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Anish Giri vs Fabiano Caruana
World Championship Candidates (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Mar-21
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Goglidze Attack (D70)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  AdolfoAugusto: Is any of them dreaming of a Naka Touch Adjust?
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  chancho: Drawn by threefold repetition.

Giri remains perfect.


Mar-21-16  arielbekarov: White: Qe5
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  Domdaniel: <marmot> - < probably because in the US they don't play so often. > Not so much here either, unfortunately. In that latest tournament I played in, there were just two women in the top section, of 33 players. One of them - whom I drew with in the 1st round - finished on 4/6, the other lower down.
Mar-21-16  suenteus po 147: Considering how Caruana's plans disintegrated throughout the game he must feel at ease with a draw. I imagine that Giri will be disappointed, but since tomorrow is a rest day he will have time to rest up and prepare for his game against Karjakin.
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  Domdaniel: <chancho> -- <Giri remains perfect. > Perfection is in the eye of the beholder, no?
Mind you, Giri is a good writer and annotator. And he's good at not losing. But it would be nice to see some wins...
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  chancho: Agreed...
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  offramp: This was a very good game. Well played by both players.
Mar-21-16  Amulet: I can't recall a world champion who's good at not losing but also good at not winning.
Mar-21-16  Caissanist: Not to belabor the obvious, but that was always the knock against Petrosian from what I remember.
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  offramp: This will go down in history as a truly great game.
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  keypusher: <Open Defence: <Domdaniel> your post makes me want to take up chess again :-p>

I'm sure if we played OTB it would have been even worse for me.

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  whiteshark: <chancho: Magnus grew up with two sisters> Three, actually... ;)
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  WannaBe: Yep, they are siblings alright. Else Mag like to put on a wig. =))
Mar-21-16  devere: Instead of 24.Rd4?!, 24.Ke1!, unpinning the knight on f4, would have won.

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White was a mind-boggling 4 pawns up, and could have well afforded to give 2 of them back to consolidate his position. As the game went he wound up giving back 3 pawns, and that was one too many to win.

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  chancho: <whiteshark> Thanks for that correction.
Mar-21-16  Amulet: The three female versions of Magnus are stunningly pretty.
Mar-21-16  RookFile: I'm sure Caruana was very happy to get a draw out of this.
Mar-22-16  Ulhumbrus: A quote from the chess24 website. Here is the link:

<Loek van Wely in our live show pointed out that 24.Ke1 was <immediately resigns>, and though it seems a somewhat computer-like move he explained he’d done something similar against Magnus Carlsen in this year’s Wijk aan Zee. Giri had also seen it, and described the move as <very tempting>>

On f2 the white king is a target for captures (or even sacrifices) on f4 on Black's part. 24 Ke1!! removes the target at a stroke.

Mar-22-16  1971: 24. Ke1 may be best but still wouldn't have brought a respite to White. As Giri showed even that move was double edged. There was no clear, safe path to converting his advantage. Caruana defended well in probably the most tense game of the tournament.
Mar-23-16  Tatumart: What an interesting game. Giri is NOT making GM draws.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Offramp,

"This will go down in history as a truly great game."

A 96 move draw!

Sadly no. It will lay undisturbed for years in some database unless someone like....

Wolfgang Heidenfeld

....rescues it from obscurity.

But if it was a 21 mover, home prepared and computer tested then it will get more pages and links than I've had hot dinners...

...and I hate salads!

Mar-29-16  jphamlore: <Caissanist: Not to belabor the obvious, but that was always the knock against Petrosian from what I remember.>

Actually when Petrosian had an advantage, he was horrifyingly ruthless at slowly squeezing his opponent to death.

Apr-01-16  technical win: Giri was in great danger of winning this game.
Dec-06-18  Hawkman: 15. Rd1 It seems odd to give up Q side castling for no reason.
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