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David Navara vs Alexander Grischuk
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 3, Apr-23
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: Yanofsky vs Fischer, 1962

But Fischer didn't have doubled pawns.

Apr-23-08  minasina: this was live commentary with GM Sergey Zagrebelny ; "translated":
Apr-23-08  DDR: I liked the careful 63..Ra3!

I think it is a difficult one to see from a psychological stand point especially after the joy of seeing that you are finally winning the pawn. You could have easily missed white's defensive resource.

If 63...Rb2?? (with same idea as played later in the game) then 64.Be2 Nxg3 65.Kxg3 Rxe2 66.Rxg4+ (winning back the pawn with an easy draw or forcing stalemate)

Apr-23-08  euripides: Rather Reti-like play from Navara.
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  Jimfromprovidence: 60 Ke3 was a mistake by white that enabled black to win that second pawn and eventually the match.

He could have played (Kg7+) or Bc2 below.

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Nevertheless, after 60 Ke3, black needed to and did play beautifully to capture that second pawn.

Apr-23-08  unsound: <DDR> You're right, that is a nice nuance--well spotted.
Apr-24-08  TITIKIZA: Can Aronian play in Azerbaijan?
Apr-24-08  kellmano: In my opinioni you do not mess with Grischuk when it comes to endings. I've seen him win a fair few games from a miniscule edge. Around move 40 in this one all the cg users were shouting draw.

It fits in with the general idea that talent = endgame quality

Apr-24-08  Bobsterman3000: Wow, what about 83...Kh3!!

Grischuk already saw his winning ending and just let the second pawn go...

Apr-24-08  goldenbear: It's moves like 16.c5? that make me think I should be a GM. Really, it is hard to believe a top-class player would play that in that position.
Apr-27-08  Warheart: Also you can find analysis on
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  keypusher: <goldenbear: It's moves like 16.c5? that make me think I should be a GM. Really, it is hard to believe a top-class player would play that in that position.>

Why do you think 16. c5 is a bad move?

Lots of beginner chessbooks point out the drawbacks to c5 in QP openings, but that doesn't mean it's always wrong. Navara knows more about chess than Fred Reinfeld, believe it or not.

Apr-28-08  slomarko: well 16.c5 isn't too good but it isn't a totaly disastrous move either so..
Apr-28-08  PinnedPiece: < Bobsterman3000: Wow, what about 83...Kh3!! > If this is truly forcing, I guess we'll see it as a puzzle some day here..... 86 ..? is my idea of a monday puzzle!
Apr-29-08  minasina: Rybka anlysis samples

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