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Anish Giri vs Michael Adams
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-05
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E37)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-05-15
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  offramp: I would have preferred Short, who has more spunk LOL. But Short would've brought the average rating down. I think Short might have managed 50%...
Dec-05-15
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  Pedro Fernandez: Hard to see, in these high level tournaments, two wins in a row, though Giri is hot now. My prediction: 1/2-1/2.
Dec-05-15
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  Domdaniel: Here we go: a 4.Qc2 Nimzo.
Dec-05-15
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  Domdaniel: Giri took three minutes to reach the well-known position after move 12. Why Adams took 25 mins is unclear.
Dec-05-15  PhilFeeley: Is 14...Qg5 any good?
Dec-05-15  Marmot PFL: There were many alternatives for both players. Adams still needs to get his bishop developed which might mean e5 gets played.
Dec-05-15  Marmot PFL: Rd8 Bd7-e8 Rac8 is another way to develop
Dec-05-15
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  Domdaniel: <PhilFeeley> I don't think 14...Qg5 is particularly good. White just plays 15.0-0 to support his g-pawn -- and the Black Queen has no real support as an attacking force, and can easily become a target, eg after Nf3.

14...Qe7 is probably best, though it has a slight drawback in taking away a natural square from Black's Nc6. This is all the more pointed after White's Qc3, when b5 is a threat.

Dec-05-15
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  Sally Simpson: 14...Qg5.

Another line is simply to ignore the attack on the g-pawn....

14.Qg5 15.Nf3 Qxg2 16.Rg1 and mate on g7 or give up the Queen.

Dec-05-15  PhilFeeley: So white is better because black's bishop is bad. I was thinking with Qg5 not taking the g2 pawn yet, but getting the bishop out with e5, Bh3. I guess that wouldn't work either.
Dec-05-15
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: I don't see any weaknesses for White to exploit except some Queenside dark squares. Looking at 19.Nb6 to prevent ...Rc8. He can then follow up with Rab1, Rfc1, a3-a4 and b4-b5. Honestly, this looks like a quick draw to me.
Dec-05-15
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  offramp: I have a feeling that Giri expects Adams to finish LAST in this tournament and he wants the full point.
Dec-05-15
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  offramp: The knight on b6 stops black playing ...Rc8. So Giri might play Rc2 and Rfc1. He won't play Rd1, he doesn't want exchanges. He already has his Bishop in is best spot.
Dec-05-15
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  Domdaniel: <Sally S.> -- <14.Qg5 15.Nf3 Qxg2 16.Rg1 and mate on g7 or give up the Queen.> Um, nice idea, but I don't think it works. After 14...Qg5 15.Nf3 Qxg2 16.Rg1 Black can just play ...Qxf3, and there's no immediate mate threat. White should probably play 16.Ke2 with attacking chances.

I'd considered a similar idea: 14...Qg5 15.Bd3 Qxg2 16.Bxh7+ Kh8 17.Be4, which seems OK for White. But 15...f5 is one way to stop it.

So I decided the solid 15.0-0 was best. Not your style, I know, but White still has threats.

Dec-05-15  MindCtrol9: I just got here and I see Black a little cramped,the Knight on b6 is strong.May be 21. ...Qf6 trying to exchange Queens.
Dec-05-15
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  Domdaniel: <Sally> Of course, offering the g-pawn can be a very good idea, whether in the Winawer French or the Nimzo-Indian. Consider the following massacre, where Black was too scared to accept the pawn, and suffered for his passivity: Baburin vs G McCarthy, 2008
Dec-05-15
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 21...Na7 puzzles me at first, as it encouraged White to play 22.a4. Then I see 22...Bc6 coming. If White withdraws his Bishop, Black plays 23...Nc8 to challenge the Knight. Still seems cramped but defensible for Black.
Dec-05-15
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  whiteshark: Draw agreed
Dec-05-15
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  Domdaniel: That's it, chaps, it's 4pm in London, so knock off 'work' early and head out for a couple of pints, or five.
Dec-05-15
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Not a huge surprise. Have a good weekend, everyone.
Dec-05-15
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  whiteshark: <ceegeeee> Naka vs MVL looks interesting, a (rare) Benoni where tactics might jump out any time soon. All other games with big/huge draw tendencies.
Dec-05-15
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Dom.

Sorry...When I saw the 14...Qg5 post this position was being displayed.


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When the Qg5 Nf3 Qxg2 Rg1 idea is on. I should realised here it was not a very good suggestion.

Dec-05-15  kamagong24: at least Adams is holding...

did i just hear Anish took a shot at Magnus during the post game analysis?! something like Magnus would play 12.... d4 when he was playing great chess?!! it would be interesting to see them play and i just hope it's not a Berlin :p

Dec-05-15  starry2013: offramp:<I think Short might have managed 50%...>

I have doubts about this.

Adams holding Giri twice with black in the last month is pretty good. And getting the better of a draw with black against Anand too. Another win like the one against Aronian recently or Caruana here last year would be nice now.

Dec-05-15  Ulhumbrus: 16 Qc4 intending Qe4 can be answered by the fork 16...Ne5. This suggests preparing Qc4 by 16 Nf3 preventing the move ..Ne5
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