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David Navara vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-18-16  SeazerCZ: Beautiful, David! 21. Rxf5! makes me proud to be Czech :)
Jan-18-16  SeazerCZ: It is shame he missed 28. Bd4 though
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  whiteshark: Navara's post game e.p. interview:

and here's Giri's:

Jan-18-16  kamagong24: I like Yasser's suggestion better 31. Qxf5+ Nf6 32. exf6 Bxf6 33. Qxh7+, and maybe white can advance his h-pawn to join the attack
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  Ron: <SeazerCZ> is right abut 28. Bd4. Then play could go 28. ... Nc6 29. e6+ Kxe6 30. Bxg7 Rad8 31. Qe3+ Kd6 32. Qf4+ Kc5 33. Qf2+ Kd6 34. Bf6 Rd7 35. Qf4+ Kc5 36. Qxf5+ Kd6 37. Qf4+ Kc5 38. Qf2+ Kd6 39. Qb6 Rb8 40. Qxa6 Ra7 41. Be5+ Kd5 42. Qxa7 Nxa7 43. Bxb8 Nc6 44. Bf4 Nb4

White, with a two pawn advantage, should win.
Navara here missed a brilliancy, alas.

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  Honza Cervenka: In any Q vs 2R ending the safety of the King is a key factor. I think that David could have won here by playing a bit counter-intuitive but in fact perfectly logical in the sense of the above mentioned principle continuation 37.Kf2! Re4 (or 37...Rd2+ 38.Kf3 and black cannot take the Pawn b2 by Rook for 38...Rxb2 39.Qd7+ , nor by Bishop for 38...Bxb2 39.Be3 and black loses the Bishop or the Rook - 39...Rc2 40.Qb3+ and 41.Qxc2) 38.Kf3! (diagram)

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White King is perfectly safe here, there is no chance for black to disturb him by DSB nor by Rooks on the third rank or the f-file, which is blocked by a black Pawn on f5. White Pawns on the QS can start their march to the win.

Jan-19-16  eyalbd: Watching the game live, I was sure that f5 and ♖xf5 were home prep. After the game David Navara said he hadn't seen the position before and the Rxf5 idea was found over the board.

Really impressive to say the least. In the words of CB commentator "21. ♖xf5‼ Fantastic, amazing, ... or pure OMGness"


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