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Efstratios Grivas vs Arik Braun
"Grivas Injury" (game of the day Dec-19-2011)
Corus Group C (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-19
Slav Defense: Breyer Variation (D11)  ·  1-0



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  luzhin: If 24...g6 25.Qxf6+ Kxf6 26.Rf3++ is a very pretty 'model' mate.
Jan-19-08  refutor: Brutal attacking "caveman chess" by Grivas
Dec-19-11  Oceanlake: Grivas' eyes must have lit up when he saw Bg4 ... f4.
Dec-19-11  erniecohen: Black might have considered trying to get his ♔ off of the f-file.
Dec-19-11  hedgeh0g: 24.h6! was the final stomp to the gut of his opponent, who was left crying on the pavement.
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  Penguincw: Ouch. This is the kind of chess you need to win games and receive an invitation to Group B. :)
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  Garech: Fantastic game; really enjoyed it.



Dec-19-11  waustad: That is a mate that doesn't "look like" mate, so it is a little easier to miss.
Dec-19-11  Dyonis: 24. ... g5 ... Does not change much the situation . So... 25. Qxf6 Kxf6 26.Rf3+ Kg6 27.Rh1 ... and 28. Bd3++ is inevitable...
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  kevin86: Black's king is tied up like a mummy.
Dec-19-11  rilkefan: <<Dyonis>: 24. ... g5 ... Does not change much the situation . So... 25. Qxf6 Kxf6 26.Rf3+ Kg6 27.Rh1 ... and 28. Bd3++ is inevitable...>

24...g5 25.Qxf6 just draws, as black has 27...g4 in your line: white has to play 27.Bd3+ and go for a perpetual on g1/h1.

However after 25.Bxf8 black is just dropping the kside (note that Rxf8 is mate either way).

Dec-19-11  rilkefan: Is 6...e6 (instead of say Nbd7) practically the losing move?
Dec-19-11  Dyonis: <rilkefan>... Thank you very much...I've noticed g4... few minutes after posting my comment... walking on the street...
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  Domdaniel: Wasn't this the year that Braun went into a runaway lead in his group at Corus/Wijk, but collapsed in later rounds?
Dec-19-11  scormus: The pun says it. If Jack Dempsey took up chess, its the way he would have played.
Dec-19-11  rilkefan: <Dyonis> - no problem - I hadn't even noticed that g5 was an option; I need to work on expanding my candidates for defense, though I'm an old dog. Dunno if I would have seen even ...g6 Qxf6 OTB.

So I've looked at the opening/middle a bit with stockfish. It doesn't like 6...e6 or 9...Be4 (about 0.7 pawns per). It prefers just 10.0-0 at a depth of 29 (4.5 Gnodes), basically (so it seems to me) because the knight gets kicked from the kside and white holds the center with a pawn storm on the way (the line I was expecting black to take, 0-0 Bd5 11.Bd3 c5, soon runs into stuff like Nxf7/Ng5+/Ne6/Nxg7+, though it's not a huge difference). It dislikes 15...Be7, I think because it wants to play Qxf6 after gf. And it thinks black had to play 16...Ke8 (17.Bxe6 g6), so 16.Qf5 was overcomplicated and dropped half a pawn; but ...Nf8 gives a whole pawn back, and ...a6 drops another.

Dec-19-11  ricardolopez: <rilkefan><Dyonis> 24..g5; 25. Qxf6+ Kxf6 ; 26. Rf3 Kg6 ; 27. Bd3+ Kxh6 ; 28. Bxf8 + R(e or g) x f8 ; 29. Rh1+ and 30. R x h7 ++
Dec-19-11  rilkefan: <<ricardolopez>: 28. Bxf8 + R(e or g) x f8 ; 29. Rh1+ and 30. R x h7 ++>

I agree with the above if Rexf8, but on Rgx black has Kg8, and if Rfh3 Qxb2+ and black's king gets to the qside.

Dec-19-11  Lil Swine: very brutal
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  Domdaniel: As I recall it, halfway through this event Arik Braun - the German teenage sensation of the day - was leading with a string of wins.

This game ended his run, and seems to have shattered his nerves too. He lost several more and finished mid-table. And he hasn't quite lived up to that early promise: for a while he looked like the next Carlsen or Giri or So.


E Grivas vs A Braun, 2008 If 24...g6 25.Qxf6+ Kxf6 26.Rf3++ is a very pretty 'model' mate.

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  PhilFeeley: Time to try 4. Nbd2 next time I play the Slav, if I ever play it.
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