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What Magnus took from AphaZero
Compiled by skisuitof12

Magnus Carlsen's ‘Alpha Zero Games'.
Levy Rozman (Gothamchess) gives five examples of Magnus's games where he (LR) suggests that Magnus has learnt from, and for a period, adopted an AlphaZero style of play. The style includes; king safety, advancing a wing pawn to stifle fianchettoed king positions, the suppression of opponent's piece activity and the sacrificing of pawns either to accelerate his own piece activity or suppress that of his opponent's. The five games selected were against; So, Matlakov, Aronian, Mamedyarov and Giri. LR particularly identifies a sequence where human players would prevent a protected passed pawn from becoming so advanced but Carlsen permits the structure safe in the knowledge that it can be restrained due to initiatives elsewhere on the board.

Carlsen vs Aronian, 2019 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Allowing, but restraining a protected passed pawn.
Carlsen vs M Matlakov, 2019 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 80 moves, 1-0

So vs Carlsen, 2019 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Carlsen vs Mamedyarov, 2019 
(D85) Grunfeld, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Carlsen vs Giri, 2020 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 34 moves, 1-0

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