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Aleksey Dreev vs Alexander Grischuk
Ubeda op 4th (1999), Ubeda ESP, rd 6, Jan-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  1-0



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Aug-10-07  fromoort: Very nice game!
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  plang: Dreev and Landa tied for first with 8.5 - 1.5 a full point ahead of Akopian. 4 Qc2 avoids some of the sharp systems with ..dxc (for instance the Noteboom; 4 Nc3..dxc 5 e3). Dreev was critical of 4..Bd6?! as after 5 Bg5 Black's position is already awkward. 7..c5?! had been played for the first time shortly before this game by Artashes Minasian against Dreev at the Linares Open. They reached the same position as this game after 9..Qa5+ and agreed to a draw. In the post-mortem of the earlier game Dreev and Minasian had looked at 10 Nbd2..exd 11 Rc1..Bb6 12 e4..Nbc6 and had concluded that Black was OK; Dreev found the improvement 11 e4 over the board. Grischuk must have underestimated Dreev's queen sacrifice 15 0-0! and should have declined it with 15..Nbxd5 16 Nb3..Qb6 17 Nxc5..Rxc5 18 Qb3 although White maintains a clear advantage. 19..Be8 could have been answered by 20 Nxe8..Qxe8 21 d6..Nec6 22 d7..Qe7 23 Rd1. Rather than recover his material with 23 Ncd7+ Dreev chose to increase the pressure with 23 Bb5!. 25..Nxg3 lost quickly but after 25..Qc8 26 Ned7+..Ke7 27 Bxd5..Nxg3 28 Re1+..Kd6 29 Bb7..Qe8 (29..Qd8 30 Re6+..Kc7 31 Rc6#) 30 Rxe8..Rxe8 31 hxg..Re2 32 b3..Rxa2 33 g4 and White should win.

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