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Alexander Grischuk vs Simen Agdestein
Norway Chess (2014), Stavanger NOR, rd 5, Jun-08
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-08-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Simen's done quite well with his French in this tournament. He seems like a good dude; nice to see him holding his own against these super GMs.
Jun-08-14  Conrad93: He can play computer-like moves for the entire game, but can't even spot a tactic like 39. Rxg2+?
Jun-08-14  pskogli: To bad for Simen that the tactics was on move 39, if it was move 41 or he had more time he would have found it. Good game from Simen annyway!
Jun-08-14  SirRuthless: <Conrad92> He isn't going to spot tactics like a Super GM in 2 seconds like *most* of the top 10 can. He is also in his 40s so the stamina isn't quite there. Give the guy his due. He has nothing but respect from me, for what it's worth. No one could have imagined he would take half points from over half of this field and although I think he will give up a few down the stretch, i think he has at least one more draw in him. This has been a great event for him. He is no one's victim.
Jun-08-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Conrad, you're a complete patzer. I know it. You know it. We all know it. Quit frontin'.
Jun-09-14  Conrad93: We are all patzers.
Jun-09-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Some more than others.
Jun-09-14  simsan: Agdestein was also in time trouble on move 39, albeit not as dire as Grischuk.

Being up 2 pawns with a vulnerable king (against a very strong opponent) I guess it's easy to prioritize spending time on king safety variations and miss attacking tactics.

To these guys it's probably easy to sort out the details of such a (fairly simple) sac. E.g. that 39. ... Rxg2+ 40. Qxg2 Qxf4+ 41. Kg1 Bb7 actually wins back the rook and doesn't allow a fork on K and B with Rc7+ because of Qxc7, but I guess even for them they have to "intuitively see" that there is the idea of sac'ing Rxg2 first and then calculate it second. If your brain is in defense first mode and with little time left such ideas are more easily just missed.

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  perfidious: <conrag: We are all patzers.>

So sez Moe, as in Rawn....

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