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Anish Giri vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), Zug SUI, rd 9, Apr-28
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  tamar: A game in which both players may have been too optimistic.

In the interview Kasimdzhanov said he should have started with 17...Qa6 "but I was not sure" about the reply 18 d4 "But I am pretty sure the computer would just take 18...Qxa2 and just laugh"

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Giri: "No, not for a long time, Houdini is very modern, it understands"

The line Kasim and Giri look at is 19 d5 Qxb2 20 Qa4 Qa3 when Black is still ahead, but Houdini actually prefers 19 Rc2 Qa5 20 d5 Nc5 21 Qc1 with a strong edge for White (+.70/23), probably because Black is playing without his Kingside.

Apr-29-13  Eyal:

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Here 32...e6! (instead of Qf7) would win outright - it looks scary to allow 33.Qxh5, of course, but after 33...Qxe4! (with a mate threat on g2 once the knight on g6 moves), White actually doesn't have any good way to continue the attack.

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  tamar: I wonder what Krogius would say about both players missing 32...e6

I don't think either player analyzed it, as the previous play had centered around Black controlling f7 with his Queen to prevent attacks.

Kasimdzhanov said he had seen the rook versus bishop ending coming and thought Black had good chances of winning, but his automatic 38...Ra8 winning the a pawn in exchange for the b pawn probably cost him his last chance.

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Again Houdini suggests 38...e5! 39 Bc5 Rb8 and keeping the pawn on b4 stretches White too far as compared to the game

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