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Alexander Grischuk vs Yu Yangyi
Norway Chess (2019), Stavanger NOR, rd 4, Jun-08
Russian Game: Classical Attack (C42)  ·  0-1


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Jun-09-19  Ulhumbrus: After 14...f5 White has a protected passed pawn while Black can create a queen side passed pawn and advance it only with greater difficulty if at all.

So what happens?

After 30...g5 White has to expose his e5 pawn to attack. The computer evaluations suggest that 31 fxg5 is an error which lets White's advantage slip or even pass it to Black and that 31 axb6 first is better, opening the a file for White's rook and avoiding losing this pawn. What actually happens after 31 fxg5? is that first 31...Bxg5 comes with tempo and then when Grischuk occupies the semi open b file by 32 Rb1 instead of defending the a pawn by Ra1, Black takes the a pawn and then keeps it by ...Bd2.

One example of an alternative for White is to play to advance his king side pawn majority by g4 instead of playing for a queen side attack.

After Grischuk neglects his king side Yu Yangyi applies Nimzowitsch's comment which can be paraphrased as < White has been untrue to his king side: the just punishment shall lie in Black's becoming strong there!>

In the game after White has lost time towards advancing his king side pawn majority the attack on that side of the board passes to Black who is able to play ...g5.

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  HeMateMe: lovely, black sets up a mating net and also a winning threat to check on g8. Nice R + B endgame work.
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