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Anish Giri vs Michael Adams
London Chess Classic (2014), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-11
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E01)  ·  1-0

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Dec-11-14
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  Penguincw: Unprotected pieces lead to tactics! Probably one of the biggest issues for black in any queen pawn game is the development of the light square bishop.

Here, the combination starting with 22.Qxb8 net white a pawn, and eventually another to win the game for Giri, and tie him atop the standings with Kramnik with just 3 rounds to go.

Dec-11-14
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  chancho: Giri just plain belongs amongst the elite.

What a freaking TALENT!

Dec-11-14  starry2013: It seems a rook move during time pressure finished this one. Adams had seemed to wriggle out of the problems he had had earlier with the bishop,rook and knight's pawn. That took time though and he no longer had the time he needed to make all of the precise moves required later. At least this game had more fight than the other two games this round.
Dec-11-14
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  MissScarlett: You could tell after he allowed 39.Ne8+ that Mickey knew the game was up. No head-shaking or face-pulling, just a pained expression and momentary pursing of the lips. I stopped watching then.
Dec-11-14
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  paavoh: Seldom can one see such a great endgame by a "youngster", let alone against the solid Adams.
Dec-11-14  1d410: Giri beat Adams but Caruana couldn't. Could we be seeing a shift in playing strength?
Dec-11-14  Marmot PFL: Good preparation here leads to better ending. Thought the British GM would hold it but Giri shows fine technique.
Dec-11-14  Ulhumbrus: Giri wins in a way typical of the Catalan Opening by maintaining pressure on Black's queen side and making it difficult for Black to develop his queen's bishop.

Giri indicated however that errors were committed by both sides.

One alternative to 20 Rab1 is 20 Qb6 sitting on the b pawn and preventing ...b6

The move 29 c4!! transforms White's c pawn from a target into a weapon, although the commentators including Giri indicated that White's advantage was not yet sufficient to win and that it took at least one error or more on the part of Adams to increase White's advantage to a winning degree

Dec-11-14  SirRuthless: I have a feeling Adams is not finished losing games in this event. He was quite luck to swindle Fabiano in time trouble and was clearly outplayed in this endgame. He only has one black left but I would not be surprised to see him lose that too in a similar fashion suffering from time trouble in an endgame. That seems to be the recipe against the older players.
Dec-11-14  starry2013: He didn't swindle Caruana. Caruana made an error and Adams exploited it which is what you are supposed to do in chess.
Dec-11-14
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  chancho: A swindle is something that happens when you find yourself in a losing position and find a trick to turn the tables.

Adams was never in a losing position in his game versus Caruana.

Dec-11-14
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  HeMateMe: Mick is busted here. nice work by Giri.
Dec-11-14  Pulo y Gata: A positional crunch. Giri's play against black's light square bishop is marvelous.
Dec-11-14  IraqSon: Giri nach ummak Adams
Dec-11-14
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  Gypsy: The game looked like Adams was going to hold things until <29.c4!>.
Dec-11-14
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  Sally Simpson: Good game that one.

Tying down the c8 Bishop and when he considered the time was right he let it loose by first swapping off his g2 Bishop and then he goes about proving the Knight is better at creating OTB problems than the Bishop.

They did not teach you this in my Fred Reinfelds.

Holding together such positions as Black is soul destroying. When I had to defend one I use to hope my opponent would find a cracking move so I could just give up.

Dec-12-14  vsiva1: congrats giri, i think he is a good potential challenger for carlsen. adams beats caruana
giri beats adams
let's see whether anand beats giri or not & giri beats nakamura then it is clear that he is a next anand for india. let us hope he becomes next wc also. i am not undermining anand by this.
Dec-12-14
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  chancho: Anish Giri has a lot of poise AND technique for his age.

(as evidenced by this fine win over an experienced veteran like Michael Adams)

Dec-12-14  Conrad93: <I have a feeling Adams is not finished losing games in this event. He was quite luck to swindle Fabiano in time trouble and was clearly outplayed in this endgame. He only has one black left but I would not be surprised to see him lose that too in a similar fashion suffering from time trouble in an endgame. That seems to be the recipe against the older players.>

Are you sure you were looking at the right game?

Adams was always in control, and was the one doing the attacking.

Dec-14-14  SirRuthless: <Conrad> Well, well, well...
Dec-14-14  Conrad93: Well?
Dec-16-14  sivaspassky: What happens if 8.Qxc4 instead of 8.dxc5, my evaluation was 8.Qxc4,b5 9.Qxb5,Ba6 10.Qa4,Nd5 11.e4,Nb6 12.Qc2Nd7 With advantage for black. Please correct the mistakes
Dec-16-14  Conrad93: <What happens if 8.Qxc4 instead of 8.dxc5, my evaluation was 8.Qxc4,b5 9.Qxb5,Ba6 10.Qa4,Nd5 11.e4,Nb6 12.Qc2Nd7 With advantage for black. Please correct the mistakes> 8...b5? is actually a losing move. After 9. Qxb5 Ba6, white's queen is perfectly safe on a4. 10...Nd5?? allows white to play 11. a3! Nb6 12. Qc2 and now black has no compensation for the pawn sacrifice, and he will have to worry about a potential Nf3-Ne5 in the future.

Better is 8...Nc6 or 8...b6, both of which give black equality, which is not what white is looking for.

Dec-16-14  sivaspassky: <Conrad93>yeah u were exactly right, I tried to proceed the line with piece sacrifices to fork queen and king, but it didn't work. But after 8....Nc6 again black loses the c pawn right?
Dec-16-14  Conrad93: Yes, but it's not enough to gain an advantage. It's pretty much equal.
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