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Vladimir Kramnik vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-22
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0

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Jan-22-11  kudubux: Was Giri's choice of the Gruenfeld right against VK?

Pretty neat tactics by VK to win a pawn and then grind it out for a win. 2 straight wins now for him and still undefeated in this tournament.

Jan-22-11  arnaud1959: A typical Kramnik win where he wins a pawn but gives up the initiative. Later he gives back the pawn but he wins another one which he gives back to win another one....

Usually when he manages to put his pawn on d5 in Grunfeld, his opponnent has difficulties to defend, especially in the endgame.

Jan-22-11  el nanes: It's unwise to play Gruenfeld against Kramnik. Giri can ask Swidler about that.
Jan-22-11  Marmot PFL: 7 Qa4+ looks pointless at first, but is good for an experienced player to take the younger player out of his preparation. White was well prepared and gained a lot of clock time. One of the drawbacks of the Grunfeld is there are many variations that white can choose that black has to know something about (7 Bb5+ is another one.)
Jan-22-11  Raginmund: I think Giri choice for grunfeld wast not a good decision. Kramnik and Karpov are specialist in outplay that defense...

17. ...Rb8?! leading to first tactical blow... it seems a blunder but it was not. Giri saw the tactics, but he wanted to develop his pieces at cost one pawn. It seemed very playeable...

But I think that anyone should make experiments against Kramnik, this is a big mistake.

Anyway, another great game...
Kramnik style.

Kramnik forever !!!!!!!!!!

Jan-22-11  Jim Bartle: Maybe (just guessing) Giri wants to earn some valuable experience by playing a particular defense against one of the best. Maybe he's thinking long term rather than about the best result today.
Jan-23-11  kudubux: Notice that after 10.d5, Giri is already in a difficult position.

15...c4 may have been the first serious miscue by Giri.

17...Rb8 is necessary to free both the rook and b7-pawn to support c4 but then the damage had already been done and VK sets about winning an important pawn.

Jan-23-11  falso contacto: He'll evolve to rock- solid play by developing some experience and patzer- kibitzers will say he turned into a boring draw machine. Egg: Leko played Grunfeld as a wunderkind.
Jan-24-11
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  Domdaniel: More magic from the undisputed master of the queenless middlegame, though Giri put up some tough resistance despite shedding so many pawns.

That 7.Qa4+ Qd7 line is sometimes played as a drawing variation, with an immediate Queen exchange. Kramnik's 8.Qb3 is pretty rare, and they seemed to be in unmapped territory by move 10.

There are many Grunfelds being played currently, at every level. It seems to be in fashion - but, as Marmot says, there are a huge number of sidelines. It's more difficult to play than the King's Indian, because the strategical options differ in the various lines.

Jan-25-11  JamesT Kirk: Simple and clean!!!
Feb-09-11  ReikiMaster: 16...a5 looks ok. 25.Kf1 also looks good for white.

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