Remembering Correct Move...

Время публикации: 29.09.2012 23:26 | Последнее обновление: 29.09.2012 23:52

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Peter Leko and Alexander Grischuk played a theoretical game    

In Round 8 of the Grand Prix London Leko and Grischuk followed Akopian - Khalifman encounter played at the European Championship 2012. According to Grischuk on move 18 he forgot theory and played 18...b3, he actually reproached himself while giving a commentary to our correspondent Maria Yurenok. 


Let us remind you that this position arises from a sharp line of the English attack in Najdorf system of the Sicilian defence. 
18...b3. In Akopian - Khalifman 18...Ng4 was played.

"I spent 50 minutes on remembering which move was correct - that was in vain, - Gischuk said. - It seems that White could win after this, but not in an obvious way. So, now we together with Kasimdzhanov and Leko are sitting and looking for a winning move for fifteen minutes knowing that it exists. It's even harder to find it while playing; then Black had a dangerous position, but my opponent made a mistake and after 28.Qd4 the draw was obvious. The position would stay dangerous if playing 28.g6."     
Commentary is available in the audio player [in Russian]. 

"We've been looking for a win for fifteen minutes..."

Peter Leko: "I definitely knew that 18...b3 wasn't the best choice, but the position still wasn't that easy. 22.g6 was probably giving a huge advantage, but I didn't think about it because 22.c3 looked quite good. I was glad to play so, because I knew that we would go into the position with different colored bishops. I thought that after 26.Rh3 Bхd1 27.Qхd1 I would have advantage, but I missed 27...Rb8. I was going to play 28.g6, but for some reason I didn't make that move... I  played 28.Qd4, I blundered 28...Rb4. That was just a blunder in one move." 

[Event "1st FIDE GP London 2012"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2012.09.29"] [Round "8.6"] [White "Leko, Peter"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf"] [EventDate ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e6 7. Be3 b5 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. g4 h6 10. O-O-O b4 11. Nce2 Qc7 12. h4 d5 13. Bf4 e5 14. Bh2 dxe4 15. g5 hxg5 16. hxg5 Rxh2 17. Rxh2 exd4 18. Rh4 b3 19. axb3 Nc5 20. Nxd4 Nd5 21. fxe4 Nb4 22. c3 Be6 23. Kb1 Nxb3 24. Nxb3 Bxb3 25. cxb4 Qc6 26. Rh3 Bxd1 27. Qxd1 Rb8 28. Qd4 Rxb4 29. Qe5+ Qe6 30. Qxe6+ fxe6 31. Bxa6 Bd6 32. g6 Be5 33. b3 Rxe4 34. Kc2 Ke7 35. Bd3 Rg4 36. Re3 Kd6 37. Re4 Rxe4 38. Bxe4 Kc5 39. Kd3 Kb4 40. Kc2 Kc5 41. Kd3 Kb4 42. Kc2 1/2-1/2 

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