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Anish Giri vs Dommaraju Gukesh
Tata Steel Masters (2023), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0

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Jan-15-23  BxChess: On move 13 Giri accepts the isolated queen pawn, and then proceeds to make the most of the semi-open e file by pressuring the pawn on e6 with his rooks and c4 bishop. He places his queen on c2 to xray h7. Against this kingside pressure black plays 17...Kh8, but its not enough. White sacrifices the knight on g5, and then the rooks on e6. The bishop, knight and queen against the constrained black king are enough despite the back rank threat on d1.

A far sighted plan to see what is possible against a seemingly safe black king by Giri.

Jan-15-23  Sally Simpson: An entertaining well thought game by Giri. Best game of the year!
Jan-15-23  outplayer: To me Giri was a draw master. I am surprised of seeing him playing so aggressively.
Jan-15-23  ColdSong: Gukesh is very dangerous,but has to feel now,at least for some time,as usual,the difference of the highest level.
Jan-16-23
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  juan31: Gukesh, 16 years old.......
Jan-16-23  tessathedog: A magnificent game!
Jan-16-23  Sally Simpson: Giri's 24th is one of them cute moves.


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24.Qf3 Stops mate in one. Threatens mate in one.

Jan-16-23
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  whiteshark: Extensive analysis (and gossip, too) on this game: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/ta...
Jan-16-23  Ulhumbrus: The moves 18 Neg5!! and 19 Rxe6!! suggest that the way to make count a lead in development is to play a magisterially brilliant double sacrifice.

This suggests that in order to be able to make count a lead in development a player has to become able to play a magisterially brilliant double sacrifice.

Some of the excellent chess books available nowadays, as well as the excellent commentators and the right training and practice will provide a start towards a player becoming able to do this.

To borrow the words of Znosko-Borovsky, it may be that we do not play at the level of the grandmasters but we can learn to apply some of their methods in our games.

Jan-16-23
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  Messiah: Giri's Immortal?
Jan-24-23
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  DaltriDiluvi: I think that Giri had prepared <13.exd4!?> and <14.Rc2!?> in advance. In the CG Opening Explorer, there are 30 games with <13.Qxd4> and only 2 games with <13.cxd4>. There are no games with <14.Rc2>.
Jan-24-23
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  kbob: The little 26 ply Stockfish attached to this website does not seem to validate Girl's pawn offer at move 17. It grabs the pawn with 17. ...Bxd4 and proclaims a -1.50 (i.e. advantage for black). Is it possible that Giri's "prep" was actually a bluff?
Jan-24-23
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  tamar: No bluff. 17…Bxd4 18 Neg5!
The house SF sees it at higher ply
Jan-25-23
Premium Chessgames Member
  kbob: Thanks Tamar.

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