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Levon Aronian vs Alexander Grischuk
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nakchik RUS, rd 4, Apr-18
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-03-09
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  whiteshark: "The Armenian grandmaster made an attempt to win the game solely on technique, without any risk. Many time he succeeded doing this, but... not against Grischuk. The Russian consumed a lot of thinking time, but found all the accurate moves that equalized the game.

In the English Opening the players quickly traded the queens and several other pieces, ending up in a simple-looking ending with almost symmetrical pawn structure. White played a good novelty, suggested in Khalifman’s opening books. It looks like Grischuk was unaware of it, but he managed to find the best moves at the board.

Looking for possible improvements for White, I can suggest <22.Nf3!?>,


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for example, <22…Kg7 23.g4!>, and then, if necessary, h2-h4, the pawn goes to g5, and the knight establishes on e5. After White lost a tempo by <22.a3>, Black built solid defensive line and held the position."

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