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Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian vs Etienne Bacrot
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 10, Apr-26
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Apr-26-09  arnaud1959: Very instructive game by Akopian. For some reason french grandmasters are usually weak in endgame. In this game I feel that White is slightly better after 26.a3 but Black could have defended better by playing h7-h5, e7-e6 and the King to f6. 34.-e5 removed all possibility of using the e-pawn as a shield for the King.
Apr-26-09  messachess: Nice move to find, 49.Rb4! Vladimir is having a good tournament.
Apr-26-09  Shams: <For some reason french grandmasters are usually weak in endgame.>

Speculate, SVP.

Apr-27-09  Valmy: According to Rybka live analyse at Chessok, it seems that Bacrot play a few "weak" moves around move 36-40. He was in time trouble.
Apr-27-09  arnaud1959: <Shams> I will say things a little bit differently. They are weaker in endgame then other areas of the game. But they are still grandmasters and a grandmaster cannot be weak in endgame. Playing only in France, I know that against a player who is a lot stronger then me, my only chance lies in endgame. Seeing how the russians play I would probably avoid the endgame against them. Now, I'm talking about a general observation. There are a lot of exceptions to the rule. IMO M.V.Lagrave could be one of them in the future.
Apr-27-09  Blackreptile: To insinuate Bacrot would be weak in the endgame is pure nonsense or rawness!to generalize to all French GM too... please look better at his games: he won many games due to his endgame skill.For some reason, in this game he wanted to play instead of drawing another more game, a decision he ought have avoided!
Apr-27-09  arnaud1959: <Blackreptile:> You didn't carefully read what I wrote. I clearly said that a grandmaster couldn't be weak in endgame. At least I'm not qualified to claim that. Of course, Bacrot won many games due his endgame skill ,otherwise he wouldn't even be a grandmaster today. But if he's a >2700 grandmaster, it's mainly because of his middle game skills. But he's still young and through hard work he can become an endgame player of his level.
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  Mateo: <arnaud1959> Sorry to tell you, like everyone noticed, that your comments on this page are complete nonsense. Every single IGM rated over 2700 is strong in the opening, in the middle game and in the ending. Bacrot like the others!
Apr-27-09  arnaud1959: <mateo> I never said the opposite. Anyway, now this discussion is really becoming nonsense and and took another direction. So I will stop there.

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