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Alexander Grischuk vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 2, May-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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May-23-13  Marmot PFL: If the white king gets to g6, the game is over, but to prevent this the black king must be on f7, and then the bishop is stuck on d6 and black is in zugzwang.
May-23-13  talisman: ♗f4...♔h5 has to win?
May-23-13  Marmot PFL: Or better, just Bf4 next then Kh5 etc. and black may resign.
May-23-13  talisman: d6 and d7 now................
May-23-13  DcGentle: 105. Bd2 was a good move, because Black is in Zugzwang now.
May-23-13  doublemint: Bh6 or d6 both look winning...
May-23-13  Marmot PFL: 108 d6 now looks like the end
May-23-13  DcGentle: 108. Bg3!! is another win. Bishop endgames can be unbelievable tricky.

I know what I am talking about.

May-23-13  DcGentle: White is winning, finally. Wow. Still a great performance.
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  norami: The black king is crying on f7. He will be killed shortly.
May-23-13  DcGentle: 116. Bd6!
May-23-13  DcGentle: What a battle. This must have been exhausting....
May-23-13  doublemint: black can resign now... either Kh5 or Kh4 and he loses too much time.. White will march his king to the c6, c8 or the f7 square depending on his fancy and that's it..
May-23-13  DcGentle: Black has resigned.
May-23-13  Marmot PFL: Nakamura said he looked at his scoresheet at one point instead of looking at the board, and thought he was repeating moves when he wasn't
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  SteinitzLives: At this point someone should measure what the average game length is for the players in the ratings top 10 for the last 6 months. It's gotta be Naka, he is playing so hard now!

Wherever he is getting this work ethic from should be bottled and sold to fuel cell growth, or at least the economies of some depressed countries.

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  keypusher: Like life in Jurassic Park, Grischuk found a way. Congratulations to both of them!
May-23-13  Eyal: <Nakamura said he looked at his scoresheet at one point instead of looking at the board, and thought he was repeating moves when he wasn't>

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I think he was referring to 70...Bf8 which he played in the diagram position, instead of Ra5 (it does look a bit strange to let White take over the 5th rank like that).

May-23-13  kellmano: Whenever I see Naka play Gris I always remember the rather crass comment Naka made a couple of years ago and support the Bohemian.
May-23-13  SirRuthless: Yes naka was highly upset in the post game presser. He immediately said Bf8 was losing because if he doesnt give up the fifth rank white cannot make progress. He actually gave credit to grischuk but his detractors wont care.
May-24-13  JPi: Why not 30...g5 immediately?
May-25-13  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 18...Rf8, 18...Re6 develops the rook but 19 f4 does not give Black time to develop the rook further eg 19...Qh4 20 f5
May-28-13  RookFile: Good job by Grischuk. This game is an example of the power of patience. The extra pawns are black's problem, not white's. Grischuk takes his time and gets the win.
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  Dionysius1: I wish people wouldn't refer to the draw by repetition of moves. It's draw by repetition of position (FIDE Laws of chess 9.2). Getting the wording wrong can lead to misunderstanding the rule, even though people tend to say "och, you know what I mean!" when we're discussing it
Sep-28-13  jancotianno: Wow what a brilliant game.
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