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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Anish Giri
London Chess Classic (2016), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-09
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Ulhumbrus: After 13...Bf5 White has a queen side pawn majority while Black has a king side pawn majority.

14 f4?! tries either to play for a king side attack or else it attempts to gain the initiative on both wings and to show that White has an overwhelming advantage, which one may at least doubt. This may be the move which lets slip White's advantage. Instead of this 14 Qd2 connects the rooks and gets ready for Rfc1 and c4.

After White has neglected his queen side pawn majority Giri takes advantage of this at once and increases his material force on the c file by 14...Rc8!

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  Sokrates: Wonderful! First game a draw. Congrats to Giri for this success. MVL ... still there?
Dec-09-16  paavoh: I think White never had much advantage to speak of. c2-c4 won't help much as Black can counter with Rac8, b4, a5 and perhaps Nb6 with sufficient play. Cautious by both sides.
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  whiteshark: Congratulations for still being within the margin of lowered expectations.
Dec-09-16  1971: Cool game. I haven't seen too many where Black plays an early h5 and gets away with castling kingside.
Dec-09-16  8284: <1971> fyg Game Collection: 88\\2_Push the h-pawn !! (with castling)
Dec-09-16  1971: <8284> lol thanks
Dec-09-16  KoNUlla: I think that with 6/7 major pieces left it should be possible to play more then 21 moves of theory then draw -_-
Dec-09-16  j4jishnu: Worthless Draw. Boring match.
Dec-10-16  dm1991: This game is like a time capsule - it's so 2002. Change the date to 2002 or 2003, the names to Vishy Anand or Vlad Kramnik as white and Giri's spiritual father Peter Leko as black. Thankfully there's still this gem A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2016 so Najdorf still can be awesome (even if i'm very bad at tactics).
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