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Alexander Grischuk vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 4, Dec-07
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-07-15  kellmano: Mad position. Gris has 14 minutes for it
Dec-07-15  Catfriend: It helps that he's by no means worse. And that there are no queens running about the place.
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  tpstar: <> Thanks for the second broadcast. =)
Dec-07-15  kellmano: Grischuk is a zeitnot addict, as is known. And he's a brilliant player in zeitnot, but you've got to wonder if he wouldn't be an even better player were he not so addicted. He does this kind of thing all the time, and it seems to cost him more often than not.
Dec-07-15  Catfriend: A few tactical points.

23..hxg5 24. f6! initiates a dangerous attack, based on Be7 getting overloaded. 24..gxf6 25. exf6 Nxc2 (forced!) 26. Nxc2 Bxf6 27. hxg5 Bxg5+ 28. Kb1 and White's quite a bit better.

25..g6 was tempting instead of MVL's Kh7. The idea is to hide behind the enemy's pawn, a typical resource. Indeed, 26. gxh6? Kh7 and Black's even better. Unfortunately, 26. h5! tears the position apart.

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  plang: doesn't seem to be hurting him in this game
Dec-07-15  Catfriend: <Kellmano> In a Russian interview to, he admits it's a severe problem (in fact, he was asked whether he considers it a problem at all!) but says he has no idea how to remedy this habit of his.
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: White has pawn but black has quite a few threats.
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  whiteshark: <kellmano: Grischuk is a zeitnot addict, as is known.> Grisch took his time early on:

<13. 0-0-0> 31 mins
<14. h4> 23 mins
<15. e5> 37 mins

Now he's down to 3 minutes for the next 12 moves....

Dec-07-15  Catfriend: It did sort of hurt him, if we believe 23. f6 was stronger.

Now 32..Bxd4 33. cxd4 Rg2 (or Rb8) force a draw, more or less.

33. Rxd4? Rg1+ and Black just might win.

Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: 32...Rg2 is complicated.
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: So grischuk really only has a minute left. MVL can even slow down and let him suffer but maybe it doesn't matter to Grischuk.
Dec-07-15  kellmano: <catfriend> I do the same myself, but I don't care whether I lose games cos I'm not very good. At his level, I'd have thought 'just make an effin move' would be the kind of thing that could be coached quite easily. Still, mustn't grumble as it's very entertaining
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: 38...Rxb3 allows f6
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  plang: this looks very good for White to me
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  plang: maybe not
Dec-07-15  chessdgc2: If both players play cautious, this game is a draw...but a risk could go either way. White seems to have the better chances to take such a risk, will he do it?
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  whiteshark: 2nd draw of the day!
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: might be last draw of the day
Dec-07-15  kamagong24: might be interesting if MVL took the poisoned pawn
Dec-07-15  fisayo123: <kamagong24> after 9. a3, bad things would have happened.

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