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Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga vs Yasser Seirawan
"Plan 9 from Outer Space" (game of the day May-20-2012)
Buenos Aires Najdorf (1993), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 7, Apr-??
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0


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Jan-11-03  tayer: 9. Nxe5 was unexpected and started complications that resulted in a interesting game.
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  jaime gallegos: see
Mar-18-04  ConLaMismaMano: This is one of the best games i ever saw.
Sep-29-04  molinov: I have a magazine with Seirawan's comments but they are translated into Spanish I'll change them back to English and post them shortly.
Sep-29-04  molinov: My first game against Julio was in the 1987 Interzonal in Zagreb. Somehow we both got away with a tie. Since that game I understood that Julio likes to attack. This time I was determined to close the position.
Sep-29-04  ConLaMismaMano: <My first game against Julio was in the 1987 Interzonal in Zagreb. Somehow we both got away with a tie. Since that game I understood that Julio likes to attack. This time I was determined to close the position.> Was it Seirawan who said this?
Sep-29-04  Everett: Seems to me, looking at the previous posts, that Seirawan did indeed say this. Molinov was nice enough to translate a Spanish magazine with Seirawan's comments into English
Sep-29-04  molinov: Okay these comments were made by Yasser Seirawan.
Sep-29-04  molinov: After 6.... Nc6!?. A line I play frequently. With 6.... Be7 the game would be transposed to a regular line off the Erizo (this is the name off the opening in Spanish). The idea is that if white plays 7.d4 then 7.... Nxd4! 8.Nxd4 Bxg2 9.Kxg2 cxd4 and the exchanges favour black.
Sep-29-04  molinov: 7.e4! The best. White threatens e5 while avoiding the forementioned exchanges.
Sep-29-04  molinov: 7.... e5 blocking the position, or so I thougt.
Sep-29-04  molinov: After 8.... g6.
Here Julio thougt for 40 minutes. What was he thinking about? It's clear that to seek an advantage white must play f4. This means 9. Ne1 or Nh4 or Ng5. But Julio was not happy with 9.Nh4 because of 9.... Nh5 (with the idea of 10.f4 Nxf4) 10.Bf3 Be7 11.Bxh5 Bxh4 12.Be2 Bf6 13.Bh6 Bg5 and f4 has a limited impact.
Sep-29-04  molinov: Julio was thinking about a fourth possibility 9. Nxe5!?.
Sep-29-04  molinov: A surprising move. Julio has a wonderful natural gift for chess. He likes iniciative and he's willing to sacrife in order to attack. This move requires calculation and inspiration (and the courage to play it) and that is why it deserves two exclamation points. But lets not get ahead of ourselves. Steinitz said that in order to attack your oponent has to have a weakness or have made a mistake. What have I done wrong?. Okay losing a tempo with e6 and e5 is not good but My God, a whole Knight... Having "discussed" this with myself I knew the sacrifice was bad. That's the reason for the question mark.
Sep-29-04  molinov: After 10.... Nc6. "The best way to rebuttal a gambit is to accept it". Still I have to admit cowardy on my part. I considered 10.... Bd6 11. fxe5 Bxe5 12.Bh6 and concluded that White had the advantage.
Sep-30-04  molinov: 11.... Ng8!. The right defense, trying to stay "developed" with 11.... Nh5 12.g4 Ng7 13.f5 with the idea of Ne4 only gives black headaches.
Sep-30-04  molinov: After 12.f5.This was the position that Julio wanted. Black has many defensive moves. 12.... Nh6; 12....Na5; 12.... Qb8;12....Rb8!. Which one to pick? 12.... gxf5 13.Qh5 Nge7 14.Bg5 Bg7 15.Rxf5!?(Bf6) 0-0 16.Raf1. After 12.... Na5 13.Bxb7 Nxb7 14.Qf3 and white wins. While 12.... Qb8 13.Bf4 g5 14.Bxg5 (e6!?) Nxe5 15.Nd5 looks troublesome. That's why I chose 12.... Nh6, which is a mistake. Just like Miguel Illescas remarked after the game. 12.... Rb8 was the right thing to do.
Oct-01-04  molinov: Continuing the last post. With 12.... Rb8 black prepares... Nxe5 or Nd4. Both Julio and me overlooked this defensive idea. In the post-mortem we noticed that 13.Bf4 gxf5! 14.e6 dxe6 15.Bxb8 Qxb8 and black wins. White's only chance seems to be 13.e6 dxe6 14.fxe6 f6 (14.... f5 15.Rxf5 Qd4+ with the idea of gxf5,16.Rf7 and the situation it's not clear) and black is now ready for a quick development.The position still offers chances for attack but black holds.
Oct-01-04  molinov: 12.... Nh6? 13.Ne4! taking immediate advantage of the weak square f6.
Oct-01-04  molinov: After 16....Ke7 Repeating in order to get to the time control.At this point it was clear that the game would enter a violent time rush.
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  jaime gallegos: thanks molinov for your commments ! by the way I bought two Seirawan´s books about openings ( to begginers ) and he promote to study Pirc, Robatsch and KID ... what do you think ?
Aug-15-05  alexandrovm: And Julio has 2 games won and one draw agaisnt this great player
Feb-12-06  Whitehat1963: What an excellent and complex battle!!
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  jaime gallegos: from the move 34 this game got a winner !
Jun-14-06  Inf: awesome game by Granda!! look the way he takes his rook up to the 8th rank!! granda usually plays with his rooks in a very diff manner from all players but sometimes giving him bad results :(... still superb game!
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