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Vladimir Potkin vs Alexander Grischuk
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Sep-06
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh Variation. Modern Defense (E73)  ·  1-0


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Sep-06-11  sevenseaman: 11...Nh5 looks terribly anti-positional. Black's game scatters hereafter.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <sevenseaman: 11...Nh5 looks terribly anti-positional. Black's game scatters [t]hereafter.>

It certainly didn't pan out as well as <11. ... Nh5> did in this famous game: Spassky vs Fischer, 1972.

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  Drew Smith: A very impressive game from Potkin.

Shame he didn't see (or did but rejected) the objectively weaker but prettier 44.Rc5 as an alternative winning shot.

Sep-07-11  zluria: I think that Grischuk played 11. ... Nh5 in order to emulate Gelfand's Nh4 in this game: Gelfand vs Grischuk, 2011

In that game, taking on h4 turned out to be a bad mistake that cost Grischuk his shot at the world championship. It must have cost him a lot of sleepless nights. Then when he saw the chance to play it here, he went for it, assuming that Bxh5 had to be bad here too. Amazingly, this mistake may well cost him his chance to win the world cup.

When you think about it, the same mistake cost him the world championship - twice!!!

Sep-08-11  dumbgai: I'm surprised a four pawns attack worked at this level.
Sep-10-11  Refused: <dumbgai: I'm surprised a four pawns attack worked at this level.>

Looks like Grischuk only recently adopted the KID and Potkin hit a hole in Grischuk's new repertoire.

The plan with e5 looked simply wrong, (or my opening theory is outdated). Usually Black opts for c5 lines and gets some improved Modern Ben-Oni structures. Usually the four pawn attack is not one of ther harder lines against the KID.

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