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Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017), Sharjah UAE, rd 6, Feb-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  transpose: I was surprised that Nakamura did not win with his advanced passed pawn. My attempt would have been 52 f6, keeping my queen protecting the g pawn, and inviting a series of checks as my King makes its way up the board nearer its queen and passed pawn, where it can avoid further checks. Instead, Nakamura went 52 Qf7+, and he lost the g pawn and a place for his King to hide.

Now I did not consult an engine to write this, so I fully expect to be proven wrong. Take my amateur analysis with a grain of salt!

Feb-24-17  Murky: 52. f6 is only a quicker way to draw. Black Queen just keeps checking. No escape for the white king via h4.
Feb-24-17  Xeroxx: Nakamura repeats Svidlers game against
Grischuk from ten years ago.

Svidler vs Grischuk, 2007

Feb-24-17  donjova: <Nakamura repeats Svidlers game against Grischuk from ten years ago.>

Grischuk's quote: "The theory hasn't changed, but I have changed, that's the problem! At that time you could wake me up in the middle of the night and I would tell all the lines... Not the case now."

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  transpose: <Murky> Yup--you are correct. 52 f6 is a draw. Thanks!
Feb-24-17  SirRuthless: Isn't 46.h5 winning? White needs to make a vent for his king after the black Q enters his position looking to make perpetual. Why did white give the h pawn voluntarily when he had what looked to be a winning position?
Mar-14-17  Stanley Yee: <Xeroxx> Thanks for the link. Grischuk does not seem to remember his own mistakes. Fritz says 18...Qa4+? 19. Kc1. Better is 18...Bxb2 19. Qh5+ Kd8 20. Rb1 Qa4+ 21. Kd2 Qb4+ 22. Kd1 Qa4+ Draw. Karpov had a similar problem of repeating the same mistakes.
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  maxi: All round nice post, <Stanley Yee>. Thanks.
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