Qatar Chess 2014: Kramnik crushes Giri; both in Joint Lead

The Qatar Chess Masters Open 2014 – the strongest chess open ever – is being held from November 25 to December 5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Doha, Qatar. There are 92 Grandmasters participating with 56 rated over 2600 and incredible 14 over 2700. Top seed Anish Giri was going full throttle with six wins in six rounds, but former world chess champion beat him in the seventh round. Now both the GMs are in joint lead with two rounds to go. Check out this Round 7 game with Chess King. Photo: Official website Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix R4: Leinier Dominguez Perez – Anish Giri 1-0

The veterans lead at the Paris Chess Grand Prix after four rounds. Both Vassily Ivanchuk and Boris Gelfand have three points each. Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana are just half-point adrift at 2.5. In the fourth round, Cuban Grandmaster Leinier Perez Dominguez beat Anish Giri for his first win in the event. Replay the game with Chess King below. Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 1: Boris Gelfand – Anish Giri 1-0

The Paris Chess Grand Prix event has begun. The first round had exciting games even though only one proved to be decisive. Here is the game Boris Gelfand – Anish Giri 1-0. It was a Slav with 4.e3. Anish Giri went for an exchange sacrifice, but failed to earn the compensation that should have come in. Boris Gelfand has enough experience to pull in a victory from such situations and he followed suitably. Replay the game with Chess King. Commenting for the official website of the Paris Chess Grand Prix, WGM Alina l’Ami wrote: In the game 28…Qd8 was played but 28…Qc5 is perhaps better, preventing the regrouping Bf1, and later on it was essential to play g5 in order to stop f4 and h4. Gelfand then confidently pressed to a win. In their previous encounters, Giri had scored two full points with the same colour of today’s round: Black! Maybe the Dutch should have remained faithful to his Dutch opening from Beijing. Read more…

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. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R11: Anish Giri – Fabiano Caruana 1-0

Anish Giri went for a King assault against Fabiano Caruana in a Catalan in Round 11 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013. The Italian’s greed in a Catalan was punished severely by the Dutchman who could chose between many roads to victory. Black is up a pawn, but very passive and within a few moves his position becomes indefensible: 22.Nd5 Nxd5 23.Rxd5 b6 24.Bb2 a5 25.Ra4 Re8 26.Rg5 g6 27.Bd5 Kf8 28.Rf4 and without waiting for 28…Re7 29.Qc3 Caruana resigned. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comment, and read a full round report on Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R6: Anish Giri – Hou Yifan 0-1

The former women’s world chess champion finally got to score her first win at the 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess in Round 6. Hou Yifan knew how to exploit her chances on the queenside as Giri ambled along planless. An exchange sacrifice set the Chinese GM on her path to victory and even the return sac was not enough to save the game for Giri. Watch the post-game video and run the game through Chess King. A round report is available at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R1: Pentala Harikrishna’s Endgame Patience Beats Anish Giri

The 75th Tata Steel Chess began in Wijk aan Zee with two decisive games in the first round in Group A. Anish Giri was cruising along and could have squeezed out a draw against Pentala Harikrishna, but the latter’s patience eventually earned him a win. Here is the game you can watch with Chess King and watch the post-game video with the winner. A report on the first round of the 2013 edition of Tata Steel Chess is available at Chess Blog. Read more…

Chess King Showcase: Forcing a Won Endgame Naka-Giri 1-0

The position on the left is a won endgame by White from Hikaru Nakamura-Anish Giri at the London Chess Grand Prix Round 10 (Report on Chess Blog). However, this endgame comes with some great ideas going back all the way to 37.h3. See the position below. Read more…

Istanbul Chess Olympiad Round 10: Think Like Aronian, Beat Giri

In the position on the left, Anish Giri has just played 33.Nd5 forking the Black Rooks. Black actually already has a plus, but from now on it’s sheer technique and a clear-cut killer winning plan. Don’t worry about calculating all the next 10 moves, just spot the magic move here and the right rough plan for Black! Replay the full game with Chess King. Read the Round 10 report from the 40th Chess Olympiad on Chess Blog. If Black tries to save Rbc6, it’s a draw and if Black tries Rfc6, it’s even a win for White! Read more…

Biel Chess Fest R10: Wang Hao-Anish Giri 1-0

Wang Hao-Anish Giri Biel R10 final position. Can you win this?

Wang Hao has beaten Anish Giri in the last round to win the 45th Biel Chess Festival ahead of defending champion Magnus Carlsen. Luck favored Hao as Carlsen failed to beat Etienne Bacrot in the last round and had to settle for a draw. Hikaru Nakamura beat Viktor Bologan to catch Giri in 3rd-4th. The 2012 Biel Chess Festival took place from July 23 to August 2 with six players in the Masters Group. Read the final report at Chess Blog. Read more…

Biel Chess Fest R8: Giri Turns the Tables on Bacrot

The Biel Chess Festival is a round-robin among top six GMs – Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Etienne Bacrot, Wang Hao and Viktor Bologan. According to the traditional standings after eight rounds, Magnus Carlsen leads with 6.0 points. Wang Hao and Anish Giri have 5.5 points each. Hikaru Nakamura is on 4.0. Etienne Bacrot has 2.5 and Viktor Bologan, who is filling up for Alexander Morozevich, has 0.5. Read more…

Biel Chess Fest R6: Giri Breaks Bologan’s Dogged Defense

The Biel Chess Festival at present has Wang Hao in lead and Anish Giri just half a point behind. The 2012 Biel Chess Festival is taking place from July 23rd to August 2nd with a double round robin Master Tournament including Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Viktor Bologan (in place of Alexander Morozevich), Wang Hao, Etienne Bacrot and Anish Giri. Here is a nice Round 6 game that gave Anish Giri a win to move into second place despite Bologan’s tough fight. Read more…

Biel Chess Fest R4: Wang Hao Beats Anish Giri, Leads

The Biel Chess Festival got a new leader after Round 4 on Thursday. China’s No. 1 Wang Hao beat Dutch Chess Champion Anish Giri to tally 9 points out of 4 games. Hikaru Nakamura won his first game, against Victor Bologan, while Etienne Bacrot and Magnus Carlsen drew their game. Here is the Giri-Hao game with Chess King – your best chess training partner on the planet! The earlier Wang Hao-Hikaru Nakamura wild game won by the former is here. Read more…

Biel Chess Fest: Giri Hunting Out Morozevich’s King

Hunting the King

The Biel Chess Festival is currently on in Switzerland. Russia’s Alexander Morozevich has withdrawn from the tournament after two rounds due to ill health. He was not in his elements and that gave the recently-crowned Dutch chess champion Anish Giri to hunt out his King. Replay the game from the first round of the Biel Chess Festival with Chess King. Read more…

Dutch Chess Nationals R1: Anish Giri-Ivan Sokolov 1-0

GM Anish Giri

  Anish Giri is leading at the Dutch Championship with a nice 4.5/5 lead. Right behind him are Robin Van Kampen, Erwin L’Ami, Ivan Sokolov, Sipke Ernst and Robin Swinkels. Here is the nice game from Round 1 in which Giri beat Sokolov. Read more…