Anish Giri: 'That's indeed the way to play vs Magnus: if you've got nothing, you should just wind it up'.

Время публикации: 10.01.2015 20:41 | Последнее обновление: 10.01.2015 20:50

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Right now, the starting round of the Wijk aan Zee tournaments is coming to an end. The game between Anish Giri and Magnus Carlsen, which had been considered the key one, went in a calm way (despite the atypical opening) and has ended in a draw.

'Magnus has surprised me a lot by his choice of the rare line of the King's Indian', Giri said in the commentary for Chess-News. 'Objectively, I think that the position after 8 moves was good for me...'


'Probably my 9.c5 was premature: I've underestimated his idea of 9...dxc5 and 10...Nfxe5. From then on, I didn't see where I could improve my play. The way chosen by me has led to a roughly equal position. To be honest, I thought that Black could look for winning chances in the rook ending, but Magnus decided to exchange the rooks. He has either miscalculated or just wanted to draw'.

The top Dutch GM's comment on the yesterday's striking statement was following: 'In any case, I don't know what his exact words were, because it has been translated from Norwegian to English, then from English to Russian... In general, however, that's indeed the way one should play vs Magnus. If you've got nothing after the opening (which is actually strange because his openings are generally weak) you should wind the game up, and that's what I've done today. Well, maybe that wasn't exactly the case as I got a promising position today, but anyway, my decision to force the action was premature.' 

The full commentary by Giri is available in the audio player (in Russian).

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.10"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Modern defence"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. e4 d6 4. Nf3 e5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 f6 7. Be3 Nh6 8. h3 Nf7 9. c5 dxc5 10. dxe5 Nfxe5 11. Nxe5 fxe5 12. Bb5 Bd7 13. Bxc6 Bxc6 14. Bxc5 Bf8 15. Bxf8 Rxf8 16. O-O Qxd1 17. Rfxd1 Rd8 18. Rxd8+ Kxd8 19. Rd1+ Ke7 20. Nd5+ Bxd5 21. Rxd5 Ke6 22. f3 c6 23. Rd3 Rf7 24. Kf2 Rd7 25. Rxd7 Kxd7 26. h4 c5 27. g3 b5 28. b3 Ke6 29. Ke3 h6 30. f4 h5 1/2-1/2


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