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Anish Giri vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-21
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0



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  Ron: 'Black's LSB is about as useful as a wife in a strip club.'

That's an interesting turn of phrase.

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  Ron: I'm trying out different lines for White. Don't be surprised is White wins a pawn.
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  ChessHigherCat: Or a bishop in a strip club, but the girls are all over 18 so he wouldn't even be there
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  Ron: I'm wondering if AlphaZero is having influence on grandmaster play. For example, AlphaZero had some brilliant games against the Queen's Indian Defense.

In this tournament, the Queen's Indiana Defense has not been played at all so far.

And the Queen's Indiana Defense is a mainstream opening.

Jan-21-18  BOSTER: Black pieces have poor coordination. And Bermud a5-c6-e5 is not very attractive
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  Ron: White is winning.
I am going to other parts of this website now. I might come back to this.
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  whiteshark: Black reduced his agony by resigning
Jan-21-18  Marmot PFL: Thought Giri had good chances today but this seems like a very early resignation.
Jan-21-18  Marmot PFL: Carlsen should win soon too, Kramnik-So is a fight.
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  chancho: Gawain's King is too exposed.

Carlsen will find a way to get at him.

Jan-21-18  Imran Iskandar: Wow, just when I think Shak is on fire, he is on the receiving end of a very cold shower.
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  ChessHigherCat: I still think M. would have been much better off with this variant:

14. Qc2 Bxd4 15. Bd2 Qxb2 16. Nxd4 Qxd4 17. Qxc6 Rb8 18. Bh6 Rd8 19. Rad1 Qb2

Jan-21-18  pth: Why is this game classified as an uncommon opening? It starts in the same way as the following, which is classified as an English opening: A Kveinys vs V Belov, 2005
Jan-21-18  Boomie: <ChessHigherCat>

14...Bxd4 15. a3 Qb6 16. Nxd4 Qxd4 17. Bh6

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Black is in a world of hurt.

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  ChessHigherCat: <Boomie> Maybe, but I don't see it. The miracle knight on d5 protects against Nf6, Qc3 and Be3.

14. Qc2 Bxd4 15. a3 Qb6 16. Nxd4 Qxd4 17. Bh6 Rd8 18. Qxc6 Rb8 and what?

Jan-21-18  yurikvelo: <---- multiPV
Jan-21-18  JPi: Good to see Anish Giri back to the very top. Of course it is a bit soon to resign but White has build flawlessly a very clear advantage that should soon win and Mamedyarov sportively recognized it.
Jan-21-18  JPi: <ChessHigherCat> In your line probably better is 18.Rad1 first 18...Qb6 19.RxN and an attack on the weaken dark squares Ex. 19...cxR 20.Nf6+ kh8 21.Qc3 d4 22.Qg3 then Qe5 or Qh4 looks too dangerous to me.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very well, Black seems to have no choice about losing either the a, e or h pawn. Still, shouldn't he have played on? Or does he have a bigger problem that I have missed?
Jan-21-18  actinia: seems premature, yet black also has no counterplay. at all.
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  Clement Fraud: <pth: Why is this game classified as an uncommon opening?>

I have been pondering the same question: After the completion of six moves, the position reached in this game (by transposition of moves) is the Panov-Botvinnik Attack of the Caro-Kann.

Jan-21-18  Boomie: <ChessHigherCat: Maybe, but I don't see it>

Black's black square weaknesses will decide. After Rd8 Bg5, for example. The knight on d5 is all dressed up with nowhere to go. White can ignore the weak c6 pawn and continue development with tempo with Rd1. Black's development is a mess.

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  ChessHigherCat: <Boomie> Black's development wasn't a mess in the game line?
Jan-22-18  Boomie: <ChessHigherCat: <Boomie> Black's development wasn't a mess in the game line?>

Just run an engine on the line I gave. Stockfish seems to "think" that white is almost winning.

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  HeMateMe: black is going to lose his pawns.
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