Alexander Grischuk Vs Vladimir Potkin – 2011 World Cup Round 4, Game 2

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After losing game 1 of round 4 of the 2011 FIDE World Chess Cup against fellow Russian and old friend Vladimir Potkin, Alexander Grischuk had to win to stay alive in the tournament and have a chance to win the $120,000 first prize. Grischuk opened with e4 and Potkin chose the solid French Defense. Grischuk continued with an aggressive line intended to open and complicate the game as quickly as possible. It seemed that Potkin had achieved dynamic activity and equality from the opening however Grischuk uncovered the key to the position – trading off black’s queen and dark-squared bishop would reveal his long-term positional weakness of black’s pawn structure and highlight the c7 square as a point of entry into black’s defense. Potkin appeared considerably confused by the change of pace and fell upon a mistaken plan and then blundered, allowing Grischuk to win an exchange with 23. a3! and maintain strong pressure against black’s position. Grischuk tuned in at this crucial moment and played the rest of the game perfectly, claiming a decisive advantage with 30. Bg4! and forcing black’s resignation with 32. Rxb7!

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PGN:

[Event “World Cup 2011”]
[Site “Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia”]
[Date “2011.09.07”]
[Round “4.2”]
[White “GM_Grischuk”]
[Black “GM_Potkin”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2682”]
[Opening “French: Steinitz, Boleslavsky variation”]
[ECO “C11”]
[NIC “FR.04”]
[TimeControl “5400+30”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qd2
b5 9. Nd1 b4 10. Be2 Qb6 11. c3 bxc3 12. Nxc3 Rb8 13. b3 Qa5 14. Rc1 cxd4
15. Nxd4 Nxd4 16. Bxd4 Ba3 17. Rc2 O-O 18. Na4 Bb4 19. Bc3 f6 20. Bg4 Re8
21. Bxb4 Rxb4 22. O-O Bb7 23. a3 Rxa4 24. bxa4 Qxd2 25. Rxd2 fxe5 26. fxe5
Nxe5 27. Be2 Rc8 28. Rb2 Rc7 29. Rb6 Nc4 30. Bg4 g6 31. Bxe6+ Kg7 32. Rxb7
{White wins} 1-0

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