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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 7, May-29
English Opening: Symmetrical. Mecking Variation (A39)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-29-13
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  keypusher: Chucky has checked out...
May-29-13  R101: VI, AG go play at home.
May-29-13  Eyal: The press conference was way more interesting than the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrNP...
May-29-13  anandrulez: Eyal : Thanks for that its awesome . Ivanchuk is very animated :-)
May-29-13  Vincenze: Vassily is a Russian warrior. Can you work him out? He beats Carlsen and Kramnik in the 2013 Candidates. He rails here against Grischuk's apparent stodginess in refusing to draw – sheesh he got a draw in the end....come on Vassily go get a bottle of Vodka and chill out. VI, one of my all time favourites, gotta love him. Actually, I have fallen in love with the Grand Prix press officer Anastasia.
May-29-13
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  tamar: What a riot.
May-29-13
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  perfidious: Both players were content with another rest day: Ivanchuk is on another voyage into Disasterville and Grischuk has had some lo-o-o-o-ong games so far.
May-29-13  Vincenze: I am so sorry, I meant Ukrainian not Russian. And it's the lovely Anastasiya Karlovich and not Anastasia.
May-31-13  Refused: As far as tournament strategy is concerned, this draw was a huge mistake by Grischuk. Ivanchuk is well known for his mood swings and how the affect his play. And this tournament clearly seems to be one of those <Planet Ivanchuk imploding> tournaments.

In short, Grischuk should have tried to play on a little longer and wait for Ivanchuk to go bust. At least that's my personal opinion.

May-31-13  Nerwal: I am not sure settling for a draw is such a bad mistake. Ivanchuk is completely unpredictable. Yeah, he is having an horrendous tournament - but on one day, on a specific game, he is still able to produce a masterpiece and beat anybody. Grischuk didn't like his position after 10... ♘g4 11. h4 ♗xc3 12. bxc3 d6 13. e4 f5, so he didn't want to find out whether this was a good day for Ivanchuk... well, sounds sensible to me.

The miss against Caruana is much more annoying for his tournament status imo.

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