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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019), Moscow RUS, rd 4, May-29
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0


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  ajk68: 35. Re7?? Yikes!
He must have been under time pressure?
May-29-19  Junbalansag: 35...Knight takes e4 would have drawing chances, instead of Rook e7.
May-29-19  jphamlore: Is the idea for this opening by White to exploit Black's knight at c6 being misplaced? That knight doesn't really stop White's plans and also impedes Black's advancing the c-pawn.

An incredible number of Italian Games with d3 have been played in recent years, yet there still seem endless wrinkles.

May-29-19  Roark: ajk68 YES from the video footage Grischuck was playing only on the increment without any other time remaining to answer your question.
May-29-19  Roark: Junbalansag,

The Stockfish engine used on this website doesn't believe it's drawish. And as a human it looks completely lost after 35...Nxd4*

1) +1.53 (24 ply) 35...Nxd4 36.Qxd4 Re7 37.g3 Kg6 38.Kg2 Qf7 39.g4 fxg4 40.hxg4 Qe6 41.Kg3 Qf7 42.Kh2 Qe6 43.Kg2 Kf7 44.Kg3 Re8 45.Rd7+ Re7 46.Kg2 Qe2 47.Rxe7+ Qxe7 48.Qh8 Qf6 49.Qh7+ Qg7 50.Qf5+ Qf6 51.Qd7+ Qe7 52.Qd5+ Qe6

May-30-19  Ulhumbrus: After 17...Qxd5 the reason why the move 18 Ne3 makes the advance b5 possible is that it obstructs Black's king's bishop on the disgonal g1-a7. Without this obstruction the pawn advance b5 can be answered by ...axb5 and in reply to axb5 the capture ...Bxf2+ comes with check, discovering an attack on White's queen's rook.

If Black gets into trouble after 14...d5 because of the potential threat of b5 forcing Black's N on to the edge of the board by ...Na5 this suggests 14...b5.

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. + / = (0.36): 25...Qxd4 26.Re4 Qd5 27.Bd2 b6 28.Bxa5 Rxa5 29.cxb6 cxb6 30.Qc6 Qd8 31.d4 Re6 32.Qc4 exd4 33.Rxe6 fxe6 34.Qxe6+ Kh7 35.Qe4+ Kh8 36.Rd1 Rxb5 37.Rxd4 Qf6 38.Qd3 Qf5 39.Qc4 Kh7 40.Rd8 Qf6 41.Qxb5 Qxd8 42.Qf5+ Kh8 43.Qe5 Qd2 44.Qe4 Kg8 45.Qe6+ Kh7 46.Qxb6

2. + / - (0.96): 25...exd4 26.Rxe8+ Rxe8 27.Bf4 Re7 28.Bd2 b6 29.cxb6 cxb6 30.Bxa5 bxa5 31.Qc4 Qa8 32.Qxd4 Rb7 33.Qa4 Rb6 34.g3 h5 35.h4 Qd5 36.Qxa5 Qxd3 37.Qxb6 Qxb1+ 38.Kh2 Qf5 39.Qb8+ Kh7 40.Qf4 Qxb5 41.Qxf7 Qc5 42.Kg2 Qb5 43.Kg1 Qe5 44.Qf3 Qe8 45.Kg2 Qe5 46.Qd3+ Kh8 47.Qc4 Qf5 48.Qc6 Kh7 49.Qf3 Qe5 50.Qd3+

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