Nunn's Chess Endings

(1) Giri,A (2642) - Hammer,J (2610) [E06]
18th Sigeman & Co Malmo SWE (5), 30.05.2010

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Bd6 11.Re1 Be4 12.Qc1 Bb7 13.Qc2 Be4 14.Qc1 Bb7 15.Bg5 Nbd7 16.Nbd2 h6 17.Bxf6 Nxf6 18.Nb3 Rc8 19.Rd1 Bd5 20.Ne1 Anish Giri: "I think I was better prepared than my opponent with this move." 20...Qe7 21.Nd3 Bxb3 22.axb3 c5 "Not a bad choice by Jon Ludvig." 23.dxc5 Bxc5 24.Nxc5 Qxc5 Anish: "He definitely should have taken with the rook." 25.Bb7! "Perhaps he missed this move." 25...Qxc1 26.Rdxc1 Rxc1+ 27.Rxc1 Rb8 28.Bxa6! "I had to make sure my bishop would not be trapped. I thought for a long time about it, and decided that with Rc8+! and Ra8 I would be able to get it out." 28...Rb6 29.Rc8+ Kh7 30.Ra8 Ne4 31.Bc8 g6 32.Ra7 Kg7 33.Rc7 Kf8 34.Bd7 h5 35.b4 g5 36.f3 Nd6 37.Kf2 Ra6 38.Rc5 ["I was counting on 38.Rc6 thinking that the bishop-knight ending was won. However then I realized it wasn't winning, or at least not easily, so I had to play Rc5."] 38...Ra2 "Now I was winning. [If he had played 38...Ra4 39.Bxb5 Rxb4 40.Bd3 f5! I would be a pawn up and thought I had a winning plan of Ke1-d2 etc. But he has e5! and e4 quickly, so he should hold."] 39.Bxb5 h4 40.b3 hxg3+ 41.hxg3 g4 42.Ba4 gxf3 43.Kxf3 Rd2 44.Rc7 Nf5 45.b5 Rd6 46.g4 Ne7 47.Rc2 Rb6 48.Ke4 Ke8 49.Kd4 Rb8 50.Ke5 Nd5 51.e4 Ne7 52.Rc7 Rb6 53.Kd4 Kd8 54.Rxe7 Kxe7 55.Kc5 Rb8 56.b6 Kd8 57.e5 Rc8+ 58.Bc6 Rb8 59.b4 Kc8 60.b5 1-0

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