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Dmitrij Sitnikov vs Anish Giri
Russian Team Championship (2011), Olginka RUS, rd 8, Apr-20
Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Open (B40)  ·  1-0

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Apr-23-11  iking: Dmitrij Sitnikov outclassed Giri in this game . . . . nice win
Apr-24-11  messachess: This would be well worth studying, I think, if one has the time. It looked closely contested. I couldn't at all determine the losing move without some study.
Apr-29-11  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 15..dxe5 is 15...Nh5

After 19 g4 Black is unable to get his N into play.

An alternative to 21...Rac8 is 21...Bf8 keeping Black's KB

After 26 b3 Black's black squares and backward f7 pawn turn out to be a more serious weaknesses than White's isolated e5 pawn and backward c pawn.

To borrow the words of Korchnoi "What one can find in Russia is good chess, and from this one can learn"

Mar-16-13  Twocolors: I looks like Giri declined a draw against a lower rated player on move 18, where Qxf3 would have led to equality. Black then needs to reorganize his game: the rooks to b8 and c8, bring Nh5 back into play through Ng7-e8-c7 and start a siege against white's weak e5 pawn. Be7 can be move to g7 adding pressure on that pawn. Not a difficult plan.
White has a choice. Use the half open f-file to attack f7 (probably not best) or take the open d-file and use d7 as a pivotal point of entry. This might be more fruitful.
Either way I would say the position is dynamically balanced, with perhaps a slight plus for black given his better pawn structure.

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