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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Alexander Grischuk
Tal Memorial (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Nov-06
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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Nov-06-06  Atking: This game looks to me prety logical. I'm waiting for Ezzy's analysis ! To my part I think 10. ...a5 is a bit dubious. More urgent was 10. ...e6 with 11. ...Nh5 (On 11.f3) or on other move 11. ...Bh6!? (With a plan like Nh5-Ndf6-Ng7 Nfh5 Nf5-Nf4 (A bit dreaming))to keep f pawns doubled. Later 15. ...e4 is only optically good as white can open the position as he want by f3. I can't see a major mistake from black side except, may be 10. ...a5?!...
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  Mateo: A beautiful positional game, without any obvious blunder, worthy studying. I made a careful analysis trying to see where Grischuk went wrong. This not easy at all to tell.

I think 28...a4 (?!) could be wrong. as it is very difficult now to save the a4 pawn. Instead, better could be 28...Nf8 29.Kb3 Ne6 30.Ka4 Ra7 31.Nc1 Kg7 32.Nb3 Nd8. White has the advantage but it is not easy to see how to break down Black's position.

30...Kg7 loses clearly. But what else? 30...Nf8 31.Nc3 Ra7 32.Rf1 with a big edge for White.

Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: there wasn't much difference in their ratings. Kind of interesting. Anyone know what happened to Grischuk's rating after this I forgot how to calculate ratings

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