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Loek van Wely vs Magnus Carlsen
"g-Whiz" (game of the day May-30-2018)
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-13
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D76)  ·  0-1



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Jan-13-15  Ulhumbrus: 10 Qc2 seems inconsistent with 9 d5 in one way: it loses a tempo towards e4 supporting the d5 pawn.

After 10...c6 has attacked the d5 pawn again 11 dc moves the d pawn a third time to exchange it for a c6 pawn moved once, making a loss of two tempi in return for which the recapture 11...Nxc6 also loses two tempi with Black's N.

However the capture 11 dc also relinquishes White's advantage in space.

Jan-13-15  jffun1958: 45. Kxh2 Be5
pinning the rook!
Jan-13-15  saintdufus: I wonder why White didn't play 28.Rc6?

He would have won two pieces for a rook after 28...bc 29.Rd4.

The zwischenzug 28...e5 is met by 29.Rg6+ Kh7 30.Rh6+.

I guess maybe the three connected passed pawns would be too strong?

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Carlsen: "Loek, I am your father."
Jan-14-15  saintdufus: Thanks to GM Gustafsson for answering my question: if 28.Rc6 bc 29.Rd4, then Black has the tactic 29...e5 30.Be5 Rde8! (this is the move I missed), followed by 31...Re1+ winning the bishop.
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  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ takes a look at this game, too:
Jan-18-15  Chizoad: The position after 20. Bxg5 made me laugh: the file of kings, bishops and pawns.

25. g5 seems highly questionable; how about a simple b3?

Jan-19-15  tivrfoa: last move can be a puzzle. =D
which day?? hehe
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  patzer2: <tivrfoa: last move can be a puzzle. =D which day?? hehe> I'd say 44...? Black to move would make for a neat Wednesday puzzle, as 44...Nh2! neatly combines the passed pawn and pin combination after 45. Kxh2 Be5! .
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  Richard Taylor: Nice finish to a lively game.
Jan-27-15  tivrfoa: <patzer2 I'd say 44...? Black to move would make for a neat Wednesday puzzle> thanks patzer. :)
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  thegoodanarchist: <whiteshark: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for to utilize a proper GID/KID classification .>

Looks fixed now.

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  FSR: g Whiz.
May-30-18  andrewjsacks: Beautiful final move.
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  FSR: For anyone who doesn't understand the pun: on moves 20-23 every space on the g-file was occupied by a piece or pawn.
May-30-18  offramp: <FSR> thank you for explaining your joke to us.
May-30-18  AlicesKnight: 44.... Nh2 is a very pretty finish.
May-30-18  ndg2: <FSR> isn't the pun more about Carlsen's prowess in the Gruenfeld defense?
May-30-18  Ironmanth: Some brilliant maneuvering here by Magnus. Great game; thanks chessgames!
May-30-18  nalinw: While I have no problem with the pun GSM has an outstanding alternative ... I expect there are many games that it will fit ....
May-30-18  morfishine: Is <28.Rxc6> 28...bxc6 29.Rxd4 playable for White?
May-30-18  daveinsatiable: <morfishine> See <saintdufus>' comment from Jan-14-15.
May-30-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa

1. = (0.00): 17.Nd5 Qxe4 18.Ne5 Bxd1 19.Rxd1 Qa4 20.Nxc6 bxc6 21.Nxe7+ Kh8 22.Nxc6 Qxb3 23.axb3 Bxb2 24.Be3 Bf6 25.Rd2 Kg7 26.Ra2 Rfe8 27.Ra6 Nd7 28.b4 Re6 29.b5 Nb8 30.Ra4 Nxc6 31.Bxc6 Rd8 32.Kg2 Rdd6 33.Bf4 Be5 34.Be3 Bf6 35.Bf4

2. = (0.00): 17.Qa3 Nc4 18.Qb3 Nb6 19.Nd5

May-30-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: d 23 dpa done

1. = (0.10): 25.Rc2 Bd4+ 26.Kh1 Rad8 27.Re2 e5 28.Bg5 Rd6 29.h4 Kh7 30.Kh2 Rd7 31.Kh3 a5 32.h5 a4 33.Kh4 b6 34.Red2 Na5 35.Rf1 Rxf1 36.Bxf1 Nc4 37.Rc2 Nxb2 38.Rc6 gxh5 39.Rh6+ Kg7 40.gxh5

Feb-18-22  tonsillolith: <g whiz>

I guess <g Wely-killers> or <g Wely-curse> (gee willikers) is too much of a stretch?

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