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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Anish Giri
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 5, Dec-08
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  OhioChessFan: <This could well be a draw.>

At the moment, the position is pretty even, although White has a slight bit of initiative.

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  whiteshark: <This could well be a draw.II> That's easily conceivable:

<Classical games: Anish Giri tied Maxime Vachier-Lagrave <2 to 2, with 15 draws>>: Note that only white scored wins

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  keypusher: A Berlin. Who could have seen that coming?
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  whiteshark: Berlin Wall, mainline
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  whiteshark: <1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Bf4 Be7 12. Rad1 Be6 13. Ng5 Rh6 14. g3 Bc4 15. Rfe1 Rg6 16. Nce4 > last game they are following: Adams vs Kramnik, 2014
Dec-08-15  lost in space: I guess 18. b3 is a good move here.
Dec-08-15  lost in space: uhh, 18. b3 Bd5 played. 19. c4 now and Black has to give up the bishop pair.
Dec-08-15  lost in space: They are still following the game mentioned by <whiteshark>
Dec-08-15  lost in space: seems, 19...Nd4 is a <TN>, or?
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  keypusher: <lost in space: seems, 19...Nd4 is a <TN>, or?>

Seems like, trying to get rid of doubled pawn. 20.cxd5 cxd5 21.Nd6+ is engine preference with a tiny positive evaluation for White.

Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: I was thinking main line Petroff with a fairly quick draw. The Berlin doesn't trade pieces quite as fast and this is rather complicated.
Dec-08-15  lost in space: yes, well played by Giri.

Seems, that Black has to sac a pawn - at least for a while.

20. cxd5 cxd5 21. Nd6+ cxd6 22. exd6+ Kd7 23. Nxf7 Rf6 24. Ne5+ Kxd6 and it is not easy to see that this can lead to a perp...without comp assistance.

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Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: 22...Ne6 was played instead of Kd7, which as said loses a pawn. Think it heads to a rook or Rook and knight ending which looks about even.
Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: Guess black hasn't moved yet. Somehow I thought Ne6 was played.
Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: Official site shows 22...Ne6 23 Nf3
Dec-08-15  PhilFeeley: What a weird position. I don't like the rook on g6.
Dec-08-15  chessdgc2: Black's Rg6 is fine since White can't exploit it and it has some attacking prospects...right now, White has just played 24. Be3. Here, 24...Bc3 looks interesting and can be followed up with ...d4. However, Black can also try 24...d4. It seems the former is more flexible.
Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: After Kxd6 it looks fine for black. I don't know what the draw rules are (move 30?) but it could end fairly soon.
Dec-08-15  Karposian: <PhilFeeley> Yes, that rook looks misplaced. Optically, it looks a bit threatening, staring down towards White's king. But it's not much of a threat, really.
Dec-08-15  lost in space: draw by perp?
Dec-08-15  PhilFeeley: <Karposian> Yes, I guess there was always the threat of Nxf4, but that was easily countered. Then the rook could reposition.
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  whiteshark: This game barely dropped out of the 0.0 evals
Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: Made a few bucks on the under 40 draw.
Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: Maybe we can the world champ in action
Dec-08-15  kamagong24: hmmm, Berlin...
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