Thursday 28 January 2021

The new Giri

 Anish Giri has always copped a bit of stick about his drawish tendencies. And yet here he is, currently out in front of the Tata Steel Masters. He is currently on 7/10, and leads by half a point over Esipenko, Caruana and Firouzja. The big obstacle in his way is Magnus Carlsen, who he plays in the next round. Carlsen is one and a half points behind, and so this is what football commentators call a 6 point game (eg the gap closes or blows out, depending upon the result).

Last night Giri had a bit of luck at the end, when his opponent blundered into a mate, from what was possibly a drawn position.

Giri,Anish (2764) - Wojtaszek,Radoslaw (2705) [D02]
Tata Steel Masters (10.5), 27.01.2021

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