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Alexander Grischuk vs Alexander Morozevich
Tal Memorial (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Jun-10
Reti Opening: General (A09)  ·  0-1



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Jun-10-12  vinidivici: white's rook is trapped at h7 square since move 57 and makes white just has 2 active pieces. After that white's going down.
Jun-10-12  Ulhumbrus: The players gave battle and Black won
Jun-10-12  LoveThatJoker: GG


Jun-10-12  Fanques Fair: After 49- Qg1 I don´t see a defense for the threat Bf7 +, winning ...
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  Eyal: On 49.Qg1 Black can defend with 49...Bg7; 50.Rxg7+ Kxg7 51.Bf7+ Kxf7 52.Qg6+ Ke7 53.Qg7+ Kd8 54.Qxf6+ Kc8 55.Qxd4 probably leads to a draw. Grischuk basically self-destructed in this game, because of his (typically) terrible time management. To quote from the TWIC report:

<after the first time control it was Grischuk who completely lost the plot with the clock [...] He came up with an incredibly interesting piece sacrifice [46.Bxh6] but thought so long about it he only had a minute plus increment to play the next 14 moves compared to half an hour for his opponent. This was a sacrifice you don't see to the end, he had to decide whether he wanted to play it and get on with it. Not surprisingly with so much time Morozevich managed to find the best defence, Grischuk was soon being asked difficult questions and subsided to a loss.> (

Jun-10-12  SuperPatzer77: <Eyal> I was gonna reply to <Fanques Fair>'s comment.

<Eyal> Thanks for your excellent answer to <Fanques Fair>'s question.


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  Peligroso Patzer: <Eyal: *** Grischuk basically self-destructed in this game, because of his (typical) terrible time management. *** >

Grischuk seems to have great faith in his ability to play “on increment”. Interesting in this regard is the following comment that you (<Eyal>) posted Feb-18-10 at page 13 of this thread: Topalov vs Grischuk, 2010

<Eyal: Anand on Grischuk:

<If I have only five minutes left on the clock, I start to get nervous. For Grischuk, time trouble only begins when he has five seconds left. Before that he carefully writes the moves on his scoresheet, including minutes and seconds spent by each player - all that with unbelievable calm. Maybe he needs the thrill.>>

Jun-10-12  4tmac: 50♕f3! nice
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  HeMateMe: Exciting chess. Nice to see a game like this.
Jun-11-12  Fanques Fair: (Eyal: On 49.Qg1 Black can defend with 49...Bg7; 50.Rxg7+ Kxg7 51.Bf7+ Kxf7 52.Qg6+ Ke7 53.Qg7+ Kd8 54.Qxf6+ Kc8 55.Qxd4 probably leads to a draw. Grischuk basically self-destructed in this game, because of his (typically) terrible time management. ) What about 51 - Bh7+ ? If 51-...,Kxh7,52-Qg6+, Kh8, 53-Qxf6+, Kh7 , 54- Rg1 or 54- Qg6+, Kh8, 55-Qxh6 + , wins . Or 51..., Kf7, 52-Qg6+, Kf8, 53-Qg8+, Ke7, 54-Qg7+, Kd8 55- Qxd4+, Kc8, with an extra bishop in comparison to your line with 51 -Bf7+. I´m not using an engine , where am I wrong ?
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  Eyal: <Fanques Fair> Your lines are indeed winning for White, but Black can also play 51...Kh8!; after 51.Bf7+ this would lose to 52.Qg6, with a lethal double attack on f6 & h6, but now Black can simply defend with 52...Nd5, because taking on h6 isn't a real threat anymore (the white bishop on h7 actually helps in the black king's defence).
Jun-11-12  Fanques Fair: 51- Kh8!! simply laughs of White´s attack ...
Jun-11-12  Fanques Fair: Thanks, Eyal !
Jun-11-12  WiseWizard: And this is how you want Anand to play.
Jan-20-13  ajile: <Fanques Fair: 51- Kh8!! simply laughs of White´s attack ...>

51..Kh8 52.Rxh8


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