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Alexander Onischuk vs Alexander Grischuk
Biel Chess Festival (2007), Biel SUI, rd 2, Jul-24
Slav Defense: Czech. Wiesbaden Variation Sharp line (D17)  ·  1-0



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Jul-24-07  Coleman: All I can say is WOW....What an interesting game.
Jul-24-07  djmercury: Completely agree, at move 22 I thought that only black had winning chances with that central pawn structure pushing for promotion. Instead white innocuous looking g pawn turn out to be a killer in just 13 moves.
Jul-24-07  Paul123: I've been watching Onischuk for about a year now. This doesn't surprise me at all. The guy has game!
Jul-24-07  krpvksprv: One of Onischuk's infantry man broke through Grischuk's camp! Nice win.
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  technical draw: Games like this give me the creeps. I would never have won with white.
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  chancho: The lower rated Alexander won.
(76 point difference)
Jul-25-07  Helloween: What's so interesting about this game? It's all well-known theory for 2 dozen moves, then Grischuk blunders on 26... and 32... Nothing special here, you can find at least 100 games where Black has to decide where to put his Rook on move 16.
Jul-25-07  cotdt: Onischuk made a lot of great moves I would never even have considered.
Jul-25-07  kingsindian2006: great game for white. i would use blacks opening in a blitz game...
Jul-25-07  mang00neg: "he <grischuk> reverted to the old piece sacrifice variation, which has been under a theoretical cloud for some years now."

I take that to mean this variation is known to be somewhat ?! for black...

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  technical draw: <mang00neg> "Theoretical cloud" is my American Indian cousin.
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  Mateo: As <Helloween> noticed 32...Ne4? was a blunder.

I guess Grischuk saw 33.Nf5+ and now:

1) 33...Kf8 34.g6, threatening the fork g7+ wins.

2) 33...Ke8 34.g6 Nf6 35.g7 Rg8 36.Bh5+ Nxh5 37.Rxh5, the "h7" pawn falls. White wins.

But... maybe he underestimated...

3) 33…Kf7 34.Rh6 ! threatening g6. If 33...Nxg5 35.Bh5+ followed by Rc1 mates.

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