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Kenneth T Solomon vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LIB, rd 1, Jun-19
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1



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Jun-19-04  rndapology: Well that was a poorly thought out attempt to win a pawn...
Jun-19-04  PinkPanther: You mean 18.Bxe6? I swear, these GM's must be laughing at these players trying to spring these tactics on them.
Jun-19-04  dragon40: <pinkpanther> I know what you mean! It must be nice for them to play an easy 1st round match as well to work out the nervous tension and get a "feel" for their form as well! I am glad to see someonle playing the old "Dutch" version of the Slav instead of the new 4...a6; I like that variation played and use it myself, but you do not see it as much of the downfalls of older openings being so overanalyzed and using a computer to analyze to the "nth" degree! But hey, White made it to move 52 against a pretty damn good GM, so I guess in his mind he is happy?!
Jun-19-04  PinkPanther: It was looking bad for him quite a few moves before 52.
Jun-19-04  dragon40: <pinkpanther> It definitely was, but I am sure he was happy to have made it last. It also guarantees that short of a major upset, Grischuk is in the 2nd round...what do you think his chances are there or in the tournament in general? Who are your top 4 or 5 in this tournament?
Jun-19-04  PinkPanther: Well of course the highest rated players have to be the favorites, but I'm going with Adams due to his good results in the previous FIDE KO tournaments. With that said, I don't look for Grischuk to win the tournament...I don't really know why, I just don't.
Jun-19-04  dragon40: The high raters may indeed win, but I am looking for an upset or 2 (Vanganian maybe 1 of them)! I like Adam's chances, and Topalov's as well which is why I dont think Grischuk will win it! But also, its who is in form, ready to give it more to win and how "badly" they want it as well! There are SO many intangibles in these high pressure tournaments, moods, form, what the GM eats, his quality of rest really is a science to prepare for some of these tournaments! Luck can also play a part for the better or worse! I just hope the games stay fighting and are of good to higher quality as the rounds progress!
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  patzer2: With 18. Bxe6?? I suppose White was hoping for 18...fxe6?? 19. Qxe6+ Rf7 20. f5 trapping the White Bishop. However, 18...Bd3!! foils that plan leaving White with the unpleasant choice of losing a piece or the exchange. He chooses the loss of the exchange, and his GM opponent soon converts that advantage into a won endgame.
Jun-20-04  PinkPanther: I wouldn't append white's 18th move with ??, probably with just one ?.
Jun-20-04  acirce: I'd say ??. It's a blunder leading to a much worse position. Not just a mistake.
Jun-20-04  Stavrogin: This is the first time I have ever played through a game os Grischuk´s. Could anybody please update me on this guy? How is his style regarded in genera`l? Attacker? Defensive? Tactic? Positional? Would be very grateful for a few words on the matter by someone who knows a little bout this guy. ... All I know is that Kasparov once said G would be WCH if he trained/studied harder... Is this a common point of view?
Jun-20-04  ConLaMismaMano: I've seen some of his games, is it possible that he's a great endgame player?
Nov-25-05  alicefujimori: I was actually following this game live on the web from beginning to the end with my another friend when this game was played. The reason why I actually followed this game was to see how Kenneth Solomon (who I know in real-life) will play against the famous Grischuk.

I have to say that I was very disappointed at Kenneth's performance because while following this game live even I saw that 18...Bd3 would refute 18.Bxe6. So I didn't expect him to fall for it.

But anyway, nice try Kenny.

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  geezerbloke: even if black had fallen in with the plan was white any better off? after Qxe6+ Rf7 20. f5 Bxf5 21 Qa5 black seems ok doesn't he? Whereas the quiet 19. Qxb6 seems to give white an ok position.

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