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Anish Giri vs Sergey Karjakin
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Mar-13
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-13-16  Ulhumbrus: After 27 dxc5 two threats are g4 followed by g5 and Rcd1 followed by Rd4 and Rh4
Mar-13-16  nite: <<Tiggler:> I happen to think that a chess game score is no different from a music score: it belongs to its composers, who may assign its use to others for a fee.>

I once dreamed that same dream.

Now it seems delusional; how could it ever be unlawful to whistle a tune, or recite a poem to your beloved?

Mar-13-16  jamesmaskell: lentil ...Rg8 Qh6#. Dont forget the Black knight is pinned by the bishop on b2
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  Domdaniel: Black has no King moves, ...Rg8 is now answered with mate, and ...Qd6 is no longer on. So White's Queen is safe on g6 and he can afford a few moves to build up a mating attack - possibly via a pawn push or by swinging a Rook to the h-file.
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  Honza Cervenka: White is threatening Rd1-d4-h4#. This is not easy to stop for black. Maybe Rb8 wuth idea Rb4 is now necessary.
Mar-13-16  Virgil A: 2 pieces down. I don't think White has the support to backup its attack. White should be looking for a draw now.
Mar-13-16  BOSTER: Now black has Rf8 or Bd3.
Mar-13-16  lentil: I see... ...Rf8 covered the N/f6 and 'threatened' Qe8, which even eliminates the perpetual
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  Ron: Looks like White is going for the perpetual. Black can hold if White presses. For example, if Rd1 then Bxc5, preventing RD4.
Mar-13-16  Ulhumbrus: With Black's king on h8 the knight is pinned so that on Re1-d1-d4 the knight can't obstruct the fourth rank by ...Ne4
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  Ron: Finally I predicted a grandmaster's plan!
Mar-13-16  leow: does e4 not work for white
Mar-13-16  jamesmaskell: Hold a draw is all well and good but this tournament won't be won unless you take the risk to get more. This is why I dont think Giri is ready yet.
Mar-13-16  Ulhumbrus: <Honza Cervenka: White is threatening Rd1-d4-h4#. This is not easy to stop for black. Maybe Rb8 wuth idea Rb4 is now necessary.> A brilliant idea! If this works and White can't gain more than a draw from the sacrifice 26 Nc5, one alternative is 26 e4. Doubtless both players will examine this position after the game.
Mar-13-16  Nizman: As expected drawnissh Giri smh
Mar-13-16  Marmot PFL: typical Giri, tries his best to win but takes no chances
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  Ron: < leow: does e4 not work for white>

I would then play Qe8, threatening the trade down material.

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  offramp: Um. Is this like over?
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  Ron: <offramp: Um. Is this like over?>


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  whiteshark: Absolutely!
Mar-13-16  Ulhumbrus: One chess website suggested 20 f3. Perhaps the idea is that on 20...Nxe3 21 Qd2 the knight is trapped.

Neither Karjakin in this game nor Nakamura tried ...c5 acquiring the hanging pawns. Perhaps they did not want to risk it in a tournament of this importance. However Lasker was willing to acquire the hanging pawns against Capablanca in the game Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921

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  Tiggler: <nite>: <Now it seems delusional; how could it ever be unlawful to whistle a tune, or recite a poem to your beloved?>

It used to be that at Denny's restaurants the servers would gather round to sing "Happy Birthday to you" if they learned that it was your birthday. Now they sign some other tune because apparently there is a copyright claim on that familiar ditty.

If someone can claim copyright on a piece of dogshit, I mean doggerel, like that, why not on a chess score?

Mar-14-16  1971: The problem is people don't challenge their own ideas. Obviously, no one profits from singing happy birthday at a restaurant. In the case of chess broadcasts we're talking about tangible numbers in the count of viewership, clicks, and website profits. Last cycle, FIDE struggled to find sponsorship for the World Championship and Candidates tournament. By controlling the broadcast and viewership of live games, FIDE can create a clear revenue stream which will benefit the players and ultimately the fans.

Right now Chess24, ICC, Chessgames, Chessbomb all make money directly or indirectly from showing live games, none of which goes back to the players, the content creators, or the FIDE system which supports those players. FIDE is giving away their product for free and at the same time struggling fund their most important events, that makes no sense. AGON is doing the right thing. A professional league should be self sufficient.

Mar-29-16  RookFile: The approach white took has its logic to it. If black makes the right moves, it's a draw. Otherwise, white wins. Sounds like a very reasonable idea to me.
May-01-16  Poisonpawns: Look like QGD Tartakower positions.I wonder if Sergey will use this opening against Carlsen.(queens Indian) or (Queens Gambit Decline Tartakower)
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