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Fabiano Caruana vs Anish Giri
Reggio Emilia (2011), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 5, Dec-31
Russian Game: Classical Attack (C42)  ·  0-1


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Dec-31-11  Manders: 24 Kf1 is an unfortunate mistake in a tough position , giri could have played nxf2 a move earlier.
Dec-31-11  hellopolgar: Giri's immortal.
Dec-31-11  fisayo123: <manders> 24..h6 to prevent a back rank mate first. Hard to calculate an immediate Nxf2 in time trouble.
Dec-31-11  Manders: Well at the time he still had over 15 minutes left , not exactly time trouble.
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  Penguincw: 25.Nxf2 and the attack got started.
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  wordfunph: "A victory with Petroff to conclude the year- what can be better! Happy New Year! :)"

- GM Anish Giri

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  Peligroso Patzer: <Manders: 24 Kf1 is an unfortunate mistake in a tough position , giri could have played nxf2 a move earlier.>

Caruana could have addressed that threat by moving his Queen to defend f3 (25. Q to b3, d3 or d5), but the White position would have remained difficult (e.g., <25. Qd5 Ne5> with a large advantage for Black). After <25. Qc2>?, the Knight sac on f2 was just as strong as it would have been a move earlier.

FWIW, a possible continuation after the sac on move 24 could have been: <24. ... Nxf2 25. Kxf2 Bxf3 26. Qxf4 Bxe2 27. Qxf6 gxf6 28. Rd5 Bc4 29. Rxe7 Rxe7>, and Black emerges with an extra piece for which White has less than no compensation.

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  Phony Benoni: 7...Bb4+ has an interesting little history. Marshall tried it a few times from 1912-1914, the first game being one of his most famous:

Janowski vs Marshall, 1912

At St. Petersburg, 1914, he scored two draws and a loss against Capablanca, Alekhine, and Tarrasch. Not that shabby. But the variation lay dormant for 70 years after St. Petersburg.

Maybe it was due to games like this one, which showed what happened when a player not named Marshall tried it against Capablanca:

Capablanca vs R T Black, 1913

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