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Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana
Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019), Douglas IMN, rd 9, Oct-19
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Botvinnik Line (A28)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-19-19
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  beenthere240: This could end quickly with a perpetual check.
Oct-19-19
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  devere: 17.Qxa7 Ra8 18.Qxb7 Bxc3+ 19.Kxc3 Qc5+ leads to a draw.
Oct-19-19  LameJokes:

What happens after Qa7 and Bc3?

Oct-19-19
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  beenthere240: Perpetual check.
Oct-19-19  LameJokes:

Thanks! I think transposes into same variation provided by Devere.

Oct-19-19  Absentee: <keypusher: <Messiah: C'mon, Caru, TROUNCE the boy!!!!>

I'm trying to think how miserable I'd have to be to (1) fervently wish for a chess player to lose (2) feel obligated to post my wish in public for all to see before every single game he played. Miserable enough to stick my head in the oven and turn on the gas, I think.>

Maybe he's just trying to get on everybody's nerves and doesn't even care that much about the game. He'd still have to be pretty miserable.

Oct-19-19  Pedro Fernandez: Winning a second pawn seems possible? Well, apparently Carlsen expected from Caruana a move other than 16...Rfe8. How dangerous is for white opening a-column? Possibly white king could emigrate to its side, but the current position is extremely complex. Where all us agree is that we are watching a tremendously interesting game. Carlsen had to demonstrate that he is the king.
Oct-19-19  Nezhmetdinov: < keypusher: <Messiah: C'mon, Caru, TROUNCE the boy!!!!>

I'm trying to think how miserable I'd have to be to (1) fervently wish for a chess player to lose (2) feel obligated to post my wish in public for all to see before every single game he played. Miserable enough to stick my head in the oven and turn on the gas, I think.> Do we have to be so prissy about someone getting into the spirit of a competitive game, one of the players of which he may passionately identify with, as people tend to with sports-people? Lighten UP.

Oct-19-19  Taxman: I've just been off for an hour and come back to see that the clock times are virtually level. So it looks as if MC may be out of his home prep now!
Oct-19-19  Taxman: Ideas like 19….Bxc3+ 20. Kxc3 Qa3+ are in the air. I'm not saying it works in this exact position but it's the kind of possibility that both players will be looking at.
Oct-19-19
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  chancho: Draw by perpet.
Oct-19-19  spingo: It's great to see such a cut-&-thrust game in progress.
Oct-19-19
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  chancho: 99 game unbeaten streak for Magnus. 2 more games to break Ding's record.
Oct-19-19  Pedro Fernandez: Lamentable!
Oct-19-19  spingo: I spoke a moment too soon. 'Tis a draw.
Oct-19-19
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  Check It Out: This game was all bark and no bite.
Oct-19-19  LameJokes:

After 17.Qa7 Engine on Chessbomb was showing 17...Bb6 and 0.75+ for white. Engine thought the sacrifice attack is not perpet for black?

Oct-19-19
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  saffuna: <After 17.Qa7 Engine on Chessbomb was showing 17...Bb6 and 0.75+ for white. Engine thought the sacrifice attack is not perpet for black?>

Carlsen thought a long time on that mov 17. Maybe he was wondering whether winning the pawn was worth opening the a-file in front of his king.

Oct-19-19  LameJokes:

You may be right. Engine probably doesn't understand such assessment.

Oct-19-19  Pedro Fernandez: << Check It Out>: This game was all bark and no bite.> Lol!
Oct-19-19  Pedro Fernandez: << LameJokes>: You may be right. Engine probably doesn't understand such assessment.> I believe in that. Machines also have its dark point.
Oct-19-19  LameJokes:

Yes Pedro, humans are better at least in some respect.

Oct-19-19
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  keypusher: Nice game, and a great job by Caruana against a clearly prepared line.
Oct-19-19  Carrots and Pizza: It's hard for me to understand Carlsen's thinking in the opening of this game. After 9.Ba5, it seems that Black has a solid pawn structure while White's is ruined. Why would White play like this? And the early e4 was so very committal.

Carlsen seems to me to be somewhat bored with orthodoxy, so he plays strangely in the opening just for the heck of it.

Oct-20-19  Ulhumbrus: One alternative to 4...Bc5 is 4...Bb4. One justification for it is that after 4...Bc5 5 Nxe5 Nxe5 6 d4 Bb4 Black has moved the bishop twice in the opening. If the move 4...Bc5 is better the justification by itself becomes insufficient.

Instead of 9...Ba5 one justification for 9...Bc5 is that Black has then as many pieces developed as White. Another justification for it is that from c5 the bishop covers the d6 square after ...d6, eg after 9...Bc5 10 Bf4 d6 11 exd6 cxd6 12 0-0-0 0-0. If the move 9...Ba5 is better the justifications by themselves become insufficient.

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