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Anish Giri vs Viswanathan Anand
Zurich Chess Challenge (2016) (rapid), Zurich SUI, rd 2, Feb-13
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  0-1


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Feb-13-16  The17thPawn: Giri better brush up on his Piano or risk more stern lessons at the hands of a Maestro.
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  Richard Taylor: Does he play the piano?
Feb-13-16  althus: Taking on e6 always feels slightly dodgy in the Italian Game, and sure enough, it was the open f-file that won this for Black in the end. It sat dormant for a long time but Anand always had it in hand. Then once the pieces start to come off... whammo. Invasion down the kingside. Masterful.
Feb-13-16  1971: Always happy to see Anand play well.
Feb-13-16  The17thPawn: <Richard Taylor> Of course, the question remains how well? The ebony keys saw the most masterful play in this composition.
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  Richard Taylor: Yes and no (if it hadn't been the take on e6 another error may have been made, it is clear I think that Anand understands this kind of position better than Giri (for now), the f file also worked against Aronian, but it is never clear whether to allow the doubled pawns: it was the f file and the placing of White's R on e3 which became a target as Anand skilfully manoeuvered and played e5 and broke through.

But I disagree that it was inevitable that the f file control would win the game: that is a dubious idea.

Feb-13-16  althus: <Richard Taylor> Oh, absolutely, it wasn't inevitable. Many things could have gone sideways during all the manoevering. But they didn't, which points to the old guy's virtuosity at it. And yes, e5 is a lovely move.
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  perfidious: Who is this A-nand, anyway?

Oh, that's right--the same player who was declared moribund after his showing at Gibraltar. Don't even know why he bothered to show up for this.

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  Richard Taylor: Giri is very talented but he shareth not Taimanov's ability...I just put a library book of about Giri back, on his "growth" and his junior chess games etc...he learned a lot of languages, picking them up wherever he his father is from Nepal, his mother Russian, he was in Japan so learnt that language, learned Nepalese, then Dutch! Then English I think...maybe all those languages are buzzing around in his head and slows down his ideas while playing such as Anand!

I see that this tournament is some strange 40 minute thing with increments and then blitz to please the (psycho-millionaire? billionaires?) and dilettantes who want a spectacle.... All the same the two initial games by Anand are interesting.

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  Richard Taylor: 17th - yes, the Guicco or Italian is a deceptive opening...Capablanca used to punish those who castled at the wrong moment etc and Rubinstein had his Nd4 jump which was probably avoided by Aronian, no Anand (although both games were structurally similar) is problematic when to offer the exchange on e6. Not the cause of Giri's loss but something to be wary of...and whether to let the opponent take on say c4 or c5 and double pawns as those doubled pawns sometimes are good at stopping pawn advances etc....
Feb-14-16  Ulhumbrus: 19 Nc4 gives Black's b pawn an additional target for the move ...b5. This suggests an alternative eg 19 Nh4 freeing the f pawn for f4.
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Who will be the first twat to mention "Alekhine's Gun"?

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  keypusher: <offramp> Er, that honor would appear to fall to you.
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  SteinitzLives: There are many more moves that have proven to be more promising for white than 8. Re1 in this opening.

Regardless of what engines tell one, (not much in many thoroughly analyzed openings this early), moves such as: A. 8. Nbd2, B. 8. b4 (if white takes the trouble to play a4, he might as well play b4.) C. 8. Bg5, D. 8. Be3, even E. 8. a5.

Maybe there were too many choices.

Anand is having a really good tournament so far, happy for him.

Feb-15-16  5hrsolver: Brilliant play by Anand.
Feb-15-16  raju17: Ths is a game played on position and not combinatin which is only last three moves. Giri needs to concentrate on positional advantages before combinations can be generated.
Feb-15-16  raju17: Anand will remin Anand and I strongly refute <perfidious> . I adore Tal, Akekhine, JRC and Laskar but the other GMs and WCs are no fools.
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  perfidious: <raju> must have shut off his iron-o-meter.
Feb-15-16  john barleycorn: I think Giri hided his middlegame preparation.
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