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Anish Giri vs Teimour Radjabov
FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017), Geneva SUI, rd 1, Jul-06
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense Blockade Line (D37)  ·  0-1


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Jul-06-17  Dave12: Oh greed...
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  whiteshark: Had to double check the result...
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  JointheArmy: Good to see Radja playing good chess again.
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  al wazir: If 36. Kg2, then 36...R8e2+ 37. Nxe2 Rxe2+ 38. Kh1 Qh3 0:1.
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  ChessHigherCat: By move 13 it looks like a classic position where black should be punished for having all his pieces on the wrong side of the board. I think white should have played 14. f4/e1/f5 instead of wasting time on the queenside.
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  ChessHigherCat: <al wazir: If 36. Kg2, then 36...R8e2+ 37. Nxe2 Rxe2+ 38. Kh1 Qh3 0:1>

And if 36. Rxd4 Rxf1 37. Kf1 Qh3+ 38. Kf2 (Kh1 Re1#) Qxh2+ 39. Kf3 Qe2#

Jul-06-17  SirRuthless: The Swiss Gambit?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black's position looked poor after move 13, yet he's the one who sacrifices pawns and a piece for the attack. Perhaps his position wasn't as bad as it looked?

In any case, now that we know who will win the (non-existent) brilliancy prize, do they still need to play the rest of the games?

Jul-07-17  fisayo123: Decent game by Teimour. On the hand, this is one of the worst classical games I've seen Giri play in recent years. Just a poor quality game all round. He'll be furious with himself.
Jul-07-17  Nf8: Black's position after move 13 shouldn't be so bad, it's quite normal in this line (though 12.g3 is usually played rather than Ne5). It seems that White's troubles began with 20.Bg6, which allows the invasion of the black queen after the bishop exchange (according to the interview with Radjabov - - it happened right after Giri offered a draw on move 19). But 25.a4 is truly strange - looks like one of those "pass" moves done in analysis in order to illustrate the threats of the other side; he had to try 25. Qxc6 fxe5 26. Qxd5 exd4 27. Rd1.
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  Ulhumbrus: 10...h6 disturbs the king side pawns and invites the attack g4 and g5, perhaps after 11 0-0-0
Jul-08-17  actinia: I am hoping that more games like this will get white off of the London System and Italian Game kick that we have seen lately. I thought these were rarely seen for a reason.
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  perfidious: <actinia: I am hoping that more games like this will get white off of the London System and Italian Game kick that we have seen lately. I thought these were rarely seen for a reason.>

Not sure as to the reasons behind the frequency of the Bf4 systems, but a major reason why the Giuoco Piano has returned is the popularity of the Berlin Wall; from roughly WWI to Kasparov's revival of the Scotch Game, practically everyone who began with 1.e4 wound up in the Spanish at the highest levels--for example, it was a major surprise when Karpov essayed 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 against Beliavsky in 1983.

Jul-09-17  actinia: I'd prefer reading over an Italian game than a Berlin Wall game any day!
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  perfidious: I'll sign that.
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  Jambow: I really liked Giri's position until I didn't. Maybe he over extended or maybe it never was that good. King safety or lack there of gets me in trouble too.
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  HeMateMe: black showed you can keep that ugly pawn structure, hemming in the LSB well into the middlegame, and still safely get the Bishop out later. timing is everything, as they say.
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