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Alexander Grischuk vs Peter Leko
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-24-05  nomaster: These guys kept on manouevering and never actually dared to open the position!

Wasn't 61 Bxe8 Bxe8 62 fxe5 fxe5 63 Nxe5 dxe5 64 Bxe5 a chance for Grischuk? He's immediately gonna take the g or the b pawn.

I'm not saying that this sequence was winning, but was there any big risk in trying it? Does Black gain any chances after the sacrifice?

Jan-24-05  euripides: <Nomaster> Welcome !

Some of us wondered about this idea during the game. One line is 61 Bxe8 Bxe8 62 fe fe 63 Nxe5 de 64 Bxe5 Nf7 65 Bc7 Nd6 66 Kc4 Nxb5 67 cb Bxb5 68 Bxb6 and White may not have enough to win, but there may be other possiblities.

On the TWIC report, Leko's comments after the game were that he was being careful to prevent the e5 sacrifice the whole time and that it was 'torture'. It may well be Grischuk should have tried it.

Jan-24-05  GBKnight: Well I was all for further torture by white playing f5, probably on move 61, when black had played h6 and the knight was on h8. The idea was to follow with g4 and, after suitable preparation, say Kf3, Bd2, with g5. Black will probably have to play hxg5 hxg5, then if fxg5 white's bishop (might) just get a chance to infiltrate, or if black leaves the second g5 pawn white has chances to exchange on f6 or even play g6 with Bh6 possibilities. Black must always be able to answer white's Na4 with either Na8 or Kc7. Difficult to prove with concrete variations of course and no doubt the players had looked at it.
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  wordfunph: <euripides: On the TWIC report, Leko's comments after the game were that he was being careful>

part of Leko's statement from TWIC..

"We returned to the eighties, it was Ulfie (Andersson) maneuvering. The position was difficult because he does nothing and I have to look out, be careful."

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