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Anish Giri vs Vladislav Kovalev
Dortmund Sparkassen (2018), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jul-17
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation. Main Line (B29)  ·  0-1
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Jul-17-18
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  luzhin: 35.Qd1 was dreadfully careless, allowing 35...d4!! after which the pawn structure is dramatically changed to Black's advantage--and his dormant LSB becomes a fire-breathing monster.
Jul-17-18
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  luzhin: The point is that the Qd2 stops Black's Qe3+. But on d1....it doesn't.
Jul-17-18  siggemannen: d4 is VERY nice!
From what i can see, after taking pawn, black eventually goes to e3 and if white moves to h1 then Qxh3 wins, otherwise f4-pawn falls with black advantage. Also, if 36.Bxd4 Bxd4 37.Qxd4, then 38...Qe1 39.Kh2 Qe2 wins the bishop due to double-attack on g2 and c2
Jul-17-18  That Roger: <siggemannen>
<37.Qxd4>
What would have happened if pawn captured there as it did next moves anyway?
Jul-17-18
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Giri tried to catch Kovalev out with 7.c3 and 8.Nxd4, which appears exactly once in the database (I Kurnosov vs A Arribas Lopez, 2012). Declining the gambit with 8...d6 makes a lot of sense.
Jul-18-18  siggemannen: <That Roger>, that goes on to Qe3, and Qxf4 / Qxh3 line where black keeps the advantage.
Jul-18-18
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  Sokrates: <luzhin: 35.Qd1 was dreadfully careless, allowing 35...d4!! ...> Also demonstrates that + 130 in rating does not allow you any slack in concentration. Advantage well executed by young Kovalev.
Jul-18-18
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  HeMateMe: Maybe f4 was the mistake. The pawn weakness put white on his heels the rest of the game. Thr game was a draw after 22 moves. If anything, white was better at that point because of black's isisolated d pawn.
Jul-19-18
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  PawnSac: < HeMateMe: The game was a draw after 22 moves. If anything, white was better at that point because of black's isolated d pawn. >

and moves 28-34 both were shuffling back and forth. I bet black would have accepted a draw offer. Maybe black did offer and Giri refused because of the iso ?? Who knows.

Jul-22-18
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  HeMateMe: that's a nasty pin along the long diagonal. Why didn't black play 36...Bxd4?
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