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Magnus Carlsen vs Anish Giri
"Anish Paradise" (game of the day Nov-20-12)
Tata Steel (2011)  ·  Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D71)  ·  0-1
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Jul-20-11  DrMAL: A "quick" look on the computer reveals:

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Houdini_15a_x64: 27/69 41:46 10,668,979,141
-0.17 19.d6 Nc4 20.Qd5 Nxd6 21.Rd1 e4
-0.17 19.Qb2 Nxd5 20.Ng5 Nf6 21.Qb5 Qc7
-0.25 19.c4 Nxc4 20.Qb4 Nd6 21.Be3 Nf5

19.Rd1 is a preparation for d6, but 19.d6 had to be played first.

Dec-19-11  Six66timesGenius: i believe that MC 1st mistake is 11.Qd2? Insted 11.Qc2 or Qe2. Maybe he have a good idea to choose 11.Qd2. But i d0nt see anything. Coz im n0t a master! Im a m0nster! Hahaha joke!
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  waustad: I remember watching live and wondering what he was doing creating all of the white square holes. I almost gagged when I saw Qd2. Why kill your own bishop like that? I'm not strong enough to uderstand a lot of what these guys do, but sometimes class B rules of thumb make sense.
Dec-19-11  King Death: < Domdaniel: Oh well. It'll make an amusing chapter when Kasparov gets around to writing "My so-called Successors". >

If Nakamura ever makes it, that rates a whole volume!

< FISCHERboy: You guys have too much free time in your fingers to overanalyze a simple fact: Homer sometimes nods...>

And too many computers to pick at every move instantly and proclaim how terrible these players are without trying to understand what's behind it all. I'd just like to see them sit at the board and solve some of the problems they'd face.

Dec-19-11  King Death: < Stonehenge: < Eyal: I'm sure Carlsen is just hiding his preparation for the candidates matches of 2015>. Yes, Magnus sacrificed two tournaments for the initiative.>

Substiute Anand for Carlsen and this sounds more than a little familiar.

Dec-19-11  Penguincw: Carlsen wasn't playing his best in this game.
Dec-19-11  Petrosianic: How do you know?
Dec-19-11  Penguincw: < Petrosianic: How do you know? >

Hmm. 11.Qd2? What's the point of that. Black ends up having a series of tactics which leaves black with the advantage. 11.Qe2 would be a better move. Just look at this page: Opening Explorer

Dec-19-11  TheMacMan: carlsens new interview he revealed he doesnt study the opening or chess really at all anymore, only plays chess in tournaments, and tries to play best moves he can in opening
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  Pedro Fernandez: <SantasieresFolly: Interestingly, everything Carlsen plays from 11.Qd2 up to 17.bxc3 is agreed to by Rybka 3, and at quite a substantial depth as well - e.g. Rybka 3: 11.Qd2 +0.11 depth 16.

And, had he played 18.Qxd5, Rybka considers that best and exactly even at depth 19.> One needs no machines to play 18.Qxd5; 18.exd5??? did activate all the black pieces including the deadly black e-pawn. What a horrifying move Carlsen!

Jan-03-12  Penguincw: Oh Carlsen! Several blunders.
Feb-14-12  Lashab: Mistakes start from 19.Rd1, before that engine considers Carlsen's moves as best...

20. Ng5 is another inaccuracy.

21. Qb2 is last major blunder of the game. The evaluation is -4.72 now...

But Giri made slight inaccuracy with Qxg5, better was Na4...

Nov-20-12  Jamboree: How many people got the pun?

It's a riff on the Weird Al Yankovic song "Amish Paradise," which is itself a parody of the Coolio song "Gangster's Paradise."

The video for "Amish Paradise" may the the funniest 3 minutes ever put to film:

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  Abdel Irada: Another scintillating victory for Black in the Neo-Grünfeld. In conjunction with A.R. Saleh Salem's invincibility so far in 2012, there is a strong argument that the line with the fianchetto for White needs to go back for rehabilitation; right now it's under a dark cloud, and I'd have to say the latter is a cumulonimbus.

(Cue <diceman> with "Smart people put 'neo' in front of things.")

<Jamboree>: Thank you for the explanation. I'd assumed the pun must parody that title, but I'd never actually heard of the title.

Nov-20-12  njchess: An interesting game that has received a great deal more attention than it should. A lot of discussion has focused around 11. Qd2. And while this move is not unprecedented in this variation, it is usually done after Be3 has been played (which cannot be played here). However, 11. Qd2 is quite playable since it implies e4, d5 which is consistent with White's strategy in this game.

In fact, the game is even up to 18. exd5. Here, I prefer 18. Qxd5 followed by 18. ... Nb6 19. Qa5 (18. ... Qxd5 ). This prevents Black from getting the passed e-pawn, allows for more dynamic queen play for White while keeping the position otherwise even. Still, 18. exd5 is perfectly playable and one could argue it offers White more chances for a win (though for Black as well).

19. Rd1?? is definitely a blunder. As soon as Anish played 19. ... e4, it should have become brutally clear to Magnus. But obviously he did not get the implications, otherwise he would not followed up with 20. Ng5??. This move takes the position from bad to losing. The rest is obvious.

19. c4 is a creditable alternative, though I think it only offers White drawing chances since Black can maintain the pawn advantage. 20. Nd5 is obviously better than the game move even if it loses the d-pawn for no compensation. Again, White has to focus on drawing rather than winning.

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  perfidious: <njchess> If this game had been played with reversed colours or White been a 'mere' 25-2600 player, no-one would even have noticed.

The weaker player plays a second-best move, the stronger remorselessly punishes said move, quick 0-1 for a top GM.


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  kevin86: A quick knockout of a champion!
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  scormus: <19 ... e4>

you'd think Magnus would have smelled a rat?

Nov-20-12  Everett: <kevin86: A quick knockout of a champion!>

Champion of the rating system, at least.

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  ajk68: Why not 6. e4... ?
I know little about this line.
Nov-20-12  kcchesschamp: Its about time this was game of the day....
Nov-20-12  JonathanJ: weird al!
Nov-20-12  Mendrys: I agree with <njchess> in that a lot more has been read into this game than deserves merit. There were musings at the time that this may be Giri's immortal. Now, in retrospect, we see it more clearly for what it is: a tactical blunder in an aggressively played game by both sides that loses a piece. Game over. Personally, I think Nakamura vs A Giri, 2012 is a better game by Giri but this too is "merely" a well payed and well deserved victory for Giry
Nov-20-12  bamaexpert: As for blocking the the QB with Qd2, what about the famous Gligoric-Fischer game (in 60 Memorable Games) where Fischer plays 15...Qd7. I can remember playing thru this game many times back in the early 70's, trying to figure out why someone would block in their QB like that...a move I would have NEVER considered, and one the late Gligoric probably didn't see :) Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961
Nov-21-12  Everett: Well, Korchnoi has shown the value of Qd2, blocking his DSB in the right circumstances. It was Bronstein who helped Korchnoi prepare this opening system vs Karpov, and that work no doubt helped Korchnoi find the counterintuitive move; a combination of OTB and prep resulting in devastating play.

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974

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