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Sergey Karjakin vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-15-17  dm1991: I wonder if a dragon type of play could be fine after a rather toothless 6. a3. For a while i thought Sergey was trying to be Carlsen but it didn't worked out (Giri as black so no shocker). I also feel Giri was a bit slow in the opening. I doubt 6. a3 will be tried again.
Jan-15-17  Caissanist: It seems that Carlsen disagrees with you ;-).
Jan-16-17  Sally Simpson: The never to be played again 6.a3..


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... was possibly a move Karjakin had left over from his prep in the World Championship match.

Slightly ironic that in the very next round v Wojtaszek, Carlsen here...


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...played 7.Nf5 instead of 7.Nf3.

Carlsen was watching this game whilst playing Wes So and in his after game interview with Wojtaszek said:

"I was wondering during the game after 6...e5 why not to go 7.Nf5 so it was too tempting not to give it a try."

Carlsen vs R Wojtaszek, 2017

No doubt Carlsen will be surfing on Karjakin's shoulder for the next few games to see what other ideas he has.

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