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Best Puzzles from the Games of Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk has the most entertaining chess interviews ever. But surely his chess games and achievements are even more impressive: a 3-time world blitz champion and participant in 5 Candidates tournaments, Grischuk has also won 2 Olympic and 3 World team championship gold medals.

Today, on October 31, 2022, Grischuk turns 39; and we have collected 3 beautiful combinations from his games. Let's see how many of them you can solve on your own. 

1. Grischuk vs Caruana, Pro Chess League 2020 / White to move

Solution:

The white pieces are placed perfectly, so it's time to strike! Alexander begins by sacrificing his bishop.

20. Bxh6 Nc5 21. Nxg7 Nxb3 22. Nxe8 Rxe8 23. axb3 

The fight is over; white is left with 2 extra pawns, which Grischuk converted easily.

2. Grischuk vs Aronian, 2nd Norway Chess 2014 / White to move

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Solution:

One of the first lessons your chess coach teaches you is to avoid bringing your queen out too early. Here's why: 12. Bd3 e4 13. h5 Qf5  14. Rh4 exd3 15. Rf4 

The clumsy rook has caught the black queen in the center of the field; something you don't see very often. 

3. Kasimdzhanov vs Grischuk, Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015 / Black to move

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Solution:

White's last move was Qd1, and now black has a mate in 4.

35...Rf2 - Effective and brilliant tactic. White has no defense against the following Rg2-Rh2-Qg2 sequence.

 

 

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