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Loek van Wely vs Alexander Grischuk
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-16
Tarrasch Defense: Classical Variation (D34)  ·  0-1



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Dec-31-03  PinkPanther: 16.h3? Are hallucinogens legal at Wijk aan Zee? And Van Wely was rated nearly 2700 at the time? Hahahahahaha
Jan-01-04  Brian Watson: Did Van Wely overlook 16..Bxh3, or did he provoke it? 16.h3 exchanges off the annoying bishop at g4 (thereby meeting the threat of 16..d3), and white may have felt he had compensation for the pawn.

The alternative is 16.Nf4 d3 17.Nxd3 Bxe2 18.Rxe2 Qxd3 19.Rxe8 Rxe8. Now who is better? If 20.Bxc6 bxc6 21.Rxc6 Bb4 and black is having more fun . . . ?

Anyway, whether 16.h3 was a good or bad move, I doubt it was an oversight.

Dec-21-04  samvega: doesn't look like 16.Nf4 d3 goes anywhere. but if 16.Nf4 Ne5, then either 17.Nb3 Bb4 or 17.Qb3 Qa5 are uncomfortable for white. i agree 16.h3 was a way to exchange off the bishop at g4, at the cost of a pawn he no doubt believed he could recover.

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