Rd. 9 - GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. GM Anish Giri

Written and annotated by GM Alejandro Ramirez.


Vachier-Lagrave had perhaps a slight advantage against Giri after sacrificing a pawn, or at least that is what most grandmasters thought. The Dutch player himself thought that it was Black playing for the advantage! After a couple of careless moves from MVL, it was indeed Giri who was slightly better; unfortunately it was never anything special. The game dissolved into a drawn rook endgame.