Harikrishna encounter in which Norwegian chose the mentioned opening and gained a win. 

"Carlsen is one of a few elite players who regularly plays side lines, so I guess he didn't surprise anyone by playing Ponziani. Apparently, it's a bit risky to play so against such a theoretic as Kramnik, but it's completely okay to play so against those "made of common clay" for you can get some interesting playing position as it happened in the game; and as you know that's enough for Magnus. I played Ponziani against Romanov (2008) and Sargissian (2012) and both times I got quite promising positions. Gabriel actually spent almost an hour on the first 10 moves! However, it seems to me we shouldn't be expecting the rise of popularity for Ponziani opening because Black actually has a lot of secure continuations in it."

[Event "75th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2013.01.15"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Harikrishna, Pentala"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C44"] [Opening "Ponziani"] [Variation "Jaenisch counter-attack"] [EventDate "2013.01.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 Nf6 4. d4 d5 5. Bb5 exd4 6. e5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. O-O Be7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Nd2 Nc5 12. b4 Nb7 13. f4 a5 14. f5 axb4 15. cxb4 Bxb4 16. Qg4 Bc3 17. Rac1 Bxd4 18. Bxd4 Rxa2 19. e6 f6 20. Nb3 Be8 21. Nc5 Nd6 22. Qf3 Qe7 23. Rf2 Ra5 24. Nb3 Rb5 25. Bc5 Bh5 26. Qc3 Qe8 27. Qe3 Qa8 28. Nd4 Rxc5 29. Rxc5 Ne4 30. Nxc6 Nxf2 31. Kxf2 Qa2+ 32. Kg3 Re8 33. h3 Qa6 34. Qc3 Be2 35. Rxd5 Bb5 36. Nb4 Qb7 37. Qc5 Ba4 38. Rd7 Qe4 39. Rxc7 h5 40. Kh2 Kh7 41. Qf2 Rg8 42. Na6 Be8 43. Rc5 Qd3 44. Nb4 Qd6+ 45. Kh1 Qd1+ 46. Qg1 Qd6 47. Nd5 Rf8 48. Qd4 Kh8 49. Rc8 Bc6 1-0



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