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Pentala Harikrishna vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-12
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0


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Jan-12-13  Marmot PFL: Well played ending by white. Not sure if black could draw but maybe 46 ... Rxc4 47 Rxa5 Rc1 was a good chance.
Jan-12-13  Jamboree: Why didn't Giri fight to hold the e-pawn with either 31. ... e5 or 31. ... Rc6 ? Seems strange to just throw away a key pawn for no reason, as he did.
Jan-12-13  goodevans: In the final position white is able to get his K across to stop the c-pawn. If black had earlier sac'd his h-pawn to deflect the K to the h-file (i.e. while white's K was still on g4) then the march of the c-pawn would have been more effective. Maybe enough to save the game.
Jan-12-13  Nerwal: Maybe Giri didn't like the fact that his king would be boxed in after 31... e5 32. h5 or 31... ♖c6 32. h5. Another critical decision is 46... g6. In hindsight, maybe active defence with 46... ♖xc4 47. ♖xa5 ♖c1 was better ?
Jan-12-13  Jason Frost: Maybe Giri was low on time, but 46...g6 seems like a completely unintuitive move to me. 46...Rxc4 has to draw easily, considering this should be a theoretical draw

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Jan-13-13  haydn20: <Nerwal> I think you're right about why Giri didn't like 31...e5 32. h5 but 32...a6! then c6 getting the P's off the 7th and White doesn't have anything. Also 45...Kf6 may be an error as 45...Ke7 46. Ra7+ Kf6 looks =. And your suggestion 46...Rxc4 looks good to draw. White played the ending well but Giri played it rather badly to lose it IMO, but I'll now go check with a machine!
Jan-13-13  master of defence: What means IMO?
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  WannaBe: In My Opinion

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Jan-15-13  Powerthinker: Please decipher to me the abbrevations "lol", "e. g.", "i. e.". Thank You in advance.
Jan-15-13  haydn20: lol is an online abbreviation for "laughing out loud"; e.g. is short for Latin exempla gratia (for example), i.e. is Latin id est (that is).
Jan-29-15  TangoJoseph: A rook trapped on middle of the board with only Kings and pawns, ! Nice endgame for white
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