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Alexander Grischuk vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Double Blind Study" (game of the day Mar-13-11)
20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0
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Mar-12-11  UrVileWedge: Although he won anyway, Grischuk missed an immediate knockout with

42. Bb5

which would have trapped Black's queen.

Earlier on though, does anyone understand why Kramnik played 16... Nb6 instead of Nf6? Nf6 seems so much more natural, and the placement on b6 is really what locks his queen out of the game.

Mar-12-11
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  watwinc: 42 Bb5 Rd1+ saves the queen (although it leaves white with two rooks for a queen)
Mar-12-11  UrVileWedge: oh, hmm. Missed that. Thanks for pointing that out to me.
Mar-12-11  regi sidal: Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938
Mar-12-11  Penguincw: < watwinc: 42 Bb5 Rd1+ saves the queen (although it leaves white with two rooks for a queen) >

I think you mean 42...Re1+.

Mar-13-11
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  HeMateMe: "Grisch Gun lubricates a victory"
Mar-13-11  Gogia: Does blindfold result affect FIDE rating?
Mar-13-11  YourNickname: <Gogia> Yes, otherwise Grischuk shouldn't play.
Mar-13-11  Winsome Knight: <Does blindfold result affect FIDE rating?> Neither Blindfold nor Rapid games at Amber tournament affect the FIDE rating.
Mar-13-11  goldenbear: The Ragozin Defense is a poor choice for a blindfold game in my opinion, because Black usually has to play accurately for a while in order to neutralise White's advantage. Having said that, 11.Be2!? I thought we had decided on Bf5 there...
Mar-13-11  KingV93: Here we have another game where Kramnik does not reveal his yet to be played home prep super move that allows him to win with Black in the 'Queens gambt declined; Ragozin' An opening I am destined to become familiar with whether I want to or not.

At least the loss was to Grischuck. no idea why but I like the guy and he is very adept at playing games that start 1.e4 c5.

Maybe I like him because he plays moves like Bc7...twice no less! I have no clue if it's effective here but he does play a bold Queen sac and gets the win to boot! Nice Play!

Mar-13-11  atakantmac: 32... e4 was much better then 32... Bg3
Mar-13-11  Penguincw: Lol.This game was just played yesterday and it is game of the day.
Mar-13-11  KingV93: After another look I really like this game. It is far beyond me to see everything but it seems to be worth trying to understand. Grischuck uses the Bishops well, the dark square bishop is pretty active to say the least.

Does Kramnik make some glaring error here?

Mar-13-11  Naugh: I like the queen sac. It does take some guts to play it just like that and blindfold on top of that!
Mar-13-11
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Very interesting chessgame !!
Mar-13-11  WhiteRook48: this is a nice queen sac
Mar-13-11  Hesam7: <atakantmac: 32... e4 was much better then 32... Bg3>

Yes 32. e4! would have been winning:


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32. ... dxe4 33. Bxg5 hxg5 34. fxe4


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And White will just run over Black.

Mar-14-11  Xeroxx: << watwinc: 42 Bb5 Rd1+ saves the queen (although it leaves white with two rooks for a queen) > I think you mean 42...Re1+.>
Yet Rf1+ is superior to Re1+.
Mar-14-11  polarmis: If anyone hasn't seen it yet then Grischuk talking about this game is great: http://blip.tv/file/4879651

I'm not sure "queen sac" is an accurate way to describe exchanging your queen for a rook + minor piece + attack/initiative. ...Bf5 wasn't a bad try from Kramnik in a difficult position (especially blindfold), but objectively it gave Grischuk a couple of ways to win.

It's interesting that Grischuk played a near novelty in a blindfold game (11. Be2 - he explains the tactical point in the video) - maybe that means he's serious about doing well here and forgetting his disastrous Amber!?

Mar-14-11
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  kevin86: I almost seems that white wanted his queen to be trapped;just to throw the opponent off-it certainly wasn't an "oversight".
Mar-14-11
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: POSITIONAL QUEEN SACRIFICES

Grischuk vs Kramnik, 2011 Grischuk's brilliant positional queen sac is Round 1 Best Game

Mar-15-11
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  Ulhumbrus: In the end a Rook and two Bishops get the better of a Queen and Knight. This happens partly because White has two extra pawns,the black Knight is placed passively, White's pieces are assisted by a powerful protected passed pawn on g6, and Black's King is a target on the exposed seventh rank
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