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Fabiano Caruana vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Sinquefield Cup (2017), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 6, Aug-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Aug-08-17  devere: <ajile: 21.Qe3 = bleh>

21.Qe3 looks OK, but after Bxh4 22.Rxh4 Qe7 White should have tried 23.Qg3 instead of 23.Rxg4

Aug-08-17
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Looking at the quickest draw by repetition available, 30...Nxf3; 31.gxf3,Kg5; 32.Rg1+,Kh6; 33.Rh1,Kg5 et cetera. Given the time issue, might be most prudent course of action.
Aug-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: The h pawn is dead. For example, Nxf3 followed by Kg5
Aug-08-17
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  offramp: What an incredible stroke of luck! John Carpenter's The Thing has just come on telly! One of the best films ever. Russell has just found the UFO that the Norwegians had previously found.... Do you remember?
Aug-08-17  not not: Why not Carlsen game to be shown live, or at least So's - for trolling purpouses?
Aug-08-17
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  plang: because MVL is leading the tournament
Aug-08-17
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  WannaBe: Was the Norwegian named Magnus? Did the aliens suffer jet lag?
Aug-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp> Are you trying to trick us into confessing we're Martians? Yes, we remember. Why do you ask?

black plays b5 and white can never play a4

Aug-08-17  Ulhumbrus: Vachier-Lagrave fell into an opening innovation in the Sicilian Najdorf and still obtained a draw. A most considerable accomplishment.
Aug-08-17  not not: Carlsen is pawn up vs Naka
Aug-08-17
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  offramp: I feel so confident that this will be drawn that I can waste the court's time by rating the super-hunks!
Aug-08-17
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  offramp: I thought 10. Qd3 looked really good. This was a really good game. I believe the phrase is "hidden tension"
Aug-08-17
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Safety first. Thank you, CG, and thanks to everyone who contributed. Off to the glamorous non-chess life of emptying garbage and cleaning dirty laundry.
Aug-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Said <offramp> gaily.

I like both these guys so a draw is probably the optimal result.

Aug-08-17
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  offramp: <An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Safety first. Thank you, CG, and thanks to everyone who contributed. Off to the glamorous non-chess life of emptying garbage and cleaning dirty laundry.>

...Yes. And I must return to the job of poking holes in doughnuts.

Aug-08-17  ajile: < not not: Why not Carlsen game to be shown live, or at least So's - for trolling purpouses? >

Are you not entertained??!!

re: Gladiator

Aug-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: < not not: Why not Carlsen game to be shown live, or at least So's - for trolling purpouses? >

We are not trolling porpoises, we are trolling fish!

Aug-08-17  not not: All the sharp continuations remained as sidenotes. Couldnt MVL at least pull faces or keep slamming doors like Kasparov?
Aug-08-17
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  MissScarlett: <the job of poking holes in doughnuts.>

I tried that once, but the icing wasn't to my taste.

Aug-08-17  not not: Imagine Caruana playing Qd3 whilst saying "do you regret playing Najdorf, your pet line, against me?" And then MVL getting this funny french hat and acordeon out to sing "je ne regrette rien"
Aug-08-17
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  offramp: <UnknownPlayer: White won. Congrats both. I won't watch the rest.
+1.32 at d=27.>

It's a pity he didn't see the result.

Aug-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: <UnknownPlayer: White won. Congrats both. I won't watch the rest. +1.32 at d=27.>

It's a pity he didn't see the result.>

Putting blind faith in computers makes A.I. stand for Artificial Idiocy instead of Artificial Intelligence.

Aug-08-17
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  perfidious: <CHC....Putting blind faith in computers makes A.I. stand for Artificial Idiocy instead of Artificial Intelligence.>

As <Sally Simpson> once said to <AJ>, (paraphrasing):

<You're a strong player--use your head and shut off the box!>

Aug-08-17  JPi: Sure the position is equal nevertheless Black chances are becoming interesting. Seeing how Magnus has the same day put pressure in a Rook ending where "e" passed pawn obviously can't bepromoted without major mistake from his opponent, I'm pretty sure he will pursue the fight here. One plan suggested up by one kibitzer could be Rh6 (Eventually NxB) and Be8.
Aug-10-17  DrGridlock: Much discussion during the game of White's opening innovation 10 Qd3, and whether black can take the "poisoned pawn" on b2:


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While I get the "psychology" which led MVL to play safely with 10 ... Nbd7 (not wanting to jump into another player's home preparation), it's hard to see an advantage for white (or danger for black) after:

10 ... Qxb2
11 Nb3 Nxe4
12 Bxe7 Nxc3
13 Bxd7 Nc6


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Some discussion earlier about Black's queen getting trapped on b2 after Nb3, but note that Black's queen is quite safe after Nxe4.

MVL was struggling after deciding not to jump into Caruana's home cooking, but I wonder if taking on b2 wasn't better after all.

It will be interesting to see how this opening is played after this game.

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