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Peter Svidler vs Anish Giri
Tal Memorial (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Sep-30
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Two Knights Line (A37)  ·  0-1



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Sep-30-16  boz: That had to be a satisfying victory for Kramnik.
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  offramp: Giri does seem to be in a lot of trouble.
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  offramp: Svidler has to be careful because these positions can switch 180 in one half-move!
Sep-30-16  Marmot PFL: 57...g4+ threatened, or Rxf3+ first
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Rather remarkable how, in a wide-open position with so few pawns, Giri has manage to restrict Svidler's options and tie him down. White has no checks, no targets, and always has to defend against a new threat--in this case, after 56...g5 Black threatens 57...g4+.
Sep-30-16  Marmot PFL: don't think Peter wants to let the kid mate mate him.
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  Domdaniel: <Marmot> - <I used to get NIC when I played tournaments> I still do both, despite advancing years.
Sep-30-16  Tiggler: No reason for Svidler to be playing on: there are no Svindles.
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  Domdaniel: Positions like this can be very tricky for the side with the extra pawn. One feels duty bound to win, yet it can be very difficult.

And Svidler certainly isn't caving in...

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  Domdaniel: Could 60.Re7 lead to a draw?
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  Domdaniel: Eh, no, it couldn't.
Sep-30-16  Marmot PFL: 60... Bf6 mate is threatened and if 60 Re7 Qf4+ and Rh3+ wins quickly
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  Domdaniel: Specifically: 60.Re7?? Qf4+ mates.
Sep-30-16  Octavia: well done, Anish!
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Replaying the game from move 40 onward, it becomes more impressive than ever how Giri stifled his opponent. Svidler had alternatives in a few places and the silicon monsters will have a look at them, but if reincarnation really did exist--Tigran Petrosian might have returned.
Sep-30-16  Pulo y Gata: Beautifully played by Anish.
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  whiteshark: <Giri> three in a row, ...and counting
Sep-30-16  cormier: what was wrong with 18.NxNe2, there must be a reason why Svidler didn't capture, well i don't see it guys .....
Sep-30-16  Fanques Fair: Why not 15-Qxb7 ?
Sep-30-16  Marmot PFL: <cormier:> 18...Bd5
Sep-30-16  cormier: yes, you're right <Marmot PFL> ths
Sep-30-16  cormier: <Fanques Fair: Why not 15-Qxb7 ?>

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Analysis by Fritz 12: d 23

1. = (0.03): 15...Nd4 16.Nf3 Rb8 17.Qe4 Qd7 18.Rfc1

Oct-01-16  Ulhumbrus: After 13...Nxd5 Black has a Maroczy bind reversed. If Black enjoys now the advantages of the first move this suggests that White has committed an error somewhere, if we assume that Svidler cannot have planned to give Giri the advantages of the first move. Perhaps he has overlooked something after 14 Qb3 Nc7 15 Qxb7.

22 d4 leads to the loss of a pawn and the game. Instead of this 22 Bxd5 Qxd5+ 23 f3 places the pawn on a white square.

Oct-01-16  bcokugras: I hope Giri becomes the new world champion soon.
Nov-24-16  PJs Studio: I just looked over this game carefully trying to guess blacks moves (serious OTB analysis practice!) Giri is a smooth player and very powerful. I really enjoyed 43...Qb7 and 44...f4! Giving up a pawn to smash whites king cover and win two pawns back. Sharp!
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