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Teimour Radjabov vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015), Tbilisi GEO, rd 6, Feb-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1-0


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  Penguincw: And Radjabov's draw streak in FIDE Grand Prix games is snapped at 17 games, while this is his first win in 21.

A great game by Radjabov, as Grischuk valued material over king safety in this game.

chess24 describes this game as a miniature, although I assume that's because it's only 24 moves, not because it took 3.5+ hours.

Feb-21-15  Fish55: 13. Bg3 is not supposed to be good for white, but it appears that Grischuk was not familiar enough with the analysis.
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  Marmot PFL: Grischuk could just take on g3 (16...Nxg3, or even 18...Nxg3 19 Nxa2 Nxh1), instead of just losing Nh5 for nothing.
Feb-21-15  geeker: Splat.
Najdorf theory hounds: Where did this game diverge from book, and/or where did Grischuk go wrong?
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  whiteshark: <15... Nc5 TN>

16... Qa1+ 17. Bd1 Nc5 18. Re3 Nxe4 19. Rxe4 Nxg3 20. hxg3 Qa3 21. O-O Bg7 22. Bh5 O-O 23. Re3 Qc5 24. Nb3 Qc7 25. Ref3 Bd7 26. Bxf7+ Kh8 27. Bh5 Bc6 28. Rxf8+ Rxf8 29. Rxf8+ Bxf8 30. Qa5 Qxa5 31. Nxa5 Be4 32. Bf3 Bc5+ 0-1

(Hervet,G (2352)-Matei,C (2527) ICCF email 2009)

Feb-21-15  jphamlore: Grischuk often gets away with his time mismanagement but this time he didn't. He spent an hour in two moves starting after 14. ♘e4 basically deciding which order to play ♕xa2 and ♘bd7. Meanwhile Radjabov did not have to think until he took 50 minutes before playing 17. ♘c3, and he did not have to think basically the rest of the game.
Feb-21-15  geeker: <whiteshark> Thanks. GM Bojkov has annotated on, confirming your citation.
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  Garech: Clinical play from Radjabov, a great attack in a sharp line. I was reminded of

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 !


Feb-21-15  Nf8: <GM Bojkov has annotated on>

According to Bojkov's analysis, it seems likely that Grischuk confused something with 16...Nc5?; this move is considered fine for Black, but only after inserting 16...Qa1+ 17.Bd1 - and now the bishop is pinned and the black queen can't be hit by Nc3. Btw, he mentions a nice idea in this line if White tries 17.Kf2 - not 17...Qxh1? 18.Nxe6! with a winning attack (18...fxe6 19.Bxh5+ Kd8 20.Qa5+ b6 21.Rxb6!) but rather 17...Nxg3! 18.Nxg3 (18.Rxa1 Nxe4+ & Nxd2) 18...Qxd4+! 19.Qxd4 Bc5.

Feb-22-15  shintaro go: What an awful game by Grischuk.
Feb-23-15  Ulhumbrus: After 21 Bxf7+ White has lost a rook while Black's king has lost safety. On this occasion the safety of Black's king turns out to be more valuable than a rook.
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  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ analyses the game:
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  morfishine: Sure, Grischuk botched up his move-order, but give Radjabov credit: The final position is highly-pleasing


Feb-25-15  Nerwal: At the press conference Radjabov said he found the strong 23. ♕b6! basically because he was scared that on 23. ♗xe6+ the black king could run down the board like in V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010.
Mar-14-18  qqdos: <Nf8> Didn't Grischuk just lose his nerve by not playing the "winning" 16...Qa1+! Perhaps fearful of 17.Kf2 and the unshielding of the WR on h1, as your analysis shows.
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