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Vladimir Kramnik vs Anish Giri
London Chess Classic (2016), London ENG, rd 8, Dec-17
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The players gave it everything they had in this engrossing game, but sometimes the draw will win out no matter how hard you try. An interesting moment comes at move 37. Black had the option of trying 37...Rxg3!?; 38.Nf5+,Rxf5; 39.Rxg3,Rxa5 and Black will have 5 pawns vs. the Rook, but as the commentators pointed out, he did not need to resort to such an extreme idea.
Dec-18-16  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 16 Nec3, 16 b3 or 16 Rdc1 prepares the advance c2-c4.

Instead of 17 Ra3, 17 Ne3 seems consistent. It gets ready for Nc3-d5 freeing White's c pawn to advance to c4, otherwise why has White played 16 Nec3?

22...Rc5 blocks the square c5 for Black's bishop and makes it more difficult to play the pawn sacrifice ...d5 followed by ...Bc5. This suggests 22..Rc4 instead.

Dec-21-16  SimplicityRichard: An excellent game by Giri. If Giri is playing this way but keeps drawing, I don't see a problem.#
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