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Alshouha Basil vs Alexander Grischuk
Tromso Olympiad (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 1, Aug-02
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50)  ·  0-1



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Aug-02-14  obiesama: Daring approach by white..Unfortunately it came up short against grischuk
Aug-02-14  Marmot PFL: Almost a 600 point mismatch, with a predictable outcome.
Aug-02-14  obiesama: Cm gaelafshwe of Botswana 2222 just drew gm banikas of greece rated upset?
Aug-02-14  ChessMan94: You'd think a much weaker player would play much more carefully.
Aug-02-14  dort: not sure if grischuk considered Bxf7 when he played the natural looking Nxd4 (maybe he did) but hr might have asked himself after "is it possible to do" and a minute after the obvious answer came up. Just simply no. you don't want to go out of theory against GM his opening was "BASE ILL"
Aug-02-14  1d410: Grischuk gained a queen material advantage from aronian on about move 13 before. This is his type of game. Short, simple, and effective.
Aug-03-14  Refused: <dort: not sure if grischuk considered Bxf7 when he played the natural looking Nxd4 (maybe he did) but hr might have asked himself after "is it possible to do" and a minute after the obvious answer came up. Just simply no. you don't want to go out of theory against GM his opening was "BASE ILL">

Leaving the paths of known theory (which Grischuk probably knows way better than Basil) itself is not a bad idea. The problem was to think, he could tactically outwit Grischuk, that was destined to fail.

Something from the category:
<I admire your courage, I'd like to admire from afar.>

I don't think Grischuk seriously considered Bxf7+ before, when he was faced with it, it was probably something like: <What?!? This can't be working. Fine, let's work this out.>

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  Sally Simpson: Sally Simpson: This is why I love these Olympiads.

It's dream time. The equivalent being the chance for a Sunday league team to play Manchester United in an official game.

The lad sits down opposite a top GM and without a shred of fear tries to steer him into a delayed Morra Gambit, when this fails he sacs a Bishop on f7.

No danger of this lad playing like a rabbit caught in headlights.

A GM title and mega rating means sod all to this lad. A smile, a flick of the wrist and a shrug of the shoulders. Brilliant.

The Jordan game plan apears to have been to offer Alshouha as a sacrifice on board one and catch out the Russians preparation on boards 2-4. Very cunning.

They have an IM in their team, Sami Khader, but he was rested in prep for today's match v Fiji. (they have sneaked Sami onto board 4....again very cunning.)

Alas they have left out Alshouha for the Fiji match. Let's hope they find a few more games for him. He is currently my Hero of Tromso.

The line up for the Jordan - Russian match was.

Basil, Alshouha 2135 - GM Grischuk, Alexander 2795 0 - 1

FM Samhouri, Bilal 2256 - GM Svidler, Peter 2751 0 - 1

FM Mansour, Sameer 2249 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2786 0 - 1

FM Mohannad, Farhan 2321 - GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714 0 - 1


The line up for today's Fiji - Jordan match.

CM Prasad, Calvin 2011 - FM Samhouri, Bilal 2256

CM Kumar, Manoj 1987 - FM Mansour, Sameer 2249

CM Goundar, Sanmogam 1952 - FM Mohannad, Farhan 2321

Sikivou, Taione 1817 - IM Khader, Sami 2352

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  Penguincw: If 12.Nxd8 then 12...Rxc4 13.Nd2 Rc7, and the knight is still lost (and still has to salvage a pawn).
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  Sally Simpson: Jordan won 4-0!

Sameer Mansour threw a piece at Black to open the the King and create OTB complications.

S Mansour vs Manoj Kumar, 2014

Aug-03-14  Conrad93: Haha! 4. Bc4 against a super GM?

This guy must have been either drunk or stupid.

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  Sally Simpson: No. He was not drunk or stupid.

The lad, unlike many here, was completely unimpressed with a title and a four digit number.

He rolled up his sleeves and gave it go. I bet he has some cute wins under his belt with that Morra move order tempting a Bg4. Bg4 is OK but Black need to tread carefully else he will walk ito a Bxf7+ trick.

Raymond keene had the same postion as Black and instead of Grischuk's 6...Bg4

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RDK played 6...d3!

G Speed vs Keene, 1966

Aug-04-14  Chris321: This is stage of the tournament where Fischer would say probably"getting rid of the Patzers"or is that actually a bit later where what he did with poor Tamanov haha..."Lets do a Taimanov"...or would he Call it a sixpack...yea down memory lane there for a sec or two!
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  perfidious: <Chris321> Fischer himself noted that he should, on the games played, hardly have defeated his redoubtable opponent six-nil; in his view, a score of 3.5-2.5 would have been reasonable.
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  HeMateMe: What was white thinking?
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  Everett: <Chris> why don't you go visit Fischer's gravesite, and stay there.
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  perfidious: <Everett> Maybe he can have a duel with <ughhaibu> over the merits of Fischer as a player--or lack thereof.
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  Domdaniel: Fischer never played in a Swiss system Olympiad - up to the mid-70s Olympiads were played on a group system. So Fischer never experienced what Chris callously calls 'getting rid of the patzers'.
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  Domdaniel: I agree with Sally about Baz's courage here ... at least he had a go.
May-05-15  Rhialto: A devious trap by Black, the sort of thing that remains hidden when both players are as strong as Grishuk, but comes to the surface when a 2700 needs to go rabbit-catching. Given the appalling number of tactics that grandmasters weaker than Grishuk will see in a blitz game, I very much doubt he missed 8.Bxf7+ and just "happened" to have a refutation handy. Especially since he tends to waste so much time on the first few moves anyway. I expect when he moved 7...Nxd4 he calculated the game line up to 11...Rc8, then looked briefly at 12.Nxd8 Rxc4 13.Nd2 Rxc1+ 14.Rxc1 Kxd8 to make sure he was winning (13...Rb4 14.a3 Rb5 probably works too). Courage is admirable but needs to be tempered with realism....

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