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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Peter Svidler
FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015), Tbilisi GEO, rd 5, Feb-20
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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Feb-20-15  Ulhumbrus: The move 7 f4 grips the square e5 but it also invites the counter-attack ...c5 from Black. If after that pawns are exchanged on d5 it is as if White has played f4 after gaining an isolated d pawn in the Queen's gambit. This works well sometimes as in the game Lasker vs Maroczy, 1899 but can also be risky
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  Penguincw: 28...Qe5 was black's last try, but 29.Qa8 and the queens will be exchanged (Qd5+) or the bishop will be forced into a pin.

Kasimdzhanov only has about 2 minutes for the remaining 10 moves. Would Svidler have played on if there were no increment?

Rough tournament for Svidler so far.

Feb-21-15  luzhin: Kazimdzhanov has nerve! The move 7.f4 is Svidler's own invention, first played against Gelfand in the 2013 London candidates tournament.
Feb-27-15  Ulhumbrus: <luzhin: Kazimdzhanov has nerve! The move 7.f4 is Svidler's own invention, first played against Gelfand in the 2013 London candidates tournament.>

You may be right: It may be that to play like this against Svidler takes some nerve.

Is the move 17...f6 necessary? It weakens the e6 pawn. White has exposed himself already, and Black's king's bishop may be able to enter the game via f8.

Whether the move 7 f4 works against the best play or not Kasimdzhanov gets high marks for courage.

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