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Anish Giri vs Frank Holzke
13th European Individual Championship (2012), Plovdiv BUL, rd 5, Mar-24
Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17)  ·  0-1


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  whiteshark: Let me be Frank.
Mar-25-12  nimh: <Anish Frank> would make a good pun. This game should have taken place couple of weeks earlier.
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  Penguincw: Ouch. Giri losing to a 2508 with white. That is bound to kick him out of 2700.
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  Gilmoy: Krause Carlsbad leads to racing: Black storms h, White tries to open one of a/b/c. Black diverges from the more typical caveman Rdg8 idea for an Nd7-<17.Nc5-18.Ncd3> outpost.

White seems to lose himself in the complications, allowing Black to "waste" 3 tempi on <21..h4 22..h3 23..h2+> -- then slowly realizes that it's a big problem after all. Possibly Giri had to split his prep/thinking time between 22..hxg3 and 22..h3, and overlooked a tar pit.

Black follows up most energetically: his whirling minors brought him to the dance, and he keeps them dancing. Punch line: <27..Nc5> defending #@b7, and <31..Ne4> cutting the diagonal, is witty, and perfectly calculated to snuff White's one threat. Who's your caveman!

Mar-25-12  ColdSong: GM Holzke seems to know better that his opponent where he goes in this very dangerous and forceful one.Surprising from Giri, who has a reputation for working hard his openings.
Feb-08-13  Everett: <<27..Nc5> defending #@b7,> Only a GM could defend against that move!
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