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Pentala Harikrishna vs Emil Sutovsky
Montreal International (2007), Montreal CAN, rd 1, Jul-19
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0



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Jul-20-07  dabearsrock1010: i dont know how far back he saw that but jeez what a zugswang (sp?) theme. Thats really nice stuff
Jul-20-07  Raskolnikov: Yes, a very remarkable game. 29...♖e6 is a blunder. A GM like Sutovsky should see that the pawn-ending is lost. If 35...♔f7 36.♔g5 ♔g7 then 37. h3! ♔f7 36.♔h6 ♔f6 38.h4! ♔f7 39.♔h7 ♔f6 40.♔g8
Jul-20-07  Raskolnikov: Btw it is a ZUGZWANG ( german word like zeitnot, zwischenzug etc)
Jul-20-07  dabearsrock1010: <raskolnikov> grazie
Jul-20-07  Peter Johnson Ng: Remarable opposition by White's King in pawns ending.
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  Mateo: <Raskolnikov: Yes, a very remarkable game. 29...Re6 is a blunder. A GM like Sutovsky should see that the pawn-ending is lost.> Surprising indeed. 29...Rb8 seems to hold.
Jul-21-07  arunjangity: <Rb8> what would be the continuation to draw? i only came up with 30. Kg3 Rb6 31. Rxb6 axb6 32. Kh4 which is still won for white.
Jul-21-07  Red October: or is 29...g5 better ? taking away a critical square from the White King ? my end game technique is very bad.. am I missing something ?
Jul-21-07  Raskolnikov: <Red October> Vasili Lebedev (commentator from suggested 29...g5 too.
Jul-22-07  piteira8: I think 22. ... Kh8, which stops white from exchanging the knight for the rook with check, is worth a look. For example, 22. ... Kh8, 23. Qc1, Bc1. Then if 24. Rc1, Kd3 followed by Rd8 or something like that. If 24. Ke8, then Kd3. In this second variation the white knight on e8 is under attack. In either case, it seems that black has a more dynamic position.
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  Mateo: <arunjangity: <Rb8> what would be the continuation to draw?> The idea is to come on the 7th rank (b2) with the Rook.
Jul-27-07  XMarxT3hSpot: Inspiring game.

Yes, I think a GM like Sutovsky should see or calculate before making an offer for rook trade.

I believe that before making move 29. Rc6 Harikrishna already saw 29...Re6 was coming. The fact that he even bothered to protect the f6-pawn (not pursuing the a-pawn) is because he already saw that the rook trade with Re6 wouldn't work for Black.

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