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Veselin Topalov vs Magnus Carlsen
M-Tel Masters (2009)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense (D56)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-19-09  malthrope: First! ;) And, who knows "1st place" may well be decided by this memorable game! :D
May-19-09  messachess: A real potboiler of a game coming up chess fans.
May-19-09  popski: I guess this will be the most interesting game so far. Topalov need to get his K honor back!
May-19-09  popski: Huh, Carlsen beat Topalov badly so far!? +6 -3 =7
May-19-09  badest: Surely this must include rapid and blindfold ... I don't think they have played that many classical games...
May-19-09
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  rogge: Of course. Carlsen wins in all categories :)
May-19-09  badest: Well then... from the stats --> Carlsen win --> wins MTel --> plays Bilbao ... piece of cake ;)
May-19-09
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  rogge: My guess is even if Carlsen places 2nd behind Topalov, he'll get a ticket to Bilbao.
May-19-09
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  OhioChessFan: http://xkcd.com/493/
May-19-09  popski: <OhioChessFan> Repetitio est mater studiorum?!
May-19-09  blacksburg: not enough kibitzing!!! everyone kibitz moar!!!

lasker defense is boooooring....but at least it's not a slav.

May-19-09
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  Nimzonick: With all the dynamic openings the players have been picking at M-Tel, many have been getting into time trouble (the odd time control has to be a factor too). Maybe today we'll actually see some complete the middle game with substantial time left? Maybe the interesting stuff will happen later in the game this time ...
May-19-09  blacksburg: YOU GUYS ARE NOT KIBITZING ENOUGH!!!! AAAAHHHH!!!! i am bored need silly kibitzing to read.
May-19-09
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  rogge: <...need silly kibitzing to read>

You seem to have found some elsewhere :)

May-19-09
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  TheBB: Have you tried User: Memorable Quotes ...? I like to hang out there when I'm bored. Not directly relevant to the game, sure, but it kills the time to the middle game.
May-19-09  Mateo: Carlsen is following giant steps : Karpov and Chiburdanidze, two world champions.
May-19-09  jeremy24: I think Carlsen intends Nf8 followed by Be6 here.
May-19-09  Woody Wood Pusher: is there any danger this will still transpose to a slav?
May-19-09  hedgeh0g: I'm not sure, but it could transpose into a draw.
May-19-09  jeremy24: If Carlson can manage to trade some wood he'll have a promising position playing against a weak isolani.
May-19-09  Mateo: <Woody Wood Pusher: is there any danger this will still transpose to a slav?> Interesting question. I would say no, but maybe I should say I don't believe this will transpose to a slav, or even I would prefer not to.
May-19-09  firebyrd: <Carlsen is following giant steps : Karpov and Chiburdanidze, two world champions> Chiburdanidze was of course only Women's Champion, and the Karpov in question here wasn't the more famous one that was World Champion proper.
May-19-09  popski: I think I'll soon regret that I bet on Topalov's win... :/
May-19-09
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  tpstar: <chessgames.com> Thanks for the live broadcast. =)

The primary benefit of IQP positions is middlegame play: outposts at e5 & c5, open e file & half-open c file, potential for d4-d5 advance. Here two sets of minor pieces are already traded, and Black will probably play ... Nf8 & ... Be6 (like <jeremy24> said) to protect f7. Then we may have an early major piece endgame where the IQP becomes increasingly weak and potentially lost.

Fairly quiet opening choice by both players.

May-19-09  Woody Wood Pusher: conceding the center to white with such passive pieces and development lag always seemed risky to me.

I would happily play white here anyway.

I wish the kid luck though!

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