Position after 26…Re5

GM Kamsky (2714) – GM Ponomariov (2705) [B97]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nb3 Bd7 11.0–0–0 0–0–0 12.Be2 h5 13.Rhf1 Be7 14.Rf3 Rdg8 15.Bf1 Kb8 16.Kb1 h4 17.Qe1 Rg4 18.a3 Qc7 19.Ne2 Rh5 20.h3 Rg8 21.f5 Rhh8 22.Nf4 Bf8 23.Qf2 Rg5 24.fxe6 fxe6 25.Rc3 Rh6 26.Nd4 Re5 27.Nd3 Rxe4 28.Nb4 Rxd4 29.Rxd4 Qa5 30.Rxh4 f5 31.Rxh6 (Rxc6 would have been an immediate knockout punch) 31…Bxh6 32.Rb3 Nxb4 33.Rxb4 Bc6 34.g4 (34.Qe1 would be a strong option) 34… fxg4 35.Rxg4 Qe5 +- (This is almost over with Rg8+ followed by Qh4) 36.Rg8+ Kf7 37.Bd3 (Not as strong as 37.Qh4 but still winning) 37…Be3 38.Qg3 Qc5 39.b4 +- Qd4 40.Qg7+ Qxg7 41.Rxg7 and the rest is just technique. I expect Black to resign soon 41…Kd8 42.h4 e5 43.h5 e4 44.Be2 Bf4 45.Rg6 1-0
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