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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexander Grischuk
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 4, Sep-16
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-16-07  Per: Congrats to the underdog for putting up a great fight! A great result!!
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  Domdaniel: But this wasn't a bad defensive effort either...
Sep-16-07  Ragh: Ah! Finally this is over. Now lets see how Anand messed up his winning position.
Sep-16-07  boz: <pondering the might-have-beens> that's chess alright.
Sep-16-07  acirce: Very frustrating. So much for going for the "safe win" instead of 38.Qa4. But incredible defensive efforts by Grischuk again.

I wonder if that bishop-sac line worked. Can't have worked, right?

Premium Chessgames Member Draw official. Give us one minute, we'll switch over to Moro-Anand.
Sep-16-07  geraldo8187: <chessgames> what's the point
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  chancho: Anand/Moro drew.
Sep-16-07  orio24: Great defense from Grischuk. Kramnik will ask yourself where he missed something. It will be important how Anand will deal with Morozevich.

In sum, the games are really exciting.

Sep-16-07  chessmoron: Missed opportunity. Very disappointed.
Sep-16-07  acirce: But Anand also got no more than a draw.

Very interesting tandem race here between the two favourites. First Anand and Kramnik both play a disappointing short draw with White. Then they both score highly impressive wins in the second round. Then they draw each other in the third. Then they are both winning in the fourth but both fail to convert.....

Sep-16-07  suenteus po 147: Kudos to Grischuk for an excellent defense. He may not be the next Kasparov, but he sure does now how to hold his own with the top crowd.
Sep-16-07  Rodrigo Gutierrez: I really can't believe that Kramnik thought that he could win after 38. Rxa7. And he had so much time before the time control while Grischuk had been playing his previous moves with just a few seconds on his clock... I agree it's a big disappointment :(
Sep-16-07  DDR: Excellent game!

One needs to remember that Grischuk almost always gets into time trouble, but he is also one of the best if not the best blitz player in the world.

Sep-16-07  DDR: Grischuk is also a well known as a poker player- some related skills definately helped him today.

Great opening preparation by Kramnik and nice try. Kramnik surprises very pleasnatly in this tournament in terms of enthusiasm and energy to play.

Sep-17-07  samikd: Can somebody explain why Kramnik didn't play <48. Bd1> ?
Sep-17-07  Aspirador: Probably 48.Bd1 Kc3 and after a line like 49.e3 Nc2 50.Bxc2 Kxc2 Black attacks the white pawns just as fast as White.
Sep-17-07  Rodrigo Gutierrez: <DDR: One needs to remember that Grischuk almost always gets into time trouble, but he is also one of the best if not the best blitz player in the world.>

I didn't know that, but he sure showed his skills in this game!

Sep-17-07  percyblakeney: Very impressively blitzed by Grischuk, I think he had 2 minutes for a dozen moves in an inferior and complicated position, but managed to reach an endgame that turned out to be drawable.
Sep-17-07  Microdot: In my opinion Kramnik's advantage in this game was much more than Anand's advantage against my all time favorite morozevich, this is because if Kramnik
played 38.Qa4! after 38...Rxa5 39.Qxa5,Rxc5 40.dxc5,Nd4 41.Bf3! was a very easy technical win for white But in Anand VS morozevich game the convert of advantage was much more difficult because of 2R+2B VS 2R+2B is very hard positions especially against Big MOROZEVICH!!

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  Stonehenge: Grischuk used too much time on 16...Nd5. That was an easy one, I thought.
Sep-17-07  percyblakeney: It was 5 minutes Grischuk had left for the last dozen moves before the time control, with four moves left he was down to 37 seconds.
Sep-17-07  Hesam7: This does not look good for Kramnik at all, he used to win this type of games.

In all of his 4 games up to now Kramnik has been able to get an advantage after the opening but has converted it in only one game. Against this high level of opponents you do not get this type of chances every day.

Sep-17-07  cotdt: Why don't you guys try playing perfect chess for 5 hours straight. Your brain will freeze before the 2nd hour.
Sep-17-07  euripides: It looks as if Kramnik has twice played inaccurately in his opponents' time trouble - here and against Morozevich. An old mistake, but not one I would have expected from Kramnik.
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