The game Wang Hao-Giri feautured a highly topical Sicilian Najdorf with 6.h3. Up till move 22 the players were following a game between Yu Yangyi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but with the spectacular exchange sacrifice 22…Rxc3! Giri improved upon that game.
With precise play by both players the game soon ended in a draw, but that wasn’t for granted. As often, the most amazing variations remained under the surface! In the analysis of the game we will explore various moments where things could have gone wrong for either side.
Exercise: Take a look at the following position, reached after 27.b3 Qb4 (27.Qxd7 was Wang Hao’s choice). Do you see White’s only move to stay in the game?
Feel free to move the pieces on the live diagram!
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