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Alexander Grischuk vs Yury Shulman
World Cup (2005) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Dec-05
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Main Line (D31)  ·  1-0



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Dec-06-05  THE pawn: total ownage.
Dec-06-05  alexandrovm: by move 15 black has two pawns and white seems to have nothing, and then comes a devastating attack. Can someone tell me if black was doing just fine by move 15 where he is two pawns up?
Dec-06-05  alexandrovm: the final position with mate in one for white is very pretty.
Dec-06-05  Assassinater: <Can someone tell me if black was doing just fine by move 15 where he is two pawns up?>

No Fritz on this computer, but the Knight on a6 is offsides, the black pieces are doing absolutely nothing and white has pressure on the d-file and also the initiative. The knight's dominating affairs. Notice how Grichuk trades off black's only good piece (the black knight on d6) and cruises home for the win.

Dec-06-05  alexandrovm: <No Fritz on this computer, but> Thank you my friend!
Dec-06-05  DP12: This endgame line is well known I am surprised Shulman went for this stuff.
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  Mateo: 22... Nc7? was a really passive defence. Somewhat better seems 22... Nc5.

Dec-08-05  alexandrovm: <Mateo: 22... Nc7? was a really passive defence...> Maybe trying to activate the passive knight. But even then, white position is great and black is very passive.
Dec-08-05  Assassinater: <22... Nc7? was a really passive defence. Somewhat better seems 22... Nc5.>

And after 23. c4?

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  Mateo: <Assassinater> I guess you meant 23. b4, because 23. c4 is not possible.
Dec-09-05  Assassinater: Yes, my mistake. 23. b4, I meant.
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  Mateo: <Assassinater> 22... Nc5 23. b4 Nd7 is not so bad for Black. If 24. Re6?! Bf7 25. Rd6 Nb6 with a good game for Black.
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  Mateo: <alexandrovm> I did not say that after 22... Nc5, Black has the better game. On the contrary, White still has the best, but not such an advantage as in the game. If you try to analyze in concrete terms the position after 22... Nc5, you will see it is more difficult for White to make progress.
Jan-12-06  notyetagm: The final position clearly shows the great power of the two bishops on an open board.

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