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Anish Giri vs Viswanathan Anand
GCT Kolkata Rapid & Blitz (2019) (blitz), Kolkata IND, rd 15, Nov-26
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0

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Nov-29-19
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: White retreats his pieces to their original squares, gets pushed around at Black's will, loses his Queen for Rook & Bishop--and therefore wins.

Sometimes, I *don't* want to understand Super-GM chess.

Nov-29-19
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  beatgiant: <An Englishman> Isn't it the case that Black is fine in the final position but lost on time?
Nov-29-19
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  fabelhaft: Anand had a winning position all the way from move 26 to the end of the game, but Giri played much faster and Anand lost on time when it already had gotten less obvious how to win.
Nov-30-19
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Thought Black resigned after seeing that White could play 45.Rc2.
Nov-30-19
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  WorstPlayerEver: I assume the true charm of fast game experiences lies in the notion of the spectator; whether a game was won or not.
Dec-01-19
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  beatgiant: <An Englishman> 45. Rc2 is not a slam dunk.

What might happen is 45. Rc2 <Nf6> 46. Bxf6 Qxd5, and Black is soon winning back the piece (47. Bc3 Qd3, or 47. Ba1 Qf5) and still ends with a large material advantage.

Of course, Anand might have missed it at that moment, but it's certainly complex enough not to resign in a speed chess game.

Dec-01-19
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  beatgiant: <An Englishman> Given what I posted above, White's best is probably <45. Rxa3> with similar lines, but now White eliminates the dangerous a-pawn and Black might not be winning the piece back, after 45. Rxa3 Nf6 46. Bxf6 Qxd5 <47. Bc3> but again, it's hardly resignable for Black, especially in speed chess.
Dec-01-19
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  fabelhaft: The Chess24 engine has black as winning after 45. Rxa3 Bxd5 but hardly easy to win with little time on the clock.
Dec-01-19
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  beatgiant: <An Englishman> Oops, in both my lines above I skipped the <45...Bxd5 46. Bxd5>. I'll post the lines again with that correction here.

45. Rc2 Bxd5 46. Bxd5 Nf6 47. Bxf6 Qxd5, and Black is soon winning back the piece (48. Bc3 Qd3, or 48. Ba1 Qf5).

45. Rxa3 Bxd5 46. Bxd5 Nf6 47. Bxf6 Qxd5 47. Bc3.

Shows the danger of speed kibitzing.

Dec-01-19
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  fabelhaft: In the second line black proceeds with Qc5 and after Rb3 and Qf2+ the g3 pawn falls and the engines consider black to be winning but in a blitz game between humans it could just as well be drawn.

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