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Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Ildar Khairullin
Russian Championship Superfinal (2015), Chita RUS, rd 7, Aug-16
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1-0



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Aug-16-15  JohnBoy: Beautiful endgame play by T. Using his better rooks and B vs N space advantage like a super GM.
Aug-16-15  fisayo123: Sensational endgame play by the Professor. Fantastic domination of the bishop over the knight. Fischer and Smyslov would have been proud.
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  HeMateMe: yeah, quite a display. It seemed black was better with the connected passers on the outside.

I wonder if black shouldn't have liquidated the pawns on the g file. That extra pawn helped protect his King.

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  tamar: Quite amazing decision to allow 21...Bxb3. Tomashevsky had to see that although Black can keep the two connected pawns, his pieces would be occupied entirely with passive defense, and the pawns could not become dangerous before White broke through on the Kside.
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  thegoodanarchist: I thought White would decide the game by advancing the d-pawn. What a surprise finish!
Aug-16-15  1971: Very nice technique here. Well played. I also like the opening variation.
Aug-16-15  ndg2: This one is not for the faint of heart. From the moment on black takes the b-pawn (21..Bxb3) white is facing two queen side passers. Toma not only had to have the knowledge and technique, but also the trust and courage that his piece activity and field control would eventually outweigh the black q-side majority.

Kudos to the professor for such a high-class showing of middle / endgame technique!

Aug-16-15  1971: Although I'm not sure why Black felt the need to compromise his king safety by exchanging those pawns.
Aug-30-15  Severin: 21. Nb6!
Aug-30-15  fisayo123: This game deserves a lot more attention. Simply genius from Tomashevksy. One of my top 5 games of 2015.

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