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Alireza Firouzja vs Pentala Harikrishna
Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2020), Prague CZE, rd 3, Feb-14
Ruy Lopez, Closed (C84)  ·  1-0



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Feb-14-20  actinia: White played computer-like moves to optimize piece placement and slowly crushed black
Feb-14-20  goodevans: Hands up everyone else here who would be happy to put their Q in the corner with no square to go to.

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Position after 32...Ba6.

Feb-14-20  fisayo123: Firouzja shows a steady hand here. Slowly outplaying India's 2nd best ever Grandmaster in his own style.
Feb-14-20  Atking: Just an impression Remenber me some games of the young Fischer.How to grow up a small advantage with the Ruy Lopez
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  Richard Taylor: Fischer's technique was learnt from Capablanca and the method (say blocking the centre and attacking sometimes on both wings) was also used in some great games by Karpov and others.

It is good chess here and showing good strategical skills. The Ruy Lopez can be hard to get right in certain lines.

Re the Q it is risky but he would have calculated it fairly easily. But it is difficult often for White to find the right places with those Q side attacks etc. Especially if Black keeps up pressure also.

Feb-15-20  Whitehat1963: I realize the ideal strategy in every instance, and my chess vision isnít great, but it seems to me that white played several moves that were simultaneously attacking and defending. Can someone who has a better grasp than me discuss this idea and point out the best instances of this tactic in this game, please? Also, can someone point out a game or two that really illustrates that tactic well? One that comes to my mind is Capablancaís defense against Marshallís brand new Marshall defense against the Ruy Lopez. But surely there are better examples.
Feb-17-20  MordimerChess: Alireza said in interview that in these pawn structures 15...axb5 is just wrong. In this case there are some possibilities, one obvious and one fancy: 5...cxb3 16. Bd3

16...Nfd7 17. Qxb3 Nc5 18. Qc2 Nxd3 19. Qxd3 f5
or 16...Nxe4 17. Bxe4 f5 18. Nxe5 fxe4 19. Nc6 Bf6

Another bad strategically move was 23...f4 which closed all counterplay for black. Then white could move all pieces to queen side where black didn't have much space to defend, like: 23...fxe4 24. Nxe4 Nxe4 25. Bxe4

I just did analysis of this game, enjoy:

<Whitehat1963> What tactic you are talking about? You can be outplayed in Ruy Lopez as white (Firouzja vs Magnus Carlsen during Tata Steel) or you can outplay opponent as white (like this game here). It's very complex opening with so many lines and details - even in the different order of the same moves.

Feb-17-20  SChesshevsky: Is this a new try to restart the Chigorin play in the Ruy? In similar position after 14. a4, I remember ...Bd7 was played suggesting 15. a5 which most often ended up closing the Qside and setting up a scramble to reposition on the Kside. Maybe iffy for Black.

With 14...c4, after 15. axb5, ...cxb3 does seem logical. Feels like 15...axb5 results in some sort of computer approved blockade that machines can handle but where it's tough for imprecise humans to maintain.

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