GM Gareev's 2013 U.S. Championship: GM "X-Factors"!

Jun 19, 2013
25 min
Using a tenacious will to win, GM Timur Gareev fights for six hours at the end of a long tournament, and grinds out an endgame, winning by one tempo. The game looked deadlocked for most of the middlegame, but a slight imbalance in the center gave Gareev just enough room to win a pawn. In mutual time pressure, GM Conrad Holt missed a drawing simplification, leading to an instructive queen-and-pawn endgame win for the second-seeded Gareev.