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Anish Giri vs Nikita Vitiugov
Reggio Emilia (2012), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 8, Jan-04
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Normal System Kan Line (B28)  ·  1-0



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Jan-04-12  messachess: The deciding move for black apparently was losing the f-pawn. So black's 52..Kg8 then seems a fatal mistake. But black's probably lost anyway. With queens on board, it could seemingly have been much more difficult for white.
Jan-04-12  Robed.Bishop: The first game score i saw ended 1-0 after 34. Qxb4. It seemed a bit premature to me, but I also know these GMs play on a much higher plane of existence than me. I could certainly screw up this position as white.

I'm pleased to see that the game went much further. Finishing these Q & P games is very instructional.

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  Penguincw: One pawn advantage to two pawn advantage (and the win).
Jan-04-12  Shams: I love this exchange sack. Just look at all those gorgeous dark squares.
Jan-05-12  Riverbeast: I've been seeing the Kan take a lot of bad beatings lately....At Super GM levels, and other levels as well
Jan-05-12  Shams: <Riverbeast> I must be in sync with the times, then, because I'm only now starting to have success against it.

If <5.Bd3> starts to fail me, maybe I'll try Giri's <5.Be2>.

Jan-05-12  King Death: When I was a young player, 5.c4 was a popular move (not that I ever tried the Kan), then 5.Bd3 was played a lot and was what I used. 5.Be2 looks like a new old move. The sac by Giri reminds me of some of the variations in 5.c4 where White gave up a pawn or two for a bunch of open lines.
Jan-05-12  Shams: <King Death> Anything but the Maroczy Bind!
Jan-05-12  King Death: <Shams> Look at some of the games with 5.c4 when you get some time. They were usually much sharper than the variations that we're used to seeing against the Accelerated Dragon. Black would play ...Bb4xc3 and usually win a pawn or two but White would get a lot of play.
Jan-05-12  Shams: <King Death> Will do. Just now I had a brief peek at 5.c4 g6, but there are very few master games. Looks like the world is not yet ready for the Accelerated Dragdorf.
Jan-06-12  checkmateyourmove: wow by move 20 . white is down 3 pawns and a rook to a bishop. But creates so many weaknesses that he comes roaring back. What an opening!

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