Tal Chess Memorial: Grischuk Teaches How to Draw in the Face of Ballistic Carlsen Attack

They would say only a Russian could do this. We would say anyone could do it with Chess King. Actually! Here is a fantastic game from the ongoing 7th edition of the Tal Chess Memorial. Round 4 saw Magnus Carlsen – World No. 1 from Norway – play an all out attack with White against Russia’s Alexander Grischuk. Hold your breath and watch the game. Dare you play it in a tournament?


Carlsen,M (2835) – Grischuk,A (2761)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Moscow RUS
Date: 2012.06.12

[…] 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 a6 4.¥a4 ¤f6 5.O-O ¥e7 6.d3 b5 7.¥b3 O-O 8.a4 b4 9.¤bd2 ¥c5 10.¤c4 d6 11.¥g5 h6 12.¥h4 ¥g4 13.¤e3 ¥xf3 14.gxf3 g5 15.¥g3 ¤d4 16.¥c4 ¤h5 17.c3 bxc3 18.bxc3 ¤e6 19.¦b1 ¤hg7 20.¥d5 ¦c8 21.¢h1 ¢h8 22.¦g1 £f6 23.¥c4 a5 24.¦b5 h5 25.¦xa5 h4 26.¤g4 £e7 27.£f1 ¦a8 28.¦xc5 dxc5 29.¤xe5 £f6 30.£h3 ¦xa4 31.¥d5 ¦a6 32.¥c4 ¦d6 33.f4 ¤xf4 34.¥xf4 £xf4 35.¤f3 ¦g6 36.¦g4 £c1+ 37.¦g1 £f4 38.¦g4 £c1+ 39.¦g1 £f4 40.¦g4 £c1+

6 Responses to “Tal Chess Memorial: Grischuk Teaches How to Draw in the Face of Ballistic Carlsen Attack”

  • Chris, ny says:

    Congrats to Grischuk for holding that. Carlsen sure has some nerve to lock in that Bishop at g3 and get away with it. Thanks for sharing. Memorable game really.

  • Alexis Cochran, NZ says:

    14.gxf3 I think I wouldn’t play that in a million years against a GM. Guess Carlsen was sick of draws in the previous rounds and went for win or lose but draw again. Nice game.

  • AD, India says:

    Holy Cow. Uff.

  • Acimual says:

    What’s wrong with 29…hxg3 ?

  • Jason Bourne, Washington says:

    @Acimul guess because of fear of infilteration on h3 with Queen and the Rook coming up as well. I have this line though.
    30. fxg3 Ne8 31. Bb5 Nd6 32. Bc6 Ra6 33. d4 c4 34. Qe2 Rb8 35.
    Bd5 Qe8 36. Qd2 f6 37. Ng4 Kg7 38. e5 fxe5 39. dxe5 {-0.79|d16}{(0:00:00)}

  • Max Bouaraba says:

    hard to say, but maybe it has something to do with Qh3+-Kg8, Ng4-Nf4, Qh6-g2+, Rxg2-N4h5, f4?! and ongoing attack or instead of f4 even Qg6 with the “thread” of Nh6? Not really clear to me what a Computer would say. But for sure a russian player dont like to get killed like this, so Grischuk dont give such pleasures to Carlen…

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