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Pavel Eljanov vs Pentala Harikrishna
Tata Steel (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-16
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-16-17  dm1991: Prediction: a rather complicated fightning draw in 46 moves. As of now i did well in the first round (draw in 30 moves) and poor in the 2nd round (draw in 38 moves). The opening will probably be a complicated English or Reti or maybe even Nimzo.
Jan-16-17  pajaste: I always wonder what these top players are thinking when they play a seemingly peaceful opening really slow.
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  whiteshark: assessing various lines in some depth?
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: 11.d4 cxd4 12.Bxc6 =
Jan-16-17  pajaste: Ok. I guess there starts to be some tension on the board by now, so more thinking required... I guess they'll do thinking also in the beginning.
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: 11...cxd4 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Nxd4 Nd5 =
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: 12...Nb4 13.Bxd7 Qxd7 =
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: 14..Qd8 15.Qg4 f5 =
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: 15...N4d5
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: 15...N4d5 16.Rd3 Nxc3 17.Rxc3
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: 16...NXc3 17.Rxc3 Nd5
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: 17.a4 Nb4 18.Rd1
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: 17.Nc4 Bf6 (17...Nxc4 18.Qxe6+) 18.Nxb6
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  lost in space: After 19...Qe7: A bit better for White, I guess.

I dislike the black pawn formation e6/d5 vs. d4 and the Nb6 Knight. Not enough for a big advantage, but in combination with Rg3 I defentely perfer white

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  lost in space: maybe draw after 22. Bh6 Kg8 23. Bd2 Kg8 24. Bd2...
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  offramp: threat25. Rxh7 Kxh7 26. Qh5+ Kg8 27. Ng6
Jan-16-17  sorin4: Karjakin, Sergey vs Van Wely, Loek

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  tamar: Rapport as Black as a chance to win against So

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Incredibly difficult 31...b5 wins

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  tamar: Wow. He found it. Idea is that knight is required on e2 to stop rook once it gets to g2, so b5 will be unguarded
Jan-16-17  sorin4: I hope this game will soon draw so cg will switch to the other game.
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  tamar: Pentala could play this for awhile, as his pieces co-ordinate slightly better than White's

Meanwhile Rapport found 31...b5 32 cxb5 Rg2 33 Qb1,

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but missed the devilish 33...c6 and now has gone on to lose.

Jan-16-17  sorin4: Karjakin, Sergey vs Van Wely, Loek

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looks good

Jan-16-17  sorin4:

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