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Anna Muzychuk vs Anish Giri
Corus Group B (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-26
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0


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Jan-26-10  zanshin: Congrats Anna! I will look at the game later to see how this could have happened ;-)
Jan-26-10  zanshin: I had a quick look at the game. It seems Giri was a little too ambitious with <34...g5>. And like most people, I wonder why Anna did not play <39.Kh5>.

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  Gypsy: <zanshin: ... And like most people, I wonder why Anna did not play <39.Kh5>.>

White king gets sort of trapped on the h-file; and it is a really hard prospect to make something positive out of being there. For instance,

<39.Kh5 Rg3 40.h7? Rh3+ 41.Kg5 Rxh7 ...>

and White has shed the h-pawn anyway; or

<39.Kh5 Rg3 40.Rh1 Ng6 41.Nb3(?) Ke7 42.Nxa6?? Kf6 ...>

and White king is suddenly in an uncommonly tight spot

<43.h7 Rg5+ 44.Kh6 Nh8 45.~ Nf7#>!

Jan-26-10  shintaro go: Kudos to Anna for taking the fight to Anish and crushing the leader. I like her aggressive approach in this game.
Jan-26-10  Don Cossacks: Congrats Anna and this is a blow to Giri's tournament standing :( I think Giri should have played the solid 1...e5 instead of the Sicilian (1...c5), he must have learned his lesson now .BTW he still can win this tourney and I'm sure he would bounce back.
Jan-26-10  Libispusher: Right out of the opening black suddenly finds himself in one positional mess. After some piece exchange before the 18th he realized he had to "face the Musych", duking out what looked like an untenable ending.
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  KingG: Maybe Giri should have played the safer 3...Bd7. The move he played is very double-edged, and even Kasparov suffered a bad loss in it once, Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991. Carlsen also got a pretty dubious position out of the opening in this line in London against Ni Hua, even though he went on to win.
Jan-27-10  esticles: LOL at the people second-guessing Giri's opening choice. He was on fire before this game, and Anna is by far the lowest rated player in the section, so of course he's going to play something double-edged. It must have been quite shocking for him to get outplayed in it though!
Jan-27-10  Albertan: I have analyzed this game in great depth using the World's Strongest chess program Deep Rybka 3 on my quad-core computer in analysis mode for one hour. I also used Chessbase 10 and Chessbase Megadatabase 2010 to help me with the analysis.I hope you drop by my blog and play through this analysis using the program Chessviewer Deluxe. I have also analyzed two other games from Corus 2010 in a similar fashion to the Muzychuk-Giri game, these being: Shirov-Carlsen and Kramnik-Nakamura.
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  kurtrichards: <Muzychuk vs. Giri Sicilian Defense Canal Attack 1-0> So Anna won over Giri and succeeded in stopping the latter from pulling away. Let us see if Naiditsch can do the same in round 10 - Giri vs. Naiditsch. Good luck.
Jan-27-10  zanshin: <Gypsy> That's an interesting point you raise. My take here is that <39.Kh5> is Rybka's top choice because engines can calculate all tactical options. Anna obviously saw Kh5 but probably chose the safer <39.f4> to avoid complications. She correctly calculated that she still had enough of an advantage to win. Clearly a well played game for her.
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  Gypsy: <zanshin> Yes, that is also what I think. Anna chose simplicity and clarity: The extra pawn, space advantage and pawn majority in the center, and clearly better playing pieces were, taken together, all but bound to give Anna a straight forward victory.
Jan-28-10  msmith5: b4 was an oops although white was already better off at this point; the position after this oops makes for a good Monday or Tuesday puzzle
Aug-25-10  shakespeare: Rybka recommends holding the pawn with Kh5 - 3.34 though a good edge is left after the game move 1.6 the decicive mistake by black was according to rybka 34....g5 though up to this point Anna managed to increase slowly her advantage with an incredible precicion
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