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Baadur Jobava vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-18
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: General (A01)  ·  0-1



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Jan-18-15  Shams: <Marmot> <Must have been silent.> Droll, sir.
Jan-18-15  Jim Bartle: Sounds like a documentary:

<With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his neglect of her, but wherever she goes she finds that she cannot escape chess. >

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  perfidious: <"I didn't outplay Badur just gave him the chance to make mistakes".>

Carlsen underestimates himself--giving someone opportunities to go wrong is part of outplaying an opponent.

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  HeMateMe: shouldn't this have been a draw? It seemed like Jobava opened up his kingside to get counter play, when the position was drawn.
Jan-18-15  lennard0815: the amazing 21. ... h3, decided the game :D
fantastic :)
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  hoodrobin: It's a long way for Caruana or Giri or someone else. Mag is very strong at planning a tournament or match too.
Jan-18-15  Thorsson: This was an easy draw for White approaching the time control. At that point Jobava started playing poor moves, possibly looking to create an attack that wasn't there.

In 3 moves (38/39/40) he possibly already had a lost position. As he wasn't in time trouble it's hard to explain why. Was it "the Carlsen effect"?

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  chancho: People were gushing about Fabio's 7 straight at Sinquefield.

Magnus sure is making a statement in this tournament.

He has a great chance to make it 6 straight.

Just play your game Magnus.

Jan-18-15  cro777: <Thorsson: In 3 moves (38/39/40) he possibly already had a lost position. As he wasn't in time trouble it's hard to explain why.>

In effect, Carlsen was in time trouble and Jobava chose the wrong way to go about exploiting it.

Jobava: "Before the time control Magnus was in time trouble, and I decided to play fast."

Jan-18-15  cro777: "I attempted to play a fighting game, and, in general, I succeeded", Jobava said in the mini-interview for Chess-News website. "Magnus was short on time, and I decided to make the move quickly, to add sharpness to the game."

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  keypusher: There's a great quote from Robert Burger in <The Chess of Bobby Fischer>. He gives a problem, a mate in five, with the solution and no explanation. He says most chess players, given the problem and the moves, would not know <what happened, why it happened, and why a half dozen other things could not have happened>. That's how I feel with these games.
Jan-19-15  Ulhumbrus: After 37...Bc4 Jobova may have overrated the vulnerability of Black's h pawn and so overrated his side of the position. Carlsen said that he could not see what to do for Black if White simply played his queen between b2 and d2, keeping d4 under control. Instead Jobova weakened his e4 square by 38 f4? Whereupon Carlsen punished him by occupying the square e4 with his queen by 39...Qe7 and 40...Qe4.
Jan-19-15  Thorsson: Thanks for the link <cro777>.

<Jobava: "Before the time control Magnus was in time trouble, and I decided to play fast.">

It seems that even strong GMs make this mistake!

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  Richard Taylor: Yes, I've fallen into that one. This was a strange game. I cant make head nor tail of it. Too much for me...which is why I am a bunny at chess I suppose.
Jan-19-15  karban: Last move of the game was 50...Kf5, Jobava had thought for about two minutes and only after his resignation the piece was placed on an adjacent black square. I don't know why it is so difficult to find a solution to this common transsmission error occurring at the end of the games.
Jan-19-15  KingchecksQueen: How much?
Jan-19-15  sakredkow: <Jobava: "Before the time control Magnus was in time trouble, and I decided to play fast.">

Jobava probably won't have a lot of chances to beat Carlsen in his career so he's going to take some risks when he can.

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  chancho: Jobava wants to be original, and while that sometimes pays off, in this day and age of computers and so much accessible information, it's like someone riding a horse cart: ... while everyone else is driving cars:

Doesn't make sense.

Jan-19-15  whiteshark: GM Jan Gustafsson takes a look at the game...
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  beenthere240: It's curious to see the Nimzo-Larsen attack shrink from an f4 to an f3. I can see the Bird opening going that way, with an f3 -- g4 attack!
Jan-19-15  cornflake: Odd opening choice for Jobava. The Nimzo Larsen "attack" didn't put any pressure on black at all in this game.
Jan-19-15  jindraz: Where is 3. g4? Otherwise an odd game. White gets nothing in the opening, Magnus misplays his type of position to get a worse ending, and then Jobava starts making completely suicidal pawn moves on the kingside
Jan-20-15  Sokrates: <TheBB: There's a video with Capablanca speaking on Youtube, however.

Many thanks for this fantastic link. I didn't think I should ever hear the voice of Capablanca or the young Euwe for that sake. Interesting to hear Capa speak of Alekhine. 20 per cent bluff, he called Alekhine's gameplay. A true hatred had accumulated in the mind of the Cuban. It confirms the impression left by Sosonko in his about world champions he has met. Capa's wife said it, and here is the proof. Funny that Euwe and the journalist continue speaking Dutch after the arrival of Capablance. Quite impolite, really, but perhaps Euwe couldn't speak English at that time, although it sounds unlikely.

Anyway, while Capa's voice is deep, precise and well-articulated, Euwe's voice seems more dry, light and scientific. Interesting.

Capablanca appears as a man of the world, a diplomat of great calibre, when Euwe more appears like the local mathematician teacher, he actually was at that time.

Jan-20-15  Granny O Doul: Twenty percent may be just about the right amount of bluff to have in one's game.
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  perfidious: If one were playing correspondence in today's game, 20 per cent bluff would get slaughtered.
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