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Leif Erlend Johannessen vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Turn Over a New Leif" (game of the day Jan-01-2013)
GMA (2002), Bermuda BER, rd 7, Jan-28
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0
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Jan-01-13  Marmot PFL: As I've said many times, I know Qa5+ & Qxa2 is the "main line" but I don't like it. The pawn might win the ending but first black has to survive the middle game.
Jan-01-13  waustad: I was thinking what a great result this was for Johannessen until I looked at the date. It is still a fine game, but Nakamura was 15. Since then he has been less successful, though most of their games have been rapid or blitz. As always there is the caveat that the database is not complete, but Naka's games usually get in.
Jan-01-13
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  JCigan: The Grunfeld has been my exclusive opening against 1. d4 for a year and a half. And I've never understood why any players below 2700 would play the ...cxd4, ...Qa5+, ...Qxa2 system against the Rb1 Exchange. The "passed pawns" on the a- and b- files are often weaknesses rather than assets, and White's central tandem rolls forward smoothly unless Black knows exactly what he is doing. I avoid lines in which I cannot tell what my pieces are supposed to achieve...

13... h6 was the only move I'd ever seen in this line; bringing the queen to blockade against a mobile central majority backed up by a bishop pair was not a fortunate choice.

Jan-01-13  sukatma: 19. ... g6?? is a blunder
Jan-01-13  ossipossi: Almost never played Grunfeld, it is strange to play a system with both d5 & Kfianchetto, resulting in an open game. Smells of Scandinavian defense, very strange opening (from an old KID and Benoni fan).
Jan-01-13  morfishine: The Gruenfeld is a solid drawing defense to 1.d4

Kasparov proved that

Jan-01-13  shakman: Don't understand where black lost the game....:-S
Jan-01-13  BipolarFanatic: Monday puzzle after 29. ... Rc8
Jan-01-13  scormus: <Marmot PFL ... first black has to survive the middle game>

Absolutely! If I was B I'd want a bit more than just 1 p axtra going into that middle game.

Nice clear cut attacking play by Leif.

Jan-01-13
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  fm avari viraf: This was an effortless & lucid win by Leif out playing Nakamura.
Jan-01-13  chesssalamander: The Gruenfeld is my current favorite choice against 1.d4. I often get a complicated, unbalanced position, which is what I want as Black. What do you guys think of 6. ...c5, instead of 6....Bb7?
Jan-01-13  Marmot PFL: <chesssalamander> It's just a transposition of moves isn't it? I doubt the move order makes any real difference.
Jan-01-13
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  FSR: There are a few distinct lines, such as 6...c5 7.Bb5+ (a somewhat unusual but high-scoring move), but most games with either 6...c5 or 6...0-0 end up reaching the same positions.
Jan-02-13
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  kevin86: A new queen again!
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