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Oleg Romanishin vs Anish Giri
Corus Group C (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-25
Indian Game: King's Indian. Fianchetto Variation (A49)  ·  0-1



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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Wasn't this obviously drawn by move 50? How did white manage to lose?
Jan-26-09  ALwoodpusher: Black finally figured out after 20 moves of chess lap dancing the right setup to force the win of the unfortunate a4 pawn.

This game would be drawn for if white A-pawn were on a3 instead of a4.

Jan-26-09  notyetagm: <ALwoodpusher: Black finally figured out after 20 moves of <<<chess lap dancing>>> the right setup to force the win of the unfortunate a4 pawn.>


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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Look at the position after black's 62nd. If white keeps the king on the g- and h-files to prevent black's king from invading, is there anything black could do to win, or is this just an endless chess lap-dancing session?

Playing through the moves of this game, it seems that for about the first 40, neither side was going all out to win this. I guess white's 39 b4 could be a mistake, since it leads to the breakup of the queenside pawns and his eventual downfall some 60 moves later.

Feb-03-09  perkychesscat: What's wrong with 91 Bb3? If 91..Bd1, then they exchange bishops, and white grabs black's f pawn, and I think his f pawn queens before black.
Feb-03-09  gus inn: If one didn´t know beforehand , one should think , while playing through the game , that black was the older one.

An extremely mature performance by the youngster.

Perhaps Carlsen will retire in 2012 because he is to old :)

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  GrahamClayton: Romanishin nearly manages to draw under the 50-move rule, but Giri captures a pawn with 4 moves to spare (46.gf4} & 92...♗a4 to win the game.

Romanishin must have felt like a dinosaur from another era when playing the 14 year old Giri!

Jul-11-19  Olavi: After move 38 Romanishin offered a draw. After the game Giri explained his refusal with the 'fact' that white has a weakness on a4, Black not. 39.Bd1 would have completed the total symmetry… (Schach 3/2009)
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