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Alexander Grischuk vs Valerij Sergeyevich Popov
Chigorin Memorial 07th (1999), St Petersburg, rd 6, Nov-07
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  1-0



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  plang: At Linares 1999 Topalov had played 19 a5?! against Kasparov and Black had won a nice game. Bologan had played 19 Rh3 in a few games several months later; 19 f5 was Grischuk's improvement that was cited as the best theoretical novelty of Informant 77. 23..Ke8 24 Qf2..Rf8 25 Qxf8+..Bxf8 26 Bg6+..Kd7 27 e6+ would have lost quickly for Black. A couple of weeks later at the European Team Championships at Bathumi Ibrahimov (not Ibragimov) tried 24..Ba3+ against Grischuk but that game was won by White as well. 29..Ke7 would have been a tougher defense as after 30 Nf5+..Kd7 31 Nxg7 White still has work to do to win the game; instead after 29..Kg8? 30 Bg6 White was winning. If 32..Bc8 then 33 Rf7..Bxg4 34 Ra7..Nf6 35 Ra8+..Bf8 36 Nc6..Bh5 37 Ne7#. One possible continuation to the game was 33..Ne4 34 Bd4..Bc8 35 Bf7+..Kh7 36 Ng5+..hxg 37 hxg.
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