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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Analysis of Gashimov-Grischuk, 2010 World Team Chess Championship round 4

I have analysed another chess game for you to enjoy. This game comes from the fourth round of  the 2010 World Team Chess Championship and is between GM Vulgar Gashimov and GM Alexander Grischuk. The opening is one of the most exciting in chess, a Najdorf  Sicilian Defense, with the Poisoned Pawn variation being played by Gashimov. I used the World's strongest chess program, Deep Rybka 3 in analysis mode for one hour and the database Chessbase  Mega database 2010 to assist me in my analysis.I hope you enjoy playing through this analysis. I also used the pgn-html conversion program developed by Nikolai Pilafov which he has kindly uploaded to the following website,, to enable me to post the game to my blog using the program Chessviewer Deluxe.

"This variation "begins with the moves:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qb6 after which 8. Qd2 Qxb2 usually follows, accepting the 'poisoned' b2 pawn, although White can also play 8. Nb3, protecting the pawn."

"One of the pioneers of this line was David Bronstein, who tied the 1951 World Championship match against Mikhail Botvinnik 12-12. Bobby Fischer later became an exponent, playing it with great success. The line was most famously played in games 7 and 11 of the 1972 World Chess Championship Match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in Reykjavík. In each of these two games Fischer played Black and grabbed the pawn. In the first, he reached a secure position with a comfortable material advantage but only secured a draw. In the second, Spassky surprised Fischer with a theoretical novelty and won the game after Fischer defended poorly, allowing Spassky to trap Fischer's queen, handing Fischer his only loss with the Poisoned Pawn. The line was later taken up successfully for Black by other leading players, including World Champions Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand, and even Anatoly Karpov. It remains one of the most theoretically important variations of the Sicilian Defense."


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