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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Boris Grachev
Russian Championship Higher League (2012), Tyumen RUS, rd 9, Jun-25
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-25-12  Whitehat1963: Jakovenko, playing white, tends to force long games. I imagine he has strong faith in his world class endgame technique. But did he have reason to keep the faith here? It looked to me like he never had any advantage at all.

While I think Jako does have excellent endgame technique, but like those of most high-level players, his games tend to be won or lost in the middlegame. And, if he can't get even a slight advantage (or at least a complex position) going into the endgame, elite players will find a way to at least hold the draw against him in most cases. It's good to have players like Jakovenko in tournaments because they rarely play short draws, but in this tournament he should certainly have more than just ONE win! Disappointing, but it doesn't appear to be from lack of effort at least. I just wonder about Jako's middlegame creativity sometimes.

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