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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Grischuk
Linares (2009), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-05
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: Man oh man. Brilliant!
Mar-06-09  parisattack: And, in any event my memory has failed me (again). The closest I find is Tal-Smyslov Bled 1959 with a ...Re8, ...Bf8 in a Scheveningen (of sorts).
Mar-06-09  blacksburg: <I don't think the plan with ...Re8 is in the spirit of the Scheveningen.>

i've seen a few video commentaries on ICC that say that ...Re8 is a common idea in the scheveningen. but who knows why? can anyone explain this? i've never been able to figure it out, and that famous K-K match game in this line is way over my head. :(

this is why i play 1...e5.

Mar-06-09  parisattack: <blacksburg: <I don't think the plan with ...Re8 is in the spirit of the Scheveningen.> i've seen a few video commentaries on ICC that say that ...Re8 is a common idea in the scheveningen. but who knows why? can anyone explain this? i've never been able to figure it out, and that famous K-K match game in this line is way over my head. :( this is why i play 1...e5.>

Per<eyal> it is a fairly new idea - although see also the mentioned Tal-Smyslov game. I think Kotov played it once or twice, also. I studied the Scheveningen heavily in the 70s and per my old and weak chess thinking it is not in the spirit of the variation. Euwe mentions it in a footnote in the 10-Part series he did for Chess Review in 1949. I assume its in Kasparov's Scheveningen book, but I don't have that handy for reference. Either way, not very impressive play by Grischuk.

You are right - 1. ...e5 easier to figure. :)

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  kamalakanta: <samikd: Beautiful game ! Reminds me another game in the same line Anand vs Kasparov, 1995>

This other game by Anand is not iin the same line, but it is a game in which ...Re8 also does not fit in...

Anand vs I Sokolov, 1992

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  kamalakanta: Another nice game by Anand against Topalov in this variation (started out as a Taimanov, but transposed to Schveningen)

Anand vs Topalov, 1996

Mar-07-09  AuN1: way too passive from grischuk; he just basically showed his belly on this one.
Mar-07-09  outplayer: I'd like Mihai Suba to annotate this game.
Mar-07-09  parisattack: <kamalakanta:> Thank you for the two games! I love the Scheveningen but you have to have a very delicate touch to play it...The transpositions are enormous and mixing plans is something even GMs do a lot.
May-01-09  notyetagm: Chess Today CT-3098:

<Today we will look at the game, which shared second place (with the
encounter Sjugirov vs Cheparinov) in
the monthly contest for
the best game of March 2009. The
winner, the game Vocaturo vs Hillarp-
Persson as well as many other
encounters from Maxim Notkin's
collection were already annotated in
CT earlier.

<<<Carlsen vs Grischuk from Linares is in the 4th place.>>>>

Dec-25-09  magnuschess: sacrificial masterpiece...
Jul-29-10  Everett: <magnuschess> there is not a single true sacrifice in this game. Even the "exchange sac" Rxf6 is followed up by a knight fork the immediate grabs or threatens an unavoidable recovery of the exchange.

This game is amazing for the amount of pressure created without a single sacrifice. It makes the Najdorf look positionally unsound.

Jul-08-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: THE PAWN THAT PREVENTS PASSERS
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Jun-07-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini

31.Nxb8 Rxb8 32.c5 Kg7 33.Rf1 Kg6 34.g4 fxg4 35.Bxg4 Kg7 36.Kg2 Rd8 37.Bf5 Bxd6 38.cxd6 Rxd6 39.Bxe4 Rxb6 40.Rf2 Rb5 41.Bd3 Rb4 42.Kf3 h5 43.Ke3 b6 44.Bb1 f6 45.Ba2 b5 46.Be6 Kf8 47.Bf5 Ke7 48.Rd2 Kf7 49.Kf3 Ke7 50.Kg3 a4 51.Kg2 h4 52.Re2+ Kf7 (1.67) Depth: 27/68 00:22:17 1957mN

Jun-10-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 24

1. (1.85): 29...f5 30.Nxb8 Rxb8 31.c4 a5 32.c5 Rc8 33.Rd5 f4 34.Bg4 Rd8 35.Rg5+ Kh8 36.Re5 Bxd6 37.cxd6 Rxd6 38.Rxe4 Rxb6 39.Re2 Kg7 40.Kg1 Kg6 41.Bf3 f5 42.Kf2 Kg5 43.Bd5 Rb5 44.Bg8 h5 45.Kf3 Rb4 46.Be6 a4 47.Bd5 Rb5

2. (1.91): 29...Kg7 30.Nxb8 Rxb8 31.c4 a5 32.c5 Rd8 33.g3 f5 34.Ra1 Bxd6 35.cxd6 Rxd6 36.Rxa5 Rxb6 37.Rxf5 Rxb2 38.Bc4 f6 39.Kg1 Rb4 40.Rc5 f5 41.Be6 f4 42.gxf4 e3 43.Re5 Rxf4 44.Rxe3 b5 45.Kg2 b4 46.Bb3 h5 47.Rd3 Kf6 48.Rd6+ Ke7 49.Re6+ Kd7 50.Rh6 h4 51.h3 Kc7

Jun-10-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 22

1. (1.20): 28.Rxf6 gxf6 29.Nd7 f5 30.Nxb8 Rxb8 31.c4 Bg7 32.c5 Bf6 33.Rd5 Bxb2 34.Rxf5 Kg7 35.g4 Bd4 36.Kg2 Rc8 37.Rd5 Be3 38.d7 Rd8 39.Bxa6 bxa6 40.b7 Kf6 41.Kg3 Ke6 42.b8Q Rxb8 43.d8Q Rxd8 44.Rxd8 Bxc5 45.Kf4 Bd6+ 46.Kxe4 Bxh2 47.Rh8 Kf6 48.Rxh7 Bg3 49.Rh5 Be1 50.Rf5+ Kg6 51.Re5 Bc3 52.Rh5 a5 53.Kd3 Bb4 54.Kc4 Kf6 55.Rf5+ Ke6 56.Kb5 f6 57.Kc4 Ke7

2. (0.58): 28.g4 Red8 29.Rxf6 gxf6 30.Nxe4 Kg7 31.d7 Ra8 32.Kg2 a5 33.Kf3 a4 34.Rd5 a3 35.bxa3 Rxa3+ 36.Bd3 Be7 37.h4 Ra4 38.c4 Rb4 39.c5 Kf8 40.h5 f5 41.gxf5 f6 42.Kf4 Kg7 43.Kg3 Kf7

Jun-10-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 27

1. (1.26): 25...Nbd5 26.Rxf6 Nxf6 27.a5 g6 28.b4 h5 29.Kg1 Rab8 30.Bc7 Ra8 31.Nxb7 Rec8 32.Nc5 Ne8 33.Nxa6 Nxc7 34.dxc7 Rxa6 35.Bxa6 Rxc7 36.b5 Rxc2 37.b6 e3 38.Bd3 Rd2 39.Rxd2 exd2 40.Bc2 Bc5+ 41.Kf1 Kf8 42.b7 Ba7 43.Ke2 Ke7 44.Kxd2 Kd6 45.Kc3 Bb8 46.h3 Kc6 47.a6 Kc5 48.Bd3 h4 49.Be2 f6 50.Bc4

2. (1.48): 25...Nfd5 26.d7 Nxb6 27.dxe8Q Rxe8 28.Nd7 Nd3 29.cxd3 Nxd7 30.dxe4 Ne5 31.g3 Bc5 32.Rff1 Be3 33.Kg2 g6 34.Rfe1 Ba7 35.Rc1 Re7 36.Rc8+ Kg7 37.Rd1 Bb6 38.h3 Nd7 39.Rd6 Ba5 40.Rc4 Nf6 41.Bf3 Nd7 42.Rc2 Ne5 43.Rd5 Bb6 44.b3 f6 45.Rd6 Be3 46.Be2

Jun-10-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 26

1. = (0.16): 22...Qe5 23.d7 Nxd7 24.Rxd7 exf3 25.Qxf3 f6 26.Nd4 Re7 27.Rxe7 Qxe7 28.c3 Qd6 29.a5 Nc6 30.Nxc6 Qxc6 31.Qxc6 bxc6 32.Re1 Kf7 33.Kg1 Bd6 34.Kf2 Be5 35.Kf3 Re8 36.Re4 h5 37.Bd4 Bxh2 38.Rxe8 Kxe8 39.g3 h4 40.gxh4 Kf7 41.h5 Ke6 42.Ke4 f5+ 43.Kd3 Be5 44.Kc4 Kd6

2. (1.26): 22...Qe6 23.Nc5 Qf5 24.Be2 Qxf2 25.Rxf2 Nbd5 26.Rxf6 Nxf6 27.a5 Rec8 28.b4 g6 29.Kg1 Rc6 30.d7 Rxb6 31.axb6 Rd8 32.Nxb7 Rxd7 33.Nc5 Rxd1+ 34.Bxd1 a5 35.b7 Bd6 36.Na6 axb4 37.b8Q+ Bxb8 38.Nxb8 Nd5 39.Kf2 Kf8 40.Be2 Ke7 41.Na6 f5 42.Bc4 Kd6 43.Bxd5 Kxd5 44.Nxb4+ Kc5 45.Na2 Kd4 46.Ke2 f4 47.h4 Kc4 48.Kf2 Kd4 49.Nc1 Kc4

Jun-10-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 26

1. = (0.13): 19...Bg4 20.Bxg4 Nxg4 21.Qg3 Qe6 22.a5 Qg6 23.h3 Nf6 24.Qxg6 hxg6 25.Rf2 Rac8 26.Kh2 Re7 27.Rfd2 Re6 28.g4 Be7 29.Rf2 g5 30.Be3 Kh7 31.Rc1 Kg6 32.Rf5 Nd7 33.Kg3 Rd6 34.Nd2 f6 35.Nf3

2. (0.50): 19...Ng4 20.Qe2 Qh4 21.h3 Nf6 22.Rd2 Be6 23.Nc5 Bxc5 24.Bxc5 Nc6 25.Rfd1 Rac8 26.Bb6 h6 27.Rd6 Qg5 28.Qf2 Qg6 29.a5 Qg5 30.Qd2 Qg6 31.Qe3 Nb4 32.Qe2 Re7 33.Bf2 Qg5

Jun-10-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 29

1. = (0.00): 16...Be6 17.Bb6 Qc8 18.a5 Bxb3 19.cxb3 Nd4 20.Bxd4 exd4 21.Qxd4 Qc7 22.g3 Bd6 23.Qc4 Qe7 24.Rac1 Qe5 25.Rfd1 Rbd8 26.b4 h5 27.Qd4 Qg5 28.e5 Bxe5 29.Qxd8 Rxd8 30.Rxd8+ Kh7 31.Re1 Bxg3 32.hxg3 Qxg3 33.Rf1 Qh3+ 34.Kg1 Qg3+ 35.Kh1 Qh3+

2. = (0.25): 16...Nb4 17.Bb6 Qe7 18.Ba7 Be6 19.Bxb8 Rxb8 20.Rfd1 Qc7 21.Rac1 Rc8 22.Qd2 Qc4 23.h3 h6 24.Kh2 Be7 25.Qe2 Qc7 26.a5 Kh7 27.Qf2 g6 28.Qd2 Kg7 29.Kh1 Bc4 30.Be2

Dec-08-16  Saniyat24: Great tactical play by Carlsen. I felt like Grischuk on his 24th move jumped on Carlsen's queen....!
Feb-14-21  Sally Simpson: ***

Game 18 in the Soltis book. Great game, Soltis does it justice in the notes.


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