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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Alexander Grischuk
World Cup (2009) (blitz), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-02
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0

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Dec-02-09  ounos: What happened here is absolutely unbelievable. At 56-57 moves, Grichuk could play Kf2 and eventually snare the white bishop. Failing to find his chance, he enters into a mating net himself!!! Just wow
Dec-02-09
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  tamar: 62...Kh2 avoids mate of course, but Grischuk had to win, so exiling his King to the h file was not too appealing.
Dec-02-09  draginoth: I agree with ounos; inexplicable that he misses 58...Kf2 and plays the odd looking Rf2 instead (considering white's king is already pinned to 1st rank). Kf2 forces white to be an exchange down or risk being mated with Be2#.
Dec-02-09
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  Eyal: <What happened here is absolutely unbelievable. At 56-57 moves, Grichuk could play Kf2 and eventually snare the white bishop. Failing to find his chance, he enters into a mating net himself!!!>

To be a bit more precise, on moves 56 and 58 ...Kf2 wins due to the threat of Be2+, so that White has to give up the rook (e.g. 57.Bd2 Ra1+ 58.Bc1 Rxc1+ and Kxe3). But there's nothing really unbelievable or inexplicable about it - this was a blitz game, and things like that happen all the time in blitz; that's why it shouldn't be taken so seriously. Going over the games of the recent blitz WC which followed the Tal tournament, one can find dozens - or maybe even hundreds - of blunders of this magnitude and worse.

Dec-02-09  noviant: I agree with <Eyal>... example game from previous round :
Naiditsch vs Svidler, 2009

Naiditsch's position from a lot better (he only need a draw) became totally lost and slipped a chance to go to the next round.

Grischuk not lucky this time....

Dec-02-09
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  Eyal: <noviant> And that Naiditsch vs Svidler game wasn't even blitz, it was rapid... Btw, Dennis Monokroussos has made a collection of blunders from the tiebreaks of the 1st round, that demonstrates very well how much the level of play can deteriorate in fast time controls - http://www.thechessmind.net/storage...
Dec-02-09  ounos: Oh, thanks for noting this was a blitz game. Duh! I should have realized that. 57. ...Kf2 also wins, as the same does at 56th and 58th too.

But I don't know...even in a blitz, I find it hard to believe that one wouldn't just grab the King and put it on f2 already! Seems so natural. I don't know what kind of ghost he saw to avoid it, perhaps something like Rh3 with the imaginary threat of Rh2+, dunno.

Dec-02-09  ounos: <Btw, Dennis Monokroussos has made a collection of blunders from the tiebreaks of the 1st round, that demonstrates very well how much the level of play can deteriorate in fast time controls - http://www.thechessmind.net/storage...;

Excellent link, thanks for that too!

Dec-03-09
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  HeMateMe: how did black lose this? the extra pawn, a passed pawn, deep king penetration? At worst, a draw. Maybe the mental strain of playing several games a day, against top flight competition. Does he hang out at night, you know, do frat boy stuff? Maybe he came to the board, not readly to play, like that drunk guy?
Mar-05-10  alexrawlings: Could be a nice Monday or Tuesday puzzle with White to move at move 63.

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