75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R13: Anish Giri Lets Magnus Carlsen Escape with Draw!

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen had won the 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess 2013 with a round to spare. However, the No. 1 was a bit lucky when his last-round opponent Anish Giri allowed a drawing combination after reaching a nearly winning position: After 28.Qa3 Black would be in big trouble, but with 28.Qd6? White allows 28…Bxb3. However, Carlsen apparently was not satisfied with a draw and tested his luck one more time with 28…Ne8?!. Even though 29.Qa3 is still much better for White, Giri chose to force Carlsen to execute a drawing combination: 29.Qa6? Bxb3! 30.Qxf6 Nexf6 31.axb3 Rxb3 32.Rc2 Rb1 33.Ka2 R1b4 34.Ka2. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game comments by both the players, and read a final-round report on Chess Blog.

Giri,A (2720) – Carlsen,M (2861)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Wijk aan Zee NED
Date: 2013.01.27

[…] 1.d4 ¤f6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 d6 4.e4 e5 5.d5 ¤h5 6.¥e3 ¥g7 7.¤c3 O-O 8.£d2 f5 9.O-O-O f4 10.¥f2 ¥f6 11.£e1 ¤d7 12.¢b1 ¥e7 13.g3 c5 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.c5 dxc5 16.¤a4 £c7 17.£c3 ¦b8 18.¥h3 ¤b6 19.¤xc5 ¦f7 20.b3 fxg3 21.hxg3 ¥xc5 22.£xc5 ¤g7 23.¦c1 ¥e6 24.£xc6 £e7 25.£c5 £f6 26.¥g2 ¦fb7 27.¢a1 ¤d7

(+0.97|d17|69s 27…¦d7 (0:01:09) 26…Rfb7)


(28.£a3 ¥f7 29.¤e2 ¤e6 30.¦hd1 ¤b6 31.£a6 ¥e8 32.¥e3 ¦e7 33.¦d6 ¦d8 34.¦xd8 ¤xd8 35.¢b1 ¤e6 36.f4 ¦d7 (0:00:52) 27…Nd7)

28…¤e8 29.£a6 ¥xb3 30.£xf6 ¤exf6 31.axb3 ¦xb3 32.¦c2 ¦b1+ 33.¢a2 ¦1b4 34.¢a1 ¦b1+ 35.¢a2 (0:00:27) 36.Ka1 35…¦1b4 36.¢a1

(36.¢a3 ¦b3+ 37.¢a2 ¦3b4 38.¢a3 (0:00:05) 36.Ka1)

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