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Tomi Nyback vs Anish Giri
Corus Group B (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-22
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1



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Jan-22-10  Don Cossacks: A cruel knight fork.Well done GM Giri!
Jan-22-10  zanshin: Great showing by the young GM. He looks a strong favorite to take the Group B championship. Btw, Rybka is screaming <35...Rb5!>, but <35...f5> looks good enough.
Jan-22-10  dakgootje: heh, was watching this game and after 21. d5 my first thought was "I would play Kd6!" Immediately followed by "But that just <can't> be sound."

Glad to see, just for once, a GM playing some weird-looking move I considered :D

Jan-22-10  Average Josh: Brilliant play by young Giri, I would have gotten nervous with my king on e7...but to place it on d6...well, you need balls to say the least. It transpires that a strong knight on e5 in this position can protect the king on d6 very well. Maybe Tomi should have just swapped queens?
Jan-22-10  Ulhumbrus: Two alternatives to 21 d5 are 21 Rd3 and 21 Be2
22 a3 disturbs the pawns in front of White's King withiut necessity. Three alternatives are 22 Kb1, 22 Be2 and the pawn sacrifice 22 e5+.
Jan-23-10  achieve: Great finish and all, but i do not understand Giri's decision to reject castling early on and allow the B-exchange which leaves the King in the center, only to open the center, possibly, with 20...c5

The threat of 21 a3 was nicely dealt with though because the cxd attacking the Q, but still, this was quite a risky strategy by Anish, as confirmed by some sparring against my engine.

And to play Kd6 following 21 d5 is indeed very confident! ;)

Good grief. Nerves of steel!!

I wonder if Giri would want to reach the position after <20...c5> again versus <any> of the Group A participants.

Great game though, throwing in a timely ...b5 ...b4 advance - wow!

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  GrahamClayton: <achieve>And to play Kd6 following 21 d5 is indeed very confident!

It is very unusual to see the King being used as a blockader in the middlegame.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Had I the Black pieces, probably would not have realized that 17...Be7 was possible. Compared with that, 21...Kd6 seems obvious.
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  Dionysius1: Giri commented on this in an insert in today’s live presentation of Tata Steel 2021 R12

(sorry I can’t do the accent). “The problem with setting the knight up in the centre of the board is that after d6+ my king will have to move and the rook will enter on d5 and my rooks will stay disconnected. So that wasn’t a good option, and I guess that’s why my opponent decided to briefly weaken the dark squares. But here I had a very strong move and also a very pretty one: Kd6…Here the king is surprisingly safe and the knight will come to e5 and then you have a complete blockade and no-one can touch the king. And from here onwards the game became one sided.

Jul-31-21  chesssantosh: According to Giri, this is one of the best games he ever played. He said he particularly liked his Kd6 idea.

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