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Ding Liren vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Rotterdam NED, rd 5, Jan-15
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  OhioChessFan: Curses.
Jan-15-15  boz: <OhioChessFan: Strange how full of tactics a shockingly symmetrical position was about move 17. The exchanges seem to have let a lot of the tension out of the game. Now the positional issues seem to be at the forefront. c5 and a5 are problems for Black. The backwards b Pawn and the White squares around the King are a problem for White.>

I don't see Black exploiting those weak light squares around the king unless he can find a way to activate the LSB. I could be wrong, of course.

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  WinKing: Now that's disappointing.
Jan-15-15  boz: Draw is good. Carlsen-Aronian is available for viewing!
Jan-15-15  chessdgc2: If I were White, I would not have taken a draw here...after 1...Bf8 2. Kg2 breaks the move reps and forces Black to make a decision on the d-file
Jan-15-15  Tomlinsky: fizzle fo shizzle.
Jan-15-15  chessdgc2: is there the possibility of catching another game?
Jan-15-15  boz: Potential for an epic strategic battle in world champion versus the smooth Armenian.
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  OhioChessFan: How are the other games going?
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  chancho: Wojtaszek is giving Caruana fits.

A possible upset in the making?

Jan-15-15  boz: Giri-Jobava is the ticket if fireworks is your game.
Jan-15-15  boz: If we're voting, I still prefer the gravitas of Carlsen-Aronian. Looks deep.
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  Domdaniel: After Kg2, isn't ...Rd3 awkward for White? Last thing he wants is to open the long diagonal.
Jan-15-15  chessdgc2: Thanks for the broadcast! You know you've spoiled us!
Jan-15-15  boz: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. He has apparently left the building.
Jan-15-15  Marmot PFL: Vote for Wojtaszek-Caruana
Jan-15-15  boz: Looks like we're out of luck, Marmot.
Jan-15-15  Marmot PFL: Looks really good for Carlsen. Aronian seems to have no play at all. If he keeps Bd6 the d5 pawn is weak, if he trades it c7 is probably lost.
Jan-15-15  Marmot PFL: Caruana is also worse, but may have found a tactical way out, giving up another pawn to skewer white's rooks.
Jan-15-15  boz: Long think for the Pole.
Jan-15-15  coolconundrum: This website seems to get lazier and lazier as time goes on.
Jan-15-15  Caissanist: Caruana has a lost position and no time, looks like it's over for him.
Oct-08-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 28 dpa done

1. + / - (0.78): 20.Rc2 Bc6 21.Rcd2 Bf8(T) 22.Qe1 Ra8 23.dxc5 Rxd2 24.Qxd2 bxc5 25.Bb2 Bg7 26.Bxg7 Kxg7 27.Qc3+ Qf6 28.Rd6 Ra6 29.Qd2 Qe7 30.Rd8 e5 31.h4 h6 32.Kg2 Qf6 33.Rc8 Qf3+ 34.Kg1 Qf6 35.Qd8 Qxd8 36.Rxd8 Kf6 37.Rc8 Ke6 38.Rc7 h5 39.Kf1 f5 40.Ke2 Kf6 41.Kd2 Ke6 42.Kc3 Kf6 43.Kd2 Ke6

2. + / - (0.78): 20.Rd2 Bc6 21.Rcd1 Bf8(T)

Oct-08-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. + / = (0.38): 17...Nef6 18.Nb1 Ne4 19.N1c3 Bf8 20.cxd5 exd5 21.Nxe4 dxe4 22.Qc4 Bg7 23.Bh3 Rb8 24.Qc2 Bd5 25.Nc3 Bb7 26.Bg2 Re8 27.Bf1 Rbc8 28.Bc4 Red8 29.Nb5 Nf6 30.dxc5 bxc5 31.Bb2

2. + / = (0.54): 17...f5 18.cxd5 exd5 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Na7 Rb8 21.Qc4+ Qf7 22.Qxf7+ Kxf7 23.dxc5 Nxc5 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 25.Bxc5 bxc5 26.Rxc5 Rd1+ 27.Bf1 Bd5 28.Rb5 Ke6 29.Kg2 Rc1 30.Bc4 Bxc4 31.bxc4 Rxc4 32.Rxa5 Bc3 33.Ra6+ Kd5 34.Nb5 Be5 35.Ra5 Rc5 36.h4 h5 37.Ra8 Rc6 38.Re8 Bf6 39.Rg8 Be5 40.Rd8+ Kc4

Oct-08-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa done

1. + / = (0.32): 16...Ne4 17.Nd2 Nef6 18.Nb1 Ne4 19.N1c3 h5 20.Nxe4 dxe4 21.h4 f5 22.Rd2 Rb8 23.Re1 Rbc8 24.Red1 Rb8 25.Ra2 Bc6 26.Raa1

2. + / = (0.41): 16...Ba8 17.cxd5 exd5 18.Ne1 Ne4 19.Nd3 Bf8 20.Rc2 Bb7 21.Rdc1 Re8 22.dxc5 Ndxc5 23.Nxc5 Nxc5 24.h4 Qd7 25.Qd1 Qf5 26.Kh2 Rcd8 27.Nd4 Qf6 28.Bb2 Bg7 29.h5 Re5 30.Bf3 gxh5 31.Bxh5 Qh6 32.g4

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