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Chithambaram V R Aravindh vs Magnus Carlsen
Qatar Masters (2015), Doha QAT, rd 2, Dec-21
Sicilian Defense: 2.b3 Variation (B20)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: White resigns the final position due to the threat 38...Nh3 winning the exchange.
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  beenthere240: According to the engine on the tournament website, 38. Re3 keeps black's advantage to 0.68. I read that White simply flagged.
Dec-21-15  kamagong24: veteran play by Magnus, winning on time against Aravindh
Dec-21-15  kamagong24: was Carlsen playing around or did he just missed 19... a4 as pointed out by the commentators
Dec-21-15  john barleycorn: <beenthere240: According to the engine on the tournament website, 38. Re3 keeps black's advantage to 0.68. I read that White simply flagged.>

White tried to pull a Grischuk - the Indian version.

Dec-21-15  Absentee: <patzer2: White resigns the final position due to the threat 38...Nh3 winning the exchange.>

I thought White lost on time?

Dec-21-15  JoeBerylwood: This is how you have to play to win these events. Carlsen is capable of "playing dirty" to win with black. World champion indeed.
Dec-21-15  Ulhumbrus: 9 Bxc6 concedes the bishop pair, never an asset to concede lightly and particularly not against Carlsen

11 0-0-0 may be a serious mistake because after 11...e5 Black has a Maroczy bind reversed in addition to the bishop pair.

White's concessions suggest that he underestimated his opponent although this hardly seems likely: He may simply have followed his experience and opinion in good faith. If this is so one question is what resource Carlsen employed that Aravindh had not come across before this game.

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  patzer2: <Absentee> I guess it was a time loss for Magnus's young opponent. However, White IMO was busted after the coming 38...Nh3 anyway.
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  keypusher: I wonder if Carlsen played ...b5 and ...a5 too soon. 20.a4 was very effective, opening c4 for White's knight and leaving Black with a bad bishop.
Dec-21-15  talwnbe4: Carlsen had a tremendous advantage by move 18. 19..a4 seems best.. in the final position it's 2.05 as evaluated by Stockfish. 38. Re3 Rf8 2.6 (Stockfish)
Dec-21-15  Mehem: <did he just missed 19... a4> What's so great with 19... a4 ? 20.Ne4 Be7 21.Ng4!

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and White has a counterplay on K-side (threatens Bxe5!). If 21... h5 then 22.Ngxf6!=

Dec-22-15  rayoflight: Wow, Carlsen plays like a toy with a 2500.....
Dec-22-15  twijfelaars: White did lose on time in the final position. Apparently he spent almost 40 minutes for the fourth move...
Dec-22-15  talwnbe4: Mehem: well after 22. Kb1 (in the game) white gets a better position than in the 19.. a4 line.
Dec-22-15  dumbgai: Aravindh deserved to lose for playing whatever this opening is called.
Dec-22-15  dumbgai: If you're going to play a weird opening, at least know enough of it to not spend 40 minutes on the 4th move. Just play a normal opening next time, son.
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  thegoodanarchist: Was not sure what is wrong with 36.Nxg3. After looking for a minute, I think 36...Rh3! traps the knight.
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  keypusher: <dumbgai: Aravindh deserved to lose for playing whatever this opening is called.>

Kramnik vs E Inarkiev, 2013

Dec-25-15  1971: This is a great game too. Moves 7-14 are especially nice, constructing the ideal, most efficient piece setup.
Dec-25-15  blackdranzer: I think Aravind was scared of the champion here...he usually plays fast and he defeated padmini Rout with black with an offbeat opening...
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  AvidChessMan: Once the queens were exchanged, I had a sense that Carlsen would not castle and start pushing pawns down the board to create luft and clamp down on Aravindh's pieces. Well played.
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