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Alexander Grischuk vs Vugar Gashimov
Linares (2010), Linares ESP, rd 8, Feb-21
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation (A62)  ·  1-0



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Feb-21-10  Eyal: From the game summary of the chesspro commentator: <There are openings where white should be very imaginative in order to win; here in Benoni black has to show ingenuity in order not to lose. Too large commitments themselves black - strategic perspective of white is always excellent. In fact Grischuk only set out the pieces and found the combination of Nbxd6, that's all! Where exactly is wrong black? Doubtful looks 18 ... b6, you can look for an alternative in response to 12.Qb3 [the novelty]>

After 21.Nbxd6! a better try for Black was apparently 21...Bxd6 - White regains the piece and is much better after 22.e4 (trapping the bishop - if it goes to h3 the black queen would be overloaded in defending both bishops), but it's not so hopeless for Black as in the game. Later, 29.f3! is a nice touch to secure for White a decisive advantage (29...Bxf3 loses, of course, to 30.Rf1).

Feb-21-10  Eyal: Giri on chessbase ( suggests that 15...Be6? was a serious mistake and that instead Gashimov should have played 15...Rab8 (to meet Nc4 with b5).
Feb-21-10  Eyal: Grischuk's 12.Qb3 makes sense compared with the usual 12.h3 (Opening Explorer) especially when one considers that Black actually aims at exchanging his LSB for the knight in order to get a stronger hold on the dark squares, as in Wang Yue vs Ivanchuk, 2009: 12....Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Nd7 14.e4 Qe7, where Black seems to equalize.
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  whiteshark: While Giri is right on <15...Rab8> as best move (instead of 15...Bf5),

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the suggested line <16.Nc4 b5 17.Na5 <and here there are a lot of moves e.g. Bh3, Nf6 or Rb6. In any case White can be proud of his knight on c6, but Black has enough counterplay.>> is probably not white's strongest continuation.

Alternatively <16.a4 Nb4 17.Nc4 Bf5 18.Rac1> limits black's counter-activity (especially Rb8) and gives white a small edge.

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Mar-04-10  muneebktm: on 21 ... if B*d6 nothing will happen
gashimov missed that?!
Mar-04-10  muneebktm: when gashimov played Qf5 bishop is more or less trapped ther!!!!!!!!
Mar-04-10  muneebktm: the whites move to Qg3 is good,bcause
after equalizing queens
white hav advantage!!!!!!!
Sep-07-10  notyetagm: Grischuk vs V Gashimov, 2010

Feb-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: EXCHANGE ON THE LOOSE SQUARE: THEN NA++,ND--

Grischuk vs V Gashimov, 2010 19 ... Nb4-c2! 20 Rc1xNc2 makes 1-1 loose White c2-rook, then 20 ... c5-c4 drives off the White b3-queen defender

(GM Ronin Har-Zvi variation on ICC)

Nov-14-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOYS: ALIGNMENT: MAKE OPPONENT LINE UP PIECES

Grischuk vs V Gashimov, 2010 27 e5-e6! will make line up a piece with Black g8-king for pin

Nov-14-11  notyetagm: Grischuk vs V Gashimov, 2010


19 ... Nb4-c2! decoy for looseness

27 e5-e6! decoy: force opponent to line up his pieces

Feb-20-12  Whitehat1963: State-of-the-art look at the Opening of the Day.
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  whiteshark: Less than a month later they played the line again: Grischuk vs V Gashimov, 2010

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