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Anish Giri vs Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 3, Aug-18
Old Indian Defense: Normal Variation (A55)  ·  0-1

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Aug-18-13  Fish55: Giri threw the game for good with 44. a5? After blowing through the competition in the first 2 rounds, his play against Granda Zuniga has been very shaky.
Aug-18-13  Shams: Zuniga puts his cojones in a carretilla and brings home a must-win game with Black. A splendid performance after he threw away the first game of the match.
Aug-18-13  Nezhmetdinov: What a performance!
Aug-18-13  csmath: Very original opening, somewhat confusing (at least to me) play by Giri, first he plays 11. b3 then he goes for 14. Bg5. The pawns on a and b-file will soon become a weakness.

20. g4?

Major positional error, clearly playing for a draw but this is weakening of f4 and h4 squares in the absence of pawn breaks. All the dark squares become playground for black knights.

Black becomes better.

39. ... Ned4? [39. ...Ncd4 is better as the knight on e6 exploits f4 square weakness]

44. a5? [hard to see tactical error] Nb3!

45. Rc2 Nxa5

46. Nxb5?! [46. bxa5 b4 and b3 is lost as well; in case of 46. Rxa5 Nxa5, 47. bxa5 Rxa5 and the pawns are unstoppable] cxb5

47. b4!

Amazingly this pawn is unstoppable without loss of material due to uncoordinated white pieces. Moreover rook on a-file picks up pawn and is destined to a1 exploiting bad back rank of white.

Beautiful positional combination by Granda.

Aug-18-13  csmath: In this game you see a player that is determined to "win" a draw so he disregards position and makes serious positional errors.

20. g4?

move is of that kind. This move freezes pawn structure on the kingside which renders white bishop pair ineffective. On the other hand black pair of knights become very strong traversing weak squares.

Yet another example when a "play for the result" becomes too much of a burden to bear.

Aug-19-13  siggemannen: So, what's a good alternative to g4?
Aug-19-13  Nerwal: <So, what's a good alternative to g4?>

I would say maybe 20. ♕c2 in order to meet g4 with f4. Usually white puts the queen to c2 at an early stage in the Old Indian, not d2.

Aug-19-13  Libispusher: La Grinda
Aug-19-13  notyetagm: A Giri vs Granda Zuniga, 2013

<csmath: ...

Amazingly this pawn is unstoppable without loss of material due to uncoordinated white pieces. Moreover rook on a-file picks up pawn and is destined to a1 exploiting bad back rank of white.

<<<Beautiful positional combination by Granda.>>>>

Fantastic <TACTICAL PLAY> by Granda Zuniga.

Aug-20-13  notyetagm: A Giri vs Granda Zuniga, 2013

http://www.thechessmind.net/blog/20...

<With 44 Bf2xNd4 the game would be just about equal>

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Game Collection: DO NOT ALLOW YOUR OPPONENT TO HAVE STRONG PIECES Not 44 a4-a5? but 44 Bf2xNd4! eliminating strong Black d4-knight

Jul-17-16  masoudsad: I think Anish wanted to use Kasparov ideas in Kasparov vs Judit Polgar, 2006, But he ....

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