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Alexander Grischuk vs Andrei Volokitin
Baku Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 4, Sep-05
King's Indian Attack: Symmetrical Defense (A05)  ·  0-1



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Sep-05-16  Marmot PFL: Karjakin must not have wanted to play against his old team, and Grischuk played badly as a replacement.
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  HeMateMe: I like black's work in the middlegame. very creative.
Sep-05-16  sonia91: <Marmot PFL> In previous Olympiads Karjakin played in matches vs Ukraine; I think it's because he played 3 games in a row before this round, while Kramnik only 1.
Sep-05-16  SirRuthless: Amazing result considering the situation right now with Russia and Ukraine as well as the fact the KArjakin was benched. This is the meat and potatoes portion of the event. You don't bench your best players unless they are bringing down your team.
Sep-05-16  fisayo123: <SirRuthless> Well, this is Alexander Grischuk we're talking about not a 2500 GM.
Sep-05-16  PhilFeeley: Volokitin made it look easy against a 2700 player. He was very active with Ne4 and Qa5. The computer didn't like dxc4, yet it was key to his attack and victory
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  Domdaniel: Some very nice play here by Volokitin - Grischuk was thrown on the defensive with White and couldn't seem to recover. Black's ...dxc4 and subsequent pin on f3 is very powerful.

Interesting opening, but it's not a King's Indian Attack. I've had a similar position in the Fianchetto Gruenfeld or Slav-Gruenfeld -- ECO D78 or D79, I think.

Sep-07-16  Appaz: Fascinating to see how Volokitin defends his pawn on e3 from the middlegame into the endgame. It's up for grab several times, but at a cost.
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  Domdaniel: Presumably 19.Bxe8 leads to an immediate draw after 19...Qxg4+ ...? Black has nothing better (19...Be5? 20.f4). But White's 19.Bxc6!? is a deliberate decision to play on in a roughly equal position -- perhaps it seemed too early to draw with White.

Black's subsequent play - especially the way he manages to preserve his pawns - is delightful.

Sep-26-17  wordfunph: "When I came up to the board, Alexander was sitting in a track suit, his head covered by a hood. When I bent down and looked him in the eye, he was unexpectedly asleep! This was an unusual start to the game."

- GM Andrei Volokitin

Source: NIC Magazine 2016 #7

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