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Alexander Grischuk vs Le Quang Liem
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 3, Aug-18
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Slav Formation (A15)  ·  1-0

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Aug-18-13  Sihlous: Clutch win for Grischuk...Well earned...I hope he takes it all.
Aug-18-13  luzhin: Le's decision to win a pawn with the g-pawn rush on moves 86-7 is understandable, but it introduced exactly the positional imbalance that Grischuk, in a must win-game, needed. Great play by Alexander, though: he's got nerves of tungsten.
Aug-18-13  siggemannen: The coolest game i've ever seen! But Le is tough in blitz, so it's still not over yet
Aug-18-13  GBKnight: <Le's decision to win a pawn with the g-pawn rush on moves 86-7 is understandable...>

I must admit I had assumed this was some kind of mistake by white, and I wondered why he did not just exchange pawns on g6 at any time. However, looking at it again, it does seem that black has some difficulties even after winning the pawn. Quite a remarkable concept, especially in a practical game.

Aug-18-13  csmath: I feel sorry for LQL.

Unnecessary complicating position with "active" approach to take annoying h-pawn. Thus making completely new position which he was too tired to analyze precisely.

Here are for some errors in ending, somebody asked about:

Instead of 101. ... Kg7?
[no need since white king cannot enter kingside!]

101. ...Rc5
102. Bd3 d4!

and the pawns d/e will be exchanged after which the white has no way of winning.

Then again:

104. ... Nf7? [black could still play 104.... d4 and defend better, he would likely get drawn rook ending].

LQL eventually played d4 but when it was too late. I think he was obviously tired and these moves require fresh mind to find.

Grischuk play in the ending was entirely ordinary so the "active approach" of LQL was an obvious error giving an easy game to the opponent and a hard game to himself while trying to hold on the extra pawn.

Aug-18-13  galdur: Position after 119.f6


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119...Ra1? (Rd2) which allows 120.Re4 and black can resign right away. But white moved Kf5 and eventually won the game in 154 moves.

After 120.Kf5 I think Ra5+ would have given black some drawing chances (121. Ke4 h5) but instead he moved Ra6 and soon wound up in a lost situation.

Aug-18-13  csmath: <After 120.Kf5 I think Ra5+ would have given black some drawing chances (121. Ke4 h5) but instead he moved Ra6 and soon wound up in a lost situation.>

No, it is lost all the way, it doesn't matter. The rook ending is lost from the beginning.

Aug-18-13
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  HeMateMe: Switzerland position reached. Nice job, Gris!
Aug-19-13  chessguru1: Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987

Check out the opening in this game..

Aug-19-13  BUNA: <luzhin: Le's decision to win a pawn with the g-pawn rush on moves 86-7 is understandable, but it introduced exactly the positional imbalance that Grischuk, in a must win-game, needed.>

Well said. During the game I had difficulties to understand Grischuk's actions. But in hindsight a lot of his moves simply tried to provoke pawn advances in order to generate a second weakness. 64.h5, 71.Rh1, 72.Nf4, 75.Nh3, 77.Bg4, 79.Kh3

Finally Le couldn't resist the temptation any more.

Aug-19-13  Libispusher: Ten-A-schuk G.

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