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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Alexander Grischuk
Lausanne Young Masters (2000), Lausanne SUI, rd 3, May-30
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  0-1


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Feb-10-06  alexandrovm: I consider the scotch a good opening for white but here black shows how to play this opening, taking the iniciative from the begining.
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  plang: This was the decisive game in the Finals of the Young Masters Tournament in Lausanne (knockout format - this was game 2 of a 2 game match; game 1 had been drawn). 7..b6 was a recently developed alternative to the main lines 7..Ne5 and 7..0-0. Byrne refers to 9 Nb3 as "tame" but the more popular alternatives 9 f4 and 9 Nb5 have not scored well for White. After 13 Bxc5 White had the bishop pair but his pawn center was gone. 16 g3? was played to defend against ..Nf4 but it severely weakened White along the long diagonal; better was 16 Ne4..Qg6 17 Qd2..Rad8 18 c4..Nb6 with an unclear position. After several more inaccuracies including 17 Kh1?!(17 Nc4), 20 Qc2?! (20 Re1) and 21 Bd3?! (21 Rfe1) White was already lost. Also losing would have been 23 Nxe3..fxe 24 Qd1..Nf2+ 25 Rxf2..exf 26 Qb3+..Kh8 27 Qxb7..Re1.
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