[Event "Kolkata op 3rd"] [Site "Kolkata"] [Date "2018.05.18"] [Round "5"] [White "Nihal, Sarin"] [Black "Arjun, Kalyan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D52"] [WhiteElo "2551"] [BlackElo "2383"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 {Black begins with a Slav defense setup, let us see how this is going to transform.} 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 {It seems that black is preparing for a Cambridge Springs variation, this is going to be an exciting game.} 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Qa5 {Yes, we are now seeing the Qa5 pin which is a standard yet dangerous Cambridge Springs setup. GM Hihal Sarin may have something on his sleeves to tame it.} 7. cxd5 {This is the move I prefer when I play white, now black must decide either 7...exd5 or 7...Nxd5 move.} Nxd5 8. Rc1 {I like this move too instead of 8. Qd2. The a-pawn will be white's kicker to force black either to grab the pawn later or not.} Bb4 9. a3 {This is it...GM Kramnik's pet line.} Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 {Will you take the pawn at a3? ANALYSE PLEASE...} Qxa3 {Now, there will be consequences of grabbing the a-pawn. The disadvantage of black's position is still undeveloped, the weakest link is the bishop at c8. } 11. Qd2 {Best placement for the white queen.} N5f6 12. Bd3 {Obviously, black's position is tight, having a plus pawn is not advantageous at all.} Qe7 13. e4 {Yes, slowly inching to pressure black's delayed development.} h6 14. Bh4 g5 15. Bg3 {Inviting black to weaken its kingside.} Nh5 16. e5 {Wow, white's bishop is perfectly placed, wait til the knight at f3 will find a way to jump to c4 or e4.} b6 17. Qe2 Bb7 18. Nd2 {That's what you call, precise maneuvering...} Nxg3 19. fxg3 O-O-O 20. O-O f6 21. Ra1 {Weak black a-pawn, game is going to end soon when position like this is easy to tactically attack. } fxe5 22. Rxa7 {White's threat is Ba6.} Kb8 23. Rfa1 {GM Nihal Sarin is a dangerous blitz player, common to a player of his caliber to find slingshot moves.} exd4 24. cxd4 Qd6 25. Nb3 b5 26. Kh1 {Preventing future checks.} Kc7 27. Na5 Rb8 28. Rc1 {Now, what's the use of being a pawn advantage when you have a difficult position.} Kb6 29. Rxb7+ Rxb7 30. Rxc6+ Qxc6 31. Nxc6 Rc8 32. Bxb5 Nb8 33. Qxe6 {Fantastic game shown by GM Nihal, Sarin. The flow of the game is one sided, so remember that grabbing free pawns is sometimes not okay. Make sure you analyse if it is worth it. For now, thank you for supporting Memory Chisel... Love u all...God Bless....} 1-0