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Alexander Grischuk vs Igor Bjelobrk
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 2, Aug-12
King's Indian Attack: Yugoslav Variation (A07)  ·  1-0


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Aug-13-13  optimal play: Igor Bjelobrk played this opening last year as white

[Event "O2C Doeberl Cup Premier 2012"]
[Site "Canberra AUS"]
[Date "2012.??.??"]
[White "Bjelobrk,I"]
[Black "Rodriguez,Am"]
[Round "6.9"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2326"]
[BlackElo "2440"]
[ECO "A05"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. c4 Nbd7 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. h3 Bh5 8. d3 e6 9. Nc3 Be7 10. Bf4 O-O 11. g4 Bg6 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13. Bxe5 h5 14. Bf3 hxg4 15. hxg4 Bd6 16. Bxd6 Qxd6 17. Qd2 a6 18. Kg2 d4 19. Ne4 Bxe4 20. dxe4 Qe5 21. Rh1 g5 22. Rh6 Kg7 23. Rah1 a5 24. a4 Rfd8 25. R6h3 Rdc8 26. b3 Rc3 27. Rd1 Rxb3 28. Qxd4 Qxd4 29. Rxd4 e5 30. Rc4 b6 31. Rh1 Rb4 32. Rhc1 Rxc4 33. Rxc4 Nd7 34. e3 Nc5 35. Bd1 Rd8 36. Bc2 Kf6 37. Kf1 Ke6 38. Rc3 f6 39. Ke2 Kd6 40. Ra3 Kc6 41. Ra1 b5 42. Rc1 Rd6 43. f3 Rd8 44. Bd1 Rh8 45. axb5+ Kxb5 46. Kd2 Rd8+ 47. Kc2 a4 48. Rb1+ Nb3 49. Kc3 Rc8+ 50. Kb2 Kb4 51. Ka2 Rc3 0-1

And some years ago another Igor played 12...Qb6 instead of 12...e5

Sale, Srdjan (2425) vs Kragelj, Igor (2250)
Event: Pula op 11th
Site: Pula
Round: 5
Date: ??/??/1997
ECO: A11
Score: 0-1

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. c4 Nbd7 6. d3 e6 7. cxd5 cxd5 8. Nc3 Be7 9. h3 Bh5 10. e4 d4 11. Ne2 Bxf3 12. Bxf3 Qb6 13. Bg2 O-O 14. f4 Rfd8 15. g4 Nc5 16. Kh1 Rd7 17. Ng3 Rc8 18. g5 Ne8 19. Rf2 Rdc7 20. Bf1 Qa6 21. Kg2 Qa4 22. Qxa4 Nxa4 23. Ne2 Rc2 24. Rb1 Bb4 25. Kf3 Nd6 26. b3 Nc3 27. Nxc3 Rxf2+ 28. Kxf2 dxc3 29. a4 b6 30. Ra1 Nb7 31. d4 Na5 32. Ba6 Rc7 33. Be3 c2 34. Bc4 Nxc4 35. bxc4 Rxc4 36. Ke2 Kf8 37. h4 Ke7 38. h5 Bc3 39. Ra2 Bxd4 40. Bc1 Bc5 41. Kd3 Rd4+ 42. Kxc2 Rxe4 43. Bd2 Re2 44. Kd3 Rh2 45. a5 Rxh5 46. axb6 Bxb6 47. Bb4+ Ke8 48. Ke4 Rh3 49. Re2 f6 0-1

For most of this game I don't think Bjelobrk played poorly, it's just that Grischuk was too good.

I can understand why he played 25...fxg6 rather than 25...hxg6 but white's f-pawn was decisive at the end.

Aug-13-13  twinlark: <white's f-pawn was decisive at the end.>

True, but it shouldn't have been.

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