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Anish Giri vs Ivan Sokolov
Dutch Championship (2012), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, Jul-15
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0

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Jul-20-12
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  PhilFeeley: Sokolov should have seen the knight sac on b5 as a trap. Exchanging queens was safer, although white was still probably better.
Jul-20-12  Shams: <PhilFeeley> <Sokolov should have seen the knight sac on b5 as a trap.> Now that is an understatement. Perhaps Sokolov was a bit jet-lagged, having only just flown back from his triumph at the World Open in Philadelphia.

Still, a disappointment for the Championships as a spectacle, since Sokolov was the only player with much hope of challenging Giri.

Shouldn't the top seeds be paired in the later or final rounds?

Jul-20-12
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  perfidious: Even before the misguided adventure with 26....d4, Sokolov stood worse, as White can quietly improve his position, whilst he's forced to await events. There's no doubt in my mind that Sokolov was well aware of this, which prompted him to lash out as he did. Errors are easy to make in such situations for even strong, experienced players.
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