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Anish Giri vs Jorden van Foreest
Tata Steel Masters (2019), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-22
English Opening: Symmetrical. Symmetrical Variation (A36)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Penguincw: Wow, 17...Qxd2 giving up the queen (technically 16.dxe6 did it). But of course, white ends up getting it back. Big material imbalance there before position fizzles out.
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  Gilmoy: Not so big. <16.dxe6> discovers on Ra8, so White has a pawn with tempo if the Rook hides, or R+N+P for Q in the game line, which is even by points.

With <19..Bf8>, Black returns the Q for R+B, so he never regained the e6-pawn, and he's a pawn down from then on. He could have saved his Q with something like Qg5, but he has long-term problems such as Rc7 and Nb5, and no clear targets for a Q to attack, so that looks un-fun and not even winnable. Less taxing to simplify.

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