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Alexander Grischuk vs Boris Gelfand
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 9, Sep-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Romanishin Variation. English Hybrid (E20)  ·  1-0

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Sep-23-07  Whitehat1963: Grischuk emerges from a tense middlegame battle unscathed and uses excellent endgame technique to secure a close victory.
Sep-23-07  tud: Gelfand was a little inflated as number 2 in this tournament. Things are heading in the right direction , I expect to see a normal ranking at the end.
Sep-24-07  you vs yourself: Grischuk came 12 mins late to the game and got fined $1000 by FIDE.

He then goes on to beat the super solid, Gelfand in a fine rook endgame. After this win, he's back to 50% with 5 rounds to go.

Sep-24-07  percyblakeney: After missing a couple of wins against Aronian and Svidler, Grischuk gets a bit lucky when Gelfand doesn't find the drawing 53. ... Kg5 (54. Rg7+ Kh6 55. a7 Ra6).
Sep-24-07  Marmot PFL: He can make that $1,000 back on one good pot.

This was the game I thought would finish first so naturally its the last. Determined play by grischik pays off in the ending.

Sep-24-07  Resignation Trap: At the press conference after his loss to Leko, Grischuk looked like he was being arraigned: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2007/... .

After this game, Gelfand felt the same way: http://www.chesspro.ru/_images/mate... .

Sep-24-07  micartouse: <Resignation Trap> Ouch - those guys look rough. Knowing how hard we amateurs can take our losses in unknown events, one can only imagine how lonely it must feel when you're fighting for the title.

A neat rook ending here, there have been many cool ones in this tournament so far.

Sep-24-07  centercounter: Grischuk always looks like that. But Gelfand really looks like he took that loss hard. I don't blame him - any other result and he is still in good contention for first. Now he'll have to fight hard for 2nd.

Yeah, we amateurs do tend to take losses hard. Oddly enough, I seem more bothered by my losses in fast time controls than slow ones.

Sep-26-07
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Oddly enough, I seem more bothered by my losses in fast time controls than slow ones.>

... probably because your mistakes at the faster time controls are more egregious, and you do not make due allowance for the circumstances (inadequate time to think; need to play based on reflex, impulse and intuition, rather than calculation or anything resembling actual thought) in which they were made.

Sep-27-07
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  Mateo: <percyblakeney: After missing a couple of wins against Aronian and Svidler, Grischuk gets a bit lucky when Gelfand doesn't find the drawing 53. ... Kg5 (54. Rg7+ Kh6 55. a7 Ra6).> Yes. This may explain why Gelfand looked so disappointed after the game. Before that, it seems to me there was some weird moves.

For instance, 43...gxf4+?. This plays in White's hands after 44.gxf4 h4 (only move). (44...exf4+ 45.Kxf4, Black loses a pawn.) 45.Kf3 followed by Kg4 wins a pawn.

But for some mysterious reason Griscuk didn't play 47.Kg4 which wins a pawn without any compensation, as far as I can see, for Black.

Sep-21-21
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  Messiah: <Mateo For instance, 43...gxf4+?. This plays in White's hands after 44.gxf4 h4 (only move). (44...exf4+ 45.Kxf4, Black loses a pawn.) 45.Kf3 followed by Kg4 wins a pawn.

But for some mysterious reason Griscuk didn't play 47.Kg4 which wins a pawn without any compensation, as far as I can see, for Black.>

<47.Rd6 Rf8 48.Kg4> simply destroys Black, whereas <47.Kg4> allows <47...Rg8> first, where White is still winning, but it features probably a longer path to score.

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