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Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen
GRENKE Chess Classic (2019), Karlsruhe GER, rd 4, Apr-23
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-23-19
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  keypusher: <An Englishman: Good Morning: Happy Tuesday, all! Whilst White might hold the dreary endgame after 41.Rb6,Rxa2; 42.Rxb5,Rf2, but this still begs the same old question--why do Carlsen's opponents keep playing 7.Nd5 against a WC with experience against it at the highest levels?>

Because they keep getting great-looking positions.

Apr-23-19
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  MissScarlett: 14, including their Sinquefield Cup game.
Apr-23-19
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  diceman: <chancho:

So if this game ends as expected, that makes it 13 straight draws between these two Chessic Gladiators, right?>

Two Chessic Gladiators, and two Silicon Gladiators.

Apr-23-19
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  Sally Simpson: Fabian played 41.Bh3 Ultra active, a winning attempt(?)
Apr-23-19
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  OhioChessFan: <Sally> have to agree. SF said it was fine also. Looked a lot more active than Rc2.
Apr-23-19
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  OhioChessFan: Looks drawn now. 47. Rb6
Apr-23-19
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <keypusher>, great positions, or great looking positions? Personally, would prefer the former.
Apr-23-19
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  keypusher: <An Englishman: Good Morning: <keypusher>, great positions, or great looking positions? Personally, would prefer the former.>

I think MC's opponents are getting both. Certainly more than they'd get in a Ruy Lopez. They're just not taking advantage.

Apr-23-19
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  diceman: <Sally Simpson:

Fabian played 41.Bh3 Ultra active, a winning attempt(?)>

For Magnus? :)

Apr-23-19
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  OhioChessFan: Well, there's nothing interesting about this, whatever happens. Peace out.
Apr-23-19  LameJokes: Carlsen has played marathon in every game. He could set a record of sorts. Playing marathon every game of the event.
Apr-23-19  nok: This is ridiculous.
Apr-23-19
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  whiteshark: Draw!
Apr-23-19  Pedro Fernandez: << nok>: This is ridiculous.> And they know that my dear <nok>. Just they are kidding each other!
Apr-23-19
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  MissScarlett: Who offered the draw?
Apr-23-19  Pedro Fernandez: The book by Löwenfisch and Smyslov, about rook endings, does not discuss this ending.
Apr-23-19  MrMensa: There's a game where Onischuk lost R vs R+N since the King was forced to the edge. Onischuk vs L Dominguez, 2008
Apr-23-19  Pedro Fernandez: << MissScarlett>: Who offered the draw?> Their eyes <MS>.
Apr-23-19
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  thegoodanarchist: Carlsen can't convert a full piece advantage?!?! He must be slipping ;)
Apr-23-19  john barleycorn: < thegoodanarchist: Carlsen can't convert a full piece advantage?!?! He must be slipping ;)>

Wesley So had done it blindfolded.

Apr-23-19  Steve.Patzer: 52....Nf4+ would be winning.
Apr-23-19
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  beatgiant: <Steve.Patzer> <52....Nf4+ would be winning.> White can avoid the knight forks by playing <53. Kf3> or <53. Kf1>, both of which are tablebase draws.
Apr-23-19
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  chancho: A case of not knowing how to draw this endgame:

Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 1996

Mark Dvorestky in <Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual> wrote of the above game in his section on Rook and Knight vs Rook:

<A draw with a Rook against a Knight and a Rook is not a hard procedure. Even when your King is pressed to the edge of the board you can usually slip away from mating threats. (sometimes with the help of a stalemate.)

The following endgame is taken from practical play, it illustrates various defensive resources (alas, not exploited by White) and the dangers that can punish the careless defender.>

Apr-23-19
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  PawnSac: < An Englishman: Carlsen's score in the B33 Sicilian since 2018. .., he's beaten or drawn the world's best who played 7.Nd5 and never lost. Tukhaev played 7.Bg5 .. and won. A Tukhaev vs Carlsen, 2018 >

yes that was a rapid game and he lost on time

Apr-23-19  Eyal: <Mark Dvorestky in <Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual> wrote of the above game in his section on Rook and Knight vs Rook: A draw with a Rook against a Knight and a Rook is not a hard procedure. Even when your King is pressed to the edge of the board you can usually slip away from mating threats. (sometimes with the help of a stalemate.)

The following endgame is taken from practical play, it illustrates various defensive resources (alas, not exploited by White) and the dangers that can punish the careless defender.>

"The main defensive strategy in this endgame is not to blunder your rook" (Jan Gustafsson during the live broadcast)

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