"Drawmaster" Giri Starts 2-0!

"Drawmaster" Giri Starts 2-0!

EOGuel
EOGuel
Jan 15, 2018, 6:59 AM |
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Hey, guys!

The first round of Tata Steel, I covered how Kramnik slowly but surely defeated the young talent, Wei Yi. We see an interesting round 2 game, in which "Drawmaster" (or so they say) scores his first career victory over Vladimir Kramnik. Giri is indeed trying to shake off any "drawing" criticisms, as he begins Tata Steel 2-0. Let's dive into the game! 

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Will Giri's doubled pawns mean anything later on? They may be troublesome at the moment, though he does have the open b and d-files to operate on, as well as the Bishop pair, which should provide at least some compensation for the doubled isolated pawns.

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Whose position do you like better? Black's Rook will be abandoning the a-file for his weak d-pawn, thus giving White free range on that line. And White has all kinds of targets on b6 and d6. I know the c4-pawn is weak, though Black's problems outnumber White's. I don't know about you, but I think Giri's position is super comfortable.

White went on to win the game without much trouble.
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Giri is trying to become the first "hometown hero" to win this tournament on Dutch soil since Jan Timman did so in 1985!
I hope you enjoyed the game, and as always, leave your comments and thoughts! I may or may not get to the round 3 game soon, but until then...