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Alexander Grischuk vs Wesley So
FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019), Moscow RUS, rd 2, May-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D40)  ·  1-0


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May-22-19  torrefan: The best game of the tournament
May-22-19  Junbalansag: It is like watching an action movie where bombs explode, grenades are thrown and rapid fires are exchanged from the time the curtain opens. I was literally glued to my screen the whole fight. Thanks to the two warriors Grischuk and So for entertaining us. More games like this would revive interest in this ancient game. More power to both of you.
May-22-19  Junbalansag: It could have been the best finale for this tournament!
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  wordfunph: homerun pawn! 1-0

Grischuk, you made my day!

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  perfidious: Took a while, but Black's pawn weaknesses proved ruinous in the end.
May-22-19  gokusano: <perfidious: Took a while, but Black's pawn weaknesses proved ruinous in the end.> Black's move 4. ... c5 is passive. From there on, white's keep pressuring black and black cannot do anything to snatch the initiative. In fact, after 10. Ng5 by white, black has to give up his light square bishop and bear the position with a double isolani pawn.
May-22-19  torrefan: Great analysis by GM Goku
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  wordfunph: <May-22-19 Bugrit: It's not ok.wesley cried in the press conference.>


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  wordfunph: The Crying Prodigal Son


May-23-19  Junbalansag: I'd like to see the video where So cried. Can anyone post the link?
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  mike1: Grischuk got him with So's own style.
May-23-19  Kapmigs: <Thanks to the two warriors Grischuk and So for entertaining us. >

I do not think they played to entertain us. They played to win and earn more money.

Chess is just business, says so

May-23-19  maelith: <gokusano: ... c5 is passive. >

c5 the semi tarrasch is a respected opening and many great players have played and won with it.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If the database is correct, 14...Ke7 is the first original move of the game. Curious position after 16...Rxd8--White has one pawn less and remains badly undeveloped, but also has at least adequate compensation for the gambit, thanks to having two pawns vs. Black's four. Petrosian would have enjoyed watching his theory of pawn islands proven correct again.
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  beatgiant: <An Englishman> <Petrosian would have enjoyed watching his theory of pawn islands proven correct again.>

Petrosian's theory? If I recall correctly, Capablanca already mentioned it in one of his books (_Chess Fundamentals_, maybe).

May-24-19  Nina Myers: So's weaknesses fall back on him.
May-24-19  gokusano: <maelith: <gokusano: ... c5 is passive. > c5 the semi tarrasch is a respected opening and many great players have played and won with it.> Stats please.
May-24-19  epistle: passive moves can also win games
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  beatgiant: <gokusano>
<Stats please.> From the "explore this opening" link above, clicking one move back to Black's 4th:

4...c5 35.2% White wins, 47% Drawn, 17.8% Black wins out of 1888 games.

Most winning move for Black:
30.5% W, 36.6% D, 32.9% B out of 243 games.

Based on that, are you going to argue that 4...a6 is more active than 4...c5 here?

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  Eyal: It's ironic that someone has already shown the way to equalize with Black in this line (despite the lousy pawn structure) in a model game against So himself - W So vs Wei Yi, 2017 (there's also Ding Liren vs Wei Yi, 2014). Black brought the king to the Q-side to defend the weaknesses there, combined with pressure along the f-file.

For some reason So played 14...Ke7 instead of Kc7, and as a result 17.Be3 becomes considerably stronger for tactical reasons - Black would like to counter with Ng4 or Nd5, but with the king on e7, Ng4 is met by Bg5+ and Nd5 just drops the a7 pawn (with the king on c7, Bxa7 would not be a threat since it loses a piece to Ra8, but here there's Bc5+). Even then, So should have tried the active 17...Rd5. Instead, after the super-passive 17...Ra8, Black has to waste another tempo in the next move to defend the weak c6 pawn with the king (again, on the wrong square), and by that stage his position is already difficult.

Jun-12-19  gokusano: <beatgiant>, thanks for posting the statistics. Just proved my point that the 4. ... c5 move possesses weakness.
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