“…it was hard not to see the humor in the 14 draws…”
Anish on Candidates and Norway Chess with his annotations


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It's been slightly longer than a while ago when I last updated my website. But now that there are a couple of days that you could almost call a gap in between my tournaments and trainings it is about time to do so!

Candidates
The long awaited Candidates tournament cemented my reputation as a solid player, mildly put. You probably have never heard of the game called chess if you don't know my final score. I was far from being happy with my tournament performance, but it was hard not to see the humor in the 14 draws I had made, even if I tried not to. For this little article instead of delving deeply into the philosophical side of things, I will rather present a couple of moments when the score board COULD have been opened.

Game Fragment: F. Caruana - A. Giri (Click here to view the game analysis in Chessbase viewer)

Game Fragment: A. Giri - F. Caruana (Click here to view the game analysis in Chessbase viewer)

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Game Fragment: A. Giri - H. Nakamura (Click here to view the game analysis in Chessbase viewer)

Game Fragment: V. Anand - A. Giri (Click here to view the game analysis in Chessbase viewer)

It was thus also a somewhat wrong impression that I was never in any danger myself, but overall, if all things went right, I would have made a good shot. That was definitely not meant to be though, so without crying over my failure to qualify or come close to qualify I moved on to my next events. And fortunately there are plenty of those!

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Norway Chess
My next tournament was Norway Chess. Things started excellently! I cruised through the blitz tournament, ending on clear second, behind Carlsen, who started with 7.5/8 and lost his last game to me. I might annotate that game for NewInChess magazine (heard the blitz tournament will get a page or two there!), but there were also few other nice ones.

Game Fragment: N. Grandelius - A. Giri (Click here to view the game analysis in Chessbase viewer)

I won a couple of nice Najdorf games with black (vs. Harikrishna and Li Chao) and had I not lost on time against MVL in a won endgame (Najdorf with white this time), who knows, maybe I would have even made a shot at the first place in the blitz tournament.

The first game in the classical part was sweet as well. I won a very complicated game against Pavel Eljanov, who is never to be underestimated, no matter the color.

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Things started going south when I lost to MVL in round 2. The price of mistake in the Najdorf is high, you don't have to tell me that, but still it was remarkable how bad my Rdg1 move was.

Game Fragment: A. Giri - M. V. Lagrave (Click here to view the game analysis in Chessbase viewer)

I wasn't feeling particularly down after this game and there were no reasons to as I made an easy draw against Vladimir Kramnik, who I had trouble against since I was a genuinely nice little kid. That was quite long ago, as you can imagine.

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Things didn't work out later on, mostly as my opponents outsmarted me in the early stage of the game and I didn't get many chances. The only time I liked my opening position with white was against Harikrishna, but that game too, took a bad turn.

Game Fragment: A. Giri - P. Harikrishna (Click here to view the game analysis in Chessbase viewer)

-1 was definitely sad, but somehow, although I didn't do anything particularly stupid, chances didn't appear, and then as it sometimes happens, the tournament just ended.

That's where I am standing right now, and hey, back to work, Shamkir coming up soon!

THE END

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