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Alexander Grischuk vs Sanan Sjugirov
Russian Championship Superfinal (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Dec-26
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Dec-26-09  parmetd: This final position is like a poetic piece of art.
Dec-26-09  botvinnik64: Nice finish, Sascha!
Dec-26-09  magnuschess: that's pretty good final position , and Grischa shows us his calculating ability...
Dec-26-09  notyetagm: Grischuk is so strong <TACTICALLY> that it is *scary*.
Dec-26-09  Inf: I like Grischuk very much. He should have a shot to be a World Champion some day.
Dec-26-09  Jim Bartle: Sorry, but how is that mate?
Dec-27-09  Wild Bill: <Jim Bartle:>

In the final position, Black must either surrender the Queen or submit to mate. The prettiest mate would be <32...Bxc3 33.Rg8#.>

Black could avert immediate mate by <32...Qg6>, but then the Rook takes the Queen, or by <32...Qxc2+>, when the Queen takes her opposite number. Otherwise, its <33.Qxg7#>.

I saw there was some discussion on this game, at which I have been looking today. Since I understand Sjugirov is 16 years old, I'm wondering if Grischuk has been charged with child abuse. This is a real thorough crushing. It almost hurts to watch.

Dec-27-09  Wild Bill: And just as I post that, I also noticed <32...Ng6>, in which case White mates by <33.f8Q+ Nxf8> (the Bishop is pinned and cannot take) <34.Qxg7#.>
Dec-27-09  ajile: Black's best is 32..Qe5 but this leads to a winning White endgame after 33.Qxe5 dxe5
Dec-27-09  Jim Bartle: Oops, I broke my rule again. My "how is that a mate" was referring to a post that was deleted. I have to remember to re-post the posts I'm responding to.
Dec-30-09  chillowack: <parmetd: This final position is like a poetic piece of art.>

I agree! A very pleasing finale by Grischuk, who was in excellent form for this event.

Dec-31-09  kingfu: chillowack, are you from British Columbia?
Jan-08-10  chillowack: I am from everywhere--and I am from nowhere....

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