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Anish Giri vs Li Chao
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 2, Aug-14
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Misc. with 5.Nf3 (D73)  ·  1-0



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Aug-14-13  csmath: Top notch quality play by Anish Giri. His chess in Norway is simply put it superb. He played brilliant game in the first round.

After 19 moves black is forced to either give up d-file or a pawn. He has chosen to give a pawn but the position forces him to give d-file for a pawn anyway. He has material equality but white has clear positional advantage which Giri maturely keeps:

25. Nc4! [25. Nxb7? c4! 26. Rf3 Bb2 27. Rf4 c3 28. Rc4 Rfc8 29. Nd5 with equal game]

26. ... Bd4?! [26. ... Bd6 was better with prospect of rook ending pawn down]

28. b5!

After rook exchange the ending looks bad for black.

36. ... Bd8?

is decisive error [36. ... Bb4 is more resilient for example: 37. b6 Kf8 38. b7 Bd6 39. a5 Ke8 40. a6 Bb8 41. Kf1 Kd7 42. Ke1 Kc6 43. Kd2 f5 44. Kxc2 Kb5 45. Kc3 Be5+ 46. Nd4+ Kxa6 47. Kc4 Kxb7 48. Ne6 Kc6 49. Nf8 g5 50. Nxh7 g4 51. Ng5 Bh8]

In the ending position black can only move pawns and as soon he moves them far enough white will play Nc7 and after exchange white will simply sweep the black pawns.

High class play by Giri against the opponent who was not playing on the same level.

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