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Igor Aleksandrovich Novikov vs Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov
URS-ch51 (1984), Lvov, rd 2, Apr-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0

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Feb-12-08  Sleeping kitten: No kibbitz for this nice game?

25...e5 26.♗f3 b6 27.c5 ♗f5 28.c6 ♗xb1 29.c7 wins.

36.h4! was the move which made the game famous. Whereas the play is far from the beginning, this is in fact the novelty of the game; and it is winning!

Feb-25-08  birdforever: <sleeping kitten>
Thank you for your post about how h4 was the novelty. Long story but I had to find the novelty and you help me out imnensely. You're right it is a great game, but h4 makes it all worthwile.
Aug-05-08  Hesam7:


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<<33...e5>

We analysed this endgame in 1986, before my third match with Karpov. Great was the temptation to find a forced draw for Black, and it appeared that 33...Ke5 gave hope of this, but a clear-cut way was not in fact discovered> -- Kasparov, Revolution in the 70s, page 201.

Today it would be interesting to see what a powerful engine on a fast computer would tell us.

Dec-25-08  morin: Majestic endgame!!!
Apr-06-09  aragorn69: <Hesam7> The Kasparov move 33.-Ke5 has now been played in a GM game: Y Shulman vs M Marin, 2009

And, believe it or not, Black won!...

Oct-12-12  Everett: Funny, Tukmakov has a new book out on modern chess preparation. Wonder if he slips this game in. It seems appropriate!
Jun-25-16
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  zydeco: Tukmakov discusses this game in Profession: Grandmaster. He says that it essentially ruined the tournament for him. The Grunfeld was always dependable for him, but here Novikov had a TN prepared on move 36; and then he lost another game with his backup variation, which left him scrambling for a defense to 1.d4.
Feb-12-17  Howard: This game was, in fact, mentioned in Watson's book Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy.

The Informant gives the moves up until 36.h4! In other words, this game is buried within the notes to some other game.

On a final note, Soltis ran a column back in 1984 in which he mentioned how the move 8.Rb1 apparently had a profound effect on the theory of the Gruenfeld. He said that once the move became extensively analyzed, it actually evolved into the MAIN LINE (Soltis had those two words in italics!) of the Gruenfeld. He also mentioned how 8.Rb1 often ended up leading almost by force into a rook-and-opposite-colored-bishop endgame.

Feb-12-17  Howard: This game was, in fact, mentioned in Watson's book Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy.

The Informant gives the moves up until 36.h4! In other words, this game is buried within the notes to some other game.

On a final note, Soltis ran a column back in 1984 in which he mentioned how the move 8.Rb1 apparently had a profound effect on the theory of the Gruenfeld. He said that once the move became extensively analyzed, it actually evolved into the MAIN LINE (Soltis had those two words in italics!) of the Gruenfeld. He also mentioned how 8.Rb1 often ended up leading almost by force into a rook-and-bishop endgame.

Aug-14-17  Toribio3: Very interesting endgame!
Aug-17-17  Xeroxx: Bb5 bam!
Nov-08-19  Everett: Chess 960, instead of a novelty on move 36!
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