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Alexander Grischuk vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019), Moscow RUS, rd 3, May-24
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0


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May-24-19  Ulhumbrus: Grischuk sacrifices a pawn for the initiative and this time regains more than the pawn sacrificed. If 37...Nc4 leads to the loss of a pawn one alternative is 37...Qd6
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  Eyal: Grischuk was extremely well-prepared for this anti-Catalan line with 7...b5, which is not a surprise since Nakamura has been playing it on a regular basis lately - most recently in one of the blitz games in Abidjan (Ding Liren vs Nakamura, 2019) and then in both the 1st & 2nd round of this event (Radjabov & Dubov tried 9.Nbd2 instead of Nfd2). Grischuk begins his post-game studio interview with a forcing line that he prepared in case of 18...Qe5...

May-24-19  scholes: In bookless games between leela (white) and stockfish (black) most the games go into this opening.
May-24-19  Boomie: Grischuk could have played 45. Nxg6+ just to rub it in a bit. However, in such a good position, there are many roads to success.
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  beatgiant: After 44...Ke7, I was sure White would play 45. Nxg6+ or 46. Nxg6+. The knight can't be taken because the h-pawn would queen. What am I missing?
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  Eyal: <After 44...Ke7, I was sure White would play 45. Nxg6+ or 46. Nxg6+. The knight can't be taken because the h-pawn would queen. What am I missing?>

Nothing - Nxg6 was a perfectly good move. It's just that (as <Boomie> already mentioned) White's position is so good by this stage that he has the luxury of choosing between several winning continuations. What Grischuk did also leads to the gain of a pawn - on b4; he probably felt that this would have a more immediate or dramatic effect than taking the one on g6.

May-25-19  SChesshevsky: Naka's thinking here was confusing. It looked he was willing to repeat draw around move 21 but then burned some tempo around move 26 to hold onto his LSB. Which felt like it might've given more opportunities later but also could be riskier. Also seems in his other games with this line exchanges might've helped in the drawing results. Wondering if he was trying to punish White for turning down the repeat?
May-25-19  ndg2: Leela is very good in this (anti)catalan line which she practically re-created herself without book
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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 26 dpa done

1. = (0.08): 25...Qf8 26.Nxa5 Bxe2 27.Qxe2 Rxa5 28.Nc4 Ra7 29.a5 c5 30.Nb6 Rcc7 31.Qb5 Bf6 32.Rc2 Bd4 33.Bf3 h5 34.b3 Kh7 35.Be4 Kg8 36.Kh2 Na6 37.Nc4 Nb8 38.Ne5 Bc3 39.Bg2 Kg7 40.Nc4 Bd4 41.Rcd2 Rd7 42.Ne5 Rd8

2. + / = (0.29): 25...c5 26.Nc4 Qf8 27.Nbxa5 Bd8 28.Nb3 Be7 29.Nbd2 Nd7 30.Bf3 Rd8 31.b3 Nf6 32.Ne5 Rc7 33.e4 Rd4 34.Ndc4 Bb7 35.Rxd4 cxd4 36.Qe2 Kg7 37.a5 Qc8 38.Qd3 Qd8 39.Rd1 Bc5 40.f5 Qa8 41.Re1 h6

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May-25-19  john barleycorn: <chancho:

A true pupil of Kasparov. Has to show somewhere

May-26-19  SChesshevsky: How good are these guys at calculation and evaluation? Check out the postgame:
May-31-19  ARubinstein: <john barleycorn: A true pupil of Kasparov. Has to show somewhere>

So true! Hilarious

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