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Alexander Grischuk vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 6, Sep-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-28-13  SirRuthless: I thought Nakamura missed a chance perhaps with 16... Ng4!? To create some complications on Grischuk's time pressure. Forcing him to play f3 or moving a rook to defend the weak f2 pawn, giving black time to get in b6 and using the fact that white's king is cut out from the d file to get some play on the king with some knight tricks. I ran the engine to check but but after a while it settles on Ng4 being only slightly better than 16. Nxc4 which was played. Nakamura also missed a chance to get in a timely e5 at move 17.... preparing to put the B on e6 and get some play against the white king. Perhaps this game was a draw all along but I get the feeling Grischuk could have been made to suffer more than he did. Still, both players remain in the hunt.

Perhaps someone who has more insight can investigate the power of 16... Ng4 and in case of 16. ...Nxc4 the 17. e5 move.

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  patzer2: The surprising 17...b6! is an instructive tactic. At first glance it looks like a mistake to allow the Knight Fork 18. Nc6. However, Black's next move (18...Bb7!) proves the Knight fork an empty threat White dare not execute.

After 18...Bb7!, the forked Rooks are untouchable as 19. Nxb1? Bxg2 20. Rg1 Bd5+! 21. Kc3 Rxb1 to gives Black two pieces for the Rook.

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