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Magnus Carlsen vs Baskaran Adhiban
Tata Steel Masters (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-27
Scandinavian Defense: Modern. Gipslis Variation (B01)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-27-17  SirRuthless: 34...Qg4 would have been winning with correct followup play. Too bad for Adhiban. The young Indian Tiger had a chance to kill the bleeding deer but just missed it.
Jan-27-17  Sokrates: You may be right about Qg4. White's position is very cramped with Bd2 lost of good positions. The champion conducted this game surprisingly weak. He played as if he never had faced the Scandinavian before. This is Carlsen at 70-80 % of his best. Good enough to be in the field of the first five, but I think he himself had expected much more of this tournament.

Nothing general can be concluded on that basis - he may sweep the field in the next tournament, but he has not excelled in this one.

Jan-27-17  visayanbraindoctor: Is this some kind of gambit? Adhiban offers a pawn. Carlsen as is his nature grabs the pawn. <Qa4+, Qxa7>

In the process, White's Queen gets misplaced and Black gets a half open file and increased piece activity as adequate compensation.

If Adhiban prepared this, he must have banked on the fact that Carlsen is a known pawn grabber.

I kind of recall a game with Aronian where Carlsen did a similar thing, and Aronian did not give him a pass. My feeling is that if it were Aronian (or Caruana, or Anand, or Kramnik) playing Black, Carlsen would have lost this one.

Jan-27-17  310metaltrader: black should play the 2... nf6 Scandinavian much more, it is essentially the alekhine/caro kann but with less theory.
Jan-27-17  scholes: How does black win after 34..Qg4
Jan-27-17  blackdranzer: Adhiban deserved win this one....
I liked the idea of changing gears with 18...Qd7, instead of continuing the "attack" with Rxh3 or Rh5. He realised there is no attack and played for b5! I guess cĂ rlsen didn't expect this change in plan and played badly after that..a pity adhiban didn't fingers the idea of Qg4 -f5-f4
Jan-27-17  1971: This new generation, Wesley, Wei Yi, Adhiban, Rapport (when he plays soundly) is so freaking good! They are capable of playing extremely accurate and resilient.
Jan-28-17  dehanne: <How does black win after 34..Qg4> Apparently 35.Re1 Re3!! is crushing.
Jan-28-17  SimplicityRichard: This variation essayed by Black was my "first love" in a chess opening. I abandoned it after facing problems with 5.Bb5+. Recently however, my analysis with Stockfish has proved Bb5+ to be harmless. And a recent quick win against a chess colleague has rekindled my love for this "Nf6 gambit variation".

In the above game, Carlsen's intention to hold on to a pawn advantage results in a position where Adhiban gets more active piece movement as Carlsen stands watch; constantly retreating.

Carlsen is in the end apprehensive of Adhiban's potential tactical motifs against the weak f2 square, that he fails to play the much better continuation dxe5, instead playing the slightly worse Bg5. Carlsen seems rattled.

A good game by Adhiban. #

Jan-28-17  SimonWebbsTiger: @<SimplicityRichard>

FYI, Aussie GM David Smerdon has written a book on 2...Nf6, published recently by Everyman.

Jan-28-17  rune ohlsson: Even 32.--- Qd5 is winning for Black.
But White missed his chances in the opening play.
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  moronovich: <FYI, Aussie GM David Smerdon has written a book on 2...Nf6, published recently by Everyman.>

Thank you,but I am not shure 2..Nf6 is to everymans taste. ;)

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