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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Boris Gelfand
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 4, Aug-20
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Spassky Variation (D87)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-20-13  Marmot PFL: Two guys willing to play either side of the exchange Grunfeld. In this complicated line white's weak pawns seem to offset his material edge, so maybe the old 14 Be2 is best (probably )
Aug-20-13  Marmot PFL: Or possibly black has adequate compensation in either case (attack on the c file and long diagonal).
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  kdogphs: I liked Gelfand a lot more when he played King's Indian...
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  whiteshark: "Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Boris Gelfand had a wild affair, although it is clear that at least one player had prepared the entirety of the game. We are slightly mystified by the official website's clock, which made it seem as if Gelfand was the one playing instantly, when by looking at the video and from the Playchess timestamp it was clear that MVL was the one blitzing the moves.

The game was very theoretically important, with Gelfand playing the <16...a6!> novelty that started a long forcing variation.

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Gelfand had to play many forced moves, but he found them all and at the end White won a rook but had to allow a perpetual check."

Aug-21-13  sledgehammer: What a game!I've to go through the lines but thanks whiteshark for the comment!

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