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Boris Gelfand vs Anish Giri
Tal Memorial (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Sep-27
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  0-1

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Sep-27-16
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  HeMateMe: Wow! I wish I had the skill to calculate when it is winning to swap a Rook for a minor piece, like this. Gelfie trapped in the corner.
Sep-27-16  Sokrates: Yes, this is sharp and clear play from Giri. With this level of aggression, he should finally be able to unfold his great potential.
Sep-27-16  Chesstorian72: Shockingly,Bum giri wins a game,but this will not last wait until he plays svidler and kramnik.
Sep-28-16  Jambow: <Yes, this is sharp and clear play from Giri. With this level of aggression, he should finally be able to unfold his great potential.>

Anish is a major talent, but needs this extra level of aggression to reach his full potential. He has to be willing to mix it up and here he does so very well. Great game from Giri!!! Beginning of a new approach or just a single game, we will see? He is already well able to play solid enough to withstand virtually anyone in the game today.

Sep-28-16  5hrsolver: Looks like there's no defense to the threat of Qh3+.
Sep-28-16  1971: Excellent, beautiful game from Anish. The maneuver 18...Nd7-Nf8-Ne6 really coalesced his position. He's clearly a skilled and talented player, anyone who can maintain control in their games like he does can obviously evaluate positions well. If he learned to accept some risk in his openings and games he would probably become and stay in the top 2-4.

I was "proud" of him playing 5...Nc6, that showed he was ready to mix it up and get into a fight. He could have played something like c6-d5 and gone into a dry, boring position right from the start like he usually does.

Sep-28-16  Ulhumbrus: The commentators indicated the move 36...Be5!! switching the bishop to the h2-b8 diagonal and Giri found it. It is the first of a pair of moves, a pair of which the second move is ...Qh3+. It delays and prepares the move ...Qh3 by attacking the h2 square and so preventing Qh2 in reply to the check. It gains time, it gains a tempo, because White lacks any way to use the time or the tempo thus given him to cover h2 again. It seems, then, that in this way Black's KB becomes more useful attacking h2 from d4 than it is useful attacking g1 from d4. More useful to cause White to resign in reply, in fact.
Sep-28-16  Ulhumbrus: The commentators indicated the move 36...Be5!! switching the bishop to the h2-b8 diagonal and Giri found it. It is the first of a pair of moves, a pair of which the second move is ...Qh3+. It delays and prepares the move ...Qh3 by attacking the h2 square and so preventing Qh2 in reply to the check. It gains time, it gains a tempo, because White lacks any way to use the time or the tempo thus given him to cover h2 again. It seems, then, that in this way Black's KB becomes more useful attacking h2 from d4 than it is useful attacking g1 from d4. More useful enough to cause White to resign in reply, in fact.
Sep-28-16  fisayo123: Great, attacking game from Anish. <He could have played something like c6-d5 and gone into a dry, boring position right from the start like he usually does.>

Well, he does sometimes play the Najdorf and Grunfeld, which is more that can be said of other top 15 players.

Sep-28-16  Andrew Chapman: Why not take the bishop g7 at move 15-17? Andrew
Sep-28-16
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  patzer2: Wow! The bold attacking play with the Black pieces in this game might just help to silence Giri's critics, who have all too often found fault with him for settling for draws.
Sep-28-16
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  patzer2: The move 32...f5!, with a strong positional exchange sacrifice, might make for a good Sunday puzzle solution.

White's decisive mistake was 34. gxf5? allowing 34...Qxf5 (-250 @ 41 depth, Komodo 10.1).

Instead, 34. Qh6 h3+ 35. Kh1 fxe4 36. Rxe4 Rd6 (-1.08 @ 28 depth, Stockfish 250916) gives White counter chances. However, with the superior position Black still has the upper hand.

Sep-29-16  latvalatvian: The moves of Stockfish make no sense to me whatsoever. Never trust those computers!!
Oct-03-16  Moszkowski012273: White might be able to hold with 34.Qh6... 34.pxp... was absolutely horrible.

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