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Anish Giri vs Alexander Belezky
"Giri Choco" (game of the day May-09-2014)
Bundesliga (2013/14), Emsdetten GER, rd 8, Feb-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Milner-Barry Variation (E33)  ·  1-0



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Feb-17-14  notyetagm: A Giri vs A Belezky, 2014

A *fantastic* attacking game by Giri against a lower-rated opponent.

Feb-17-14  waustad: Belezky is playing for Bayern M√ľnchen. He has a few draws which isn't doing that badly considering that he's out rated by a ton almost every game.
Feb-17-14  notyetagm: A Giri vs A Belezky, 2014

Game Collection: GIRI'S BEST GAMES

Feb-21-14  DcGentle: Here there is an annotation of this game:

[Event "Bundesliga"]
[Site "Emsdetten GER"]
[Date "2014.02.09"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Anish Giri"]
[Black "Alexander Belezky"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E33"]
[WhiteElo "2749"]
[BlackElo "2455"]
[Annotator "Gentle,DC"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 {<is the Nimzo-Indian defense.>} 4. Qc2

(4. Nf3 {<was played in Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 and after>} c5 5. e3 Nc6 6. Bd3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6 8. e4 e5 9. d5 Ne7 10. Nh4 h6 11. f4 Ng6 12. Nxg6 fxg6 13. fxe5 dxe5 14. Be3 b6 15. O-O O-O 16. a4 a5 17. Rb1 Bd7 18. Rb2 Rb8 19. Rbf2 Qe7 20. Bc2 g5 21. Bd2 Qe8 22. Be1 Qg6 23. Qd3 Nh5 24. Rxf8+ Rxf8 25. Rxf8+ Kxf8 26. Bd1 Nf4 27. Qc2 Bxa4 {<White resigned. A wonderful positional performance by Fischer.>})

4... Nc6 {<is not the mainline. Better is 4... 0-0 or 4... c5.>} 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bd2 O-O 7. a3 Bxc3 {<By this trade, Black does not achieve the objective to weaken White's queenside pawn structure, which is the original idea of the setup with 3... Bb4. But Black has no choice here.>} 8. Bxc3 Qe7 9. e4 {<This aggressive move hasn't been played so often. Maybe Black relied on 9. e3 or 9. g3.>} e5 10. d5 {<gaining space on the queenside and chasing the knight away. White has already got some positional advantage.>} Nb8 11. Be2 {<preparing the possible attack on the knight, if this piece should show up on h5, where it is not protected.>} Nh5 {<playing into White's hands. 11... a5 is better.>} 12. Nxe5 {<This trade doesn't win a pawn, because Black will get pawn e4, but White has opened up the position, which is advisable, if one has a lead in development. This is the case here.>} Nf6 13. Nf3 Nxe4 14. O-O Nxc3 {<Black may think he can release the pressure on the position by trading pieces, but White has enough options left..>} 15. Qxc3 Nd7 16. Nd4 {<anticipating 16... Nf6 and the forthcoming strike on e6. 16. Rfe1 would have been too obvous, and knight d4 covers bishop e2 nicely. The trap is set.>} Nf6 {<and Black falls for it!>}

(16... Qf6 {<was a good move here, and in the following Black might have saved the draw:>} 17. Bd1 (17. f4 Nc5) 17... a6 18. Bc2 Ne5 19. f4 Ng6 20. g3 Bd7 21. Rae1 Rae8 22. Be4 Ne7 23. Re3 Nf5 24. Bxf5 Bxf5 25. Nxf5 Qxf5 26. Rfe1 Rxe3 27. Qxe3 Qc2 {<looks drawish.>})

17. Rfe1 Bd7 {<it's understandable that Black wants to develop pieces, and the bishop had no other place to go.But here it takes away the last acceptable square for the queen, which will be attacked by the next move.>}

(17... Nd7 {<was the last chance to avoid disaster, but it would have meant a tempo loss anyways.>} 18. Bd3 Qf6 {<and Black can fight.>})

18. Bf3 Qd8 {<forced.>} 19. Ne6 {<there it is, the unexpected strike!>} fxe6 20. dxe6 Bxe6

(20... Bc6 {<is very bad due to>} 21. e7 {<forking queen and rook.>})

21. Rxe6 {<White has not only placed his rook on a promising square, but is also attacking loose pawn b7.>} Rb8 22. Rae1 {<threatening 23. Re7.>} Rf7 23. h4 Kh8 24. h5 h6 {<Now g6 is controlled by White.>} 25. Bd1 {<heading to c2.>} Ng8

(25... d5 {<would be a bit tougher, and after>} 26. cxd5 Qxd5 27. Bb3 Qd8 28. g4 c6 29. R6e5 Nd5 30. Bxd5 cxd5 31. Qd4 b6 32. Rxd5 {<White has won a pawn, but the game is not yet over.>})

26. Bc2 {<threatening 27. Re8!>} Qh4 27. g3 Qg4 28. Qd3 Nf6 29. Re8+ Rf8 30. R8e7 {<It's nice to hava a rook on the seventh rank, especially as White.>} Rbc8 31. R1e6 Kg8 {<Black is helpless.>} 32. Kg2 Rf7 33. Rxf6 {<Very fine tactics, due to the threat 34. Qh7+.>} Rxf6 34. f3 Qg5 35. Qh7+ Kf8 36. Rd7 Ke8 37. Rxg7 Qd2+ 38. Kh3 {<Black resigned.>}

(38. Kh3 Rf7 39. Rxf7 Qg5 40. Bg6 Qxg3+ 41. Kxg3 Rd8 42. Rf4#) 1-0


May-09-14  mrknightly: Can someone explain this "pun?"
May-09-14  motida:
May-09-14  Castleinthesky: <motida> Thanks for the link as the pun is quite humorous with a little background. Although, I don't think Giri's opponent appreciated the gift.
May-09-14  kevin86: When black uses the knight to recapture, white mates at h7 with queen.
May-09-14  docbenway: mrknightly: Can someone explain this "pun?"
Giradelli Chocolates from, I believe, San Francisco.
May-09-14  MelvinDoucet: The board is all blurry while the rest of the screen looks fine. Does anyone else have this issue?

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