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Constantin Lupulescu vs Anish Giri
GCT Bucharest Classic (2021), Bucharest ROU, rd 3, Jun-07
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Quiet Line (A28)  ·  1-0



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Jun-07-21  cormier: sf Depth 40

-1.10 21....Rh6 22.Bg3 Ne4 23.fxe4 fxe4 24.Rf1 exd3 25.Qxd3 Rhe6 26.Ree1 Qg5 27.Qc2 Be4 28.Qe2 h6 29.Rf4 a4

-0.75 21....Ne4 22.c5 Nxc5 23.Bc4+ Kh8 24.Bg3 h6 25.Ree1 d5 26.Bf1 Ne6 27.Qc3 Qf7 28.a3 c5 29.Bb5 Rf8

Jun-07-21  cormier: sf Depth 41

-0.42 20.Bc2 Qh5 21.h3 Ref8 22.Kh2 Rh6 23.Qa1 Qh4 24.Rdf1 Ne6 25.Qb1 Qh5 26.Rg1 Ng5 27.Qf1 Qh4 28.a3

Jun-08-21  philmsu: "Loop-the-Lupu"
Jun-09-21  goodevans: What's the point of these dry, turgid SF annotations if they can't even identify where Black went wrong? Nothing to say between <22. = 0.00> and <35. +- Mate-in-11>!
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  chancho: The 24.Ne4 move is probably where Giri's problems began.

31...Qc5 leaving the e8 square without protection it all went downhill after that.

Lupulescu played 32. Re7. (32. Re8 right away looks better, unless I'm missing something.)

After 33. Re8 Giri was toast.

He tried for the perpetual, but no salvation there.

Jun-10-21  goodevans: <chancho: [...] 32. Re8 right away looks better, unless I'm missing something...>

32.Re8 Rxg2+ and now...

33.Kxg2 Qc6+ forks K and R

33.Kh1 Rh2+ 34.Kxh2 Qxf2+ and from here perpetual succeeds

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  chancho: 32. Re8 Rxg2+ 33. Kh1 Rh2+ 34. Kg1 and black plays Rg2+ again.

<goodevans> you're right.

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  chancho: Wow, I said 34. Kg1, but that is even worse because of 34...Qf2 mate.


Jun-10-21  SChesshevsky: Seems Giri played positionally poorly. Maybe due to overconfidence v. his opponent. Gambling on a pawn and vague threats with the ...Nxg3, ...Rxg3, ...Qxf3 idea. Might be good with concrete threats against the king But otherwise pieces are ugly placed. Little mobility with weak king and back rank threats.

Not crazy about his 21...Be4. Like the B on the diagonal. Might've considered 21...Nxd3 22. Qxd3 Rg6 23. Bg3 Rge6. Blacks probably better with white seemingly having to come up with some plan. Maybe not big winning chances with opposite color B's but likely little losing chances and with pressure on white.

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  HeMateMe: I keep thinking I'm reading the credits for vampire movies....

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