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Magnus Carlsen vs Wei Yi
Tata Steel Masters (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  1-0

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Jan-17-17  ozu: +3 funny!!
Jan-17-17  Marmot PFL: Ayler is right, but so hard to play quietly when the time is short.
Jan-17-17  Pedro Fernandez: Yeah <AylerKupp>, almost sure the lack of time was the cause of his unfortunate last moves.
Jan-17-17  ozu: Even still, the last moves reveal a great deal about what Carlsen saw in the position.
Jan-17-17
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  AylerKupp: <Pedro Fernandez> Yes, and I was certainly wrong about this being a long game!
Jan-17-17  spingo: <ozu: +3 funny!!>

+1!

Jan-17-17
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  Mateo: In the post mortem interview, Carlsen criticized 18...exd4.
Jan-17-17  Pedro Fernandez: Where can I see that interview <Mateo>? Thanks!
Jan-17-17
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  AylerKupp: <Pedro Fernandez> It just finished but you can see other commentary by Seirawan at http://www.tatasteelchess.com/live/....
Jan-17-17  miroo: FIDE rating: 2706? He do not see that lose knight?
Jan-17-17  metatron2: After briefly looking at this game, my impression is that Carlsen played well, but Wei Yi played surprisingly anti-positional game:

18.. exd4 losing the grip in the center for no visible reason

23.. d5 invites white's e5 push, with king-side pawn majority that is rolling over the center (did Wei really think that his g7-g5 advance will break this pawns chain?)

29.. g5 chronically weakening the critical f5 square without really breaking the pawns chain

and finally:

30.. c5 willingly breaking his awn pawn chain that happens to support his Ne4 (that is otherwise trapped..)

I don't really understand what Wei was thinking here. Maybe he was intimidated by Carlsen..

Jan-17-17  Ulhumbrus: After 24 e5 Black's worst placed piece is his queen's rook. 24...Rad8 develops it.

After 25 f4 White's king side pawn majority enjoys a lead in development of no less than four moves over Black's queen side pawn majority.

After 26 Rxc2 White's queen's rook is two moves ahead of Black's queen's rook in develoment

After 28 Kf3 White's king is two moves ahead of Black's king in development and White may end up playing with an extra a king in some endings.

In all, in the position after 28 Kf3 White's pieces are four moves ahead of Black's pieces in development and White's king side pawns are four moves ahead of Black's queen side pawns in development.

After 33 cxd5 White's king has helped to trap Black's knight.

All this begins to suggest that the reason why Wei Yi lost is that at some point Wei Yi began to neglect his development.

In the position after 23 Rac1 White's king side pawns are ahead in development of Black's queen side pawns and White's pieces are ahead in development of Black's pieces. This suggests that 23...d5 is inadvisable as it opens lines and it may be better to prepare this move first by moves such as eg...f6 and ...Rad8.

Carlsen does not open lines but closes them by e5. One possible explanation or one possible part of an explanation for this may be that a part of White's lead in development is enjoyed by White's king side pawns and White's king.

Jan-17-17  Atking: A remarkable strategical performance. How Carlsen could be so sure about his pawn formation after 13.g4? Of course the move speaks itself put the Bishop outside But drawback are there, weakness on f and h3. Wei Yi didn't play badly, quite the opposite, however curtains around move 30. A kind of Capa gems.
Jan-17-17  Atking: Waiting for ideas on Wei Yi side to understand what happen here. 14...Ng5 looks logical but I will not put out a Bronstein like h6 Bh7 Kh8 f6 Rf7 Bf8 g6 Bg7 then f5. 18...exd isn't the best Chinese wine but already White has a small edge.
Jan-17-17
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  thegoodanarchist: GOTD title suggestion:

"Prepare Yi The... Wait!?"

Just <tga> riffing:

Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015

Jan-17-17
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  thegoodanarchist: Typical <MC> in his Championship Reign (and run up to it).

1. Modest opening with no real attempt to gain advantage? <check!>

2. Middlegame where he doesn't care if queens are exchanged, or other pieces either? <check!>

3. Materially equal endgame with small theoretical advantage? <check!>

4. Converting small theoretical advantage into convincing win against GM? <check!>

Jan-17-17  ColeTrane: Thinking, "...go ahead and put that knight on e4 see what happens...." since playing Qc1....
Jan-18-17
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  whiteshark:

<Magnus Carlsen> analyzes his win with Yasser Seirawan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl0...

Analysis with <Peter Svidler>: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cr...

<Daniel ♔> analyses the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ST...

Enjoy!

Jan-18-17
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  Fusilli: <thegoodanarchist> Good summary! The question is: how does he so smoothly transition from 1 to 3? He simply outplays most GMs out there with what (in retrospect) look like simple, straightforward plans/moves. In that sense, he reminds me of Fischer, albeit their styles are different. In a given Fischer position, I'd think "and now what? What should he do?" Then I look at the subsequent moves and it feels like "of course! So straightforward!" I get the same feeling from many of Carlsen's games.
Jan-18-17  Ulhumbrus: < Fusilli: <thegoodanarchist> Good summary! The question is: how does he so smoothly transition from 1 to 3? He simply outplays most GMs out there with what (in retrospect) look like simple, straightforward plans/moves. In that sense, he reminds me of Fischer, albeit their styles are different. In a given Fischer position, I'd think "and now what? What should he do?" Then I look at the subsequent moves and it feels like "of course! So straightforward!" I get the same feeling from many of Carlsen's games.> One explanation is the saying <An expert makes it look easy>
Jan-18-17  fisayo123: Wei Yi had a big oppurtunity to play a Sicilian Najdorf against the champ but turned it down in favour of something passive, which plays to Carlsen's strengths.
Jan-18-17  Atking: <whiteshark> thanks. All these 3 are very instructive!
Jan-18-17  Grbasowski: Why not 33. ... Nc3?
Jan-19-17
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  Fusilli: <Grbasowski: Why not 33. ... Nc3?>

As Carlsen showed in his analysis with Seirawan, 34.Nxc3 bxc3 35.Rd3 and black's position is hopeless. Carlsen acknowledged that Wei didn't have to resign yet, but the game is won by white at that point anyway.

Jan-20-17  yurikvelo: game multiPV:
http://pastebin.com/WpyKKMwA

<Grbasowski: Why not 33. ... Nc3?> after 30. ... c5?? nothing can save black

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