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Alexander Grischuk vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) (rapid), Monaco MNC, rd 7, Mar-19
Bogo-Indian Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation (E11)  ·  0-1



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  Penguincw: Great game by Ivanchuk.
Mar-19-11  Fanques Fair: Fanques Fair: The whole idea of 28-g4, 29-f3 and 30-h4, for White, does not make sense, as if he could make a crushing kingside attack from this position. Some good attacking grandmasters of nowadays seem to lack deep positional understanding in cramped and closed positions. I would prefer to try to push the d pawn and watch what could Black for his own counterplay, that is, how could he develop the kingside attack, with f3, or fxg3 at the appropriate moment. Instead of this, White deliberately opened his own kingside for Black, whose army was more prepared to coordinate itself and attack at this part of the board.
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  HeMateMe: Der Festung Grischuk ist kaput.
Mar-19-11  cjgone: Ouch, rook is pinned once queens are traded.
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  Domdaniel: White wasn't really trying to *attack* on the kingside -- moves like g4 and even h4 were an attempt to extend his light-square blockade across the whole board. Going for Ivanchuk's King was never really on the cards. But h4 was a necessary part of this plan, otherwise Black can take over the h-file with ...Rh6 and ...Rh4.

It nearly works, too. Maybe White should have tried to get his King towards the queenside earlier, with 33.Ke1. Black's (brilliant) idea of playing ...c4, giving up a pawn to infiltrate the Queen, won't work with a White Rook still on the c-file.

Mar-19-11  fab4: Jeez.. 37..c4 ! .. but really, white is lying down . this kinda thing would've been routine for Fischer.. childsplay ...

Pleased for Chucky tho. Why did'nt he start like this?!

Mar-20-11  Eduardo Leon: <cjgone: ... once queens are traded> Will queens be traded? More like the white queen will be lost after 46.♕e2 ♖g2+.
Mar-21-11  sallom89: Amazing how he created attacking chances !:o
Mar-21-11  mworld: a good puzzle would be black to play 45...???
Apr-02-11  jullios paras: what a sacrificial rook!!
Feb-01-12  Naniwazu: 37... c4 is a great move. This is why White should have played 37. Rh2 (instead of Rg2) leaving g2 free for the bishop.

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