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Magnus Carlsen vs Anish Giri
Tata Steel Masters (2020), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-11
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation General (A22)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Sally Simpson: Carlsen has seen it and is getting the c8 Bishop off the board with Bxb7. No Rb8 pin tricks the d4 Rook is loose. Giri keeps his extra pawn and now has a passed d-pawn .
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  Sally Simpson: He will have a passed d-pawn if Giri takes the c-pawn...why not?
Jan-11-20  Count Wedgemore: Okay, so with Bxb7 it seems to me that Magnus may harbour some plans of trying to obtain an outside passed pawn on the queenside.

Don't know if it will work, though. And Black's d-pawn looks more dangerous anyway. A protected passed pawn is always something to smile about.

It's hard to see Giri lose this game. But Magnus is Magnus..

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  Sally Simpson:

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Giri has Rb8 gving up the a-pawn but get a Rook on the 7th after rxc1 and Rxb2. That looks good. A Queen v two Rooks game Rb8 Qxb8...maybe.

Jan-11-20  Pedro Fernandez: If you think black is better you're wrong. Why? Because the white queen is extremely active.
Jan-11-20  Count Wedgemore: So Magnus got his outside passed pawn, which helps him to draw the game (now they just liquidate and call it a day). The World Champion's opening experiment with 4.Qb3 was unsuccessful. That is my verdict. I'm disappointed.
Jan-11-20  Jourven: I didn't expect that draw.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Pedro It looks good - I'm thinking that Giri cannot lose with a Rook on the 7th.
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  MissScarlett: A dead game, thanks for coming!
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  Sally Simpson: Good Grief. They must have blitz'd out those last few moves. What a let down. All the fun, typically, was in the notes (and in my mind!)
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  Mateo: I just arrived and it's already over. Pity.
Jan-11-20  Pedro Fernandez: Hi <Sally>, all the best for you this year. A worthy draw for Giri, my friend, greetings.
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  Messiah: Don't worry guys, tomorrow he'll CRY against Yu Yangyi.
Jan-11-20  Pedro Fernandez: That obsession has to hurt you <Messiah>. Please forgive him, although he does know what he is doing.
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  MissScarlett: 108....will he cruise risk-free to the record?
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Pedro,

Same to you, All the best for the coming year. Giri tried to mix it if Carlsen had gone for the g3 and Bxe3 line it would have been game on.

This is what gets me about these guys. Carlsen gives up a good central pawn for nothing other than pull to the dynamics out of the position and yet he knows he can draw it.

Me? I only give up central pawn for a two move trap (or lose them to a two move trap.) and I never ever think of coming endings.

Guess the headlines will be the winning streak continues.

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  chancho: What is the unbeaten streak tally at now?


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  keypusher: <Pedro Fernandez: That obsession has to hurt you <Messiah>. Please forgive him, although he does know what he is doing.>

It only hurts those who read his posts. Hate whomever you want, but what kind of loser feels the need to share his hate every time Carlsen plays a game?

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  perfidious: Had to PNG that poster--too much jejune rubbish for my taste which I do not propose to view every time I peruse a game by Carlsen.

One would hope to find the quality of tolerance in a self-styled messiah.

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  OhioChessFan: <OCF: A live game...thanks to all the paying premium members for making it possible.>

<MissScarlett: What about the non-paying premium members?>

You're welcome.

Jan-11-20  MordimerChess: Actually you can get more information from interviews with both of them. With 20 minutes thinking and coming with h3, Carlsen somehow missed the tactics coming with Ng3. The rest of the game is rather keeping the draw - however in his interview Giri says he was very optimistic and was thinking about winning.

I covered the game in my youtube:

I also included links to the interviews thru the game, as they give nice light about plans of both of them. Enjoy!

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  HeMateMe: limp.
Jan-11-20  cormier: ths MordimerChess
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  Sally Simpson: 'Carlsen somehow missed the tactics coming with Ng3.'

Right after I saw h3 I posted:

'If 11.Be3 Ng3 (I spot the two movers.)' then hinting I think Magnus missed it.

Looks like I have to send him my Fred Reinfeld puzzle books.

The lesson to take from this is something I alluded to a few post ago.

He made a mistake, OK no panic, regain composure, give up a pawn for activity. That should be enough to draw and that is all I can expect today.

Other players (including definitely me) would refuse to acknowledge they played a lemon and try to make it work...and lose.

Then look for ways of how the game could have been saved after the critical error thus learning nothing from a defeat except how stubborn they are (and how lucky their opponent was!)

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  Mateo: 11.Nxe4 ?! seems questionable. After this move, Whites loses a pawn and fight to the end to reach the draw.
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