[Event "Chess.com"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2022.05.31"] [Round "15"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Tari, Aryan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D02"] [WhiteElo "2761"] [BlackElo "2663"] [Annotator "Bojkov,Dejan"] [PlyCount "121"] [EventDate "2022.??.??"] {[%evp 0,121,61,21,15,20,24,27,66,23,63,0,61,40,22,39,35,21,41,25,12,14,14,-7, 5,-1,11,15,31,35,37,37,37,51,41,40,17,20,20,3,37,37,37,60,42,56,80,67,78,50,89, 81,90,84,109,107,129,103,101,105,103,94,109,94,152,114,137,126,135,150,151,83, 116,100,151,129,155,145,166,118,120,111,118,111,121,0,0,0,0,0,-20,-23,-23,-46, -33,-33,-44,-44,36,0,8,1,7,49,57,44,39,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,156,156,180,204,859, 886,912,937]} 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. Bf4 {For this game White decided to bet on the London System.} c5 4. e3 Nc6 5. Nbd2 Bg4 6. c3 e6 7. Qb3 Qc8 8. h3 Bh5 9. Be2 {Apparently this simple developing move is now more promising than 9.g4. Black is running out of useful moves.} Be7 {White is waiting for this move to finally capture} 10. dxc5 ({In an earlier game of his, Giri achieved nothing with:} 10. O-O O-O 11. Rfe1 Rd8 12. Qd1 a6 13. a4 h6 14. dxc5 Bxc5 15. b4 Be7 16. Rc1 Ne4 17. Nxe4 Bxf3 18. Nd2 Bxe2 19. Qxe2 e5 {and a few moves later, a draw was agreed in Giri,A (2772)-Gelfand,B (2663) Warsaw 2021}) 10... Bxc5 11. g4 $146 {Now this is good, according to the Dutchman. And it is a novelty.} ({ White did not achieve a thing in the predecessor after:} 11. c4 O-O 12. O-O Rd8 13. cxd5 Nxd5 14. Bg5 Be7 15. Bxe7 Ndxe7 16. Rfd1 Qc7 17. Rac1 Rd7 18. Nc4 Rxd1+ 19. Rxd1 Rd8 20. Rxd8+ Nxd8 {Pakleza,Z (2501)-Hovhannisyan,R (2642) Tornelo INT 2020}) 11... Bg6 12. Nh4 {For starters, White is trading the important bishop.} Qd7 13. Nxg6 hxg6 14. g5 {Next, White is sending the knight in exile, on the rim. \"I thought this move was very important, as there is no Nf6-d7.\" (Giri)} Nh5 15. Bh2 a6 16. O-O-O b5 17. Kb1 Bd6 18. Bxd6 Qxd6 19. c4 $1 {\"That is a move that I normally never make and I was really proud of that. \" (Giri)} O-O ({Black cannot capture} 19... bxc4 20. Nxc4 dxc4 $2 ({And} 20... Qc7 21. Qb6 $1 {is also significantly better for the first player.}) 21. Qb7 $1 ) 20. cxd5 exd5 21. Nf3 {The result of the opening battle is clearly not favorable for Tari. He has a weak isolated pawn, and horrible excluded knight. His opponent keeps playing precisely, on top of that.} Rad8 22. h4 $1 { Prophylactic thinking is probably Giri's major strenght. \"I think this was very good.\" (Giri)} ({His main point was that in the case of the obvious} 22. Nd4 $5 Nxd4 23. Rxd4 {Black can create counterplay with} Qe5 24. f4 Qe7 25. Rg1 {Or else the knight might be transfered toward the center via the g3-square.} Rfe8 {\"and he starts to bother me.\" (Giri)}) ({White also disliked} 22. Rhg1 d4 23. Nxd4 Nxd4 24. Rxd4 Qh2 {\"which is also quite annoying.\" (Giri)}) 22... Rfe8 23. Nd4 Ne5 {Looking for activity, but...} 24. Qa3 {\"Very stong and counterintuitive, not to allow the Ne5-c4 counterplay.\" (Giri)} Qb6 ({The endgame after} 24... Qxa3 25. bxa3 {would have highlighted the fact that Black is playing practically a piece down.}) 25. b3 {Counterplay stopped, now White only needs to trade a few right pieces and win.} Rc8 26. Qb2 Qd6 27. Rc1 Qd7 $1 {\"A good fighting attempt as my rook will have to watch out for Qd7-h3 moves. \" (Giri)} 28. Rxc8 Rxc8 29. Qd2 ({At first White thought he would win with} 29. Rc1 Rxc1+ 30. Qxc1 {but then disliked} Qh3 {although here too, Black should be in trouble after} 31. Qc7 $1) 29... Ng4 30. Bf1 {\"I thought this was very subtle.\" (Giri)} ({It did not become quite clear what was wrong with the immediate} 30. Bf3) 30... Qe7 31. Bg2 Qe5 32. a3 {An important moment of the game. Giri felt that he is almost there, that the win is nearby, but could not find it.} ({White did not like} 32. Bf3 Nh2) ({And} 32. Qe2 f5 {\"and because my queen has left I do not have the move Nd4-c6 anymore.\" (Giri) Only at the studio did the Dutchman learn that in the line} 33. Rd1 Kh7 34. Bf3 Qh2 {He has the spectacular winning tactic} 35. Nxf5 $3 gxf5 36. Bxg4 fxg4 37. Qxg4 {and wins.}) 32... Kh7 33. Ka2 f5 $1 {Tari finally stabilizes the kingside.} 34. Bf3 Qd6 {\"Now it is very hard to convert. I just do not threaten anything. \" (Giri)} 35. Bd1 Re8 36. Bf3 Rc8 37. Qe2 ({The machine finds the immensely strong maneuver} 37. Rb1 $3 Qh2 ({Nothing changes} 37... Qd7 38. Rb2) 38. Rb2 Qxh4 39. Ne6 {winning.}) 37... Rf8 ({There does not seem to be enough counterplay with} 37... b4 38. Bxg4 fxg4 39. Qxg4 Rc3) 38. b4 {As the players were running short on time, Giri switched to plan B, trying to flag his opponent.} ({Stong was} 38. Rc1 $1 Qh2 39. Rc2 Qxh4 40. Ne6 {similar to the line from above.}) 38... Qe5 39. Qd2 ({Still, owning the open file would have been better} 39. Qc2 $1) 39... Rc8 40. Nb3 Rc4 41. Rd1 f4 $1 {Great practical defense by Tari, again.} 42. exf4 ({At first White thought that he would be winning with the pretty line} 42. Bxg4 fxe3 43. Qe2 Qe4 ({But then Giri spotted } 43... Nf4 $1) 44. f3 Rc2+ 45. Kb1 {and indeed, there is nothing for the second player, despite the many discovered checks $1}) ({Giri missed though} 42. Na5 fxe3 43. Nxc4 dxc4 44. fxe3 {with an edge.}) 42... Rxf4 43. Nd4 Qc7 44. Kb1 Qf7 45. Qe2 Nh2 $1 {Now Black is out of the woods.} 46. Bxh5 gxh5 47. Qd3+ Qg6 48. Ne6 Rxf2 ({Even better would have been} 48... Rf5 $3 {when Black would be playing for the full point.}) 49. Qxg6+ Kxg6 50. Rxd5 {Now the mutual time-pressure simply demands a dramatical finish $1} Kf7 51. Nc7 Nf3 52. Rd7+ Kg6 53. Ne8 Re2 54. Rxg7+ Kf5 55. Rf7+ Kg4 56. Nf6+ Kxh4 57. g6 Nd2+ {And here it is $1} ({Tari would have saved himself by forcing the enemy king under a fork with} 57... Re1+ $1 58. Kc2 Re2+ 59. Kd3 {(or else perpetual check)} Rg2 $1 {and it should be even.}) 58. Kc1 Ne4 59. Re7 Nc3 60. Rxe2 Nxe2+ 61. Kd2 { PLAY CHESS, NO WAR $1} 1-0