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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Anish Giri
Altibox Norway (2017), Stavanger NOR, rd 7, Jun-14
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: How many times was the Dragon killed and buried only to revive? In the interview Giri said he was playing the line for a fast draw (surprise) but then MVL started making weak moves (my take not Giri's).

19 Qd4+ and then opening the king side looks like a good plan. moving the rook on the c-file and blocking with g5 looks too slow when black is already advancing on the other side. having attacked e7 white might as well have taken it (28 Rxe7) and kept material even although black looks better anyway with the safer king.

Jun-14-17  WorstPlayerEver: Giri was obviously kidding; he doesn't do fast draws this tournament.
Jun-14-17
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  cormier: 0.59 18. Qd4+ Kg8 19. g4 Bxa4 20. Bxa4 Qxa4 21. gxh5 Rac8 22. Rh2 Qa1+ 23. Kd2 Qa2 24. h6 f6 25. Qe4 Kh8 26. Qxe7 Qxd5+ 27. Kc1 Qf7 28. Re2 b3 29. c3 Qh7 30. Qxh7+ Kxh7 31. Re7+ Kxh6 32. Rxa7 Rc4 33. Ra3 Rxh4 34. Rxb3

0.58 18. g4 Rh8 19. Qd4+ Kg8 20. Rhe1 Re8 21. g5 Bxa4 22. Rd3 Bxb3 23. Rxb3 Qa1+ 24. Kd2 Qa5 25. Rxb4 Kh7 26. c3 Qc7 27. Kc2 Qd7 28. Ra4 Ra8 29. Rea1 Qf5+ 30. Qd3 Qh3 31. Rf4 Rhf8 32. Re1 Rae8 33. Qd2 Qd7 34. Kb1 a5 35. Rfe4 Qa7

Stockfish 8 depth 22

Jun-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: -1.07 24... e5 25. dxe6 Qf5+ 26. Ka2 Rxe6 27. Rd1 Rhe8 28. Qd4+ Kg8 29. Rd3 Re1 30. Qxd6 Rh1 31. Rb7 Kh7 32. Re7 Rxe7 33. Qxe7 Kg7 34. Qd8 Rxh4 35. Rd5 Qxf3 36. Rxa5 Rh3 37. Qd4+ Kh7 38. Qc4 h4 39. Qxb4

-1.05 24... Rhf8

-1.04 24... e6 25. dxe6 Rxe6 26. Ka2 Rf8 27. Rhc1 a4 28. Rc8 axb3+ 29. Kxb3 Ree8 30. Rxe8 Rxe8 31. Rc4 Qf5 32. Qxd6 Qxf3+ 33. Kxb4 Kg8 34. Qf4 Qd5 35. Ka3 Qd1 36. b3 Qa1+ 37. Kb4 Qe1+ 38. Ka3

Stockfish 8 depth 22

Jun-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: the pawn on d5 wouldn't be there if white had recaptured with the Bishop several moves earlier. The square would not have been weakened if the Bishop had captured there.
Jun-15-17  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 19 Kb1, 19 Bxa4 Qxa4 20 Qd4+ Kh7 21 b3 covers the a1 square and White's attack continues

Perhaps in such a sharp line it took just one small oversight or flaw in White's plans somewhere to pass any advantage to Black.

Jun-18-17  Master M: Giri's best so far in this tournament where he was behind and came back well.
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