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Alexander Grischuk vs Viktor Antonovich Bologan
"Gris Lightning" (game of the day Jul-11-2012)
World Blitz Championship (2012), Astana KAZ, rd 14, Jul-09
Modern Defense: Standard Line (B06)  ·  1-0


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  JohnBoy: Bologan (my auto-correct keeps giving me Bologna) has been in way over his head in both rapids and blitz. Very instructive to watch a guy, who I've long felt is under appreciated, get thrashed. Here Grischuk gives up his c pawn for an initiative that leaves black constantly trying to respond from back on his heels. Nice!
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  wareopening: apparently 48. f5 allows a draw.
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  wareopening: 48...Ra2+ and K can't move away from the g pawn...
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I would have liked to see the gambit 5.Qd2!?, but one can't argue with success. But I don't get any of Black's moves from 16-19, especialy 16...cxb5, gifting the d5 square to White. What is the simple tactic that I missed that prevents Black from playing 16...axb5?
Jul-11-12  Abdel Irada: <An Englishman>:

Thematically speaking, the trouble with 16. ...axb5 is not tactical but positional. After 17. b4!?, despite a certain loosening of his knight on c3, White puts his finger on the weakness of Black's queenside pawn formation, which locks in the bishop on b7, while the advance c6-c5 leaves the Black queenside in shambles. Recapturing with the c-pawn is a stock reply in such positions, since it activates the bishop (which can if necessary exchange itself for any piece that infiltrates on d5) and maintains a solid formation on a6 and b5.

In other words, you're missing no tactic, simple or otherwise. :-D

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  aidfarh: What happens after 50...Kf7 ? I can't quite see the win from there.
Jul-11-12  elmochess: <aidfarh>
Jul-11-12  Abdel Irada: <aidfarh>:

That is an extremely important question, and the key to this rook ending.

Once White's pawn has reached a7, Black's king has to stay on the second rank, *and* can't go to a square like f7, e7 or d7. If he moves to the third rank, a rook check followed by a8=♕ is a simple win.

Meanwhile, if the king goes to, for example, f7, White moves ♖h8, threatening to queen the pawn. And when Black takes the pawn (as he must), White wins the rook with a skewer: ♖h7+.

As a final note, Black can't play ...♔h7 because White pushes his f-pawn, which cannot be stopped.

(Funny that you should ask this. I was just explaining exactly that aspect of the ending to my wife.)

Jul-11-12  sfm: <What happens after 50...Kf7 ?><51.Rh8> Yeah! But have a good laugh over this one
where it came out a little differently. ;-)

Count down to diagram number 6 from the top.

Jul-11-12  Djoker: Good observation <wareopening>. 50 f6+ is just has no way out.
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  kevin86: The black king cannot stay where he is but instead to a losing spot,eg.

50...♔xf6 51 ♖f8+ and queens
50...♔f7 51 ♖h8! ♖xa7 52 ♖xh7+ wins the rook
50...♔g6 51 ♖g8+ and queens
50...♔h7 or 6 51 f7 and queens

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  zakkzheng: Grischuk had a positional advantage and made it a material one and won very cleanly
Jul-11-12  ZeejDonnelly: Two days after getting Bologan's "Immortal" (Kotronias vs Bologan, 2007), we get this cute blitz game from Grischuk.
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  eternaloptimist: Grischuk did a good job of steering this game towards a favorable endgame for himself. Bologan had a 2 to 1 ♕side ♙ majority after 19...♕xc2 & Grischuk was still able to win the b♙ & get a passed a♙...very impressive! Grischuk is clearly 1 of the strongest endgame players in the world! As far as other very good endgame players who r still playing right now, I would list Carlsen & Jakovenko as a couple of the best as well. 1 of the most underrated endgame players of all time is Ulf Andersson. He thought about the endgame even during the opening!!
Jul-11-12  Abdel Irada: <eternaloptimist: "He thought about the endgame even during the opening!!">

One of my most gratifying chess memories is of a game against Santa Cruz, California, expert Dana Mackenzie, in which after his 11. ...b6?, I immediately reached my plan for the rest of the game after envisioning my king penetrating on c6 in the endgame. It didn't quite work out that way, but only because Black saw the threat and made other concessions to prevent it; however, the concessions cost him the game anyway, so the plan was a success, albeit an indirect one.

Chess is, after all, fundamentally a game of extortion: One wrests concessions by the threat of worse exactions.

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  RandomVisitor: Rybka4.1 sees [+1.90] d=18 20.Rec1 Qxb2 21.Qd1 b3 22.Bxb3 Rab8 23.Ra2 Rxb3 24.Rxb2 Rxb2 25.Qa4 Rd8 26.d6
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  eternaloptimist: <Abdel Irada> That's a great story about how u thought of an endgame plan during the opening (a la Ulf Andersson). I agree w/ the last sentence in your kibitz & it reminded me of the old chess adage "a threat is more powerful than its execution". Speaking of Dana Mackenzie, he wrote a really good article for chess life magazine several years ago. I wish I could think of the name of it & which issue it's in. I'll have to google that 1 of these days & post it in my profile & in the kibitzer's cafe if I can run it down online. Btw congrats on your win against him! I would love to see that game in its entirety. That would be great if u would upload it to CG!
Jul-12-12  Moszkowski012273: Wow, did nobody pay attention to the comment above. 48.f5 allows a DRAW,,,meaning it's not a "fine finish" white just got lucky.
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  rilkefan: <<Abdel Irada>: One wrests concessions by the threat of worse exactions.>

Very nicely put.

Jul-12-12  avidfan: This position resembles the ending in Griffith-Hammond,1912 game299/500Master Games by Tartakower. The squares g7,h7 known as the neutral zone, were the only safe squares for the Black king to avoid a skewer if the Black rook captures the a7 pawn.

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Here the f6 pawn either forces the Black king away from the 7th rank if 50...Kxf6 allowing White the tempo (a check) to promote his a7 pawn or 50... Kh7 when the f6 pawn promotes.

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  rilkefan: <<Abdel Irada>: Thematically speaking, the trouble with 16. ...axb5 is not tactical but positional. After 17. b4!?>

Here my first thought was "but that weakens c4, which the knight can immediately occupy". But if 17...Nb6 18.Bc5 and f7's weakness tells (and probably e5's).

Jul-12-12  Abdel Irada: <eternaloptimist>:

The game was a club non-regulation time control game (G/90) and I no longer have the score; nor, apparently, does Dana. I wish this were not so, because the game did have some instructive elements.

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  eternaloptimist: <Abdel Irada> I sure wanted to see that game but that's ok. As for that article I was trying to think of, it was actually GM Larry Kaufman (not Mackenzie) that wrote it back in '99. I remembered that it had something to do w/ the value of chess pieces in different scenarios & I googled "chess life article on the value of chess pieces" & fortunately it was the 1st article that it pulled up!! Now I see that it won the "best instruction" award by the CJA in '99 so I guess I have great taste when it comes to chess articles. It's well worth the time to check it out! Here it is for anybody who wants to check it out.:
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  LoveThatJoker: Tremendous dynamic ideas from GM Grischuk in this game!


Oct-29-12  notyetagm: Grischuk vs Bologan, 2012

50 ?

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50 f5-f6+! 1-0

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