The Weekly Show: Giri impresses at Chessable Masters

by Johannes Fischer
6/30/2020 – In his weekly show IM Lawrence Trent takes a look at Giri’s performance vs Grischuk at the Chessable Masters, with a special focus on Giri's win with Black in game four of their second match. But Lawrence will also give a more general roundup of the action. | Lawrence' show is available at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST, 13:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Alina l'Ami (Archive)

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Hard to beat: Anish Giri

With a rating of 2763 in classical chess Anish Giri is officially still number 11 on the FIDE rating list from March 2020. According to this list, which has not changed in the last months due to the lack of live-tournaments, in rapid chess Giri is the world's number 26 and has a rapid-rating of 2731.

But since March Giri seems to have improved his skills in shorter time-controls. At the Chessable Masters ee won Group B of the preliminaries with 6.0/10 and did not lose a single game. In the quarterfinals Giri played against Alexander Grischuk and again showed how hard it is to beat him, even in rapid chess: Grischuk and Giri drew all of the first six games of the first set of their match and then Giri drew the Armageddon game with Black to win the set.

As luck would have it, the second set of the match was played on Giri's birthday: on Sunday, June 28, Giri turned 26. He celebrated by beating Grischuk convincingly 3-1, again not losing a single game, and on Tuesday, June 30, Giri will try to extend his unbeaten streak in the semifinals against Ian Nepomniachtchi.

In his show Lawrence Trent will take a closer look at Giri's performance at the Chessable Masters.

But first a little warm-up: White to play. Hikaru just played the move 60...Rh1, but was this a wise idea?


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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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