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Anish Giri vs Sergey Karjakin
Gashimov Memorial (2019), Shamkir AZE, rd 2, Apr-01
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1



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  ajk68: 29. Ba2?? was losing.
Apr-02-19  mrl: Stockfish says 20 Bxh6 is winning! Tal would have gone for it!

Even the more sedate 20 Nc3 probably wins.

But 20 Nf4 simply is a mistake, because of 20...Qe8 And then more mistakes follow.

But black gives it back with 25...g6 instead of 25...g5! which amazingly wins!

But white keeps giving it back. 28 Qh4 equalizes and possibly gives white the edge.

Finally, 29 Ba2 is of course a huge blunder. What a game!

Apr-02-19  goodevans: <ajk68: 29. Ba2?? was losing.>

29.Ba2?? was indeed losing but to give it two '?'s is possibly a little harsh.

At first sight it looks immensely strong, causing all sorts of problems for the g6 pawn.

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Black cannot save the pawn by advancing it - <29...g5 30.Qg6+ Kh8 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Rxg5#> - so Giri was probably expecting <29...Nxe5 30.Rxg6+ Nxg6 31.Qxg6+ Kh8 32.Qxh6+ Kg8 33.Rxf3>.

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White is the exchange down but his attack will soon overwhelm black.

To see why <29.Ba2?> is a blunder (but just one '?' IMHO) you need to see that after <29.Ba2 Bxa2 30.Rxg6+Qxg6 31.Qxg6+Rg7 32.Qc2> black has <32...Nb4>.

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Now the Q is lost because leaving the defence of d1 would allow <33...Rg2+> followed by <34...Rd1#>.

A blunder indeed, but one with a little depth to it.

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  tpstar: 24. g4!? was quite a provocative move, opening lines on the Kingside.

30 ... Qxg6! 31. Qxg6+ Rg7 was a remarkable resource, and probably unexpected.

<Stockfish says 20 Bxh6 is winning!> White's dsb was inactive for the whole game.

Apr-02-19  spazzky: 25.Qd3 after fxg4 was a nice idea gaining some threats. But Karjakin had ideas of his own with the 30. ..Qxg6 surprise!

Engine move 29.Qh4 holds

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  pdxjjb: The computer likes 16 ... Bxh3!?

There's no spectacular combo behind it or anything.

16... Bxh3 17. gxh3 Qxh3 18. Bf4 Qg4+ 19. Bg3 Nxe4 20. Rxe4 Rxe4 21. Bxe4 Qxe4 22. Nd2 Qd5 23. Qf3 Qxf3 24. Nxf3 g5 25. d5 Nb4 26. Nd2 Nxd5 27. Nc4 Ra6 28. Rd1 Ne7 29. Nxb6 Rxb6 30. Nxc7 Rxb2 31. Rxd6 Rb4 32. Rxh6 Kg7 33. Rd6 Ng6 34. Rd7 Rxa4 + (0.81) Depth=31/53 0:09:02 1229 MN

Apr-05-19  Ulhumbrus: In reply to 21...Nc6 the move 22 Nf3 instead of 22 Nf5 suggests that Black's pressure on the centre has induced White to undevelop his knight instead of developing it further towards a king side attack.
Apr-09-19  sakredkow: <Stockfish says 20 Bxh6 is winning! Tal would have gone for it!>

Yes, it would work because White's rook is on a3. If the rook was still at home then the sac is no good. Anish just forgot that rook was so handy.

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