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Nigel Short vs Magnus Carlsen
London Chess Classic (2009)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Dec-15-09  AdrianP: Nigel's playing well and Magnus is playing perfectly. It's not over yet.
Dec-15-09
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  extremepleasure2: Short is nearer to make a mistake in this position. Carlsen's position is pretty safe.
Dec-15-09
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  wordfunph: hope Magnus wins...my $500 chessbucks on Magnus, go!
Dec-15-09
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  acirce: How on Earth is Short going to save this? I'd be shocked if Carlsen doesn't win.
Dec-15-09  sagahelten: Does Carlsen have a Rybka implant? He plays a lot of Rybka's first choices...
Dec-15-09
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  extremepleasure2: Carlsen is not a human being. He's Rybka!
Dec-15-09  doublemint: Wow... that white queen looks utterly stuck.
Dec-15-09  AdrianP: 39. a4 threatens Bb5 but is easily met by ...a6
Dec-15-09
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  tamar: Queenside majority should save White. 39 a4 looks good to me forcing 39...a6 and White has gotten a pawn move in without the h pawn advancing.
Dec-15-09  vonKrolock: Black will have a passed P, but the white B+Q controls the promotion square - in the meantime, white can also arrive to mobilize his own majority in some way - on the KKs, both are open to atacks, so further manoeuvering can allow a lot of checks - so if black wish to keep 'c3' under watch, he hardly will find room to bring his won K to the fight
Dec-15-09  AdrianP: It would be interesting to compare statistics for Q & N v Q & B played by humans and by computers. I think quite a lot of the advantage of Q & N is practical, much easier to miss tactics defending against Q & N than Q & B. Of course, for a computer it's all the same.
Dec-15-09  doublemint: Maybe Nigel can try C4 here and if Qd5, Kc2, before the outside pawn is traded to control the check square at f5... C4 might at least give some counter pressure allowing queen threats, though I don't see the draw yet..
Dec-15-09  doublemint: I don't really like a4... a4 a6 Bb7 Nxf4 and white is simply down another pawn...
Dec-15-09
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  TheBB: <sagahelten: Does Carlsen have a Rybka implant? He plays a lot of Rybka's first choices...>

Rybka has a Carlsen implant.

Dec-15-09  AdrianP: <doublemint> <I don't really like a4... a4 a6 Bb7 Nxf4> Yes, Bb7 is a mistake - at the moment the B is doing good work effectively pinning the N against (Q)e8.
Dec-15-09  doublemint: You're right about the Bb7... I was thinking if the King uses the a3 square, Bb7 avoids the fork for check... but a mistake, yes.
Dec-15-09  vonKrolock: With the white B in 'c6', black can play h5-h4 at once ... not decisive yet, but a step forward anyway
Dec-15-09  zanshin: I think this will be a difficult game for Nigel to defend. He can draw, but must play very accurately.
Dec-15-09
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  extremepleasure2: Short can try to create threats against black king with f5 and f6.
Dec-15-09
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  acirce: If instead 40.f5, there would have been a nice idea 40..h4 41.f6 h3 42.Bb5!! Qxb5 43.Qh4


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43..Ke8 44.Qe4+ Kd8 45.Qe7+ Kc8 46.Qf8+ Kb7 47.Qxf7+ and getting a strong advanced passer of his own White is doing OK.

Now impossible because of ..axb5.

Dec-15-09  AdrianP: White is going to run out of moves soon, while Black happily rolls that h-pawn. But NB that after a White f6, White may be able to free his Q by using mate threats e.g. after ...h4 f6 white is now probably threatening.
Dec-15-09  agent48: after a4. why didnt black take the pawn on f4?
Dec-15-09  AdrianP: <agent> Qe8+, Qe5+ and Qxf4
Dec-15-09  zanshin: <agent48: after a4. why didnt black take the pawn on f4?>


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<41.Qe8+> would have been a killer.

Dec-15-09  agent48: thanks for yur input. i gues I cant see that far ahead yet.
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