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Jan Smeets vs Anish Giri
Dutch Championship (2011), Boxtel NED, rd 5, Jun-30
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  0-1



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Jul-01-11  achieve: Interesting 'novelty' by Giri with 17...Nd7

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Why <not> defend the pawn?!

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  tamar: By move 27, Smeets was down to less than 5 minutes, while Giri had 32
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  nezhmet: Smeets missed what essentially was the point of his play, 17. Bxe5! with an edge in all lines. For example, 17... Qxe5 18. Bb5+ Qxb5 19. Nxb5 axb5 20. Qxb7 O-O 21. Rxe6!! fxe6 22. Qc6 Kh8 23. Qxe6 with a long-term endgame edge.

Or, 17. Bxe5! O-O 18. Bd4 Qc7 19. Qe3 with a positional edge.

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  nezhmet: Smeets's lemon, 17. Bd3? had already been played in Lutz-J. Polgar (drawn), Budapest 2003. 17. Bxe5! would have been a strong TN but he missed it.
Jul-12-11  checkmateyourmove: why not 13.....bxc6? why does giri use his queen there to retake? can anyone explain the strategy behind that move thanks...

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