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Anish Giri vs Nils Grandelius
Sigeman & Co (2010), Malmo SWE, rd 2, May-27
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0


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May-28-10  dortam888: i think anish saw so much catalans in anand-topalov and learn it perfectly. nice game anish
May-28-10  Interbond: I don't think Giri plaed this perfectly.Grandelius had a clear advantage, but it was very complicated.
May-28-10  Gouvaneur: Superb game, very imaginative play by the young Giri.

<Interbond>: Can you give any variations? Or are you just relying on the wrong analysis of Fritz 3?

May-29-10  xanadu: Black 21...h4 looks like suicide...Perhaps 0-0 is better, trying to hold the position.
May-29-10  Atking: A great game. Both players tried their plans with imagination. Not sure that 21...0-0 or 21...c3 better. White is 2 pawns down but all pieces are playing. e.g a mixing line like 21...c3 22.Qc1(Not sure that the best square for the Queen) 0-0 23.f5 N moves 24.Qg5 and I like white here. Plan like Rf4~Rh4 looks quicker than a5-b4-a4-b3.
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  wordfunph: Anish Giri - Nils Grandelius

Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2010

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Analysis by Rybka 2.2n2 mp 32-bit:

1. (1.56): 29...fxe6 30.f7+ Kf8
2. (11.80): 29...Bxe6 30.Qg5 Rc8
3. (#11): 29...Rxh3+ 30.Bxh3 fxe6

the critical stage of the game, Grandelius made a mistake 29...Bxe6 instead of 29...fxe6 and Giri pummeled Grandelius with the correct continuation of 30.Qg5 and the rest is history.

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  Tabanus: After 29...fxe6 30.f7+ Kf8 there is 18-ply

1. (2.18) 31.Qg5 Qd8 32.Qg6 Qe7 33.Re5 Qxf7 34.Rf1
2. (1.95) 31.Qxd7 Qxd7 32.Rxd7 Rh6 33.Bxc6 Rb8 34.Rxa7

May-29-10  jhoro: This game is unbelievably difficult to play on either side. I thought 28...Kf8 was better, but the bird says Giri still had a devastating attack starting with 29.Nxe6. I think this is a real tactical masterpiece. Congrats to both players
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  Tabanus: After some preserved backsliding my monster says black is lost after 24...Nd8. If instead 24...0-0 black loses a piece, with = at first but eventually evals rise in white's favor. For example

24...O-O 25.fxe6 Bxe6 26.Qf4 Rad8 27.Rd6 Rxd6 (27...Bxh3 28.Bxh3 Rxd6 29.exd6 Qe2 30.Qxg3 Qxc2 31.d7 Qe4+ 32.Kh2 ) 28.exd6 +0.60/21

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  Tabanus: 24...O-O 25.fxe6 Bxe6 26.Qf4 Rad8 27.Rd6 f6! and I believe it's quite even.

Between moves 11 to 24 though it seems black is better (?), for example 23...0-0 24.fxe6 Bxe6 and white has nothing but to wait for black's Q-side pawns coming.

So probably 10.f4 Qc7 11.Nxb5 cxb5 12.Bxa8 Bb7 13.Bxb7 Qxb7, with 13 games in Chessbase.

With 10.Bd6 and <13.Qg4> Giri perhaps tried to improve upon Beliavsky-Pavasovic 2006 1/2 and Tkachiev vs A Goloshchapov, 2003 0-1, which both continued 13.Qh5

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A three-pawn sacrifice in the first ten moves of the Catalan?! I am very impressed--this is not the quiet and mild-mannered opening I used to know.
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  whiteshark: These Catalan Gambit lines are really worth a deeper look.
May-31-10  The Rocket: Nd8? is a move I would never even concider
Jun-10-10  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 19...Ne6 is 19...c5 offering to return the pawn in return for being able to castle eg 19...c5 20 Nxb4 0-0
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