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Anish Giri vs Magnus Carlsen
Gashimov Memorial (2018), Shamkir AZE, rd 8, Apr-27
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1



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Apr-27-18  csmath: After black lost time with
28. ...Rdf8? (looks like Rh4! was decisive)
29. f3 Rh4
30. d4 Nf4?!
31. Qd2! Bxb3

white makes another mistake with
32. Rb1?

[Rc1 and taking open c-file was more dangerous for black than going for bishop exchange.]

Even though white released himself from bishop pair his position has not improved.

34. ...Qe6!

[awesome move, centralizes queen, freezing d-pawn by threatening knight on e5, infact the only way to keep the advantage.]

The rest of the game is really black dominating position regardless of the attempts by white to simplify the game.

Apr-27-18  Appaz: <csmath: After 22 moves black position looks superior>

You can say that again. Twenty moves and whites most advanced piece is a knight on the forth rank,

Apr-27-18  csmath: Giri made a mistake in the opening, allowing initiative.

Carlsen completely reversed the game of Nepo-Aronian to black advantage.

Giri lost opportunity to equalize the game around move 30.

Giri attempted to simplify the game by hunting white square bishop exchange that did not help his position.

Giri also went for forcing rook and knight exchanges which also did not help his position.

Finally Giri made the last mistake allowing black queen to invade his position.

Apr-27-18  csmath: It is still a high quality game but the quality is on the side of black.

This is one of those Reverse Sicilian English openings that appeals to me and allows maximum aggression without compromising black defenses. I fully understand Carlsen's intentions in this game but I do not understand why did Giri allow something like this. I am guessing that he was under impression of Nepo's win without fully analizing that game.

This game is currently under feverish analyses of Chessbase engines (hundreds of them) and I am sure these analyses will continue for a while and eventually the opening will appear improved again in some tournament.

Apr-27-18  csmath: The best continuation for white at move 41:
41. Rf3 Rxf3
42. Nxf3 Qd5

is also lost according to the current evaluations of 43.Qc3 (15 engines) 43.Qg2 (26 engines) Chessbase engines.

My engine concurs on both moves.

But this is at least playable.

It seems this is what Giri thought as well when he went for 41. Rh3? which was, unfortunately for him, totally lost.

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  morfishine: Of course, its interesting to look at engine analysis as this can help one in one's future OTB contests.

However, if the incredible finds are outside of a human's ability to even detect such lines within the time limits imposed by OTB play, then the value drops precipitately

It remains interesting as a conversation topic, over coffee or drinks, but thats all


Apr-27-18  dehanne: Giri will be quiet on Twitter for a while.
Apr-27-18  Toribio3: Anish is not a world class player. He played like an amateur player against Carlsen.
Apr-27-18  JPi: Please Anish isn't such weak player at 2750 most of us are bout 1000 points below. It's as crazy as someone who just has learned to play chess says to one of you " your play is very weak..." With his "weak" play Anish Giri will crush most of us. Here the impression you got of feeble play of White is for most because Black play wasn't such fantastic for sure yet still very very impressive.
Apr-27-18  csmath: Giri is extremely dangerous, has a very good tactical skills but he has developed rather unattractive "safe" style of play. He also tweets a lot, making some of his colleagues angry with careless comments. Typical youngster.

Magnus just got pumped up recently on Giri so this game is not much of a surprise.

Apr-27-18  John Abraham: Anish is seriously one of the finest technical players in the world. It is really scary how Magnus can make this win look so easy!
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  Pedro Fernandez: <<John Abraham>: Anish is seriously one of the finest technical players in the world. It is really scary how Magnus can make this win look so easy!> And I second you <John>. BTW, are you Jewish? If so I like to tell you some about my chess tutor, i.e. my Grand Father. Greetings and nice to know you!
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  Penguincw: Well there goes Giri's non-losing record vs. Carlsen. He was one of the few to hold that honour (out of those who have actually played Carlsen of course).
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  WorstPlayerEver: Carlsen played very fast. Even at crucial moments in the game.

Never wake a sleeping dog. Hopefully Giri learnt his lesson.

Apr-28-18  JustAnotherMaster: < offramp: I feel like shouting in an Alf Garnett voice, "If you watch you might actually LEARN something!!"

Girl is obviously defending very well here. > Rolling on the floor laughing my @ss off at this mo.......

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  hoodrobin: <OhioChessFan> My ELO rating is always growing up! (Elementary Logic Obtuseness)
Apr-29-18  The Boomerang: "Anish is not a world class player. He played like an amateur player against Carlsen."

Go over all their other encounters and tell me Giri isn't world class...

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  morfishine: <The Boomerang> Noteworthy Giri-Carlsen draw. Giri attempts to speed his attack by neglecting his K-side pieces. This is out of character for Giri. Carlsen is uncomfortable for awhile but cements the draw

A Giri vs Carlsen, 2013


Apr-29-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

21.Re1 Qf5 22.Bxc6 bxc6 23.Qe2 Bxc4 24.dxc4 fxg3 25.fxg3 Rd2 26.Rf1 Rxe2 27.Rxf5 Rxh2+ 28.Kxh2 Rxf5 29.Kg2 Re5 30.Rf1 Bf6 31.Rf3 Kf7 32.b4 h5 33.Rd3 g5 34.Na4 b5 35.cxb5 cxb5 36.Nc3 Ke6 37.Rd1 Be7 38.Rd4 h4 39.gxh4 gxh4 40.Rd3 Kf5 41.Kh3 Kg5 = (-0.24) Depth: 27 dpa

Apr-29-18  johnkr: With 16 Kh1 Giri got a little passive. Maybe the previously-played 16 Rb1 is more accurate. 16 Rb1 Qd7 17 Ndxe4!? fxe4 18 Nxe4 is a typical sort of Dragon sac of a piece, and here White gets 3 pawns. SF does not consider that White is totally lost after for example ... Be7 19 e3 Rad8 20 d4, Having achieved a pawn chain e3-d4, White might do well in an endgame, at any rate it is nicely 'unbalanced'. As the game went, Giri had very active knights but no control over key squares d4 or f4.
Apr-29-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: d 22 dpa

<1. = (0.00): 15.e3> f4 16.exf4 exf4 17.Nc3 Qd7 18.Nf3 Bh6 19.Rb1 Rad8 20.d4 Bc4 21.Re1 fxg3 22.hxg3 Qf7 23.Ne4 Bd5 24.Qd3 Bc4 25.Qd1 Bd5

2. = (-0.22): 15.Nc3 e4 16.Nb3 Bxc1 17.Nxc1 exd3 18.Nxd3 Rf7 19.Nf4 Qxd1 20.Rxd1 Bb3 21.Rd6 Rd8 22.Rxd8+ Nxd8 23.Bd5 Bxd5 24.Nfxd5 b5 25.Nxb5 Rd7 26.Nbc3 Nc6 27.f3 Nd4 28.Kf2 Kf7 29.Nb6 Rd8 30.e3 Nb3 31.Ncd5 Ke6 32.e4 fxe4 33.fxe4

Apr-29-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
14.Re1 Bg5 15.e3 Qxd3 16.Bf1 Qd7 17.Nc4 Qf7 18.Nxb6 Ra5 19.Ncxa4 f4 20.Bc4 fxg3 21.fxg3 Bxc4 22.Nxc4 Qf2+ 23.Kh1 Rxa4 24.Qxa4 Qf3+ 25.Kg1 Qf2+ 26.Kh1 Qf3+ = (0.00) Depth: 22

Apr-29-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa

<1. = (0.00): 13.Re1> Nd5 14.Nxd5 Bxd5 15.Qc2 Ra5 16.Bxd5+ Qxd5 17.Qc4 Rb5 18.Qxd5+ Rxd5 19.Rc4 Rb5 20.Rb1 Ra8 21.Kg2 g6 22.h4 Kg7 23.Rc2 Rf8 24.Rc4 Ra8 25.Rc2

2. = (0.00): 13.Bf3 Nd5 14.Nxd5 Bxd5 15.Rc3 Rf7 16.Bh5 Rf6 17.Bf3 Rf7 18.Bh5

May-02-18  The Boomerang: "morfishine"

Very nice draw...thanks that was great. Seems like Carlsen is always pressing..

May-06-18  Starkraven: Dotard <offramp> fergits miles.per.hour (MPH)☻!

I suppose I am a bit old, but what do chessgames users mean by the word PER. I think it's an Americanism.PER! LOL? What is that?

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