Ponziani Update 7

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Ponziani Update 7 [C44]
[David Taylor]

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 

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Bb5 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 5.Nxe5 Qg5 6.Qa4 [ the refutation of 6.d4 is given in my book] 6...Qxe5?! [ usually seen is 6...Qxg2 7.Rf1 Bh3 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.Qxc6+ with very complicated play] 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 [ 7...Kd8? 8.Qxe4 wins for White] 8.Qxc6+ Kd8 9.Qxa8 Nf6 10.Na3 Bc5 [ 10...Qg5!? is a suggestion from Emms, however after 11.d4!? Qxg2 12.Rf1 White has a great advantage] 11.b4? not the best, this offers Black some chances for cheapos [ 11.Nc4! Qe6 12.b3 should be an easy win] 11...Bxf2+ 12.Kxf2 e3+ 13.dxe3 Ne4+ 14.Ke1 Ke7 [ 14...Qxc3+ 15.Ke2 Qxa1 16.Qxe4 Qxa2+ 17.Kf3 and White wins] 15.Bb2 Rd8 16.Rd1?? Loses at once! [ 16.Qxa7 wins!] 16...Nxc3! 17.Kf2 Nxd1+ 18.Rxd1 Qxb2+ 19.Kg3 Qe5+ 20.Kf2 Rxd1 21.Qxc8 Rd2+ 22.Kf3 Qf6+ 23.Ke4 Qc6+ and some say the Ponziani is a boring opening !? 0-1