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Sergey Karjakin vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), Beijing CHN, rd 4, Jul-07
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-07-13  Ed Frank: An intensely fought game -- not a boring draw.
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  tamar: Although 90% of it was played in Kasimdzhanov vs Grischuk, 2013 Just a little divergence at the end, Karjakin going for a repetition a few moves later.
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  tamar: <Strongest Force> I see how you could suspect collusion with both sides banging out their moves, but more likely Grischuk knew the Bf4 line was a dead draw, but was hoping Karjakin did not, as K had previously always (unsuccessfully) chosen the Bh3 line against ...d5

Karjakin for his part could be fairly certain that Grischuk would repeat the ...d5 line, and a draw after three wins was not a bad result.

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  tamar: The interview with both players is up

Grischuk says the variation is interesting, but that in all three encounters his opponents have gone for the drawing lines.

He said he knew about the Nb5-a7+ repetition, but did not quite remember how it could come about.

Karjakin for his part said he played a safe line that would be winning if Grischuk did not play the only moves, but he did.

White cannot overpress, as Black has shots of his own after 27 Nxe4 Nc5! winning the Queen because of the back rank threat on d1.

The remainder of the interview the players talk about the heat in Beijing, and how tired they became this year with all the events.

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  perfidious: The players could have saved themselves considerable trouble-though drawing the wrath of some pundits here at CG-by carrying on 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bc1 etc, for a shorter way home.
Jul-07-13  fgh: If I remember Houdini's analysis correctly, in the final position, white can play Qf3. Now that's a fun move.
Jul-07-13  Pedro Fernandez: Strange Najdorf for me, I never had seen this line of game which was very risky for both sides finishing in a repetition of moves. That move 6...Ng4 by Grischuk didn't change the move 6./9.Be3 by Karjakin but he had to open the diagonal g1-a7 but Grischuk conceded the quality by taking the DWB in h2 but then its homologue was pinned by 20.Rh8, so no bishops on g1-a7, but the couple of black knights occupied that diagonal neutralizing the white attack against the black king, but Rxd1# was not possible because the continuous white ckecks. An interesting game but strange one in the Najdorf.

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