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Alexander Grischuk vs Boris Gelfand
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nakchik RUS, rd 1, Apr-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Gelfand went downhill rather rapidly in the middlegame. Quite out of the common run.
Apr-16-09  shintaro go: I like 11. b4 a lot.
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  Mateo: 31...Qd7 seems weird. But Black is lost.

1) 31...Qxe5? 32.Qxe5 Rxe5 33.Rc8+. The Bishop is lost.

2) 31...Qb6 32.a5! Qe6 (32...Qxa5 33.e6, Black's position collapses) 33.Rc7 threatening Bxa6. There is no way to defend the a6 pawn. So White wins a pawn.

30...Re8? is the losing move. 31.Rc1! just wins a pawn.

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  Eyal: <Mateo: 2) 31...Qb6 32.a5! Qe6 (32...Qxa5 33.e6, Black's position collapses) 33.Rc7 threatening Bxa6. There is no way to defend the a6 pawn. So White wins a pawn.>

33...Bc6 can hold the pawn, at least for a while (34.Bxa6 Ra8 followed by 35...Rxa5), but it still loses to 34.Qf6! Qxf6 (34...Bb5 35.Bxb5 axb5 36.a6 should transpose) 35.exf6 Bb5 36.Bxb5 axb5 37.a6.

<30...Re8? is the losing move. 31.Rc1! just wins a pawn.>

Yeah, that seems to be the decisive mistake. But Black's position already looks quite uncomfortable after 20.Qf5! and definitely so after 23.Ne5. So in retrospect, perhaps <19...g6> would have been better. The novelty came just a move earlier - 19.exd4 instead of Nxd4, as played in Timman vs Kasparov, 1998.

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  HeMateMe: Isn't there a set up where black can draw this double rook pawn ending? I thought something like this occurred in one of Fischer's games in M60MG. I think he was playing an IM named Muster from Austria, and had erred in the middle game, went into the ending down two pawns but was able to save the draw.

Muster probably told everyone at Starbucks for the next 40 years "I Drew against Fischer"! I know I would have.

May-17-11  puzzlepatzer: <HeMateMe>this is the position i think you are looking for.

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