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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Magnus Carlsen
"A Sharp Tie" (game of the day Jun-03-2015)
Sinquefield Cup (2014), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Aug-27
Scotch Game: Potter Variation (C45)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-27-14  Marmot PFL: Carlsen says he could have forced the draw on move 21 but decided to play for more, even though low on time.
Aug-27-14  Kinghunt: 25... Qd3 instead of 25... Qd2 would mean that the final perpetual check couldn't happen, as the queen would guard the f5 pawn and prevent it from being taken. However, white would not be forced to play into the same line, and black would likely have a relatively small advantage.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Add this one to the list of brilliancy prize-worthy draws. If the database is correct, the players left theory on move 8 (!) of one of the world's oldest openings.
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  Appaz: ...and some people say Carlsen can't play tactical positions :)

Well done, for both actually!

Aug-28-14  Rolfo: Yes Appaz. And some people had forgotten that Carlsen plays any position, they needed a wake up call :)
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  perfidious: It is far easier, though, to stereotype: Tal only knew how to play combinative chess, Petrosian positional, ad nauseam.
Aug-28-14  cfountain: Absolutely beautiful game
Aug-28-14  Absentee: <perfidious: It is far easier, though, to stereotype: Tal only knew how to play combinative chess, Petrosian positional, ad nauseam.>

My favourite's the one about Lasker intentionally playing bad moves to trick the opponent "psychologically".

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  Penguincw: Analysis of this complicated battle:
Aug-28-14  john barleycorn: In the video of the event Aronian mentions that he had analysed the position after 7.a5 and Nakamura mentions that there was a time that 3 persons in the world knew about this line: Kasparov, Carlsen and himself.

My questions here, was it more difficult to recall the lines from memory than actually playing chess? How much was prepared by Vachier-Lagrave?

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  guenther42: Spectacular tactical defense by Carlsen. To have that level of confidence with rising star MVL just says it all. THAT is a world champion. Reminds me of his choice to decline the draw with Aronian last year and winning despite $60,000 on the line. Amazing.
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  kingscrusher: My video annotation :

Jun-02-15  alfamikewhiskey: Both MVL and Aronian choose this battle in the "summarising" press conference, being asked which game is to be considered "the best game of this event".


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  Phony Benoni: Yes, twice before. Don't worry about it. Enjoy the game.
Jun-03-15  waustad: Ah draw week.
Jun-03-15  waustad: Don't get me wrong, this is a marvelous game.
Jun-03-15  dunican: <alfamikewhiskey> no, they chose one of the Caruana-Carlsen games.
Jun-03-15  JohnBoy: <Kinghunt: 25... Qd3 instead of 25... Qd2 would mean that the final perpetual check couldn't happen.> True, but Qd3 does not carry the multiple mate threats which demand white's immediate attention.
Jun-03-15  JohnBoy: <waustad: Ah draw week.> These are some spectacular draws!
Jun-03-15  Imran Iskandar: Virtually all the games from 2014's Sinquefield Cup should be made Games of the Day. Most epic tournament ever!
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  kevin86: Good game...drawn...triple pawns by black.
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  Check It Out: What an exciting game.
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  Penguincw: < waustad: Ah draw week. >

Just briefly looking at <PB>'s collections, back-to-back drawn GOTDs have occured 5 times before (this is the 6th). The most recent was I Johannesson vs S Bergsson, 2007 and Averbakh vs Fischer, 1958 (Mar 29/30 2014).

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  Richard Taylor: Great attack by Lagrave, and defended well by Carlsen.
Mar-25-19  sconibulus: There is a bizarre bug in Stockfish 9 where after 34...Kh6, it shows black as winning. It's line begins 35. Qf8+ Rg7, despite the fact that there are only two legal moves for black on move 35! Only at depth 39 did it finally find the correct 35...Kh5 for black.
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