Anish Giri’s stylish 27-move win in the Ragozin

Featured is an excellent game from Round 2 of the 2023 Tata Steel Masters Chess Tournament between Anish Giri and D. Gukesh. The opening is a Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin Defense where Giri gives Gukesh the bishop pair. In exchange for this Giri seeks dynamic play on the kingside which is kickstarted by a queen rook lift. After Gukesh’s 17th move, Giri unleashed a tactical sequence that reminded me of the great Mikhail Tal.

Image of Anish Giri in thumbnail courtesy of Lennart Ootes from the 2023 Tata Steel Masters Chess Tournament

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 dxc4 9. Bxc4 c5 10. O-O cxd4 11. Ne4 Qe7 12. a3 Ba5 13. exd4 Rd8 14. Rc2 Bd7 15. Re2 Bc6 16. Qc2 Bb6 17. Rfe1 Kh8 18. Neg5 hxg5 19. Rxe6 fxe6 20. Rxe6 Qxe6 21. Bxe6 Bxf3 22. Qf5 Be4 23. Qxe4 Rxd4 24. Qf3 g4 25. Qf8+ Kh7 26. Bf5+ Kh6 27. Bc2

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Software: Blitzin

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