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Hikaru Nakamura vs Anish Giri
Altibox Norway (2017), Stavanger NOR, rd 1, Jun-06
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1-0
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Jun-06-17  not not: The last fighting chance for Giri is to accidently knock pieces of the board and nick white a-pawn whilst resetting position.
Jun-06-17
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  PawnSac: MVL - Anand drawn
Jun-06-17
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  PawnSac: wow.. all games drawn but this one.
Jun-06-17
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  chancho: One thing is to kick ass at Reykjavik, but Anish is discovering that it ain't that easy at the elite level.
Jun-06-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Ra8 - a7 - Rh8, it's all kind of routine now
Jun-06-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Routine was an exaggeration but if 57. Ra8 black can't take g2
Jun-06-17
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  PawnSac: run the king to a7 now.
Jun-06-17  sfm: Time to resign.
Jun-06-17  technical win: from here
Jun-06-17
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  Keyser Soze: yeah, pretty much over
Jun-06-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I gave him fair warning that he couldn't take g2, but oh, these kids! Is he really old enough to be married? He looks like he's 14 in the photo (but more power to him, he'll probably live to be 120)
Jun-06-17  sfm: <ChessHigherCat: I gave him fair warning that he couldn't take g2> But he could also not not take g2 - that was the problem!
Jun-06-17
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  PawnSac: I;m surprised Giri is subjecting himself to such agony and humiliation
Jun-06-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I finally figured out what you guys meant by the dancing rook. How obnoxious can you get!
Jun-06-17
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  WannaBe: <ChessHigherCat> Is it more/less obnoxious than Dancing Queen by ABBA?
Jun-06-17  JimNorCal: Less. IMO.
Jun-06-17
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  SirRuthless: Surprised anything came from this opening. Probably should've ended in a draw but white always has a little pull in the endgame and then black cracked under the pressure.

Carlsenesque

Jun-06-17
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  tamar: Anish said it was hard to spot the "Hammer", the player all the players aim at beating, since all the players were elite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHt... (at 25 minute mark)

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If you can't spot the Hammer, it's probably you @anishgiri

Jun-06-17
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  ChessHigherCat: I wonder what he would have said to his old friend Hammer?
Jun-06-17  zoren: Black's position looks kind of unpleasant already on move 16. Black wants to stop this a5 tickle from W but if he stops it himself mechanically with 17...a5, he might fatally weaken the structure himself.
Jun-06-17  CountryGirl: Nakablanca.
Jun-07-17  paavoh: I thought that the entire Black strategy with dc4, Be6 and exchanging everything in sight was out of place. He basically gave himself a slightly worse endgame without any counterplay. Well converted by Nakamura.
Jun-07-17  Ulhumbrus: One example of a cursory impression is that Nakamura converted a Fischer ending into an extra pawn. The pawn on a6 was troublesome for Black as it supported the move Rb7, but if Black had played his a pawn to a6 to prevent it, White's bishop would have attacked it. This seems a useful resourse to know about. No doubt there are many others.
Jun-07-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: Probably Giri thought he could draw this with his eyes closed.

Totally underestimated the threat Ra8-b8-b7.

In hindsight 21... f5 looks completely ridiculous. I am sure most of us patzers would have gone for the simple 21... a6.

Obviously Giri was looking for a quick way to secure the draw lol

Jun-10-17  Toribio3: Simple bridge-building technique by Nakamura is awesome! However, the robust defense demostrated by Anish can be commended. I admired the two players for their bravery!
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