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Etienne Bacrot vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 2, May-23
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-24-13  messachess: Interesting play.
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  HeMateMe: Too many early exchanges for this opening to be desicive?
May-24-13  Nerwal: This 13. ♖xb7 is trending but it was thought to be harmless and I don't see anything in recent games that could change this assessment. After the trade of b7 for d4 black should have few problems.
May-24-13  Eyal: <This 13.Rxb7 is trending but it was thought to be harmless and I don't see anything in recent games that could change this assessment.>

Unless Black screws up by playing 13...Nc6? as in Aronian vs J L Hammer, 2013. In one of the later rounds, Svidler said at the press conference after Radjabov vs Svidler, 2013 that he and all other Grunfeld players were angry with Hammer, because if someone like Aronian plays this line as White one assumes he has some good idea in case of 13...Bxf3, so at least make him show it...

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