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Anish Giri vs Vugar Gashimov
Tata Steel (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-22
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  0-1
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Jan-22-12
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  ajile: lol

Wow what a game! And no comments yet?

Look at the position after 17.Ra1. Everything is en prise.

Jan-22-12  JoergWalter: An earlier try in the Najdorf sideline played in Giri vs. Gashimov- Looks Gashimov's plan beginning with 13....Be7 is an improvement over Nb6. L Espig vs Joseph Roberts, 1967
Jan-22-12
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  Marmot PFL: Didn't know the line, but I was pretty sure it was theory.

17 Ra1 might be the losing move, the ending looks very bad for white as he has to protect the weak c pawns as well as g6.

Jan-22-12
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  Gilmoy: We loves capture-chains!

<23.Bd5> must have been a deliberate trade of c4 for g6: he can't really save both. 23.Ke3 Ne5 <controls c6> traps the B (by overworking Nf4).

Jan-22-12
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  Penguincw: 37.Nxg7? I think 37.Nf4 is better, trying to prevent the pawn from advancing.
Jan-22-12
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  cro777: Something went wrong with Giri's preparation for this game. "Today it was the highlight of my play, preparation and everything together". (Giri)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Bc4 Qa5 (Giri expected 7...Qb6 which Gelfand played against him 2010)) 8. Qd2 e6 9. O-O-O b5


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Here, the main continuation is <10.Bb3>. Giri opted for a rare move <10.Bd5>. It turned out that he had not really prepared that move. I had looked at it for two minutes in a correspondence game this morning. I thought it was interesting and, without discussing it with my second, I decided to try it.

The correspondence game Liebert-Palmo at the Baltic See Team Tournament (2008) proceeded:

10. Bd5 b4 11. Bxa8 bxc3 12. bxc3 <Nb6>


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Instead of <12...Nb6> Gashimov played <12...Qxa2> and after 13. Qe2 introduced a novelty <13...Be7>.


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13...Be7 introduced the threat of Nxe4.

Whilst <10.Bd5> surprised Gashimov, it had been part of his preparation in the past. " I remembered I had this position in my home analysis but of course not today (many months ago). Somehow after 9...b5 I was always looking 10.Bb3 and I found after 10.Bd5 black is better. But during the game I was not sure if I correctly remembered everything". (Gashimov)

For Gashimov, Giri's <10.Bd5> was a mistake. Anyhow, playing something that his opponent understands better than he did (with the idea from a single correspondence game he had seen) went down to a convincing defeat.

The 500-euro "Piet Zwart Prize" Sunday went to Gashimov for his "resounding win with black against Dutch champion Anish Giri".

Jan-22-12  sicilianhugefun: Spectacular!! If you prefer initiative over material after careful assesment you'll get the material back with great interest.. its like business
Jan-23-12  qqdos: <cro777> thanx for providing the score of the corresp. game Giri mentioned. Objectively, is 10.Bd5 a mistake or only against Gashimov? According to the Tata Steel website and its Houdini analysis, Anish made a crucial error: 17.Ra1? If he had played 17.Qe3= there was level equality. Any views?
Jan-23-12
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  cro777: The exchange sacrifice

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Bc4 Qa5 8. Qd2 e6 9. O-O-O b5 10. Bd5?!


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<10...b4!> White putting his bishop on d5 (by playing 10.Bd5 instead of more usual 10.Bb3) and then Black not taking it but instead letting his rook on a8 taken (11.Bxa8).

This exchange sacrifice has been known for more than half a century, but the reputation of the whole line isn't very good. The move 10.Bd5!? hasn't been played by strong players. "The move is played only in some Opens. Many top games have seen the more logical 10.Bb3. (GM Ivan Sokolov)

" I remembered I had this position in my home analysis many months ago...I found after 10.Bd5 black is better, but during the game I was not sure if I correctly remembered everything but anyway 10.Bd5 was a mistake". (Gashimov)

10...b4 11. Bxa8 bxc3 12. bxc3 Qxa2 13. Qe2


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<13...Be7> Novelty (after 45 years) played by Gashimov . In the game predecessor Lutz Espig (GDR)-Michael Roberts (IRL) at the qualification group of the 14th World Student Team Chess Championship in Harrachov (Czechoslovakia, today Czech Republic) 1967, Black played <13...Nb6>. The same move was played a decade later in the game Wilder-Popovich (New York 1976).

After the novelty <13...Be7> (with the threat ...Nxe4) the game continued

14. Kd2 Nxe4+ 15. Qxe4 Bxg5+ 16. f4 d5


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< 17. Ra1?!> With this move started all Giri's problems (the ending will be better for Black) . Instead of 17.Ra1 he should have played <17.Qe3!>. Shipov suggests the following line:

<17.Qe3> Be7 18. Rhe1 O-O 19. Nxe6! Ne5! 20. Qxe5 Bxe6 21. Qc7 Bd8 22. Qc5 Bf5 23. Rc1 Be4 24. Rxe4 dxe4 25.Bxe4 Qe6


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After <17.Ra1> Gashimov soon had a big advantage.

" In the endgame I thought I might have some chances to survive but even there I played too badly and it was no hope". (Anish Giri)

Jan-24-12  qqdos: <13...Be7 novelty?!> Houdini 2 doesn't rate 13...Nb6, preferring 13...Qa3+; and 13...Ne5. Maybe Giri had found something to upset the 13...Nb6 precedent, so Gashimov was wise to look for a novelty, departing from the earlier examples!
Jan-26-12  Bogdan133: I think <17.Qe3> Be7 18.Nxe6 is better than Rhe1
Jan-30-12  LIFE Master AJ: Interesting endgame, but not much else to be said about this game.

A lot of the opening is known theory, looks like someone did not do their homework, I would say that White was close to dead lost before move 20.

Jan-11-14  nummerzwei: Vugar Gashimov's last win.
Jan-12-14
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  Sacsacmate: Very sad to know about Gashimov's demise.
May his soul rest in peace.

Lousy way to start 2014.

Apr-05-14  nummerzwei: <Jan-11-14 nummerzwei: Vugar Gashimov's last win.>

I'm appalled at myself for not getting this right the first time, but actually Negi vs V Gashimov, 2012 was played two weeks later than this game.

May-13-18  optimuswise: Awesome game!
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