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Celebrating Anish Giri: 5 Challenging Puzzles on His 29th Birthday

Today, we celebrate the 29th birthday of the chess prodigy and our esteemed ambassador, Anish Giri. The highest-rated grandmaster coming out of the Netherlands, which he represented at six Chess Olympiads, Giri has regularly ranked in the top 10 of the FIDE ratings and won several prestigious tournaments, including the 2019 Shenzhen Masters and 2023 Tata Steel Chess. His notable victories and entertaining social presence have solidified Giri's status as one of the most prominent figures in the chess world.

As we pay tribute to this special occasion, we invite you to join us on a captivating journey through 5 challenging puzzles taken from Giri's illustrious career. Get ready to test your skills and gain deeper insights into the strategic brilliance of GM Anish Giri!


1. Anish Giri vs Fabiano Caruana, 2020

See the solution | White to checkmate 1. Rg5 threatening Rh5 and Qh4#. 1...Qe7 is the only way to delay the checkmate for a few moves.

Giri vs Caruana


2. Ruud Janssen vs Anish Giri, 2011

See the solution | Black to mate in 4 1... Ng3+ 2. Kg2 Rf2+ 3. Qxf2 Rxh2+ 4. Kxh2 Qxf2#

Janssen vs Giri


3. Vassily Ivanchuk vs Anish Giri, Beijing, 2013

See the solution | Black to win 1... Rg3+ 2. Kh2 Nxe1 3. Kxg3 Nc2 and there's no way to stop the pawn without losing the rook 4. Ra1 Nxa1 5. Kf2 Kd6

Ivanchuk vs Giri


4. Anish Giri vs Viesturs Meijers, 2011

See the solution | White to win 1. Ne4 Nc4 2. Rd7 followed by Nf6. (If 1... Rfd8 2. Nxc5 Qxc5 3. b4 wins a piece)

Giri vs Meijer


5. Tom Nolz vs Anish Giri, 2011

See the solution | Black to win 1... Bxh2 2. Qxc1 (if 2. Rxh2 Qxd2 and the rook is pinned) Be5+ 3. Kg1 Bd4+ 4. Rgf2 Rxc1

Nolz vs Giri


You may check your solutions by clicking on the small arrow button next to the "See the solution" text above each chess puzzle. If you enjoyed this blog, try solving more puzzles from another brand ambassador of Chessify - Fabiano Caruana.

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