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Magnus Carlsen vs Evgeny Tomashevsky
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-22
Indian Game: London System (A46)  ·  1-0



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Jan-22-16  Marmot PFL: Tomashevshy chooses a lost ending (20...Ne4) rather than face the attack. Not sure how dangerous the white threats really were or if black was afraid of ghosts. But it looks dangerous enough, as Bb7 is passive and white controls e5 (both consequences of black playing d5).
Jan-22-16  kamagong24: Magnus made it look simple here
Jan-22-16  MindCtrol9: Carlsen is playing good chess where he combines positional play with attacking aggressive manuevers.I like to see the energy in the game of chess.Carlsen is showing that he is the WC and he won't be easy for any challenger.
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  HeMateMe: yeah, building small advantages--MC kept the black bishop blocked in by its own e file pawn, with well timed center exchanges, and then posting the Knight on e5. Black was forced to exchange queens, then make ugly moves to try and make some room to free up the Bishop.
Jan-22-16  Karposian: Carlsen chose a London System setup, which again shows its usefulness if the purpose is simply to get to a fairly even and playable middlegame, and try to outplay the opponent from there, which is exactly what Carlsen did in this game.

The London System has increased in popularity recently. Some years ago Kamsky was the only top GM who employed it regularly, now several of the top players use it from time to time.

Jan-22-16  devere: It seems that Black's failure to play 20...cxd4 before Ne4 cost him the game. That, and the premature resignation.
Jan-22-16  JohnBoy: The little intermezzos like 17.Rf1 really get me. Same thing happened with Bh6 in Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015. MC pulls this stuff out of a magic hat.
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  keypusher: It's funny to compare the position here after 12.Rad1:

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Seven pieces clutter the d-file.

And here after 23....dxe4:

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24.dxc5 bxc5 25.Rd7 and the rook rules the board. Note that after 25....Rab8 26.b3 Black can't oppose with 26....Rfd8 because of 27.Rh8+ Kxh8 28.Nxf7+.

Jan-22-16  csmath: Clean game, Tomashevsky self-destructs. Typical positional win.
Jan-22-16  Ulhumbrus: 13 Bxg6 concedes the bishop pair. After the exchange of dark squared bishops Black will want a position where his remaining bishop is more valuable than a knight instead of less valuable. This suggests playing for the advance ...e5.

Instead of 17...Nd7, 17...Ne4 plays for the pawn advances ...f5 and ...g5

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  thegoodanarchist: I don't understand how Carlsen wins, especially just dominating elite GMs. But it sure is interesting to watch.

Definitely my favorite active players are MC and Wesley So. They play with great imagination.

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  tamar: Carlsen pointed out that Black's best defense was 19...Nh7 20 Rxf4 g5 which looks like it could hold.

if 21 Rg4 f6 22 Nf3 Qc7 23 Qe1 Rae8 and it is not easy to break through.

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  tamar: Watching it again, Carlsen did say he would have gone for 19...Nh7 20 exf4 "with a very pleasant position"
Jan-22-16  scholes: Tomas was down to nearly 2 min by move 20. If he had not forced exchange of queens, he would have surely blundered in ensuing complicated position.
Jan-23-16  WDenayer: This game is also very strange. If it is true what Scholes says that Tomashevsky was down to nearly 2 minutes at move 20, it is even much worse. The same happened against Van Wely. First Van Wely missed a continuation which would have given him a distinct advantage and after the N sac, he missed the winning continuation. In this game, Carlsen won because the rook ended up on c7. If Tomashevsky would have played 20. … cxd4 and then 21. … Ne4, White would have been better (bad bishop against good knight), but there is no win. If the Qs come off, Black can probably defend. I don’t think that Carlsen would come far with his London against Caruana or Giri. He will probably win Tata, but in my opinion the way he plays betrays opportunism. Giri never. Look how he won his game. This is the dull, no risk, I know everything, I take no chances whatsoever, I am not playing any opening which is not top notch approach. I think that some people lose their nerves against Carlsen. It is absolutely not normal to have ca. 2 mins left by move 20.
Jan-24-16  kilurah: White's Rook so intimidative...!
Jan-25-16  elnanes23: what i admire most about Magnus, is his ability to turn his doubled pawns into a threat and his opponents doubled pawns into a weaknes.
Jan-25-16  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ analyses this game:


Feb-04-16  yurikvelo: Two moves decided this game:
19. ... Qd8? (Nh7!)
20. ... Ne4? (cxd4!)


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  maxi: Even after 15.Ne5 White's advantage is moot, but 15...g5 allows the computer-like Carlsen plan 16.f4! gxf 17.Rf1!. Perhaps the position is not lost yet for a computer, but is very hard for a human to survive.
Aug-19-18  mandor: What a clean game. And how nicely after strategic part, comes the tactically and inbetween move 17.Rf1! (exd2? 18.Rxf6!), and then, after exchange Queens go for superior ending.

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