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Vugar Gashimov vs Alexander Grischuk
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 12, May-04
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  1-0


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May-04-08  kingsindian2006: bringing back the classics for new action.. got to love it
May-04-08  nolanryan: gashimov played a dominating game! played as if this line is a forced win from the beginning
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  chancho: Gash was too much for Grisch today.
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  whiteshark: From the Tournament Bulletin:

Many handshakes and smiles awaited Gashimov, who defeated Grischuk in great style the first game to end in this 12th round! At the press conference Gashimov revealed that it was all home preparation until <16.f4>:

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"I was hoping for the same line as he played against Svidler. I did some work on it [12.Qd3 was a strong novelty PD], and before the game I thought White is much better, maybe even winning, after f4."

Shipov isn't so sure by the way - he gives 16Bxg5 17.fxg5 c6! followed by 18...Ne7. Later, 20Re8 gave more chances instead of 20Kc8? but there Grischuk was already in severe timetrouble. He admitted that his opening preparation had turned out to be very bad:

"I didn't think he would expect this line, and didn't expect him to analyse it so deeply. I just got into a too deep level of thinking." He added a variation: "The main problem was 18...00 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Ra7 Bh4 21.Rxc7 Rxf3 22.Rxd7 Rxf1+ 23.Kxf1 Rf8+ 24.Kg1."

May-04-08  TheBB: I love how, after 33. c3!, the black forces are just barely so utterly paralyzed. If the black pawn were not on f4, for example, he would be fine.
May-04-08  notyetagm: Position after 31 ... ♖f1-f4

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Here Grischuk (Black), who is an incredibly strong tactician, has just played 31 ... ♖f1-f4, attacking the White e4-queen from the protection of the Black e5-pawn.

But this move turns out to be a mistake. Why? Because Black's a7-bishop and b7-king are in very poor position to stop the dangerous White g5-passer.

Now Gashimov (White) unleashed a two-move combination which forced immediate resignation: 32 ♕e4x♖f4! e5x♕f4 33 c2-c3! 0-1.

Position after 32 ♕e4x♖f4! e5x♕f4 33 c2-c3! 0-1

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The point: Black cannot(!) stop the White g5-pawn from promoting, now that the White c3-pawn <DENIES> the d4-square to the dark-squared Black a7-bishop and the Black f4-pawn <BLOCKS> the c1-h6 diagonal.

A lovely <PETITE COMBINAISON> by Gashimov to force the win of a critically important game.

May-04-08  notyetagm: <TheBB: I love how, after 33. c3!, the black forces are just barely so utterly paralyzed. If the black pawn were not on f4, for example, he would be fine.>

Final position after 33 c2-c3! 1-0

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That is a -very- good point you made about the Black f4-pawn that I completely overlooked.

If only the Black f4-pawn were -not- on the board in the final position above, then Black -could- prevent the White g5-pawn from promoting by playing 33 ... ♗a7-e3 34 g5-g6 ♗e3-h6, shown below,

(VAR) Position above with no Black f4-pawn: 33 ... ♗a7-e3 34 g5-g6 ♗e3-h6

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or by 33 ... ♗a7-e3 34 g5-g6 ♗e3-f4+ 35 ♔h2-h3 ♗f4-e5, also shown below.

(VAR) Position above with no Black f4-pawn: 33 ... ♗a7-e3 34 g5-g6 ♗e3-f4+ 35 ♔h2-h3 ♗f4-e5

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May-05-08  Discerning King: Super Game GASH... This one will be in my Classic Game Collection!
Feb-15-10  amateur1971: superb.
Feb-02-11  Whitehat1963: Excellent game and clever finish.
May-31-16  posoo: I HEARBY NOMMANATE dis game for GAME OF da DAY with da pon:


Apr-16-19  sleepyirv: The game ends on <A Vugar Gesture>
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