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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Anish Giri
Gashimov Memorial (2016), Shamkir AZE, rd 9, Jun-04
Indian Game: Przepiorka Variation (A49)  ·  1-0



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Jun-04-16  fisayo123: 43...Ke8? Fatigue?
Jun-04-16  SirRuthless: Qxd1 is inexplicable when a draw nets a playoff and the other game that matters is already decided. Inexplicable. Good game by Mamedyarov but wow.
Jun-04-16  Eyal: <Qxd1 is inexplicable when a draw nets a playoff and the other game that matters is already decided. Inexplicable.>

14... Qxd1 was a mistake, but the choice facing Giri wasn't between this and a clear draw. Black can't force a draw here - computers may show 14...Qxb2 15.Rb1 Qxc3 16.Rc1 Qb2 17.Rb1 with repetition as the main line, but that's quite clearly not what Mamedyarov - who needed a win and was going for complications - was going to play, but rather 15.Bxe7. Giri showed in the press conference some tricky lines after this move that he was worried about; he thought he was going for something safer, but it turned out to be a very passive and unpleasant position.

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  perfidious: Why would any competent observer, given the situation, truly believe White would opt for the repetition? Seems the height of naivete to me.

If Giri had needed a win, my guess is that he would have come to the same evaluation in his preliminary analysis, then plumped for 14....Qxb2, nolens volens.

Jun-04-16  CountryGirl: I like the finishing rook endgame. So precise.
Jun-04-16  Tiggler: <Eyal>, <perfidious>: That does explain Giri's decision, which puzzled me at the time. The reason that the repetition is the engines' main line is that the alternatives are better for black, though double-edged.

If Giri opted for the line he chose because he was afraid of being forced to play for a win, then he deserved the result he got: third place.

Jun-05-16  Ulhumbrus: Is there any need for the capture 10..bxa5? One alternative is 10...Rac8 getting the queen's rook out.
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  whiteshark: "This was a clash of two potential title winners, and the difference, which proved decisive, was the emotional state in which the two players went into the final round. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov followed victory over Eltaj Safarli with a great win over Fabiano Caruana, while Anish Giri went into the round having spent over five hours failing to defeat Hou Yifan. The Azeri no. 1 also had the white pieces.

Anish was ready to enter the Grünfeld Defence, but Mamedyarov, probably hoping to avoid a theoretical discussion in extremely complex positions, chose an unambitious setup with c3.

On move 14 Shakh took another decision that looked unusual for him:..."

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