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Viswanathan Anand vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-29
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Marmot PFL: Rc7 now and if c3 Rc6+ with perp. my guess is anand would have drawn it anyway
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  The End: Giri just blundered..ha..ha..But will Anand take advantage of it. He is playing second best moves for quite sometime.
Jan-29-11  fisayo123: Looks like Giri made a mistake there.
Jan-29-11  gopal936: all engine say it is draw
Jan-29-11  arkansaw: <Kinghunt> alas, as I feared
Jan-29-11  montree: Oh no! Giri, missed it! Still superlative performance!
Jan-29-11  Kinghunt: < The End: Giri just blundered..ha..ha..But will Anand take advantage of it. He is playing second best moves for quite sometime.>

It doesn't take any subtle play to make the draw from here. Even just 50. Rxd2 leads to the loss of black's passed pawn and an elementary draw.

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  Eyal: <Rc7 now and if c3[c2] Rc6+ with perp> Yeah, that's why it was important to put a rook on the 6th rank on move 49 instead.
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  achieve: Ouch - Giri allowed a perp - what a bummer, unless the relay is wrong.

Pity for all the hard work, but all but positives to take from this magnificent duel.

Jan-29-11  arkansaw: a really easy perpetual since Kh5 is not possible due to Rfc6
Jan-29-11  lightbishop c5e6: looks like the restricted time finally got to Giri :/
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  The End: I wrote it before Anand played Rc7. Now it should be a draw unless somebody blunders again.
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  Domdaniel: Oh dear.
Jan-29-11  fisayo123: Maybe if he had more time he could have seen Rb6.Still phenomenal play from Giri!
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  Brettwith2ts: Well, that's too bad. I wanted Giri to win. Oh well, he should be proud of this game, it was well played.
Jan-29-11  germfreak: So Giri finally made a mistake and threw away his advantage! what a lucky break for the Champ.
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  sbevan: To continue with GMR's comments:

"49...Rb6 may be the only winning move since 49...Rc5 allows 50.Rd6+ Kh5 51.Rff6!. 49...Rd2
6mins 58secs No!!!! Giri throws away the win that was so close. Now after 50.Rc7 c2 51.Rc6+ Kh5 52.Rff6 holds as shown previously. 50.Rc7 "

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  technical draw: Aaaaarrrggghhhh!!
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  SCUBA diver: I think Anand blew it. He should have taken the rook.
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  turbo231: Looks like a draw to me.
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  The End: Dr(y)awn!!!. Pity that Giri couldn't make it.
Jan-29-11  gopal936: draw official
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  Ragh: As years pass by, Giri will certainly learn to perform well under time pressure.

One thing for sure is that Giri doesn't fear the veterans. First he created problems for Shirov and now for Anand, and to some extent for Aronian also.

Jan-29-11  fisayo123: I think its safe to say that 16 year old Anish Giri outplayed the world champ.I think if he won he would have been the youngest player to have defeated a world champ?
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  Domdaniel: 49...Rb6 looks winning. It guards the King from lateral checks while maintaining pressure on e3, which indirectly protects the c-pawn as well.

It's an odd echo of move 41, when Giri preferred the active 41...c4 to a passive retreat like ...Rb7. That choice was probably justified, but this one led to an immediate draw.

Rooks on the 7th shouldn't be obliged to stay there no matter what.

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