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Anish Giri vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Sinquefield Cup (2016), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Aug-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-06-16  Imran Iskandar: 27. Ka1!! What a move! Up to that point and a few more moves after, Anish had been playing tremendously well. Alas, his hard work had been undone by 34. Ka2?, missing Be6!, the only move to draw.
Aug-07-16  Conrad93: 23...g6! solves most of black's problems. Black should have kept his queen on the queenside to keep the option of Qa7 or Qb7 open.

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24. Be2 is example. 24...Nf4 25. Bd1 following the same plan as in the game. Qb7 26. Ka1 d5! The difference!

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White cannot play 27. c3 because of 27...d4, so 28. b3 Rc3 keeping the c pawn in place.

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Black has a slight edge.

Aug-07-16  Atking: Good point <Conrad93> Here white Light squares B doesn't get a live as in the game. Qb7 is a pleasant figure.

>White cannot play 27. c3 because of 27...d4 28.BxN Rc5 29.Qa3 dxc3 is, I suppose, your idea.

Aug-07-16  Conrad93: I felt there was something wrong about 23...Qh4 and I was right.
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