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Yu Yangyi vs Magnus Carlsen
Qatar Masters (Tie-Breaks) (2015) (blitz), Doha QAT, rd 2, Dec-29
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  0-1



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  Penguincw: This is Game 2 of the tiebreaks between Carlsen and Yu Yangyi. Carlsen won Game 1 with white, and needed only a draw here.

15...Nxd3 is a nice move that removes the defender, is a deflection move, and also leads to a fork.

15...? should be a puzzle soon (or maybe not soon, since people have recently seen this).

The best would probably be 17.Nxb6, but I think Yangyi made the right decision to resign. He might be able to get a draw, but a win, definitely not.

Perhaps 15.Bxe5 is an improvement, but if one has the bishop pair in an open position, I can understand why they'd be hesitant to give it up.

Dec-30-15  Bobby Fiske: Yu Yangyi didn’t see the Re4 fork. Maybe because he is used to chopsticks?
Dec-30-15  morfishine: <Bobby Fiske: Yu Yangyi didn’t see the Re4 fork. Maybe because he is used to chopsticks?> Shut up you FN racist idiot


Dec-30-15  Steve.Patzer: morphishine, that is not racist. No need to be rude.
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  Sally Simpson: C'mon Morph, lighten up mate.

Fork - Chopsticks. Totally harmless piece of fun. More of a groan than a moan.


Black to play.

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Two undefended pieces in any position is two too many.

Dec-30-15  gokusano: Carlsen is very much ahead when it comes to blitz. Yu Yangyi might have a little chance, proportionately, if the tie break was done in rapid.
Dec-31-15  gokusano: *Might have had
Dec-31-15  gokusano: At any rate, Carlsen's blitz prowess is realy amazing. In blitz, it's like he is playing a classical game. I want to take a shot at him at any time-control game, blitz, rapid, or classical. I believe I have a fair chance of beating him! LOL!!
Dec-31-15  gokusano: Where is the first game?
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  alexmagnus: Talking about fork/chopsticks, did you know that the fork (the one used to eat, not the chess tactic) was invented in China? It was re-invented in Europa a couple of thousands years later, when the Chinese already found the chopsticks handier :D
Dec-31-15  Bobby Fiske: The game ended too soon to be interesting chess wise. But it was not a waste. We have learned the history of the Fork, which is something! (A reminder about the fact that China had developed advanced technology in several fields, while most of Europe still lived in caves).

So, considering the origin of the fork, and Chinas resent domination in the chess world, I hereby declare:

Within the international chess community, the expression "Chopsticked" is hereby given equal meaning as "Forked".


The phrase is intellectual property of Bobby Fiske, with co-credits to alexmagnus. All royalties goes to the Fund of Morfishine Anger Management Therapy.

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  chancho: Forks and chopsticks, ok, but this game being a playoff, ended in a sweep and that of course is this:

Dec-31-15  Rolfo: Bobby F, you wouldn't reserve chopsticked as a synonym for a pin or even a double pin if it ever occurs?
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  whiteshark: After the final move it took White 2m:20s to resign. (3m:49s-6m:09s)

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