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Alexander Grischuk vs Teimour Radjabov
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-25
French Defense: Advance. Lputian Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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Jul-28-07  Nezhmetdinov: could someone explain why Radja avoids 91... Ka8? I would be grateful.
Aug-08-08  thom: 91.. ♔a8 92. ♖b7! ♗d4 93. ♔c7 ♗e3 94. ♔c8 ♖d7 95. ♗e3 ♖d1
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  plang: In Grischuk-Kruppa Elista 2000 White tried 15 h5?! and got nowhere; 15 g5 was his improvement.

Timman after 19 Bd3:
"Grischuk probably had this position in mind during his preparation. It is anything but easy to prepare this way, as computers are of little use in these kind of strategic and dynamic positions. The black position is under pressure, yet the players chances are hard to assess, as neither king is very safe."

Grischuk felt he had a big advantage after 23 Qg2. Timman was critical of 22..a5?! saying that Black needed a more active plan and recommending the pawn sacrifice 23..c3!? 24 Rxc3..Rxc3 25 Bxc3..Rc6?!. Dvoretsky agreed that the pawn sacrifice was a good idea but noted that in the line Timman gave that 26 d5! would have given White a powerful initiative; instead he felt either 25..Qa6 or 25..a5 would have been a better follow up with double edged play. White missed the decisive 29 e6!..fxe 30 Bxg7..Bxg7 31 Qxg7..exd 32 Nc3. 41..c3? was hard to understand; 41..Qd1+ looks better. Black missed a forced draw with 77..b5+! 78 Kxc5..Qa7+ 79 Kc6..Qa8+ and White can only avoid perpetual check by losing his rook. The position after the queen exchange was theoretically drawn though Timman felt that 79..f4? was a fatal error. 91..b5 was desperation but after 91..Ka8 Grischuk offered the line 92 Re7..Kb8 93 Re8+..Ka7 94 Re4..Kb8 95 Ra4.

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