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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-18
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Jan-18-15
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  Ron: Ah yes. Another victory for White in the 4. d3 line against the Berlin.

After 4. .. Bc5, 5. Nbd2 isn't played much, but has good results for White according to chessgames.com database

Jan-18-15  fisayo123: <Ah yes. Another victory for White in the 4. d3 line against the Berlin.>

MVL is doing well in that anti-Berlin. Always very nice to see that. It's a disgrace when players play an opening with zero ambition to win, let alone a young man like Giri.

Jan-18-15  savagerules: Another chess angel gets his wings when the Berlin or Petroff goes down in flames.
Jan-18-15  SirRuthless: Always nice to see the anti-berlin earn a result for white.
Jan-19-15  fgh: <fisayo123: MVL is doing well in that anti-Berlin. Always very nice to see that. It's a disgrace when players play an opening with zero ambition to win, let alone a young man like Giri.>

Do you have any proof that the Berlin is played by those with no ambition to win?

Wait, you don't. You're just a patzer parroting dumb cliches.

Jan-19-15  fgh: From <fisayo123>'s profile:

<Fairly strong Chess player.>

You're not a "fairly strong player". Fairly strong players do not make ignorant statements about the Berlin or Carlsen's endgame play.

Jan-19-15
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  perfidious: <savagerules: Another chess angel gets his wings when the Berlin or Petroff goes down in flames.>

lmao

Jan-19-15  xanadu: After 15.d4 the position resembles some variations of the Scotch (double edged)...except for a "litle" detail: Black does not have its Black Bishop, thus black squares are weak and the Knight is pinned without good defense. Hard for Giri to improve his position after 15...exd4 which looses control over f4.
Jan-19-15
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  Sally Simpson: Skipping through this but stopped here.


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Surely 27.Qg3+ Kh8 28.Qe5+ Kg8 29 Rd3/Re3
And I cannot see nothing but White wins.

Instead White goes for the ending with 27.Bxe6 and here 5 moves later.


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It's over, Black resigns. How easy was that wrap up.

I think even I could manage to win that as White and yet I know I would have hacked with Qg3+....because it looks good and going into the simple ending would not have entered my tiny mind.

I only play endings if I have too. It bugs me. I bug me. I'll never get passed the hacker stage, never!. I'm buggered.

Jan-20-15  fisayo123: <fgh>

WTH are you on about with your ramblings similar to that of a deranged lunatic? You think I don't know that black sometimes plays for a win in the Berlin endgame? I was merely speaking in the context of this game alone. It's incredibly difficult to play for a win with the Berlin as black against a player of similar strength unless white overestimates his chances. Against such a super strong player like Lagrave and knowing the sort of player Anish is, he clearly played for it to draw and it backfired.

And I have never said anything negative about Carlsen's endgame play, butthurt FANBOY. You're not a true Carlsen fan but a chess groupie. Only weak patzers are groupies and followers. Grow a pair and do one, you nonentity.

Jan-20-15
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  perfidious: <WTH are you on about with your ramblings similar to that of a deranged lunatic?>

My bag is more dealing with rational lunatics, but we all get our jollies one way or another.

Jan-20-15  Caissanist: My thoughts on this game were originally the same as <fisayo123>'s, but I thought I'd accept <fgh>'s challenge and dig up some proof. To my surprise, though, I found quite a few recent black wins with the Berlin, some involving very strong players: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches.... Aronian seems to be something of a specialist with this, having defeated Inarkiev and Karjakin (in classical games) and Caruana (in a rapid game) just in the last year. Maybe some of these games were the result of white being overconfident of the draw, but I don't think that was the case in, say, Saric's loss to Radjabov earlier in this same tournament.

Nice to see there's still life left in the game--20 years ago I thought we'd all be playing Fischer Random by now, or go.

Jan-21-15  nummerzwei: <Caissanist>: Well, I guess time is a healer.

I wouldn't however take it for granted that we're really still playing (or following) the same game as a mere ten years ago. Just consider the following Ruy Lopez brilliancy played in Wijk aan Zee 2005:

Judit Polgar vs I Sokolov, 2005

In comparison this game is just gross.

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