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Alexander Grischuk vs Maxim Rodshtein
European Club Cup (2014), Bilbao ESP, rd 3, Sep-16
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0

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Sep-16-14  Moszkowski012273: Well dayummmmm!!!
Sep-16-14  fisayo123: It's a sin that a game like this will go under the radar.
Sep-16-14  Ed Frank: Sick.
Sep-16-14  Pulo y Gata: If someone passed this off as blitz, I'd probably believe him. This kind of game makes chess more enjoyable.
Sep-16-14  Bobsterman3000: Surely this was a bullet and not blitz.
Sep-17-14  talwnbe4: What a tactical melee.
Stockfish has black as down 0.7 after 18..Bg7 but 18..fxe3 is 4.4
Sep-17-14  talwnbe4: 18..Bg7 19. b4 Qd4 20. Qxd4 Bxd4 21. Nxf4 Bxa1 22. Nxe6 1.6
Sep-17-14  Reisswolf: What is the knockout punch after 22..Ke7?
Sep-17-14  Moszkowski012273: QxQ followed by Rd1 and Rd7+
Sep-17-14  FairyPromotion: <talwnbe4> Stockfish evaluations during the game were favoring blacks position after 15 moves, but when Grischuk played <16. d5!> they started preferring white. After that move it seems like white has a decisive advantage, which is really amazing. As you pointed out after 18. Nce3 engines give a small edge to white with the continuation being 18...Bg7 19. Qa4+, but when you play <19. b4> the evaluations hover around 1.3~1.6.

This by the way is the second spectacular miniature by Grischuk in 2014, following his superb win against Filippov in the Olympiad: Grischuk vs A Filippov, 2014

<Reisswolf: What is the knockout punch after 22..Ke7?> Simple <Qxd6> seems best. After 23. Qxd6 Kxd6 24. Rd1+ Ke7 (24...Kc7 25. Rxe6 is even worse) 25. Rd7+ Kf8 26. Rxe6, blacks position is completely hopeless:


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White has infinite threats here, the main one being Be5 creating a mating net, so black is forced to make exchanges and then give some material. I think just by looking at where the pieces are you can tell that black is doomed.

Sep-17-14  Moszkowski012273: Also <FairyPromotion> in your final position white threatens Re8+! followed by Bd5
Sep-17-14  Pulo y Gata: 7. Nfe5 and the position looks critical already to my human eyes. How about turning off the engine and unraveling the lines after 7...f6?
Sep-18-14  talwnbe4: I'm not even expert (best rating maybe 1900) at classical tc, but black's position looks awful after 8..f6. 9. Ne3 fxe5 10.Nxf5 , the e-pawn is under attack and the black king is caught in the centre.
Sep-18-14  talwnbe4: I'd expect 8. Ne3 after 7..f6 same as in the 8..f6 line.
Sep-19-14  Xeroxx: What happens if you violate the opening principles.
Sep-20-14
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  whiteshark: Anand said that was impressed by Grischuk's win. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf... <'that was really beautiful'>
Sep-20-14  fisayo123: <whiteshark> He probably read comments here then :)
Sep-20-14
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  whiteshark: <fisayo123> Right, he most notably took your initial post to heart. ;D
Nov-10-14  ndg2: Wow, this is insane! My Stockfish doesn't believe white's position is good until 16.d5 is played.

There are literally tons of complicated variations nearly to the end and Grischuk was better than the engines! I'm really impressed.

May-20-15  qqdos: This game is chosen as Best Game of volume 122 of Chess Informant with notes by Branko Tadic in volume 123.
May-29-19  Imran Iskandar: Wow, can't believe I haven't seen this before.

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