Since we have a short draw in the Aronian – Kramnik game ended in a quick draw, I will do commentary on the Grischuk – Svidler game now.

GM Grischuk (2726) – GM Svidler (2735) [D43]

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.h4 g4 11.Ne5 h5 12.0–0 Nbd7 13.Qc2 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 Bg7 15.Bg3 Qxd4 16.Rfd1 Qc5 17.Bd6 Qb6 18.a4 a6 19.e5 Nd7 20.a5 Qa7 21.Ne4 (I evaluate this as a little better for Black. White does have some compensation but a pawn is still a pawn.)

21…c5 22.Ng5 Nxe5 23.Bxe5 Bxe5 24.Bxc4 (White is sacrificing a lot of material but he has compensation because the Black King is quite vulnerable.)

24…bxc4 25.Qa4+ Kf8 26.Rd7 Bd5 27.Rd1 (If White plays 27.Rxa7, Black will respond with Rxa7 and Black is better. This is now quite interesting. Black cannot move the Queen away because Rxf7+. So Black is stuck. This is an amazing position. Black may have to play 27…Bd4 because not much else works. Black is almost in zugzwang. This has to be the most exciting game so far in this world championship. If 27…Bxb2 28.R1xd5 exd5 29.Qc6 and White is much better because of the potential attack on the f7 pawn.)

27…Bd4 (Basically the only move. OK. Now what will White do now. Black is fine if White captures the Black Queen. So what else? If 28.b3 cxb3 29.Rxa7 Rxa7 30.Rxd4 cxd4 31.Qxd4 +-. Another line is 28…Qb8 29.Rxf7+ Kg8 30.bxc4 g3 31.cxd5 gxf2+ 32.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 33.Kxf2 Qb4 34.Qc6 Qxh4+ 35.Kg1 Rf8 36.Qxe6+ Kg7 37.Qe5+ Kg6 38.Ne6] 29.Rxa7 Rxa7 30.Rxd4 cxd4 31.Qxd4 =)

28.Rxa7 Rxa7 29.b3 Kg7 30.bxc4 Ba8 31.Qc2 = (31…g3 is possible and probably is the best move.)

31…g3 32.Rxd4 cxd4 33.Qe2 gxf2+ 34.Qxf2 Rd8 35.Qg3 (White should be able to hold this with ease. Still an amazing game!)

35…Kf8 36.Qe5 Ke8 37.Nxe6 fxe6 38.Qh8+ Ke7 39.Qg7+ Ke8 40.Qh8+ Ke7 (41.Qh7+ Ke8 42.Qxa7 d3 43.Qxa6 Ke7 44.Qa7+ Rd7 45.Qc5+ Rd6 46.Qg5+ Kd7 47.Qd2 and White is better. But this is extremely difficult to calculate.)

41.Qg7+ 1/2

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