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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Magnus Carlsen
Tal Memorial (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Nov-10
Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Sem: Looks like mutual respect.
Nov-10-09  seagull1756: thanks to Magnus we'll be able to use Kasparov's opening ideas for the next 10 years or so ))))
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  tpstar: In the 1980s 1. d4 & 2. Nf3 & 3. Bf4 was the "Businessman's Opening" as it could be used against virtually any Black defense and got both sides out of book very quickly. Against the KID, as of 6. Be2 Black has a slight scoring edge Opening Explorer and then 6 ... b6 is not the most common choice (6 ... Nbd7) but Black equalized quickly with 7 ... c5. White avoided both e4 & c4 and thus the center was quiet, so there was no real play or counterplay. The maneuver with 21. Qa2, 22. Qa1 & 23. Qa2 is quite piquant indeed.

I sense Ivanchuk was expecting a Grunfeld instead of a KID and didn't want any sharp theoretical duel today.

Nov-10-09  Cercatore: Carlsen is sick. 1h game, and then... return to bed.

He's unlucky.

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  amadeus: Game pic:
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  Caissanist: Video of the beginning of the game, where Chucky introduces his surgical mask: .
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  zanzibar: Those kinds of masks are useless, much better are the kind Giri uses:

And who's sick? Ivanchuk or Carlsen?

And doesn't the handshake at the beginning negate all subsequent prophylactic measures?

(OK, maybe it's not Giri...)

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