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Anish Giri vs Tiger Hillarp Persson
"Eye of the Tiger" (game of the day Jan-28-2009)
Corus Group C (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-22
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1


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Jan-26-09  pawn to QB4: 8...b5!? is an innovation as far as our Opening Explorer is concerned. Anyone know what was planned if 9.cxb5 before I chance it myself?
Jan-26-09  Bumcrot: I believe that 9.c5 would have followed.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 8...b5 is a remarkable gambit, but I still can't see sufficient compensation for the pawn.
Jan-28-09  paavoh: <An Englishman> is right. I believe the gambit was played to steer the game quickly off the book, a good strategy by an attacking player against such a young opponent.
Jan-28-09  arctic tern: 26...Qh3! and White can't save the bishop. If 27.Bb5 then ...Rxc3+ is deadly.
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  al wazir: What was the point of 27. Bc4 ? Wouldn't 27. Be1 have staved off defeat a little longer? If 27...Ne4, then 28. Bxe4 Rxc3+ 29. Bxc3 Qxc3+ 30. Bc2.

But black has 30...Qe3+ 31. Rd2 Qxf4, with 32...Bg5 to follow.

Jan-28-09  Chicago Chess Man: <al wazir> 27Be1 loses to...27...Qe3+ Bd2 28.Nxd3+ Kc2 29.Nb4+ Kc1 30.Rxc3+
Jan-28-09  DuskXIV: i agree entirely with englishman and paavoh: 8...b5 makes things interesting but I can't see that black has much to show for it if the "gambit" is accepted.

And is it just me, or did white commit suicide on move 12? Black's queenside pawns look scary and Persson did a good job of showing why.

Jan-28-09  number 23 NBer: <DuskXIV> I agree with you, castling can't possibly be sound. It looks like Giri is jumping straight into the fire.

I can see why Giri might not have taken the pawn. It would be psychologically difficult to defend against a gambit one hadn't prepared for, not to mention damaging to one's clock. Personally, I would have taken the pawn and accepted the consequences, be what they may, but I have already established to myself that I play the opening at a level about 600 points below my rating, so I wouldn't trust me on this.

Jan-28-09  cydmd: I see no compensation for White's sacrifice on move 27.Bc4. To me, resigning would be THE move.
Jan-28-09  Jack Kerouac: Mercy! Nice relentless play by Tiger
with Nimzowitsch (or -vich if you prefer)knights creating havoc. And perhaps indulge and pick up my 'Lonesome Traveler' novel between tournaments.....
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  Travis Bickle: I think it was suicidal for White to 0-0-0.
Jan-28-09  MarbleSkull: after 9. cxd5: 9.Ne4, Qa5, or Bd6 are all interesting options that further the off-bookiness.
Jan-28-09  WhiteRook48: nice for a pun
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  al wazir: <Chicago Chess Man>: You're right. Thanks.

Outside of problems I don't recall ever seeing such a constipated position.

Jan-28-09  Dr.KnowNothing: <Chicago Chess Man>: I live in Chicago too!!!!
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  kevin86: A nice finish. Black spreads the white queen side on the table and then performs the "Melbourne method"-death in two hours,by surgery.
Oct-14-09  gharigac: 8)...b5 is strange gambit !?
I think 9)c5 better than 9)cxd5 which giving the black strong position
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