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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Boris Grachev
Aeroflot Open (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Feb-18
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  1-0



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Feb-19-08  Karpova: 34...Rg6 [see diagram] was a blunder.

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It almost looks as if Black was trying to set up a helpmate. With 35.Qe5 White threatens 36.Qh8# and 35...Qc8 36.Rb8 doesn't look too inviting so Grachev goes for a position where he's down a rook but at least has a queen with the vague hope for a white blunder.

White would still be winning after 34...Re8 35.Qe5 Qc8 36.Qxf5 [see diagram]

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36...Qd8 37.Rxe6+ Rxe6 38.Qxe6+ but it's not as hopeless as the position Black got in the game.

Feb-19-08  notyetagm: Nepomniachtchi is now 3/3 with the White Sicilian this tournament:

I Nepomniachtchi vs Z Andriasian, 2008

I Nepomniachtchi vs Dreev, 2008

I Nepomniachtchi vs B Grachev, 2008.

His 1 e4 games are a joy to watch. Wonder why? His idol is Tal. :-)

Feb-19-08  notyetagm: Position after 35 ♕e3-e5!

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35 ♕e3-e5! is a beautifully elegant way to win the game: <CENTRALIZATION>.

Feb-19-08  notyetagm: Position after 35 ♕e3-e5!

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35 ♕e3-e5! is a beautifully elegant way to win the game: <CENTRALIZATION>.

Feb-28-08  kellmano: <notyetagm: Nepomniachtchi is now 3/3 with the White Sicilian this tournament>

In those three games only one pair of opposite coloured bishops survives beyond move twenty. He appears to like the heavy pieces.

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