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Anish Giri vs Magnus Carlsen
Bilbao Masters (2016), Bilbao ESP, rd 5, Jul-17
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Alekhine Defense (D22)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-17-16  not not: Amazing play: fighting for draw with white pieces whole game!
Jul-17-16
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  chancho: Giri does not play to win when he plays Carlsen... he plays unambitious solid Chess.

He calculates the variations he plays with accuracy and waits for Carlsen to self destruct.

The key to beating Giri (imo) is to make the position as complicated as possible, make him burn clock until time trouble creeps in, and keep the pressure on him.

Aronian so far has his number, and Hou Yifan also has a plus score on him.

I'm sure there are others (besides the aforementioned two) who also do well against Giri.

Jul-17-16  WorstPlayerEver: Carlsen could have made it more complicated for Giri if he had played 27... Nd5
Jul-17-16  cro777: Carlsen was better in the endgame, but he still hasn't managed to beat Anish Giri (in classical games).

Position after 50...Nxe3


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51. Ne4! The transition into a knight endgame is safer. (The alternative is a drawn pawn down queen endgame after 51.Nd1, but queen endgames often result in very long games, due to the many checks and repetition of moves)

51...Qxf4 52. Qh2+ Qxh2+ 53. Kxh2


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This endgame is a theoretical draw.

Jul-17-16  cro777: Carlsen surprised Giri by playing the Queen's Gambit Accepted. Giri admitted that he was outplayed:

"The endgame was very bad for me."

Jul-17-16  Marmot PFL: 15 Bf3 looks interesting but I guess trading pieces is a hard habit to kick (ask peter leko)
Jul-17-16
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  perfidious: <chancho: Giri does not play to win when he plays Carlsen... he plays unambitious solid Chess....>

Trouble is that in the classical lines of the QGA, Black's queenside majority can prove a long-term asset against solid but passive play, as was the case in this game.

In the end, Giri grovelled the draw, but he had best not get used to playing from behind at this level. Tough to win events when one does not manage to win many games, period.

Jul-17-16  Atking: Something is wrong in such strategy. You can't play each times trying to keep the draw. "Today too I escaped" Where is the young Giri we all know with fresh ideas and naturally inspired style? I hope this one will soon be back.
Jul-17-16  TheBish: Yes, Giri is an old drawing master now! ;)
Jul-17-16
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  HeMateMe: didn't seem like carlsen was trying really hard to unbalance the position, seeking complications. Of course he's made quiet positions suddenly become lost for his opponents, before.
Jul-17-16
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  perfidious: <HMM....(Carlsen has) made quiet positions suddenly become lost for his opponents, before.>

To not a few kibitzers, this is also known as 'That bleeping Carlsen got lucky <again>!'.

Jul-18-16  Hodor: Hold the draw! Hold the draw!!
Jul-18-16  john barleycorn: <Hodor: Hold the draw! Hold the draw!!>

Giri has developed it into an artform. Kidding aside, this was classy performance.

Jul-18-16
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  alexmagnus: <The key to beating Giri (imo) is to make the position as complicated as possible, make him burn clock until time trouble creeps in, and keep the pressure on him.

Aronian so far has his number, and Hou Yifan also has a plus score on him.

I'm sure there are others (besides the aforementioned two) who also do well against Giri.>

The player with the best score against Giri is probably Kramnik: +6 -0 =5

Jul-18-16
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  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ has analysed this game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcat...
Jul-18-16  cro777: Dry position chess

How not to lose against Carlsen? Giri's recipe seems to be: make dry positions less enjoyable for him.

Position after 14…Ng6


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Here Carlsen recommends 15.Bf3 preserving the bishop pair and fighting for the advantage.

However Giri opted for getting into a dry (also called vanilla or boring) position by playing 15.Bxg6 (GM Evgeny Gleizerov calls this the "autodryer strategy").

Although Giri later committed a couple of inaccuracies (24.Nd1 exchanging bishops and 34.h5 a strategically risky move) and Carlsen managed to create winning chances from an equal position, Giri managed to hold the endgame.

Since Giri won their first encounter Carlsen vs A Giri, 2011 Carlsen still hasn't managed to beat Giri in their 15 classical games.

Jul-18-16
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  keypusher: <How not to lose against Carlsen? Giri's recipe seems to be: make dry positions less enjoyable for him.> <cro777>

Based on this game (and a few others), Giri's recipe seems to be to play passively, commit a few inaccuracies and get into real trouble, then make 20 straight Stockfish moves to hold the draw. Seems to work for Giri, but I wouldn't recommend it to others.

Jul-18-16  ChessMan94: What's wrong with 43...Qb1?
Jul-18-16
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  keypusher: <ChessMan94: What's wrong with 43...Qb1?>

Seems like just a worse version of the game line after 44.Qd3+. An engine comes up with a clever idea: 44.Qc4 c2 45.Qe4+ g6 46.Qxd5! Qf1+ 47.Kf3 c1/Q 48.Qxf7+ with perpetual check.

Jul-18-16
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  whiteshark: chess24 report on rd 5 focussing of course on this game: http://chess24.com/en/read/news/bil...

and here's the GM analysis/pm-coverage of Niclas 'Hutch': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PuB...

Jul-18-16  Atking: Thanks <whiteshark>!
Jul-18-16  cro777: Giri's recipe works well for him but don't try it yourself!

<keypusher: ... commit a few inaccuracies and get into real trouble, then make 20 straight Stockfish moves to hold the draw.>

After a couple of inaccuracies in the middlegame Giri refused to make any more mistake, and managed to liquidate into a drawn knight and pawn against knight and two pawns endgame:


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Black to move. This endgame is a draw due to White’s outside passed pawn.

Generally, in this type of endgame everything depends on the placing of the pieces. For comparison, look at this endgame:


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Here Black to move wins. With best mutual play Black mates in 33 after …f5! A knight move also wins (e.g. after …Nd5 or …Nf5 Black mates in 40).

Jul-18-16  Robyn Hode: Giri is the new Schlecter/Leko.
Jul-23-16  Oxnard: Following this narrow escape, Giri taunted Carlsen on Twitter, writing "Takk" ("thanks" in Norwegian). Carlsen responded by trouncing Giri in their very next encounter, five days later.
Aug-16-16  phulong87: Magnus Carlsen Loses ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdt...
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