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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Anish Giri
FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, May-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Alekhine Variation (D38)  ·  1-0



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May-14-15  paavoh: Self-destruction of the pawn structure by Black, against one of the best end game players in the world. You just cannot win (or even draw) that way...
May-14-15  latvalatvian: Giri has enough end game knowledge. Anyone over 1500 doesn't have to worry about the end game. What can you do with a few pawns?
May-14-15  Whitehat1963: Care to elaborate, <latvalatvian>? What do you mean by "Anyone over 1500 doesn't have to worry about the end game"? Do you mean this game is a draw at the point black resigned?
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Perhaps he was talking about anyone over the age of 1500.
May-15-15  Pulo y Gata: White has the advantage even before the transition to endgame. I don't know where Black went wrong but his opening (involving giving up the bishop pair) is quite unattractive.

I suspect 13...Na5 is already a serious mistake. Maybe 13...b5, clamping on the light squares is better.

May-15-15  jphamlore: Among 2600 or higher level GMs, 7. .. ♘xd7 seems more popular than 7. .. ♕xd7, and perhaps this game shows why.

Instead of a rather long delay until 13. .. ♘a5, Black immediately attacks the Queen on a4 and the c4 pawn with ♘b6.

Still this variation seems well suited to Jakovenko's game, leading to rapid liquidation into an endgame without much seeming risk to White.

May-15-15  siggemannen: what was wrong with repeating Na5 after 14.Qb4?
May-15-15  siggemannen: I mean Nc6 :)
May-15-15  Pulo y Gata: <siggemannen> I think 14...Nc6 will be answered by 15.Qa4 when white has improved his queen's position and black has simply lost a tempo.
May-16-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: One moment White had sacrificed pawn structure for the 2 bishops and the next moment he had a decisive advantage in pawn structure.


May-25-15  jindraz: I spent some time wondering why white gave up his center with 15. dxe5 instead of the natural short castle...
May-25-15  docbenway: jindraz: I spent some time wondering why white gave up his center with 15. dxe5 instead of the natural short castle... It appears to me that if white castled and thus allowed 15...exd4 it becomes difficult to activate the DSB without the e pawn becoming a target. W also gains a tempo with a rook coming to the d file. That said, I doubt I would have found white's idea and the power behind it in an actual game.
May-25-15  jindraz: my patzer comment says 15. 0-0 Nd5 16. Qb5 c6 17. Qd3 b5 and the tables have turned on white.

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