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Alexander Grischuk vs Etienne Bacrot
11th Ordix Open (2004) (rapid), Mainz GER, rd 7, Aug-08
Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation (C41)  ·  1-0


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Aug-18-04  Whitehat1963: Well played by Grischuk.
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  patzer2: White's strong double attack 25. Nxc6!! is intended to win more than just a rook and two pawns for the Knight and the Bishop. After the followup 29. Ra1!, White sets a pin to force the exchange of the Black Rook for a winning advantage.

Note that White had to see ahead that Black cannot play the double attack 29...Bc3?? because of 29. Rxa6!, winning another piece due to the dual back rank mate threats.

Aug-18-04  polonius: More efficient would've been 48.Rd6 winning for Grischuk almost immediately . He was probably in time trouble though .
Jan-31-07  positionalgenius: I really love the sacrifice 25.Nxc6!!
It is a typical grischuk game-he sacrifices for positional compensation.
Jul-05-07  iuventus: Could someone please tell me why AG wouldn't just play 54. Rb6+ and then pick off the g pawn??
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