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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Anish Giri
Rising Stars - Experience (2010), Amsterdam NED, rd 8, Aug-20
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  0-1



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Aug-20-10  Shams: 13...Rc8! It's already obvious to Giri that no rook will be needed on the d-file, I guess. I've played through the game twice and it's still not obvious to me.
Aug-20-10  dakgootje: Got the feeling much of young master Giri's attack hangs only by a thread.. which happens to be reminiscent of some of my own games -- even though, then it is a sign that the position is about to collapse.
Aug-20-10  SetNoEscapeOn: Lovely game- Giri must have been particularly pleased to have beaten the tactical legend on his own turf.
Aug-20-10  kellmano: Fantastic game from Giri. The tactics come together wonderfully. Looks like he'll be going to Amber next year.
Aug-20-10  crazybird: <Ljubomir Ljubojevic and Anish Giri had a lively discussion in the post-mortem about the correctness of pawn sacrifice that the young Dutch grandmaster had gone for to complicate matters in a solid Meran position. Ljubojevic was convinced that White’s position was to be preferred, but the lines they looked at and the verdict of the computer supported Giri’s judgement. Black had sufficient compensation and ended up in the driver’s seat after White’s knight manoeuvre Ne1-c2, which invited 23…Bxg2 and wild complications that favoured Black. Ljubojevic believed White would have had a clear advantage if he had gone 21.d5, but in that case 21…Rac8 gives Black good play. Giri got a wonderful attack and after the neat 29…Ne4 the fight was essentially over.>


Aug-20-10  vonKrolock: <" the neat 29…Ne4"> Yes, but just as answer to 29.♔h1??

Before, after <28...♕h4>

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Could follow 29.♕e2, and black's advantage is not enough for some forcible decision: Take 'd4', press over 'h2', 'b2', 'f3', the white ♔'s position somewhat exposed ...

Aug-20-10  niemzo: Not to take anything out of Giri's excellent game but 13..Rc8 was not really groundbreaking. It seems to be standard move in this position. Caruana played this variation against Korchnoi in the same tournament two years ago.
Aug-20-10  Shams: <niemzo> I'm sure you're right; I don't know the line.
Aug-20-10  suplexer: b takes g2 was groundbreaking
Aug-21-10  notyetagm:

<Giri finishes with a very nice shot.

29...Ne4!! 30.Rg1 Nf2+ 31.Kg2 Rxd4 32.Qe6 Bf4 33.Kf1 Nd1! 0-1

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Aug-27-10  Silvhouw: My question: can Giri (as a dutch player) surpass the quality of Eeuwe, Donner, Timman or Van Wely?
Dec-08-10  falso contacto: ljubo was very good in earlier days.
Dec-08-10  Gilmoy: GM Giri plays <33..Nd1> again!!

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W So vs A Giri, 2010, <34..Nd1 35.Qc1 Qg3 36.Ne2 Rf1+ 0-1>

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