2 players on a knife edge

ARYAN TARI vs ALIREZA FIROUZJA – 83rd Tata Steel Masters, 2021

This game is still fresh as it was played yesterday on 19th January and just one of the greatest attacking festivals…interrupted!

We present you the game between Tari and Firouzja played at the Tata Steel Masters in 2021.

The opening is the Caro Kann: Advanced variation.

In this game, Firouzja is on the attacking mode but Tari is not willing to collapse under pressure. Firouzja sacrifice the exchange trading his rook for the bishop on move 12 to open White’s kingside and start attacking with the pieces.

The attack of Firouzja is spectactular but not perfect as Tari could play 28.kh1! to gain the upper hand but instead played 28.rxc5? and Alireza is still leading. Both players are low on time and miss their winning moves: Alireza cannot find the final crushing move 29.be2! and the players eventually agree to a draw!

Perfect match for the crowd, on a knife edge for both players!

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