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Magnus Carlsen vs Oluwafemi Balogun
World Cup (2017), Tbilisi GEO, rd 1, Sep-03
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  1-0
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Sep-03-17
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  keypusher: Hell, even Jobava played an exchange Slav and drew in 20. One reason Carlsen has managed to stay on top for so long is he takes very few games off, compared with his rivals.
Sep-03-17
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  Domdaniel: Balogun down to increment time, and Carlsen easily winning now.
Sep-03-17
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  Domdaniel: Carlsen wins.
Sep-03-17  madlydeeply: I was the first one to boldly predict a Carlsen win. No applause, just throw money
Sep-03-17  madlydeeply: Alla youse fancypants is drawniks
Sep-03-17  KnightVBishop: Where did Balogun go wrong here?
Sep-03-17  madlydeeply: The stranded DSB can't be good
Sep-03-17
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  keypusher: <KnightVBishop: Where did Balogun go wrong here?>

It takes a lot of mistakes to lose a chess game. -- Macon Shibut. Balogun's biggest error was drawing the World Champion as his first-round opponent.

Sep-03-17  WorstPlayerEver: 29... Ne7 the point is: Black can play c6
Sep-03-17
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  offramp: So there has been a live broadcast. That's good.
Sep-03-17  KnightVBishop: i think Balogun going f4 was a mistake as well
Sep-03-17  Ulhumbrus: 16...f4 prepares a king side pawn storm but White is able to offer an exchange of queens by 17 Qg4 and thereafter proceed with his queen side attack. This suggests 16...Nf6 preventing Qg4 before playing ...f4
Sep-03-17  Absentee: <keypusher: <KnightVBishop: Where did Balogun go wrong here?>

It takes a lot of mistakes to lose a chess game. -- Macon Shibut. Balogun's biggest error was drawing the World Champion as his first-round opponent.>

I thought they were paired in inverse Elo order.

Sep-03-17
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  Kent Swearingen: Stockfish says the game see-saws between a small White advantage and near equality for the first 30 moves. Black could have equality by 31...bxa5, followed by putting his Rook on h4. Instead 31...b5 gave White a significant advantage which he never surrendered. The exchange of Rooks later also hurt the evaluation for Black, but he was already probably lost by then.
Sep-03-17
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  beenthere240: Early on commenters were noting how Carlsen had all his pieces on the Queenside and would be vulnerable to a kingside attack. Black then jammed up the kingside, locked his DSB out of play and was helpless to prevent c4, which broke the game open. Black was playing at least 2 pieces down toward the end.
Sep-03-17  technical draw: <Sally Simpson> < You should not delete a post techy draw: - that is akin to taking back a move.>

Well, I had to take it back because it was like castling when in check.

Sep-03-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <Ulhumbrus: 16...f4 prepares a king side pawn storm but White is able to offer an exchange of queens by 17 Qg4 and thereafter proceed with his queen side attack. This suggests 16...Nf6 preventing Qg4 before playing ...f4>

That plan seems too ambitious for black, since his own castle isn't so invulnerable. I think he should have played 16...fxe4 followed by Nf4 and then double on the f-file.

Sep-03-17  Olsonist: I really like 19. g5 It's a hanging pawn but then there's no way to get to it. It totally gums up the works for black who is then obliged to trade it off.
Sep-03-17
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  keypusher: .

<Premium Chessgames MemberSep-03-17 beenthere240: Early on commenters were noting how Carlsen had all his pieces on the Queenside and would be vulnerable to a kingside attack. Black then jammed up the kingside, locked his DSB out of play and was helpless to prevent c4, which broke the game open. Black was playing at least 2 pieces down toward the end.>

Well, OK, except (as KS pointed out) Black was right in it until 31....b5 (maybe because MC shouldn't helped let him lock up the k-side??).

But 31....bxa5 (which apparently Bologun should have played) looks horrible. He's basically letting himself get overrun on the q-side. It works (according to the engines) because, despite what looks like a total lockdown, Black still has play on the k-side. But it isn't obvious and I'm tempted to say that only an engine, or maybe an extremely strong GM, would find the possibilities. Run it thru Stockfish or Fritz or whatever and judge for yourself.

The moral, as always: chess is a hard game. Appreciate those good enough to play it live for you on CG.com.

Sep-03-17  Arconax: <keypusher: But 31....bxa5 (which apparently Bologun should have played) looks horrible. He's basically letting himself get overrun on the q-side.>

Yes, it looks horrible. I think that Bologun perhaps was worried that after 31...bxa5, his pawn on a6 who would now be isolated could potentially be weak and eventually lost.

Sep-04-17
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  Richard Taylor: He played a good game considering who he was facing as Black! But you can see why Carlsen is World Champion. Here he played as he often does like Capablanca. I wonder if Black had to play b6 earlier on. I suppose it is hard to see the results so earlier of some pawn moves...
Sep-04-17  ajbaba: He did the best he could against the world champion. I am proud of his resolve irrespective of the result. Many people didnt expect him to last 20 moves anyway.
Sep-04-17  WorstPlayerEver: Uhmm.. the guy's called: Balogun.
Sep-04-17
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  Richard Taylor: <technical draw: <Sally Simpson> < You should not delete a post techy draw: - that is akin to taking back a move.> Well, I had to take it back because it was like castling when in check.>

Come on, I do that all the time I can: against those smart little kids I do that fast and then offer then $10 to shut up while I win the game! It works everytime except I have to rely on the parents not knowing anything about chess...

Aug-07-18  Modernmachine: I think 17....qe8 instead of 17...qxq would have given balogun better chances. He has prospects on the kingside, but after the exchange of queens his queenside would come under pressure
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