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Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  technical draw: There are 6 games to play. Realistically there are only 6 player who can win the tournament: Giri, Carlsen, Mameydarov. Kramnik So and Matlakov.

Anand plays Carlsen so one of the will be eliminate (or both if draw). Mameydarov should beat Kramnik. a long game with Mameydarov prevailing

So will beat Svidleri therefor a 3 way tie will occur after Giri beats Matlakov. 1. Carlsen
2. Giri
3 Msmeyr

My money is one Mameydarov.

One of these three will win the tournament, My money is on Mameydarov,

Jan-23-18  Ulhumbrus: It remains to be seen whether Anand has prepared an improvement on his game against Kramnik.
Jan-23-18  chessdgc2: Please, not another Petroff's!
Jan-23-18  Ulhumbrus: No, Anand has chosen the Ruy Lopez. Perhaps he has not prepared an improvement over his game against Kramnik, or at least has not finished preparing it.
Jan-23-18  yurikvelo: Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
With the White Pieces:
Mikhail Tal 22 games
Efim Geller 17 games
Viswanathan Anand 16 games
Jan-23-18  Ulhumbrus: Two famous White wins against the Breyer are Spassky vs Unzicker, 1966 and of course Fischer vs Spassky, 1992
Jan-23-18  Ulhumbrus: 16 a5 Nd7 17 b4 plays to transpose into the game Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 but Black might have done better in that game.
Jan-23-18  zluria: Anand and Carlsen played this exact position in the 2015 Norway chess tournament, a game that Anand won.

Anand vs Carlsen, 2015

In this game, Carlsen chooses the rare move 15...Nb6 rather than the main move 15...c5. The point of this odd move is that it invites White to play 16.a5, gaining time but fixing the structure on the queenside. A recent game in this line was played by the Norwegian master Frode Elsness, so that might be where Carlsen got the idea.

Jan-23-18  JPi: Seeing the game Anand vs Carlsen 2015 One merit of the actual Nb6 over c5 is keeping c6 as an option. more flexible.
Jan-23-18  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Anand wants to find out what Carlsen's improvement over the Norway game is.
Jan-23-18  JPi: Looks more and less equal to me. The difference with the game Fischer Spassky (WC1972) previously posted is Ng3. This N will be better on d2 (Nb3~Na5 as an option)
Jan-23-18  JPi: Right now Nfd7 then Qc7 and Ra8 Black should have an easy game more and less equal.
Jan-23-18  JPi: With the exchange of d pawns Black has now Nd7-Nf8-Ne6
Jan-23-18  Ulhumbrus: One example of a way to play the Ruy Lopez better is to become able to answer the question: When and how can Black get into trouble? One example of an answer is, by not having provided for any one of the ways in which White can attack Black's position. One example of a possible target for a White attack is the Black f7 pawn.
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  keypusher: I don't see the point of 24.c4, seems like you're just giving the other guy the bishop pair for nothing.
Jan-23-18  BOSTER: It is too drawish pos.
Jan-23-18  BOSTER: Maybe b4 with tempo.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: And a good old-fashioned Breyer Variation. Have very little experience with the Ruy, but Black's Bishops look unimpressive, but the pawns at c6 and e5 seem annoying to White's minor pieces. No idea who's better here.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: The Knight exchange makes sense for White. Now c5 beckons the last Knight on the board.
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  moronovich: 30.Ng5!.. very instructive.Exchanging Nf3 for the better posed Ne6.
Jan-23-18  BOSTER: Now white knight on d2 has more movement.
Jan-23-18  lost in space: In case of Nc5 Black has the option to play Bxc5 Qxc5 Qxc5. Bg5 will be better than Bb7, but a OCB-ending is looming - means the Pc6 is not so important and Balck can acitivate the Bb7 via a6 or c8.
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  keypusher: the knight is going to get exchanged for one of Carlsen's bishops, leaving a draw, looks like.
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  chancho: They agreed to a draw.
Jan-23-18  Sokrates: <An Englishman: Good Morning: And a good old-fashioned Breyer Variation. ...> Yes, I almost became nostalgic watching this Spassky weapon from the past. Also in the past I played it a couple of times and although the N manoeuvre seems strange and troublesome it makes good sense and offers black a nice game.
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