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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Anish Giri
World Cup (2017), Tbilisi GEO, rd 4, Sep-12
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1-0


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  gregory2188: We're seeing Ivanchuk the genius in the World Cup so far!
Sep-12-17  Chesstorian72: No way, is chuky really about to win this whole thing,na no way he's TOO OLD!!!
Sep-12-17  Petrosianic: Giri's play was totally inexplicable. It was common sense that Black wanted to keep the Queens on to make it harder for White to advance those Kingside pawns. Much easier to advance them with Queens off. Yet Giri offered a Queen exchange with plenty of time on his clock, and sure enough, collapsed within a few moves. I don't see how a GM could have misevaluated that.
Sep-12-17  Petrosianic: Just had a look at it with an engine, which agrees that exchanging Queens took it very equal to hopeless for Giri in short order.

The best line seems to be 34...Qe8. If White insists on 35. Qd7, then the Queens DO come off anyway, but Black has time to get in Re8 and Re2, keeping the game equal.

Sep-12-17  et1: Giri's plays was totally inexplicable - Ok but what about fear ? Imagine yourself in front of Ivanchuk knowing he is in shape after eliminating Kramnik....Giri somehow froze, until he lost. :)
Sep-12-17  Mudphudder: Go chucky!! Now all chucky needs to do next is to hold Giri to a DRAW....which Giri should not complain about. BAHAHAHAHA!!!
Sep-13-17  outplayer: You are very clever <Petrosianic> In most positions I came to the conclusion that the Exchange of queens helps the defender but I know the idea that the Exchange of queens helps the side who has passers since back twelve years ago in a correspondence game of mine.
Sep-13-17  outplayer: I really came to see the suggestion of <Petrosianic> namely 34...Qe8 in in na article by Peter Dodgers.
Sep-13-17  FSR: I thought no one played 3.d4 anymore, although I have no idea why it seems to have fallen into desuetude.
Sep-13-17  Mikhail1962: Bravo,V.Ivanchuk
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  Troller: <FSR: I thought no one played 3.d4 anymore, although I have no idea why it seems to have fallen into desuetude.>

Larsen has written that it is clearly inferior to 3.Ne5, this at a time when it was still fairly common. I don't remember his reasoning though; but apparently top players of today shares the sentiment.

I think Giri was nervous, the same was definitely the case during his match with Sethuraman. Still strange that he went for Q trade, probably active play might well hold the draw instead.

Sep-13-17  Ulhumbrus: 9...0-0-0 offers White the d5 pawn but also exposes the black queen to the pin Bg5. An alternative way to offer the d5 pawn as a sacrifice is 9...Qg6.

15...b6 disturbs the queen side pawns without necessity.

The moves 15...b6 and 9...0-0-0 suggest that Giri did not want to draw and went too far trying to win. Ivanchuk was no 3 in the world at one time, and anyone could lose to him.

Sep-13-17  ndg2: I've rarely seen Giri playing this listless. His style may be drawish or boring, but usually he defends better than that. They were several occasions, where he could have saved the game even with pawn down.
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  rickgarel: I'm glad to see Chucky doing so well. It is strange that Giri went for the Queen exchange.
Sep-14-17  Saniyat24: Chuck Chuck Boom Boom....!
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