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Magnus Carlsen vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel (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  Gordon1306: <Does anyone else see this? Houdini 2.0c> . .. well Houdini was a magician!
Jan-19-12  Strongest Force: This could be difficult for black to win unless Mag blunders some more
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  technical draw: Chucky wins!!!
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  beenthere240: Nc1 protects the bishop in case of Re3. i now think Carlsen may be holding this.
Jan-19-12  Gordon1306: <so who is winning?> Its slightly in Black's favour (-.22 according to the magical, Rook jumping, Houdini)
Jan-19-12  leow: blacks rook b8 and bishop are controlled by whites knight so maybe white is not so bad
Jan-19-12  Ulhumbrus: <abuzic: <Ulhumbrus:>18...Qf7 19.Qd3 Qg6 20.g4> Then 19...Nd7 seems better and on 20 Qg3 Kh7
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  Fusilli: I think the knight is going to g3 via e2. The f5 pawn is really weak.
Jan-19-12  Pedro Fernandez: Houdini 1.5 29...Re3
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  beenthere240: The peace pipes may be smoked soon.
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  Marmot PFL: Thought black should have traded queens. With queens on this is dangerous due to weak king position.
Jan-19-12  Ulhumbrus: On 31...Rf8 32 Be6+ Rxe6 33 dxe6 Qxe6 returns the exchange and regains a pawn
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  beenthere240: However, ...Rb8 would prepare the long awaited queenside attack from black.
Jan-19-12  Gordon1306: 31. ... Rb8 seems most active for Black.
Jan-19-12  Ulhumbrus: Black has by far the more powerful minor piece
Jan-19-12  talisman: did black miss a win somewhere?
Jan-19-12  Gordon1306: Giri goes for returning the exchange to head for B vs N ending?
Jan-19-12  talisman: black's b pawn needs to giddyup soon.
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  ajile: aww sacced back the exchange?


Jan-19-12  Open Defence: interesting game
Jan-19-12  Ulhumbrus: <Gordon1306: Giri goes for returning the exchange to head for B vs N ending? > The alternative was to wait for a bishop on e6 cemented in by f5 and the d5 pawn
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  Domdaniel: A bit nervous, returning the Exchange like that. I thought 31...Rb8 looked fine for Black.

Now Carlsen has some practical winning chances, though a draw looks more likely.

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  technical draw: Karjakin/Gelfand is a thriller...
Jan-19-12  Ulhumbrus: I am off for now. I forecast presently a win for Giri.
Jan-19-12  talisman: queens and rooks come off
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