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Anish Giri vs Dimitri Reinderman
Dutch Championship (2010), Eindhoven NED, rd 9, Jun-20
Dutch Defense: Semi-Leningrad Variation (A81)  ·  1-0

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Jun-20-10  Marmot PFL: Playing the Dutch in the Dutch championship is really asking for it.
Jun-20-10  Raspje: And still 7...e6 seems to be a very interesting idea. The sisters Muzychuk (Anna and Mariya) play this variation quite often; maybe it should be called the Muzychuk-variation? If I am not mistaken Dimitri Reinderman (or someone else) wrote an article about this variation in a SOS book. The critical position arises after 14.exf5!?N Bxf5 15.Qb3.

After some analysing with Rybka 3 I came to the conclusion that the move 15...e4! leads to a drawn endgame with best play: 16.Rad1 Qf6 17.Nd4! (17.Nd2 e3!? with compensation) ...Nxd4 18.cxd4 Rad8! 19.Qxb7 Qb6! 20.Qxb6 axb6 21.Bb2 c5 22.h3 Bxd4 23.Bxd4 Rxd4 24.Rxd4 cxd4 25.g4 e3! 26.gxf5 e2 27.Bf3 d3 28.Bxe2 Rxe2 29.Rd1 gxf5 30.Rxd3 Rxa2 31.Rb3 Rc2 32.Rxb6 Rxc4=.

Jun-20-10  ounos: Interesting game. Very unusual opening (a big mess), and nice tactics by Giri. Impressive how "simple" moves can lead to such a strong position for white as that in move 20. I also liked the way Giri let his opponent do the capturing first, instead of racing who's gonna get the opponent's rook first. A bit of slow motion there, with a demolishing effect.
Jun-21-10  ler: In Raspje variation if white play 6.fxe3 which is the answer?
Jun-21-10  ler: 26.fxe3.sorry
Jun-21-10  Raspje: You seem to have a point here. After 18.Rxe3! (18.fxe3 Rb8 was my point; black does seem to have comp.)...Rxe3 19.fxe3 black can win back the pawn with ...Qxc3 but after 20.Qxc3 Bxc3 21.Ne4! all white's pieces are very active and ready to jump into the black position. Also after 19...Rb8 20.Ne4 Qe5 21.Nf2 Qe8 22.Bc5! white's pieces are too active; black has not enough compensation for the pawn. So we have to come up with another move.
Jun-21-10  Raspje: Sorry, now I see you meant 26.fxe3. Well, in that case black plays 26...Bc2! and there's the threat of d4-d3-d2. Anyway, 18.Rxe3! seems very strong after 17...e3, so I think we have to bury the move 13...Nc6. Black has to deviate earlier.
Jun-21-10  kingfu: Sometimes Botvinnik played 1....e6 against e4 or d4. It was The French or The Dutch Defense. The French has withstood the test of time and is actually making a come back. The Dutch is.......?!??!!??!?!
Jun-21-10  Raspje: Hm, maybe 13...f4!? is an interesting pawn sacrifice; 14.gxf4 Nc6! 15.f5 Qf6 16.Bh3 Kh8 17.Rad1 gxf5 18.exf5 Bh6, followed by Bf4 and possibly ...b6/Bb7 with some pressure for the pawn. Rybka 3 seems to like the idea.
Jun-28-10  dhotts: 16...b6 by Black seemed like the beginning of White's overwhelming initiative. It looked like 16...c6 17.Rad1 Bd3 and Black is doing fine with the threat of e4.

Any thoughts?

Dec-30-10  elohah: Notes...

26...Rad8
27 Rd6! Bh6 28 Rf6+ wins.

27 Rd6 is still potent.

If 27...Rxe8 28 Qe6! wins.

28...Bf8 29 Qe6+! leads to mate.

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