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Laurent Fressinet vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 2, Sep-23
Queen's Indian Defense: Miles Variation (E12)  ·  1-0

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Sep-23-13  luzhin: 44...R(e5)e7 45.Nxd6! cxd6 46.Raxc8+ Kd7
47.R2c7 mate is what Fressinet had lined up.
Sep-23-13  devere: Instead of 42...R(f)e8?? Black had to play Rf1, when White stands better but it's still a game.

It's looking like Grischuk will miss the next Candidates tournament.

Sep-23-13
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  tamar: This game is like a portal into Grischuk's realization that victory in chess does not always go to the better player.

Here he gains a small advantage, and uses tons of time trying to nurse it into something, and Fressinet basically is forced to find the consolidating moves that hold his position.

Then after 37 Ra1 Grischuk is unprepared for the change of fortune, and misses that White's threat to get the rook to a8 is very dangerous.

You can see in the post game interviews that this is not a one time experience for Grischuk, and may explain his super-practical style in most games.

Sep-23-13  Refused: Well, I guess we all know that feeling, that switching from playing for a full point to saving a draw (from what used to be a somewhat better to winning position) is difficult. It's nice to see, that Super GMs like Grischuk also have their problems with those situations.
Sep-23-13  csmath: Grischuk's problems are generated by his poor time management. Meaning they are completely created by him. This is only going to become worse as he gets older.

I think black position here is quite desperate even before 37th move. Knight is clearly a stronger piece than bishop here and black has no compensation for that as his rooks cannot be exchanged and he does not control any file even though it looks optically that he does.

I believe white would have a good chance to win that regadless of the mistakes Grischuk made after that.

Sometimes one drifts into strategically lost position without noticing, I think this is an example of such a game.

Sep-23-13
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  Domdaniel: After two rounds, there are two decisive games: and one is a Fressinet win vs Grischuk. Who'd have foreseen that? <tamar> Yes, exactly. Grischuk keeps trying to create winning chances and then suddenly collapses.
Sep-23-13  parisattack: <Refused: Well, I guess we all know that feeling, that switching from playing for a full point to saving a draw (from what used to be a somewhat better to winning position) is difficult. It's nice to see, that Super GMs like Grischuk also have their problems with those situations.>

So true! Very difficult to make that emotional transition real-time with the clock ticking.

Sep-23-13
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  tamar: <Domdaniel> Sometimes I think Grischuk's problem is that he sees too much, like a deep sea diver (Kramnik said this about himself)

In a game like this, his advantage was always dependent on keeping White's pieces passive, so it was hardly expandable, but he kept using up time looking for a tactical stroke to justify playing on.

I like Grischuk quite a bit. His judgment about other players are usually correct, and insightful. His division of top players into red caviar and black caviar is about as true a thing said about chess I have ever heard.

But he has a pessimistic streak that shows itself in situations like this game when things go wrong.

Sep-24-13
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  Domdaniel: <tamar> Yes, I agree about Grischuk, and I also like his style. One game I remember was an Olympiad game against the Irish IM Sam Collins, where Gris had a large space advantage but couldn't find a way to win. Sometimes he gets an advantage and seems to think the game will 'play itself' -- but it doesn't.
Sep-24-13
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  Robed.Bishop: <Dom: Sometimes he gets an advantage and seems to think the game will 'play itself' -- but it doesn't.>

I like this description, <Dom>. The ability to win consistently from an advantageous position is one thing that separates the haves from the have nots.

Sep-25-13
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  tpstar: I am surprised that Grischuk plays QID so often, but he scores pretty well with it = Repertoire Explorer: Alexander Grischuk (black)

Two sets of doubled g Pawns.

Sep-25-13  znsprdx: basic Chess principle: take the seventh [2nd :)] a la Capablanca 29...R8f2 I'm discouraged by Grishchuk's lack of focus in this game...Even Rf1+ was a direct way of neutralizing White by freeing the bishop

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