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Anish Giri vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-16
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  chancho: She opened the fence and left the site.

Wonder how she's doing?

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  moronovich: <Tabanus: 16. Rd2 is new, isn't it.>

I think so.

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  moronovich: 16..Rc8!?.The sharpest.We may be in for a real and long fight.
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  moronovich: Seemingly Giri is out of his comfort zone.
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  Mateo: Black could try 17...Ne3 with the threat ...Nc4.
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  OhioChessFan: I bet it does Domdaniel's heart good to see the WCC playing the French.
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  Mateo: The simplest way to defend against the threat ...Nc4 is to play 18.Qd4.
Jan-16-18  Absentee: Carlsen has amost never played the French in his entire career, this has got to be a prepared line saved specially for Giri.
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  Mateo: 18.Ne4 was more sophisticated. 18...Nc4? 19.Nf6+ Kd8 20.Bd4, White is winning.
Jan-16-18  paavoh: <I bet it does Domdaniel's heart good to see the WCC playing the French.>

Ditto for me too :-)

Jan-16-18  BOSTER: It's be nice to make such castle Kh1 and Rc1.
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  Mateo: Carlsen avoided the trick 24...Nf4?! 25.Qc2! threatening gxf4 as well as Qc8+.
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  Mateo: 28.Rc1!?. I was expecting 28.Qxb7.
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  Sally Simpson:

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Giri should now play 29. Rc8+ and claim a win due to Carlsen not making an illegal move.

Jan-16-18  ewan14: Respect to both for the French Winawer
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  Mateo: Rather unambitious play from Giri in my opinion.
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  watwinc: "Unambitious"? Carlsen was clearly playing a prepared line which Giri wasn’t expecting, Giri found a way to complicate things favourably (Nxe4), Carlsen simplified. Just look at the clock times!
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  Mateo: <watwinc> I was thinking to the move 28.Rc1. 28.Qxb7 was a better way to play for a win, I think.
Jan-16-18  Marmot PFL: What was wrong with 12 Qd3?
Jan-16-18  CountryGirl: Very interesting! White was always a bit too open to get away with it, but Giri had to defend well.
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  plang: nice to see this sharp variation being used at this level
Jan-16-18  rogl: After the game a twitter duel followed:

Anish Giri
Poor @MagnusCarlsen! So much hard memorization work only to make a draw against me. Why? #TataSteelChess 😂

Magnus Carlsen
Wanted to use the line in the world blitz, but thought it was too unsound

Jan-16-18  dehanne: When was the last time Carlsen played Alekhine's defense?
Jan-16-18  Petrosianic: Giri came out looking petty in that exchange.
Feb-04-18  Ulhumbrus: If 12 Nxc3 does not gain enough one alternative is 12 h4. One justification for 12 h4 is this: If Black has the initiative on the queen side and on the king side Black's rook occupies the g file what other attacking prospect does White have?
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