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Anish Giri vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-21
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Black's Queen wrought a lot of havoc on White's position from moves 14-23, didn't she? White seems to be losing the Exchange in the final position, e.g., 39.Rh2,Bg1+ or 39.Rh6,Qd1+.
Jan-21-11  polarmis: Sergey Shipov's entertaining and insightful commentary on the game is here:

It seems Giri was objectively fine, but he took too long deciding not to take a perpetual - and then working out what to do about the clever (and computer-like) 18...Qa4, 19...Qb5! idea.

Jan-21-11  percyblakeney: Nice final combination starting with (the only winning move) 32. ... Nxd4+.
Jan-21-11  Chicago Chess Man: Funny how black makes 10 queen moves in a row...seems to fly in the face of chess principles
Jan-21-11  Eyal: <Funny how black makes 10 queen moves in a row...seems to fly in the face of chess principles>

But in a way, that's exactly what brought Nepo the win. Giri got so mesmerized by the black queen, chasing it all over the board, that he neglected his center until it just fell apart.

Feb-08-11  ReikiMaster: An interesting alternative is 24.d5. Also 29.Qc3 Qxf4 30.Be3 looks like fun. Shipov's 29.Qc3 Be7 may be more accurate.
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  Penguincw: Wow.Who knew bringing out your queen and moving her for 10 moves in a row is such an advantage.More than 1/3 of black's moves are queen moves.
Mar-16-11  fab4: <ReikiMaster: An interesting alternative is 24.d5. Also 29.Qc3 Qxf4 30.Be3 looks like fun. Shipov's 29.Qc3 Be7 may be more accurate.>

24.d5 looks best but after 24..ed 25.Rd5 Rad8 white's position still looks creaky. 24.d5 Rad8 25.d6 f6 27.Bh3

24.Bf2 is the point of no return for Giri, where the spell of the Black queen exerts it's powers.

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