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Alexander Grischuk vs Vadim Zvjaginsev
Karpov Poikovsky (2004), Poikovsky RUS, rd 4, Mar-20
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Mar-30-04  seoulmama: Terrible play by Black.
Mar-30-04  Tigran Petrosian: Brilliant play by white.
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  tamar: Wow. A strange game from top players. Grischuk's play is so provocative that a 2670 player exchanges his dark square bishop, and fights on with his lone Queen, while his light square bishop sits entombed the whole game by pawns on b7 and d7.
Apr-14-04  alvishope1: Vadim played horrible game indeed.
Dec-06-06  Whitehat1963: You have to love Zvjag. Whether he wins or loses, his games tend to be interesting and unusual.
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  plang: 8..e6 is rarely played - note that 8..d6 would transpose to the Dragon proper. At the Poikovsky tournament a year earlier Svidler had played 10 Bg1 against Zvjagincev and the game was quickly drawn; 10 Qxg4 was new. Grischuk was sceptical of Black's 8th and 9th moves and considered White to already have a considerable edge after 12 axb. Perhaps 13..d5 would have been a more solid way of challenging the center. 18 f5! would have been very strong. 18..Qg4 holding up White's g4 thrust looks like a stronger defense. 19..Qxg4 20 h5..Qf3 21 hxg..Qxf2 22 gxh+..Kh8 23 Bxf2..e5 24 Bc5 would have been winning for White. 23..e5 was necessary to meet White's threat of c4 winning Black's queen.

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