Anish Giri: First Super-Winner of the Year

Время публикации: 06.01.2012 23:12 | Последнее обновление: 06.01.2012 23:16

Win at the finish line

The finish line of the elite round-robin Reggio tournament turned out to be dramatical. Up to the last round at the same time four participants claimed for the status of the winner. Anish Giri decided not to risk and drew against Fabio Caruana, while his competitors Morozevich and Nakamura with Black couldn't overpower Vitiugov and Ivanchuk respectively. 

Morozevich made a mistake on the 37th move giving Vitiugov a theoretically winning endgame, who successfully converted his advantage: firstly, he drove the opposing King back, then he exchanged the last pieces entering the winning pawn endgame. 

Nakamura couldn't solve all the problems in the Berlin endgame against Ivanchuk. Recovering from four loses in a row Ivanchuk made it into a victory over American. 

Only a real foreteller could predict Giri winning the Super-Grandmaster tournament after four rounds. Born in St. Petersburg and currently affiliating with the Dutch Chess Federation, Giri was  the rating-outsider of the tournament and had "-2" and 2 points out of 12 possible. however, Dutch managed to catch the leaders Morozevich and Nakamura and even leave them behind. "+2" appeared to be enough for the clear first place. Giri tied to first not only on the Bilbao scoring system (3-1-0) that was used in Reggio, but on the classical scoring too

The victory in Reggio Emilia is the first major success of the 17-year-old Anish Giri not only in the New Year but in his entire career. 

It's noteworthy that the tournament which started in 2011 and ended in 2012 turned out to be extremely exciting. The percentage of the decisive games of the Reggio tournament equals to 70! Isn't it hard to remember any other chess tournament marked as "Super" with such a high level of decisive chess?


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