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Ray Robson vs Alexander Grischuk
Chess Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 8, Sep-10
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  0-1


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Sep-10-16  kamagong24: Robson losing with the white pieces against black's Berlin is going to give Kramnik a jolly flatulence from laughing
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  Marmot PFL: One of the risks of playing for a draw is ending up in a passive ending. the blocked structure and strong Ne4 favors black, but Bxe4 was even worse.

The pawn ending against a supported passed pawn is hopeless, but if white doesn't trade queens black just brings the king to f5 and wins.

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  Gypsy: <HeMateMe: It is odd. The Robson game, the pawn structure, looked (to my amateur eyes) like the most balanced of the four games.>

It looks to me that Robson lost the strategic threat of the game after the move 30: For instance, had he played <31.Qe5>, <33.Qe5>, or <34.Qe5>, he would have had a dead draw -- possibly even from the position of strength. But it looks like Robson missed the urgency to play the <Qe5> before Black gets in his <Ne4>. After the <34.Kf1(?) Ne4>, Robson just steadily lost ground playing a long line of second best moves.

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  Marmot PFL: Right, can't understand why white avoided Qe5. Black wouldn't want to trade on e5, for the same reason that Bxe4 was bad for white.
Sep-11-16  Ulhumbrus: One point of 34...Ne4 is that ...gxf4 cannot be answered woth Qxf4 as the d4 pawn is no longer defended by the white queen on f4, the knight obstructing the fourth rank. Thus 34...Ne4 may have equalized in which case 35 c4 becomes an attempt to win which is no longer justified and which backfires
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  HeMateMe: If black just plays 43...K-f6 it's a draw, right?
Sep-11-16  Ulhumbrus: In my last message "woth" should be "with".
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