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Anish Giri vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-25
Semi-Slav Defense: Noteboom Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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  Eyal: In Toga vs Rybka, 2008, Rybka knew better than to grab the a4 pawn on move 12...

Btw, after 14.Ne5, 14...Bxe5 is met by 15.Bd2! Qb5 16.Nc3 Qb4 17.dxe5 Nfd7 18.Ne4 Qe7 19.Bg5 with big advantage to White.

Jan-25-13  Marmot PFL: Some of the black pieces never even moved. King probably will make this the play of the day, since Anand was unable to win (or else the Aronian game, despite several glaring mistakes).
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  FSR: Wow. Giri really smoked Caruana.
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  Eyal: Giri commenting on the game:
Jan-25-13  fisayo123: Anish has a lot of jokes <eyal>!
Jan-26-13  Garech: Great attacking game from Giri.


Great observation about 14...Bxe5 15.Bd2! This is a powerful intermezzo. I think I may have found an improvement on your line: ...Qb5 16.Nc3 Qb4 17.dxe5 Nfd7 18.Nd5!

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and white has big initiative pending. The only viable move, tactically, appears to be Qg4, after which comes Bf3, forcing Qh3. White is not going to win the queen, but it's very crazy-looking on h3, and, in the meantime, white has ideas like Nc7 and then Bb4/Rxa7 etc with advantage.



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