Friday, March 19, 2010

Brilliant Blindfold Game !

The photo above is a photo taken from the 2007  Blindfold Chess World Cup in Bilbao. Source-

Grischuk produced a brilliant blindfold game against his compatriot- Peter Svidler in round 6 of the Melody Amber 2010. In the blindfold game, Grischuk look like he is losing the game after giving (losing)  his queen for two  minor pieces on move 19 but a few move later it`s white`s who drop materials.

GM Peter Svidler - GM Alexander Grischuk
Melody Amber, Round 6 (Blindfold), 19.3.2010

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. e4 b4 10. Na4 c5 11. e5 Nd5 12. O-O cxd4 13. Nxd4 Be7 14. Qh5 g6 15. Qe2 O-O 16. Bb5 a6 17. Nc6

With hindsight, this is the start of white`s problem. Better is  17. Bc6  

17... axb5!! Grischuk sac his queen for two piece. A brilliant move especially when produced  without seeing the pieces on the board! Probably Svidler was expecting move like  17... Qe8 18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 19. Bxd7 Qxd7 20. Nc5 Qc6 21. Nxb7 Qxb7 22. Bd2  

18. Nxd8 Rfxd8 19. Qxb5 Ba6 20. Qc6 Bd3!! 

Grischuk brilliatly cover white`s queen escape square on c2!  

21. Re1  21. Nb6 N7xb6 22. Rd1 Rac8 23. Qxc8 Rxc8 24. Rxd3 and white a piece down  

21... Rac8  21... Ra6 22. Qb7 Rxa4  22. Qb7 Rc7 23. Qxc7 Nxc7 24. a3 Ra8 25. axb4 Bxb4 26. Rd1 Bb5 27. b3 Nd5 28. Bb2 Rb8 29. Bd4 Kg7 30. g3 g5 31. Rac1?? white can still offer tough resistence with 31. Rdc1  31... Be2 and white will lost more exchange  0-1

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