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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Dortmund Sparkassen (2016), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jul-12
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  cro777: GM Jonathan Tisdall: "Nisipeanu - MVL is the kind of modern game I can't fathom. Bash out reams of computer analysis to get a sufferable position."


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  perfidious: The line with 12....Bg4 was heavily explored even at the end of my playing days (2000-01), and I never tried it, because I never felt Black had real winning chances at the end of all the theory. My preference was instead 12....Nd7, though looking back I have my doubts--Black must undergo numerous contortions and I am not sure how good his chances are.
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  cro777: Playing out to "drawish equality"!

Position after 12...Bg4

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In line with <perfidious>' comment, "this is one of the most analysed positions in the whole of chess". (GM Glenn Flear)

13.Bg5 h6 14.Be3 Nc6 15.d5 Na5 16.Bc5 b6 17.Bxe7 Rfe8 18.d6 Nc6 19.Bb5 Nxe7 20.h3 Bxf3 21.Qxf3

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This line seems attractive for a prearranged draw. Last year, at the FIDE Grand Prix (Women) in Monte Carlo, Muzychuk sisters could not resist:

21...Rec8 <Vachier-Lagrave opted for 21...Qe6> 22.dxe7 Qe6 23.e8Q+ Rxe8 24.Bxe8 Rxe8 25.Rfe1 Bf8 26.Qb3 Qxb3 27.Rxb3 Bc5 28.Kf1 a5 29.f3 a4 30.Rd3 a3 31.Rc1 Kg7 32.Rxc5 bxc5 33.Rxa3 Draw

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M Muzychuk vs A Muzychuk, 2015

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