Monday, January 19, 2009

Round 3 Corus 2009

GM Wesley So (2627) were paired against FM Anish Giri ( 2469)for the 3rd round. This should be an easy for Wesley but he must be cautious because the tournament has saw many upset for the first two round for e.g Ivanchuk lost to Jan Smeets and Sasikiran lost to Hou Yifan.

FM Anish Giri 15 (photo right) , has an unusual background. Anish's father, Sanjay Giri, is of Nepalese origin. His mother is a Russian. Anish was born in Russia. They recently moved to The Netherlands.

More about Anish background here
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FM Anish Giri (2469) - GM Wesley So (2627)
Corus C, Round 3, 19.01.2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Bd4 Bg4 6.Nbd2 This knight is usually heading to c5, especially after black play ...b5 later. 6... e6 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.Qc2 Bd6 9.b3 Qe7 10.Bb2 g6 11.Rfe1 0-0 12.Ne5 Bf5 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.Bxe4 Qc7 17.g3 Nxe4 18.Rxe4 Be7 19.Rd1 Rad8 20.h4

The first aggressive move for the game. 20...Bf6 21.h5 Anish is probably planning to open the h file with by Kg2 - Rh1 and later control the file with his another rook and his queen. 21...Rd7 22.Kg2 Rfd8 23.hxg6 hxg6 24.Rh1!? Anish sac a pawn for initiative.

24...Bxd4 Wesley confidently take the pawn. 25.Qd2 The queen is heading to h6 25...Bxb2 26.Qxb2 e5 Wesley is force to give back the pawn to avoid mate on g7 or h8. 27.Rxe5 Rd4
28.Qe2 c5 29.Re8+ Kg7 30.Rxd8 the game is looking like it will end in a draw 30...Rxd8 31.Qe3 Qc6+ 32.f3 Qf6 33.Qh6+ Kg8 34.Qh7+ Kf8 35.Qh8+ Qxh8 36.Rxh8+ Ke7 37.Rxd8 Kxd8 38.Kf2 Ke7 1/2-1/2 Draw

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