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Wang Yue vs Magnus Carlsen
Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010), Nanjing CHN, rd 8, Oct-28
Catalan Opening: General (E00)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-28-10  sofouuk: <Is Carlsen losing?> noo - 17 Raa7 Rxc7 18 Rxc7 Nxb5 =
Oct-28-10  pulsar: < extremepleasure2: What will happen after 17.Raxa7? Is Carlsen losing?> b5 is also hanging, so Black will regain the pawn after Rxc7 Rxc7 Nxb5.
Oct-28-10  sofouuk: well white has played the best move 17 Qc1! but while black is feeling just a little bit awkward it's hard to see him losing
Oct-28-10  extremepleasure2: I would play 20.Qa4 here.
Oct-28-10  sofouuk: <I would play 20.Qa4 here> then Rc4, and is white's extra doubled pawn worth anything?
Oct-28-10  pulsar: Looks drawish to me... Meanwhile, Topa might be losing again.
Oct-28-10  Shams: Topalov's exchange sac was certainly bold. Bold like the Rockies.
Oct-28-10  twinlark: White's extra pawn may not mean much right now, but he looks to have a spatial advantage as well. Magnus performance rating for this tourney has been 2900+ but he still doesn't look like he's hit his straps after Bilbao and the Olympiad.

This will test him.

Oct-28-10  firebyrd: 20. ... h6, I hate it when GMs do that.

I am seeing moves I can understand, they contest the c-file, they target the a and b-pawns, nice maneuver by Wang to move the Q around to take a7 - instead of taking with the rook - so he ends up covering b5; now can MC evict the Q? What about 20. ... Rc4, is that any good? Is ... Nc4 possible, targeting the backward b pawn? Then, 20. ... h6 a measly little move on the other side, and I cannot see any reason why, or why it had to be played now, and I am reminded that I will never be any good at this game...

Oct-28-10  twinlark: Anand has his king stranded in the middle...engine calls it equal but it looks like a heck of a defensive task for him.
Oct-28-10  shakespeare: h6 why not? - the move is o.k. - giving the king an escape square - start placing everything on black - gaining space - perfectly reasonable
Oct-28-10  shakespeare: b3?? losing time without reason
Oct-28-10  marcwordsmith: Hi everyone, Just wanted to stop in and say "This looks drawish!" Goodnight.
Oct-28-10  shakespeare: @twinlark - thats chesspeare - definitely - but an exchange of Q would most likely lead to a draw
Oct-28-10  radu stancu: <shakespeare: b3?? losing time without reason> It prevented Nc4.
Oct-28-10  Shams: Drawn. Anand-Topalov definitely worth our time here...
Oct-28-10  MTuraga: official result: Draw
Oct-28-10  twinlark:

All the board's a stage,
And all the pawns and pieces merely playthings;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one piece in its time covers many squares,
Its acts being many ages.

Oct-28-10  lost in space: again too late, again draw, again the carlsen game.

What is with Anand-Topalov? Will we gotta see it?

Oct-28-10  Kazzak: So today a rest day, then? Now to watch Nakamura-Hammer in rapid.
Oct-28-10
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  whiteshark: a zero sum round
Oct-28-10  beenthere240: Nice drawing combination by white. Being up a pawn and forcing a draw is quite a courageous decision.
Oct-28-10  uscfratingmybyear: neenthere240-White is only temporarily up a pawn, he can't hold his scattered children and will be down a pawn shortly.
Oct-28-10  beenthere240: Reading Carlsen's blog, I wonder about the technical "finesse" that he claims to have missed.
Oct-28-10  melianis: the Bogo-Indian B-exchange always lead to exciting games. I'd be glad to draw a GM but likely a GM would deviate in move 4 against me.
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