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Anish Giri vs Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
Bundesliga (2016/17), Aachen GER, rd 11, Apr-08
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Apr-08-17  Eduardo Bermudez: Congrats for this victory, dear Julio !
Apr-08-17  Imran Iskandar: Aw, Giri ruined Norway Chess 2017 (for now).
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  whiteshark: Due to this loss Giri is out of the <Top 10 live rating list>

<12 < Giri <2767.2 −3.8 2750.0 2776.0>>>

GM <Pepe Cuenca> analyzes this amazing game:

Apr-11-17  Rustaveli: Powerful game by GM Granda!
Apr-14-17  JohnBoy: Thanks, <whiteshark>. Cuenca is having loads of fun analyzing this game.
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  ChessHigherCat: Does anybody know why black can't play 23. Be7? I was thinking that if 23. Bxe7 then Nb2, and the Q has only 3 possible squares: b1, c1 or e2. 24. Qc1 loses to Qe2, 25. Rf2 Qxf2, 26. Kxf2 Qe3 with the royal fork. Black's rook is hanging but so is white's knight, so black wins a piece. If 24.Qb1 then Rxd4 25. Qxb2 Rd2 26. Rf2 Rxf2 27. Kxf2 Qd3 might be playable. I can't find anything for 24. Qe2, though. Can anybody help, or is Nb2 the wrong line altogether?
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  tpstar: Fritz 10 Deep Position Analysis [618 MB]:

23. Bxe7

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1) 23 ... Rxd4 24. Qd2 Rd7 25. Bd6 Nxe5 26. fxe5 Bxe5 [-2.23/18]

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2) 23 ... Rxd4 24. Nxd4 Qb6 25. Rf2 Qxd4 26. Qf1 Nxf2 [-2.79/20]

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<ChessHigherCat> You are on the right track to improve, trying your own analysis first and then using an engine when you get stuck. Your 23 ... Nb2 idea is interesting, but note 24. Qe2 is out due to 24 ... Qxe2.

Exchange sacrifices are hard to evaluate, yet here Black gained a mighty Be4 compared to the passive Ra1, along with a very useful Nd3. Moreover, see how White's light squares on the Kingside are glaringly weak without the lsb around. After 23. Qd2, Black broke down White's center with 23 ... c5 24. dxc5 g5 25. fxg5 Bxe5 and the rout was on.

Powerful game by Black.

Apr-15-17  protonchess: Mutant Contemptus Bishopus :-) A flying rook takes over from the stalking horse.
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  ChessHigherCat: <tpstar> Great analysis, Tony, thanks! I didn't attach enough importance to the pin after Rxd4.
Apr-15-17  Mr. V: Giri has trouble with Granda
May-15-17  SirRuthless: He is even more of a grinder than Giri. Very deep understanding of pawn structures and positional features this Granda Zuniga has. I remember being deeply impressed with him at either World Cup or a past Olympiad. He has top ten talent but never got top 10 opportunities in his early career and is now kicking some ass at middle age.
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  chancho: <Very deep understanding of pawn structures and positional features this Granda Zuniga has.>

As a youngster he read Roberto Grau's Tratado General De Ajedrez III - Conformacion De Peones

Which is all about Pawn structures.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: In some ways, more impressive than the famous Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985. That game sacked a P for a poweful Nd3, while this game sacs the exchange. And there were far-from-obvious moves like ... g5 and ...h6 opening lines to the K. Even after a Q-exchange, Black's attack was too strong.

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