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Alireza Firouzja vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel Masters (2020), Eindhoven NED, rd 5, Jan-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0

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Jan-16-20
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Looking at 46...b5. White has a lot of choices; not just axb5 or b2-b3, but also h4 and Ke4.
Jan-16-20
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  OhioChessFan: Yes, couldn't allow b5 there.
Jan-16-20
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  perfidious: Amish Girl appears to have committed a gross blunder in an inferior, but defensible ending despite being well ahead on the clock.
Jan-16-20
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  plang: White can just ignore ..b5 can't he - Black can't create a passer without assistance from the king
Jan-16-20
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  plang: king endings are rarely as easy as they look
Jan-16-20
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  perfidious: <plang>, true, cos when Black tries to do something with his extra queenside pawn, his opponent gets there first.
Jan-16-20
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Black can force a passed pawn with ...b7-b5, ...bxa4 and ...a4-a3 (or c6-c5-c4-c3).
Jan-16-20
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  perfidious: True, but Firouzja plays g3-g4, then runs to the queenside and picks off the pawns while Black chases down the foot-soldiers on the kingside.
Jan-16-20
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  perfidious: Make that h3-h4.
Jan-16-20  not not: Exciting finish despite of paucity of material
Jan-16-20
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Absolutely true, <perfidious>, making this a race which both players must calculate correctly for at least a dozen moves. This shows why 46...b5; 47.h4 deserves consideration--Black's King will not have easy access to the King side pawns until after the White King stops guarding e5.
Jan-16-20  Pedro Fernandez: 45.g4! and 46.a4!! were the only moves to win. What a extraordinary player is Firouzja! The latter one impides ...b5 due b3! and the black c-pawn is a victim of the white king. And the former one assures a decisive advantage on the kingside.
Jan-16-20
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  perfidious: <An Englishman>, a long calculation perhaps, but not at all difficult for a competent player once one understands the basic idea--the latent threat on the kingside always hamstrings any Black counterplay on the other wing.
Jan-16-20  offramp: White might make a passed pawn on the kingside, but Black's king is there.

Black can make a passed pawn on the queenside and it has no white king to stop it.

White has to swap off all the kingside pawns and place his king on a1.

Jan-16-20
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  plang: Isn't this just winning for White?
Jan-16-20
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  beatgiant: <offramp>
You're European, aren't you? How can I tell whether you're being ironic?
Jan-16-20  not not: Giri forgotten to offer draw with two bishops following Kramnik technique. Learning curve for aspiring drawmaster
Jan-16-20
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  Sally Simpson: I think even I could win that final position as White.

Carlsen can relax, Giri's no loss streak is now currently zero.

Jan-16-20  fisayo123: Game over! Fantastic pawn endgame from the Persian kid.
Jan-16-20
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Nice win for Firouzja. Just out of curiosity, why didn't Black play 45...c5? Too slow after 46.a4, perhaps?
Jan-16-20  not not: Firouzja Carlsen has got Kasparov Karpov feel to it
Jan-16-20  wordfunph: olalahhh, Tata rookie Firo beating veteran Giri.

this boy is for real..

Jan-17-20  pajaste: After opening, there are exchanges, and then you are in a winning K+P endgame.
Jan-17-20  WorstPlayerEver: The Rook end is winning afaik.
Black should've played 35... Bb6


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35... Bb6 36. Rf4 Re8 37. Ng5 Be3 38. Rg4 Bxg5 39. Rxg5 h6 40. Rh5 Kg7


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Black now simply trades h4 for e5

Jan-17-20  Whitehat1963: Quite a scalp! He’s for real, and we’ll likely see a lot of him in the coming 20 years.
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