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Markus Ragger vs Alexander Grischuk
European Club Cup (2015), Skopje MKD, rd 2, Oct-19
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  0-1



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Oct-19-15  Mr. V: Did Ragger overpress?
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  Garech: Powerful play from Grischuk.

Regarding whether Ragger overpressed, at least to me one of the mistakes seems to be 10.Nd3, with Be3 preferred. But this is such a basic element of the Taimanov variation that I can't believe he made such a simple oversight. Also notable was the weakening moves Grischuk was prepared to make on the queenside - usually in the KID this is a big no-no. 27...Nh8! was a great move, we all know where that idea came from ;)


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  perfidious: <Garech....Regarding whether Ragger overpressed, at least to me one of the mistakes seems to be 10.Nd3, with Be3 preferred. But this is such a basic element of the Taimanov variation that I can't believe he made such a simple oversight....>

Not at all--this variation is extremely common, the more so before the revival of 10.Be3 in Korchnoi vs K Hulak, 1987, thought to be bad for White after the smashing defeat it was handed in the famous game Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953.

Oct-20-15  Mr. V: Shows what I know, I guess.

Well my thought was that perhaps Ragger overpressed in the endgame, despite having been a piece down in the middlegame. I suspected he might have been able to draw it by exchanging rooks earlier, say at move 56 for example. What am I missing? What's Grischuk's winning plan if Ragger somehow exchanged down to a N+P endgame?

Oct-20-15  paramount: GOTD!!!!
Oct-20-15  waustad: This was yet another time where Ragger was on the verge of breaking the 2700 elo barrier and didn't quite make it.
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