Rd. 8 - GM Alexander Grischuk vs. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Written and annotated by GM Alejandro Ramirez.


Grischuk repeated the variation that Carlsen played against Vachier-Lagrave earlier in the tournament, but MVL was not going to be caught unguarded in this variation twice. He came up with the strong early Qb6 idea, neutralized all play from Grischuk and the game was eventually drawn when neither side could find a constructive idea.