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Magnus Carlsen vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel Group A (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-19
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-19-12  Marmot PFL: Kamsky having a tougher fight to get his draw.
Jan-19-12  karnak64: I love it when they play it out to the bitter end.
Jan-19-12  waustad: Kamsky v Caruana is the only one left in the A group.
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  Domdaniel: Every last piece and pawn that could be taken was eaten. These youngsters don't suffer from phagophobia, or fear of swallowing.
Jan-19-12  Ulhumbrus: After 14...c5?! instead of 15 d5?! 15 dxc5 dxc5 16 e4 may gain the upper hand.
Jan-19-12  LIFE Master AJ: Whoops, my prediction was wrong ... maybe Carlsen should count himself "lucky" (yet again) not to have lost this one.
Jan-19-12  Pedro Fernandez: Giri could not win, at least from around move 25., simply because his white bishop was in prison, even having that little material advantage.
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  whiteshark: looks drawish now.
Jan-19-12  abuzic: 27...Qe1+ would be very strong.
Jan-19-12  LIFE Master AJ: According to Houdini 2.0 (on the official website); White had real chances to win the ending ...
Jan-19-12  timhortons: <White had real chances to win the ending ...>

this boy is a real deal then.

Jan-19-12  marcwordsmith: oh wow, I just tuned in . . . just two kings on the board .. . I think this looks drawn!
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  Penguincw: Carlsen avoids another loss, and this time tries to reverse it. He draws, and ruins his chances for a repeat of Nanjing 2009.
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  wordfunph: "In the end a draw was an OK result, obviously at the start I wouldn't be too happy with that but yeah."

- Magnus Carlsen

Jan-19-12  blue wave: Interesting game. The 16.Rh5!? was a real turning point. I guess 16.Rde1 or 16.Kb1 would have been much better.
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  cro777: " I thought the setup Anish chose out of the opening was dubious but then I made several mistakes and I couldn't exploit it". (Carlsen)

After 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4, Giri had a choice between the King's Indian (4...0-0) and the Gruenfeld Defense (4...d5). In the last year edition of the Tata Steel tournament, Giri beat Carlsen in the Neo-Gruenfeld Defense. This time he opted for the Kings Indian. Carlsen decided not to go for the main lines (5.e4), trying, by playing the King's Indian without e4 , to render useless Giri's opening preparation

4...O-O 5. Bg5 (the main continuation is 5.e4)

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5...d6 (5...c5 is the main alternative) 6.e3 h6 7. Bh4 g5 Giri plays agressively (7...c5 and 7...Nbd7 are alternatives) 8.Bg3 Nh5 9. Nd2 Nxg3 10. hxg3

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Black has a pair of bishops but has weakend light squares on the kingside.

10...e6 11. Qc2 Qe7 (11...c5 and 11...f5 have been played before). 12. Be2 a6 13. f4 f5 14. O-O-O c5 15. d5 e5

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White stands better. Carlsen outplayed Giri in the opening but here his maneuver 16.Rh5?!...Rhh1 was not a good idea and turned out bad for him.

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  messachess: Well played by both, but of course, Giri is most impressive, further establishing himself as a legitimate rival at the top ranks of chess. To cement himself there, he has to be like Carlsen: win much, lose little. We'll see.
Jan-19-12  310metaltrader: does not 58 re6 check win, it allows white to get off the pin, and i would have seen it even, so is it winning?
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  Sastre: <310metaltrader: does not 58 re6 check win, it allows white to get off the pin, and i would have seen it even, so is it winning?>

58.Re6+ Kf7 59.Ke2 Ra4 60.Kd3 (60.Kf3 Ra3) Bxe3 61.Kxe3 Rxg4 62.Rxh6 Ra4 is a draw.

Jan-20-12  FlashinthePan: After 32.Bb6, why doesn't Giri go for ...Rb8 with a view to playing b5 and opening the b file to try to leverage the power of his two rooks? He might have had better chances to win, or am I missing something?
Jan-22-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PASSIVELY DEFEND PAWNS

Carlsen vs A Giri, 2012 26 Rh1-f1 "Defending the pawn (f4)" -- GM Naiditsch @ chessbomb

Jan-23-12  BobbyFissure: 63. ..Kg7? Seems they were just having some fun playing those last few moves.
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  cro777: "In his wins over both Gashimov and Gelfand, Carlsen got the sort of quiet positions with a more-or-less stable positional plus (however small) and room for slow maneuvering, in which heís become phenomenally strong.

The only one who managed to cause him problems with Black was Giri, who played something which looked (and apparently was) rather risky, but required Carlsen to play aggressively and make tactically precise moves in order to take advantage of that Ė something which he didnít manage to do so well.

Perhaps thatís the best strategy against Carlsen right now Ė try and take him into complicated and very concrete tactical play as soon as possible".

(The Chess Mind, a reader's comment)

Jan-23-12  hardliner: I don't think anyone wants to take Carlsen in to complicatins. That's what they fear the most, I guess.
Jan-23-12  BobbyFissure: That actually sounds like a pretty good idea. It seems to me like Carlsen right now is always trying to get into positions with a small edge because he can take advantage of that better than anyone. Interesting that in this game for instance he shied away from away KID main lines. Just my patzer thoughts.
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