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Loek van Wely vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel Group A (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-21
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Penguincw: 61...Bxh4 is a nice shot to draw the game.
Jan-21-12  cro777: Lucky draw for Giri in the Dutch derby. Loek van Wely had a lasting advantage and somewhere missed a win.

Van Wely chose one of most solid (but not without ambition) approaches to the Trompowski Attack with 3...c5 and 4.Bxc6 ( which is the most uncompromising line). "Black has to be very sure of himself in the 2...c5 lines. The White's position is very solid and Black has weaknesses on the kingside". (Aaron Summerscale). Giri opted for a rare move <7...Qf6> (the main continuation is 7...d6). Van Wely answered with a novelty <8.e3> (the more common move is 8.Bg2).

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 c5 3. Bxf6 gxf6 4. d5 Qb6 5. Qc1 f5 6. g3 Bg7 7. c3 <Qf6> <8.e3>

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The chosen opening line gave Van Wely a tiny but long lasting initiative. He dominated the game throughout. "I have such a nice endgame and was looking for cleanest way to kill him". (Van Wely)

Position after 54...f6

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In the diagram position, instead of <55.g6>, the move <55.Kg4> would have given Van Wely better prospects for a win. 55.Kg4 fxg5 56.hxg5 Ke6 57.Bxh7 Kf7 58.Nf4 Ng7 59.Bf5

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After <55.Kg4>, instead of 55...fxg5, Shipov recommends for Black <55...Ke7>.

55.Kg4 Ke7 56.Bxh7 fxg5 57.hxg5 Kf8 58.Bf5 Ng7 59.Nf4 Ke7 60.Nd5+ Kd6

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Anyhow, Van Wely will wonder where he missed a win.

Jan-21-12  Atking: To have an advantage doesn't mean to have a win... For my part I'm more impressed by the way Giri tried in inferior position to keep position as complex as possible.
Jan-22-12  cro777: Giri was critical of his own play. "I missed very, very much" he said after the game.
Jan-22-12  Atking: I should have missed even more! :(
Jan-23-12  cro777: Giri's amazing idea in the endgame.

GM Karsten Müller, an endgame expert, commented on the Giri's idea to give up a piece in order to liquidate all the pawns to a clear draw.

Position after 60.Kg4

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<60...f5+!!> "Giri's amazing idea. A knight usually is not good at protecting his own pawns. (60...Be7?! draws as well, but is much more complicated)". (Karsten Müller)

<61.Nxf5 Bxh4‼> "Black's brilliant point. White's knight will be too far away from the queenside".

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62.Nxh4 (62.Kxh4?? Kxf5 ) Kd4 63.Kf3 Kc3 64.Ke3 Kxb3 65.Kd3 Kxa4 66.Kc3 b5!

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Giri liquidates the last white pawn just in time.

Of course, <66...Ka3??> would lose the game

66...Ka3 67.Nf5 a4 68.Ne3 Ka2 69.Kc2 Ka3 70.Nd5 Ka2 71.Nxb6 a3 72.Nd7 Ka1 73.Nxc5 a2 74.Nb3#

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