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Efstratios Grivas vs Vladimir Kramnik
Dortmund open-A (1992), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Apr-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1



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Oct-19-05  KingG: Grivas probably resigned because of 26.♗c1 ♘f2+ 27.♖xf2 ♗xf2 losing the exange for nothing, and if 26.♗xe4 then 26. ...♗xe4 27.♖xd8 ♖xd8 28.♘e1 ♖d6! when Black will have to lose material to avoid mate (eg 29.♗c1 ♖d1 30.♗b2 ♗b4).

The losing move in this game was probably the difficult to understand 21.♘c2? instead of 21.♘b5! cramping Black's queenside pieces.

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  Mateo: <KingG> Yes, at first sight, the resignation looks premature but White is lost. After 26.Bxe4 Bxe4, what could he do?

1) 27.Na1 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 Re6 (threatening Rh6+) 29.Bc1 Bf3 30.Rd3 Bg4+ 31.Kg2 Re2+ wins for Black.

2) 27.Na3 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 Re6 29.Bc1 Bxa3, Black wins.

3) 27.Nd4 Rd6 28.Rf4 (28.g4 Rh6+ 29.Kg3 Bd6+, Black wins) Red8, Black wins.

4) Your variation.

So, 25...Rad8, instead of the simple 25...Nf2+ winning the exchange, was even stronger.

21.Nc2? was bad. 21.Nb5 with the threat of the fork on c7 would have won an important tempo. After the move actually played, White cannot impede Black to open the long diagonal a8-h1 with fatal effect.

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