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Alexander Grischuk vs Boris Gelfand
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-24
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-19-19
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  plang: Played in the 10th round; Piket had resuscitated the sharp 10..f5!? one round earlier. 14..Be8 had been played in Gufeld-Kochiev Rostov 1980 (game not included in this database) and Black had gone on to win; 14..Ne6 was new and was voted 2nd best opening innovation in Informant 83. One of many interesting lines would have been 24..Rf3 25 b5!..Bxb5+ 26 Kg1..Rd8 27 e6..Rxh3 28 e7..Re8 29 Bf4..Rd3 30 Bg3..Qg5 31 Nc7..Rxd1 32 Raxd1..Rxe7 33 Rd8+..Re8 34 Rd5 where White is taking over the initiative. 26..Rc6? 27 Bf4 would have been winning for White.

Voted the 3rd best game in Informant 83 (tied). An imaginative and powerful attack by Gelfand well defended by Grischuk. It is unusual to see such a complicated battle have no obvious clear-cut errors.

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