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|Jan-24-09|| ||seaotter: .., and now Bd4|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Woody Wood Pusher: I think White can round up the a-pawn now no?|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Strongest Force: Nakamura has probably told Carlsen that many times online, chancho :)|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Fiberking: Should be a draw now. Should have been 1-0.|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Once: Bxa7 Ra8 and then Ra2. I doubt if white will be happy with that.|
|Jan-24-09|| ||seaotter: Still slagging King Loek are we,...???? Looks like he will get his pawn back and be left with a better ending,...|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Marmot PFL: If Carlsen was unlucky not to win some other games he was lucky here. As Keres said it usually balances out.|
|Jan-24-09|| ||chancho: Wow, Loek must be feeling groggy by these turn of events...|
<Strongest Force> That's true.
|Jan-24-09|| ||Once: Kg7 to centralise the king and then push the kingside pawns. the a pawn gives black's rook an express elevator to the a2 square.|
|Jan-24-09|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Looking at ...Ra8; Bxf6,a5; bxa5,Rxa5 and both players might have reason to play on in this unbalanced position (although I suspect they would agree to a draw and be satisfied with the mutual escape).|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Strongest Force: Like that poisonous snake called the cobra, Magnus seems to have king loek hypnotized|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Billy Vaughan: DRAWrlsen.
His games get so close to being decisive, yet always turn in favor of the draw.
|Jan-24-09|| ||An Englishman: I should clarify that I was referring to Black's 36th move, and frankly, I don't think ...Kg7 was very good. Ra1 looks like a good reply.|
|Jan-24-09|| ||thebribri8: This is a draw.|
|Jan-24-09|| ||sallom89: draw agreed.|
|Jan-24-09|| ||chancho: They drew by the way.
|Jan-24-09|| ||PinnedPiece: What is the term for a "sham" attack that fools your opponent into thinking his superior position is in danger (falsely)? We had a GOTD like that recently. I think that Carlsen's Nc4 in this game qualifies....No?|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Marmot PFL: Ivanchuk has interesting game but very low on time (surprise)|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Once: I think the a pawn is relatively unimportant here. I'd look to the other side of the board and the isolated h2 pawn. If the rooks come off, white may have trouble holding that little fella.|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Woody Wood Pusher: Loek must need to go puke his guts out right now. Or beat his wife.|
|Jan-24-09|| ||seaotter: black cannot open it up because he cannot afford an unbalanced position with pawns on the Qside that are weak,... white can just push his h2 pawn up and create a passer in the middle the bishop can always fall back and knock off the extra b-pawn on the Qside and the b5-pawn cannot move so easily as the black knight loses its support point at c4,... Black has a TASK to draw this|
|Jan-24-09|| ||seaotter: Arrrgggggggggggh guess its better not to lose on time?|
|Jan-24-09|| ||Once: <seaotter: Black has a TASK to draw this.>|
Not so sure. Black has quite a solid position. His b5 + Nc4 duo are both on white squares, so black's dark squared bishop can't attack them. The d6 pawn is theoretically weak, but is defended by the Nc4 and very difficult to get at by white.
More importantly, there is no access route for white's king. The black b and d pawns effectively lock down the queenside.
I don't see a central breakthrough happening easily for white. Black defends e5 three times with knight and both pawns. If black gets in g5 then the white f pawn is going to struggle to get to f4 to support an e5 break.
The kingside looks to be better for black, with one pawn island compared to 2 for white.
Black also has some aggressive tries such as Ne5-d3 to attack the b4 pawn. White will always have to worry about the isolated h2 pawn.
This one has draw written all over it.
|Jan-25-09|| ||Eyal: Well, last time Van Wely had a winning position against Carlsen and Carlsen began to complicate things it ended in Van Wely's loss (Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2008), at least this time he managed to draw... one nice trap which VW avoided before he went wrong with 28.Red1? (instead of Re2) is: 27.Bxg7? Nd2 28.Qb2 Nxf1 29.Bxf8:|
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And now 29...Bd4!! 30.Rxc8 (30.Qxd4 Qxh2#; 30.Nxd4 Rxc1 and there's no mate on g7 since the white knight blocks the long diagonal) 30...Nxg3+! (30...Bxb2? 31.Bg7+! Kh7 32.Rh8+ Kg6 33.Rxh6+) 31.Nxg3 Bxb2 32.Re8 Kh7 33.Bxd6 Qd7 and Black wins.
|Jan-31-09|| ||Atking: Again a nice insight <Eyal>! I got the impression by both, the board and the time that Van Wely was under pressure even if he missed a big opportunity. It was a very practical game /question-answer/ but the one who asked the most time and the most difficult questions was Carlsen.|
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