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Anish Giri vs David Navara
Gashimov Memorial (2018), Shamkir AZE, rd 6, Apr-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0


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  Diademas: 23 ...Bc2 is such a strange move. I have no idea what Navara was thinking here.
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  Sally Simpson:

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Looks like he was expecting 24.Rxc2 Rxc2 25. Qxc2 when 25...Nd4 is playable. The Bishop is pinned and Nxe2+ is on the board.

He missed the move b5-b6.

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  Marmot PFL: <Sally Simpson> Good explanation, I was also baffled by Bc2.
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  Marmot PFL: 23...Na5 looks OK. Black can block the file with Nc4 and if Bd6 Qb6+.
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  Diademas: Thanks <Sally Simpson>, that makes sense. But than again; after 24.Rxc2 Rxc2 white van still play b6 and black is back in a world of pain.
Apr-25-18  happyjuggler0: 23...Bc2 24)b6 Qc8 25)Rxc2 Rxc2 26)Qxc2 Nd4 27)Qa4+ Kd8 28)Qxd4

Of course in my line 27...Nc6 is better than Kd8, but being down only one piece instead of two pieces doesn't help much.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Diademas,

As I said he missed the b5-b6 move all together.

Common trait, we have all been there, we get so wrapped in our own schemes and miss completely what the other guy is up to.

it's a nice cunning idea but flawed.

Remember once writing a piece saying one should not seek ideas in chess. Just play reaction chess. Makes moves to cover your opponents threats. Let them have the ideas, all you need do is find the flaw.

It requires a lot of patience, something I do not have, but I often write telling people to do things what I can't, especially when it comes to endings. (those can do...those that can't teach!)

Tarrasch said something similar about plans.

Wait till your opponent has a plan, it will be wrong and you can react against it.

Would like to have seen a vid of Navara's reaction when Giri played b6.

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  Sally Simpson: See above:

The Tarrasch quote is:

""When you don't know what to play, wait for an idea to come into your opponent's mind. You may be sure that idea will be wrong." Siegbert Tarrasch 1862 - 1934.

I used Ulibin - Sveshnikov 1988 to kick my piece off.

White to play.

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19.Rd2 is OK but White got an idea (fatal) and played 19.Qg4.

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Quite a nice trick. The threat is Bh6 than Rac1 winning the c8 Rook.

But.... See how the game panned here:

Ulibin vs Sveshnikov, 1988

Apr-25-18  DansChessLounge: Navara self destructed in this game. Giri's dark square bishop was an absolute Monster! For analysis of the game check out the video -->
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  Zibbit: Shocking blunder! I tried to give an explanation in my video analysis:
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  Honza Cervenka: 23...Bc2 was one of David's classical blackouts.
Apr-26-18  WorstPlayerEver: 23... Bc2 24. Rxc2 Rxc2 25. b6 Rxc5 26. bxc7 Kd7 27. f5 Nxe5 28. Qd4 Kd6 29. fxe6 fxe6 30. Qf4 Rc8 31. Rb1 R8xc7 32. Rb6+ R5c6 33. Qf8+ Kd7 34. Bb5

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  OhioChessFan: After 14. Rc1

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If 14...Nxd4:

1) +1.20 (38 ply) 15.cxd4 Qd7 16.Nc3 a6 17.Qb3 Rd8 18.Na4 b5 19.Nc5 Bxc5 20.Rxc5 O-O 21.Rfc1 Qe7 22.Qe3 Qh4 23.Rc6 Ra8 24.a4 bxa4 25.Bxa6 Qe4 26.Qxe4 Bxe4 27.f3 Bg6 28.b5 Bd3 29.Ra1 Rab8 30.Rc5 Rb6 31.Rxa4 Ra8 32.Kf2 Bc4 33.g3 Rab8 34.Ra5 f6 35.exf6 gxf6

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