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Pentala Harikrishna vs Ioan-Cristian Chirila
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 3, Jan-27
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Jan-29-15
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  beenthere240: This made the Berlin defense look an accepted Danish gambit.
Jan-29-15  sevenseaman: 16. Qg5+ may not have achieved much! 19. Re3 exchange sac is critical decision.

Pentala goes on to see off the other B too. With his own B controlling the long dark diagonal, White has an iron grip on the game.

Jan-30-15  notyetagm: Harikrishna vs I Chirila, 2015

Instant attacking classic.

Jan-31-15  Severin: Wow. That exchange sac went way over my head.
Feb-24-15
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  cro777: A well-played game by Harikrishna, which may serve as a guide of how to exploit a development advantage.

Dennis Monokroussos: "The Berlin endgame has been giving White headaches for years, but lately Black has been suffering a bit due to 4.d3. It is by no means the refutation of the Berlin, but it seems that White is enjoying the positions more than Black. That was certainly the case in this game, a powerful attacking performance by Indiaís #2 player, Pentala Harikrishna. Harikrishna was surprised by his opponentís novelty on move 8, but no matter: he refuted it over the board! His pawn sac 9.d4! gave him tremendous compensation in the form of long-term attacking prospects, and he delivered on those prospects in grand style. It was an inspiring game for the white cause against the Berlin, and an impressive example of how to conduct a long-term attack." (Chess Lectures)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O Nd4 6. Nd4 Bd4 7. Nd2 O-O 8. c3 (Harikrishna deviates from his recent game against Leko at Beijin 2014 where he played 8.Nf3).


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Here Chirila introduced the novelty 8...Bc5?! and came under a strong attack after 8.d4! This move allows White to develop a dangerous initiative thanks to his better development. Evidently, Black should stay with the main line 8...Bb6.

The Anti-Berlin 5...Nd4 line is gaining popularity.

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