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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu vs Anish Giri
Dortmund Sparkassen (2018), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  0-1


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  Marmot PFL: Still some work for Giri to do but eventually he wins b3.
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  Check It Out: Should Nisi let the b pawn or the g pawn go? What a choice.
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  Marmot PFL: So we will a sight seldom seen in recent times - a dancing rook proclaiming <GIRI WINS!>
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  keypusher: Giri has a lot of confidence in his calculating ability.
Jul-18-18  WorstPlayerEver: “Openings teach you openings. Endgames teach you chess!”

~Stephan Gerzadowicz

Jul-18-18  john barleycorn: <WorstPlayerEver: “Openings teach you openings. Endgames teach you chess!”

~Stephan Gerzadowicz>

Oh yeah. And middlegames should be avoided. <Stephan Gerzadowicz> knows what he is talking about

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Jul-18-18  WorstPlayerEver: <jb>

Good observation! I suppose it's a rip off..

"In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else, for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame."

~José Raul Capablanca

Now wait... Capa never studied...!

Jul-18-18  nok: <Giri has a lot of confidence in his calculating ability.> Maybe, but this game was rather strategic.
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  ChessHigherCat: Nevertheless, he was counting on his ability to count on his counting, and that counts!
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: An inventory. After 15...Kf8:

White has a lead in development.
White has forced Black to forgo castling.
Black has a backward d-pawn.
Black's Queen side is full of holes.

And yet--it seems that Giri never experienced any significant discomfort in this game. Did Nisipeanu really have no means of preventing Black from unraveling his position and going on the attack? Where could White have improved? The offer of the Queen exchange looks suspicious, but how could he have improved?

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  Check It Out: <An Englishman> I'll take a stab:

<White has forced Black to forgo castling.> Black artificially castles just as quickly as white due to the extra tempo of his knight attacking the bishop, so that's a wash.

<White has a lead in development.> The white queen looks strong but is exposed to attack by a black rook, so needs to back out to protect the c2 pawn, losing tempo.

<Black's Queen side is full of holes.> Black lines his rooks up on the queen side and pushes the a and b pawns, attacking white's queen side. This creates a weak b pawn for white, which eventually causes his game to fall apart.

<Black has a backward d-pawn. > Black engineers trading it for white's e pawn, causing the center to crumble apart, exposing the weak b pawn.

I think by move 15 white is already in some trouble.

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  keypusher: In the final position, cg SF, after six minutes' thought, gets a mate in 48. (Free) SF on my desktop gets a mate in 24 in under a minute. The tablebases confirm that it is mate in 24.

56....Ke4 is obvious, but it's also an only move; otherwise White has f4-f5. Again, I'd never risk trading down to that pure pawn ending. But Giri had it all worked out.

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa

1. = / + (-0.26): 22.Nd2 Rc7 23.c3 b4 24.c4 Bd8(T) 25.g3 Rc6 26.a4 Bb6 27.Rd3 h5 28.Kg2 Bd4 29.b3 h4 30.Nf3 Bc5 31.Ng5 hxg3 32.hxg3 Rh5 33.f4 Rc7 34.Kf3 Re7 35.Bf1 Bd4 36.R3d2 Rh8 37.Bg2

2. = / + (-0.26): 22.c3 b4 23.c4 Rc7 24.Nd2 Bd8(T)

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