Anish Giri: "I Insist my Fiancee Learns Dutch"

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E.SUROV: Here in Shamkir, Anish Giri is with me, hello! Today yours was probably the most attractive game of the round, though it did not end decisively. For a start, can you tell us a little about it? What happened on the board? It is not difficult for players not of the highest level to understand.

A.GIRI: I think it's even harder for players of the highest level. In the opening, Anand outplayed me. He used a plan in the Caro-Kann which was not very familiar to me. I do not have much experience of playing this kind of position. He allowed the c6-c5 advance, which White usually tries to prevent, but I still have weaknesses on the kingside. As I said, I was outplayed. 


Here he could have played 17.Nxf5 Rxf5 18.Rxf4, regaining the pawn, with a bishop and knight. I also have two minor pieces, but the bishop on g7 is dead. I am a bit worse, although pretty defensible. 
Vishy played 17.Rxf4, but miscalculated. The position an exchange down is quite unclear, although I really don't know, it needs analysing. During the game, I thought I could be worse. 
17...g5 18.Nxf5 gxf4 19.Nxg7 Kxg7 20.Qg4+ Kh7 21.Qxe6 Nb6! Anand said he did not go into the variation voluntarily, but because he had missed this key move. The knight defends d5 and the queen enters the game. The position slipped out of control, but maybe was better for White at some point.  

E.SUROV: Do you play against Anand in the same way as against all the others? After all, he is your compatriot, you might say.

A.GIRI: Anand?

E.SUROV: Well, to some degree.

A.GIRI: Via a generation, perhaps. My grandmother is from India, and my father - half from Nepal, half from India. So I'm much closer as a compatriot, to, say, Vladimir Kramnik - my mother is Russian, and I live in Holland, so ...

E.SUROV: Yeah, I didn't quite put it correctly.

A.GIRI: Rather, Anand is more special not because of his nationality, but because of his many titles and his whole chess career. He is a special player, he has a particular style. In recent years, he has based on very strong openings, in fact his whole game is built on a very strong forced opening, and it is difficult to get out of the opening alive. But if you manage it, then you can play against him.

E.SUROV: As for your other nationality, Russian, you probably know the adage that the Russian people are slow to mount, but fast to ride. You have made a slow start here, do you plan to speed up??

A.GIRI: You understand that the slow start was not deliberate. Nobody wants to start slow.

E.SUROV: How did this happen?

A.GIRI: Simply that I got a bad position from the opening, I went wrong somewhere and took some poor decisions. In the first round, we went in for a very sharp variation - it was actually a semi-bluff, because I know the line, but that day I did not plan to play it, and then somehow looked at my opponent and decided that I would after all. He looked at me and went for it, too ... I did not find the right line, it was a very strange position.

E.SUROV: "He" being So. We're talking about the game with him.

A.GIRI: Yes. At first I treated this position in a very original way, but apparently too original, and eventually I was punished for such extravagant play. Today too, I was focussing on other variations, and very much wanted to avoid getting such a nasty position as Black. It often happens that you take some decisions in the opening, then suddenly don't have a very good position.

E.SUROV: So you have a purely chess explanation? You did not feel any psychological discomfort?

A.GIRI: I have played a lot of different tournaments. There were tournaments where I played very well - for example, in Wijk – and there were tournaments where I played very badly, also may be where I started well and others where I started badly. That is, it is quite a common situation - now, "-1" and could be "+1" might be "-2", "-3" ... That's life. So far, everything has just begun, there are many rounds ahead, many serious contenders, and I hope I will start to play well.

E.SUROV: Tell me, does the fact that you have a wedding soon affect our play?

A.GIRI: Let's look at the results. Of course, it takes up some time, but on the other hand, I do not play chess twenty-four hours a day. But of course, if you look at any change in the lives of many players, these can affect them well or badly. For instance, So himself. Maybe he feels like he is Fischer, after all these controversies, and now he is beating everyone. It's all relative. Marriage, all life events, may affect you adversely or positively.

E.SUROV: Your fiancee is present with you at many tournaments, and here, too. Does it really help you?

A.GIRI: In terms of chess?

E.SUROV: In every way!

A.GIRI: Morally, it certainly helps. By the way, this city is very close to Tbilisi, she could even drive here each day. Of course, it helps me to have support. I do not know how it affects the results - in my opinion, okay - but in life it helps.

E.SUROV: Speaking of proximity to Tbilisi, maybe you will get married in Shamkir too?

A.GIRI: No, the wedding will be in Tbilisi.

E.SUROV: And you're not going to insist after the wedding that your wife becomes a housewife and gives up chess?

A.GIRI: So far I never thought about it, but I am insisting she learns Dutch...

E.SUROV: ... but not the Dutch Defense?

A.GIRI: No, first the Dutch language. And this she is doing very conscientiously, for which I am very grateful.

E.SUROV: Have you learnt Georgian?

A.GIRI: Georgian is difficult. You see, it is necessary to prepare for the games, to prepare for the wedding, and, unfortunately, I just don't have time for everything.

E.SUROV: Well, I hope you manage it all!


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