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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Magnus Carlsen
Bazna King's Tournament (2011), Medias ROU, rd 2, Jun-12
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-12-11  Ulhumbrus: Ivanchuk has one problem, if one can call it a problem: Whereas Black can be satisfied with equality, White will want more.
Jun-12-11  zarg: Did Ivanchuk fix his old time junkie problem?
Jun-12-11  dakgootje: Naka can't get any advantage against Nisi according to the computers. Goose eggs. Then again, the position is very closed - so what do they know?!
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  Domdaniel: <Zarg> - < old time junkie > One has to be careful with those three words. A hyphen between the first pair is very different to one between the last two.
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  SCUBA diver: How about 26. N-a5
Jun-12-11  waustad: <dom>Aha, now I understand. After following the Zarg links, it makes perfect sense with the later hyphen.
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  Ron: Last two moves by Carlsen were quickly played.
Jun-12-11  BobCrisp: Lots of guessing going on. Anybody would think we don't really have a clue.
Jun-12-11  anandrulez: Carlsen has the clock advantage now .
Jun-12-11  dakgootje: I'm a new time junkie actually -- it always blows my mind if I get some time added. Couldn't care less about that old time that is on my clock anyway.
Jun-12-11  Ulhumbrus: 28...Ra3 ties White up a bit
Jun-12-11  zarg: <Domdaniel>

Comma helps? "...old, time junkie"

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  Gypsy: <Ulhumbrus: 28...Ra3 ties White up a bit> First things first; 18...Ke6, I tink.
Jun-12-11  BobCrisp: I think <Ivanchuk> can manage 10 moves in 30 minutes.
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  Gypsy: Now, White can start advancing K-side pawns. Still, the magnitude of difference between the positions looks about an epsilon sized.
Jun-12-11  kudubux: *Yawn* next game, please.
Jun-12-11  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps either player has decided that the other is not going to go too far trying to win.
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  Domdaniel: Time to call it a draw, chaps.
Jun-12-11  Ulhumbrus: <chessgames> Are you going to switch to another game, or is this the last one for today?
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  moronovich: - .Time to move on.But a fine result for Magnus vs. his mainrival here.

IMO ;)

Jun-12-11  zarg: Good result indeed for Carlsen, Ivanchuk is the most dangerous player for him here, but I am more worried when Ivanchuk has black.
Jun-12-11  BobCrisp: Game rained off.
Jun-12-11  fab4: Rain stopped play.
Jun-12-11  WiseWizard: Carlsen gained a draw at will today. Ivanchuk deviated from main-line Berlin but couldn't liven play. In the middle he was faced with 3 fold repetition or concede the a5 break and with it Carlsen's only weakness.
Jun-12-11  Ezzy: Ivanchuk Vassily - Carlsen Magnus [C66]
5th Kings Tournament Medias/Romania (2), 12.06.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.00 Be7 6.Re1 00 7.c3 a6 8.Ba4 b5 9.Bc2 d5 <Magnus then stands up and removes his jacket. Ready for a fight? Unfortunately it didn't work out that way.> 10.Nbd2 dxe4 11.dxe4 Be6 12.Bb3< Novelty. 12 h3 and 12 Qe2 have been played before.> 12...Bxb3 13.axb3 Qd3 14.b4 Rfd8 <Now threatening 15...Nxe4 because the knight on d2 is pinned.> 15.Qb3< Interestingly this threatens a draw if white wants it - 16 Ng5 Rf8 17 Ne6 Rfc8 18 Ng5 with repetition.> 15...Qd7 16.Qc2 Qe6 17.Qb3 Qd7 18.Qc2 Qe6 19.h3 a5 20.bxa5 Rxa5 21.Rxa5 Nxa5 22.b4 Nb7 23.Qb3 Qxb3 24.Nxb3< With the pawn structure completely symmetrical this position is dead even. The players now are just going through the formalities of reaching 30 moves before a draw is agreed.> 24...Nd7 25.Be3 Nd6 26.Nfd2 Ra8 27.Kf1 f6 28.Ke2 Kf7 29.Kd3 Ke6 30.f3 Ra2 31.Ra1 Rxa1 32.Nxa1 Nb7 33.Nab3 1/2-1/2

Nothing to get your teeth into today.

The position always seemed balanced with a symmetrical pawn structure. Nothing in the game to set the fans pulse ticking.

The best move was when Carlsen removed his jacket as though ready for the long haul, but not to be.

Early days yet and lots more fun to be had, I'm sure. I'm still dazzled by Magnus's clinical kingside attack from yesterday.

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