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

Image of Anish Giri courtesy of Lennart Ootes | 2023 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

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

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3 minors make a major impact

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.

Anish Giri vs D. Gukesh | 2023 Tata Steel Masters, Round 2

https://lichess.org/bA5jsReb

Below the video I have highlighted 3 positions
https://youtu.be/QD7sqI4Esz4

Question 1 of 3: What is the primary function of 11. Ne4?

https://lichess.org/study/CuawoDiY/EBryA3fu#21

Question 2 of 3: What is white's best reply to the greedy pawn grab 13...dxe3?

https://lichess.org/study/CuawoDiY/5rwfXUM3#26

Question 3 of 3: What is black's best reply to the central break 18. d5?

https://lichess.org/study/CuawoDiY/UOcaxMVA#35

Closing words

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