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Jonathan I M Grant vs Christian Weiss
"Grant's Tomb" (game of the day Jan-14-2010)
European Team Chess Championship (2007), Crete GRE, rd 2, Oct-29
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Nimzowitsch would have been pleased by Black's use of centralization. When I faced the combination of ...Nd4 and ...Bg4 in the Botvinnik, I always played f3 and not h3 as in this game.
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  Gilmoy: Those Maroczy bind pawns on c4/e4 do give up that d4-outpost. 3.Bg2 46.Bh3 is a cloistered monk.
Jan-14-10  RandomVisitor: 28.Qd2 and 29.Rf2 are perhaps the last chances for white to recover equal chances.
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  al wazir: What was wrong with 34. exd5 ? After 34...e4 35. Bf1, is white that badly off?
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  Once: Black is very patient here. He allows white to build a pawn centre before taking it over. And in the endgame he lets the passed f and h pawns stay on the board for quite a while before rounding them up. What's the rush? It's all under control.

Well played.

Jan-14-10  mertangili: <al wazir> I think 34. exd5 is dangerous in view of 34...e4 35. Bf1 Rc1 and now;

- attacking the knight with 36. Rd2 is impossible because of 36...Nf3+

- if white tries to hold on to his d pawn with 36. Ra5 then, 36...e3 poses great problems as 37. Rf4 (only way to continue protecting the bishop) 37...e2 wins the bishop. Although white has two pawns for the piece. It seems very unlikely that white can hold those extra pawns as the black knight has a great maneuvering space.

Jan-14-10  limulus: This is a rather boring game, and the pun doesn't blow my socks off either.
Jan-14-10  RandomVisitor: At move 14 white still stood better. After 13...Nc7:

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Rybka 3: <24-ply>

<[+0.36] 14.e5> Rb8 15.b4 b6 16.bxc5 dxc5 17.f4 Ne6 18.Bd5 Nd4 19.Bxd4 cxd4 20.Rb5 e6 21.Bf3 Re8 22.Rfb1 Bf8 23.a4 a6 24.R5b3 Bc5 25.a5 b5

[+0.33] 14.b4 b6 15.e5 Rc8 16.bxc5 dxc5 17.f4 Ne6 18.Bd5 Nd4 19.Bxd4 cxd4 20.Rb5 e6 21.Bf3 Rc5 22.Rxc5 bxc5 23.Rb1 Qa5 24.Rb7 Rc8 25.Be4

Jan-14-10  technical draw: Who's buried in Grant's tomb?
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  kevin86: I was hoping for another tomb or zugzwang game-so despite being a good one,it was a downer
Jan-14-10  chillowack: <limulus: This is a rather boring game, and the pun doesn't blow my socks off either.> I agree on both counts.
Jan-14-10  WhiteRook48: who's not buried in grant's tomb
game was so boring
Jan-14-10  The Famous Chess Cat: <Technical Draw>

According to Wikipedia, nobody is buried in Grant's Tomb, but rather, Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Grant, are entombed there (but definitely not buried, as both are above the ground).

Jan-14-10  technical draw: Thank you <Famous Chess Cat>. I guess with the internet a lot of old gags are going to be obsolete.
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  al wazir: <mertangili>: I don't disagree. But I think white's prospects are at least as good as in the line he played. My intention was to prevent black from getting those two connected passed ♙s in the center.
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