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Jan Smeets vs Magnus Carlsen
"Don't Throw Me in the Breyer Patch!" (game of the day Jul-05-2013)
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010), Nice FRA, rd 4, Mar-16
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Breyer Defense (C95)  ·  0-1


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  beenthere240: Isn't this the RL version that Keres made popular (with the knight retreat and redeployment to d7)?
Mar-16-10  Shams: How does he win endings like this, it's unreal.
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  HeMateMe: It is amazing, looks like a dead draw, 5 pawns and 3 pieces. Smeets even had the Bishop pair, on an open board. But, MC got his Knights perfectly centralized and set to capitalize on the lack of whites piece/pawn coordination.

I'm sure Smeets play before the exchanges can be improved upon. A good engine would rate this a draw, no advantage to either side, and could never lose a position like this, to a human or another software program.

Mar-17-10  ajile: Horrible endgame by Black.
Mar-18-10  ajile: I meant White actually.
Mar-22-10  IvoryKnightAndRook: 32. Bd4 and I see a draw. b4 opens up a can of worms and is unclear
Mar-22-10  david9000: beenthere240 - I'm not sure whether Keres popularised the RL Breyer but Spassky was an expert in these lines. At Gibraltar recently he analysed a game with Stuart Conquest in this variation.
Mar-29-10  Chess Network: Wow! What an excellent illustration of a bishop dominance over a knight in an endgame!
Aug-03-10  eightsquare: Black didn't deserve a win.
Mar-15-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Magnus Carlsen Best Games

J Smeets vs Carlsen, 2010 Magnus is the master of the Ruy Lopez Breyer variation

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  offramp: Is the pun a reference to those unreadable Brer Rabbit stories?
Jul-05-13  hudapri: <offramp> I think so, I was indoctrinated in such things.
Jul-05-13  RookFile: White should have held this, but Magnus Carlsen did a good job of keeping the pressure on.
Jul-05-13  Snehalshekatkar: Bishop is stronger than knight in the endgame!
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  kevin86: I think white could have drawn,if he didn't overextend himself.
Jul-05-13  eaglewing: With 32. Bd4 as mentioned to hold on different coulored bishops it should be an easy draw. Later options might be 39. Nb2 (idea to hold on f2/g3, just losing h3) or 46. Kc3 (move towards e1, ideally g1) or 48. Nf1 (ideas Ke3 or Nh2).

The real question is, which was the last error. It could be 48. Ke5, because now the king is too far away from the h1-corner.

Jul-05-13  Nicocobas: <everyone> Are there now or have there ever been chess players who excel at conventional chess but not at rapid chess or vice versa?
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  OhioChessFan: Rapid or not, 32. b4 is a terrible positional blunder. I'm going to say 47. Ke3 was White's last shot at holding.
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  OhioChessFan: Of course I meant 47. Kd3. I tossed it in Fritz and for a while he was preferring 47. Kb5, but now working on 23 plies, he slightly prefers 47. Kd3 at -.28 to Kb5 at -.37
Jul-05-13  Everett: It is not surprising that the top player in modern times is the best current endgame player. With no adjournments and and quicker controls, those with an intuitive and practical approach to the endgame will continue to rise to the top. It is also likely why Kramnik has stayed closer to the top than his contemporaries.

Karpov, Korchnoi, Fischer and Smyslov would likely do quite well in these circumstances... though Korchnoi might flag too much.

Nov-05-14  manuj84: Poor endgame by was surely a draw
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