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Anish Giri vs Magnus Carlsen
Gashimov Memorial (2015), Shamkir AZE, rd 6, Apr-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-23-15  kellmano: 7/8 on the 'right' colour you mean.
Apr-23-15  kellmano: I'm looking forward to the press conference.
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  offramp: 90% of the pawns are the existentially correct colour.
Apr-23-15  chessdgc2: CHESSGAMES.COM: Thank you so much for the broadcast! It's truly a shame the game was played without heart. See you tomorrow!
Apr-23-15  kellmano: Anyone know who this commentator is on the official site?
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  chancho: Miroshnichenko
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  Penguincw: Wow, this is a surprise. I wake up, and the game is already done. :|

How about switch to the So-Mamedyarov game?

Apr-23-15  Marmot PFL: Looks like So is the only player trying to win today.
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  chancho: Magnus: Anish must be very happy to have a plus score against me.
Apr-23-15  haydn20: Clearly a peace offering by White. Seems the solution to 1. ? White to play and draw is 1. d4.
Apr-23-15  SirRuthless: Does Magnus have a psychological issue with Giri. He never really seems to be able to push him around the way he does other players.
Apr-23-15  haydn20: So has a perp if he wants it. With Q's on a open board either side can keep the balance by threatening the other's King.
Apr-23-15  Kinghunt: As Carlsen said, Giri is a coward. Of course, being a coward might just be the best strategy when you have white against Carlsen.
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  Check It Out: Magnus called Giri a coward? Someone have a link?
Apr-23-15  zanzibar: The game could have ended at move 30, anything more is just beating a dead horse.

I suppose playing 30.Ke1 is the same as not playing 13.Qb6. Even playing 11.c6 is White giving Black equality.

Basically, I'm just agreeing with <haydn20>'s "peace offering" and <kellmano>'s posts.

It almost seems silly not doing the draw verbally, certainly by move 30.

Apr-23-15  Kinghunt: <Check It Out: Magnus called Giri a coward? Someone have a link?>

Yes, back in January at Wijk an Zee. I'm not going to try and find a link to the exact moment, but here's an article on it:

From the context, it's clear that he meant it light-heartedly and was mostly joking... but not entirely.

Apr-23-15  savagerules: Boo! from the gallery. Guess Amish Girl is happy with an easy draw and Magnus didn't want to test him with the Dutch as he awaits the meeting with So on Saturday.
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  perfidious: A game filled with vicissitudes.

As in not.

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  Check It Out: <Kinghunt> Ah, thank you. Yes, it sounds like a half-joke, half-dig. Magnus is good at the art of understated smack talk!
Apr-23-15  zanzibar: The best coverage I've found of the back-and-forth banter is here:

<In the first round, GM Magnus Carlsen faced an opponent with Black he had never beaten: GM Anish Giri.

<“I'll play against a coward who plays for a draw when he gets an equal position with White,”>

was Carlsen attempt on Friday to stir up things a little.

<“After the game I reminded him he was right yesterday,”>

said Giri at a press conference.

<“If I don't seen an advantage I just make a draw. The draw is always O.K., but it's how the game goes that counts.” >


The young Dutchman made clear that he actually liked Carlsen's remark.

<“I very much like when a top chess player says something interesting. (...) It's always a lot of fun. It's not like I started to cry when I read it but I'm very happy and I hope he'll say more. I also hope at some point he will tell Norwegian television what I should do to improve, what I should do to become a better player, that would be really great.”>

When press officer Tom Bottema asked Giri about his (rating) progress in 2014, Giri made one more reference:

<“I am still a coward but I just play a little better.”>


The origins of the word <coward> makes for an interesting tail:


Apr-24-15  maps vitalis: Giri's approach in that game was psychological. Carlsen will crack in the future.
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  Check It Out: <zanzibar> thanks for that good post!
Apr-24-15  Everett: Giri can talk all he wants, but his results speak louder.
Dec-30-15  fallen angel: why not 18...bc3 and take with queen on c3 next?
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  beatgiant: <fallen angel>
White at least has 18...Bxc3 <19. Qd8+> Kh7 20. Qd3+ before recapturing on c3.
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