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Anish Giri vs Pentala Harikrishna
Gashimov Memorial (2016), Shamkir AZE, rd 4, May-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41)  ·  1-0

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May-29-16  fisayo123: Pretty amazing collapse from such a strong player. 24...Qxd4?? is a pretty obvious blunder. So was 26...Re8?? Even I saw Giri's idea watching it live. Very bad game from Harikrishna.
May-29-16
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  thegoodanarchist: What about 23...Qa4? I thought 23...Rc8 was better
May-29-16
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  Sokrates: <thegoodanarchist: What about 23...Qa4? I thought 23...Rc8 was better> Maybe 24.♕a3 would be a bit annoying?
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  thegoodanarchist: <Sokrates: <thegoodanarchist: What about 23...Qa4? I thought 23...Rc8 was better> Maybe 24.♕a3 would be a bit annoying?>

I was thinking the same thing, until I saw 23...Rc8 24.Qa3 Bc4, and I can't say it's equal because of the threat of e5 but it doesn't seem to crumble immediately

May-29-16  kamagong24: at least no draw jokes for Anish this time

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May-30-16  Troller: <23..Rc8>

I am not sure, but there is the possibility of the zwischenzug 24.e6, as after 24..Rxc1 25.exd7 Rxe1+ 26.Kh2 amazingly the d7-pawn is going to queen. And 24.e6 fxe6 25.Qa3 could be even more unpleasant.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Troller: <23..Rc8>

I am not sure, but there is the possibility of the zwischenzug 24.e6, as after 24..Rxc1 25.exd7 Rxe1+ 26.Kh2 amazingly the d7-pawn is going to queen. And 24.e6 fxe6 25.Qa3 could be even more unpleasant.>

23...Rc8 24.e6 fxe6 25.Qa3 Bc4 is more pleasant than the first line, by quite a bit.

What do you propose, 26.Rxe6, for example? Then 26...Rc7 and White is still better but it isn't the collapse that happened in the game continuation

May-30-16  Ulhumbrus: One example of an earlier game with the pawn sacrifice d5 and in reply to ...exd5, e5 is the game Kasparov vs Najdorf, 1982
Jun-02-16  Troller: <What do you propose, 26.Rxe6, for example? Then 26...Rc7 and White is still better but it isn't the collapse that happened in the game continuation>

I finally cheated and fed it into an engine - boring I know... Apparently 23..Rc8 24.e6 fxe6 25.Qa3 Bc4 26.Rxe6 <Rc7> is losing, I am getting a line 27.Rd6 Qe8 (27..Qf8 28.Qg3) 28.Qe3 (threatening Nf5) Qf8 29.Qg3 etc.

However, 26..Nc6! is playable. SF gives 27.Rxc6 Rxc6 28.Bf5 followed by Nxc6 and Qxa7. Black should look out for his king, but it does look holdable. The d-pawn ensures White cannot do as he pleases.

So yes, 23..Rc8 should be playable, a but murky perhaps, but definitely not more than 23..Qa4 24.e6. Now that I have the engine turned on, it regards 24..Rf8 instead of 24..Qxd4 as still playable (everything else losing).

One might say that the natural 23..Rc8 was more practical and safer, keeping the queen in the defence. In any case, the e5-e6 push does give Black a lot of problems to solve.

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