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Alexander Grischuk vs Richard Rapport
FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017), Geneva SUI, rd 2, Jul-07
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0
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Jul-07-17  fisayo123: 16...b4 is an awful positional move. Why lock up any potential counter-play you might have on the queenside? White was always going to get a lot of joy after that.
Jul-07-17
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black's choice of the defense 12...Nc4 fares poorly in the database. 14.a4 tilts the won-draw-loss numbers strongly in White's favor. 16...Bd8 is the only move with decent results for the second player, but that might have resulted from poor play by White.
Jul-08-17  Nerwal: <Black's choice of the defense 12...Nc4 fares poorly in the database. >

It's maybe the whole choice of playing the Chigorin that was mistaken.

Jul-08-17  Ulhumbrus: If the pawn sacrifice 34...Nh5 does not work two alternatives are 34...Ne8 and 34...Be8
Jul-08-17
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  perfidious: After such nightmares as Geller-Smyslov 1970 and Karpov-Spassky 1974 (though Black somehow survived the latter encounter), small wonder the old Chigorin main line went into the shades and was supplanted by more flexible systems such as the Breyer.
Jul-31-17  Captain Hindsight: Morozevich confirms my understanding of the Spanish and agrees with me that Grischuk had a winning sacrifice with <21.Nxe5!>.


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Jul-31-17
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  john barleycorn: By all "spanish standards" was not this a poor performance on the part of Mr. Rapport?
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