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Outside of his snarky and sarcastic Twitter page, GM Anish Giri is a phenomenal chess player.
Born in Russia in 1994, he began playing at the age of 6. In 2002, his family moved to Japan, then in 2008 they moved to the Netherlands.
A chess prodigy - he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 7 months, and 2 days in 2009, but he did not stop there.
From 2006 to 2010 his rating jumped from 2114 to 2672 - an incredible increase for that period of time.
He has been the Dutch champion 4 times, participated in 5 Olympiads, won the Tata Steel Class B tournament, and tied for first in the London Chess Classic, and Wilk aan Zee twice.
Off of the chessboard, Anish is quite popular on social media harnessing over 175,000 Youtube subscribers and 250,000 followers on Twitter where he frequently takes friendly jabs at his fellow elite chess players.
Giri has also provided contributions to Chessbase, New in Chess, and 64, he has written his own book 'My Junior Years in 20 Games', and created 2 Chessable courses.
Those same Chessable courses get some friendly banter at the elite levels of Grandmaster either being too weak for the content or too strong for the content.
In his personal life, he is fluent in Russian, English, Dutch, and proficient in Japanese, Nepali, and German.
And he has two kids with his wife - fellow International Master chess player Sopiko Guramishvili (Gura-mish-vili).
Giri's style of play has been noted as 'Solid and Conservative'. He tends to draw a lot (spawning several memes), but he hardly ever loses.
Some even say it is easier to beat Magnus Carlsen than to beat Anish.
That is a nice segway into today's game where Anish is taking on the reigning World Champion from 2020 in the Chessable Masters tournament.
Magnus Carlsen versus Anish Giri
Now if we're ready -
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. a4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. a5 Bg7
7. O-O a6 8. Be2 O-O 9. Re1 b5 10. axb6 Bb7 11. d3 Nxb6 12. e5
Nfd5 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. exd6 exd6 15. c3 Re8 16. Bd2 Qb6
17. Qc2 a5 18. h3 Bc6 19. d4 cxd4 20. Nxd4 Nb4 21. cxb4 Bxd4
22. bxa5 Bxf2+ 23. Kf1 Qd4 24. Qxc6 Bxe1 25. Bxe1 Qxb2 26. Bf3