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Magnus Carlsen vs Wesley So
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Groningen NED, rd 10, Jan-24
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0


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  ChessHigherCat: <BOSTER: According to Capa is better to keep his pawns on the opposite color vs own bishop.> I've never understood that rule. If you're attacking, it's true you don't want your own light-squared pawns blocking your light-squared bishop. But for defense it's completely wrong! What if all the pawns of both players are on dark squares in the endgame, your opponent has a DSB and you have the LSB? He will eat all your pawns and you won't be able to attack his pawns or defend your own.
Jan-25-18  john barleycorn: <Pulo y Gata: Maybe Wesley is just doing a Fischer. He will never win against Magnus before he beats him in the coming WCC.>

What a devilish plan. But yes, it makes <so> much sense.

Jan-25-18  Monocle: <Pulo y Gata: Maybe Wesley is just doing a Fischer. He will never win against Magnus before he beats him in the coming WCC.>

He will soon be publishing his article, "A Bust To The London System".

Jan-25-18  BOSTER: <John barleycorn > :<What a devilish plan>. Carlsen beat So 4 to 0 during 2015-2018y in Classical Games.If this a "pattern" (one win in year), it means that Carlsen has already used all his winning sources in this year vs So.
Jan-25-18  BOSTER: < ChessHigherCat>. I'm talking about bishop on e7, and pawns f6-g7-h6.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Boster> You're right, it works in that position, but I don't understand why it is a general rule because it all depends on the position.
Jan-25-18  Jack Kerouac: With Grandmaster's, patience is not only a virtue, but victorious. Magnus out-patience's most all.
Jan-25-18  The Boomerang: Positional Maaterpiece.
Jan-26-18  Pulo y Gata: This is a complete treatise, with lessons on the opening, middle game and endgame. 23.e6 merits an entire chapter to discuss.
Jan-26-18  scholes: what is winning line after 49 ..a4
Jan-26-18  CountryGirl: "Castling? Castling?! I don't give a rat's ass about your lousy damn castling!" - M. Carlsen.
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  ajk68: <scholes: what is winning line after 49 ..a4> The game is equal.
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  ajk68: 23. e6!?

The positional idea is that sacrificing the pawn saddles black with the bad dark square bishop, with a light square weakness around the king. This probably assesses that the isolated queen pawn will probably fall, or at least tie black up in its defense.

Jan-26-18  Kapmigs: I guess that's very easy to say from hindsight. Why can't you make such comments live, as the moves are made?
Jan-28-18  Jambow: Instructive Magnus looked like Capablanca to me somewhat.
Jan-28-18  Jambow: I think the extra pawns were the easy choice, Magnus had many moves that just played themselves.
Jan-29-18  Nina Myers: So's good start 2018 is half the battle


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  beenthere240: After 49...a4, Carlsen has to play another 50 moves before So breaks down. As he said later -- if my opponent doesn't have a forced draw, I can play forever. MC had a nice edge on the clock by that time. Does anybody remember a game of his from a few years ago when the game was drawn by the 50 move rule and MC was angry because he saw a winning line that would have taken longer?
Jan-30-18  epistle: Stupendous technique by the great Magnus
Feb-19-18  john barleycorn: <MidwestChessFan: <"an epitomy of stability."> I like that."

yes, 75 moves is not bad. very stable to the bitter end.

Feb-19-18  gokusano: Nausyamengpangarap, in english "failed dream." The focus now is how to beat Carlsen, and when the opportunity present itself, nightmare is the result.
Feb-19-18  john barleycorn: <opportunity may present itself> just recognize opportunity and grasp it. but that requires a different mindset from "it is written in the stars" or fifth place in the candidates is shared first place. As it is not.

And, of course, some "substantial" support from the WSFCCI was/is needed. Way beyond the "Wesley go" thingie there. But there it stopped, seemingly. Kwento was all of their contribution.

Feb-19-18  epistle: This is a game then where a rampaging Norse horse destroys the epitome stable.

Btw, it's epitome, not epitomy.

Feb-22-18  The Boomerang: Fantastic play from Carlsen!
Nov-23-18  Pulo y Gata: I miss great walloping like this
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