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Anish Giri vs Nils Grandelius
Qatar Masters (2014), Doha QAT, rd 6, Dec-01
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Misc. with 5.Nf3 (D73)  ·  1-0

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Dec-01-14  bondll: If I had come upon this game w/o knowing the players and if I had been told it was a 2014 win by a super GM, I would have loss money betting it was Carlsen.
Dec-01-14  notyetagm: A Giri vs N Grandelius, 2014

61 ... ?


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I knew that this dangerous passed a-pawn would be the undoing of Black if he was not careful. As Nimzowitsch famously said, <"A PASSED PAWN IS A CRIMINAL WHICH SHOULD BE KEPT UNDER LOCK AND KEY. MILD MEASURES, SUCH AS POLICE SURVEILLANCE, ARE NOT SUFFICIENT.">

61 ... ♘d5-b4? 62 a6-a7!


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62 ... ♖b5-a5 63 ♖c2-b2


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With 63 ♖c2-b2 , White attacks the Black b4-knight defender which must <PROTECT> the c6-forking square, <REMOVING THE GUARD>. Note that attempting to <REMOVE THE GUARD> from the other direction 63 ♖c2-c4? does *not* work because it exposes the White f2-king to the <CHECK> 63 ... ♖a5-a2+.

Black then had nothing better than the game continuation 63 ... ♖a5xa7 64 ♖b2x♘b4. Black paid the price for not listening to the warning of Nimzowitsch apropos <PASSED PAWNS>.

Dec-02-14  achieve: <bondll: If I had come upon this game w/o knowing the players and if I had been told it was a 2014 win by a super GM, I would have loss money betting it was Carlsen.> Exactly the same here;on playback I thought this was in the Carlsen style, and very powerful. Game seemed completely even and rather simple to hold as Black. I'm sill figuring what White did to do him in.
Dec-03-14  GrandMaesterPycelle: I think Grandelius simply faltered in time pressure, he made a couple of inaccurate moves and then 60...Rb5 which was just wrong. 61...Nb4 was also strange, Nb6 seemed much more logical. He would probably still be in trouble but with Giri also low on time he might have had a better chance.
Apr-28-18  joddon: this game looks like a draw from move 1....I don't think Giri was playing accurately at all....and yes must have won due to time pressure...it makes the best players nervous....Giris Na3 was a very drawish move...at that level he should have maintained a draw with Giri.
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 73. Ne4 mates in 25 moves.
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