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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-26
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-26-18
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  Marmot PFL: Typical Nimzo with white retaining the Bishop pair, in a line that goes back to one of the Alekhine-Euwe matches I think.
Jan-26-18
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  Marmot PFL: More recent matches like Kasparov-Kramnik, Karpov-Anand and Nakamura-Karjakin ended in drawn games.
Jan-26-18
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  Ulhumbrus: 12 Rd1 invites Black to head for an endgame in which White has the bishop pair after 12...Qxd1+ 12 Qxd1 Rxd1+ 13 Kxd1 Ne4 14 Be1
Jan-26-18
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  keypusher: Here's a recent example of this line: B Grachev vs Karjakin, 2017

Doesn't seem to be much fun for Black (and not a barrel of laughs for White either).

Jan-26-18
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  Marmot PFL: 13 Qb3 for middle game 13 Rc1 for ending
Jan-26-18
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  keypusher: Looks like MC is trying to draw as quickly as possible.
Jan-26-18
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  Ulhumbrus: One interesting idea is the pawn sacrifice 15 Bd2 Nd5-b4 16 Rc4 Nxa2 17 0-0
Jan-26-18
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  Marmot PFL: Probably would castle but white has very little here it seems.
Jan-26-18
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  keypusher: Giri facing a sort of cave man attack from Caruana.
Jan-26-18
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  chancho: The commentators were talking about hair and being used by girls.

Good grief...

Jan-26-18
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  keypusher: <The commentators were talking about hair and being used by girls.>

Go on....

Meanwhile Carlsen finally diverged from Grachev-Karjakin.

Jan-26-18
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  offramp: I think we might get NN v BB, which is always interesting.
Jan-26-18
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  offramp: Mamedyarov avoided the BB v NN game. He could have played 16. Ne5xBd7. Was that lack of ambition or was there a tactical reason?
Jan-26-18
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  PhilFeeley: This looks drawish..
Jan-26-18
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  Mateo: Comfortable position for Mamedyarov. White has the Bishop pair in an open position, but Black's position has no weaknesses at this stage.
Jan-26-18  JPi: 17...Rac8 18.e4 Nf6 19.f3 Ba4 20.RxR RxR 21.b3 Bd7 22.Bd3 and 23.Ke2 is a bit embarrassing. May be 17...a5 first
Jan-26-18  JPi: I see with Ne7 in the previous line latter Nc6 will possible.
Jan-26-18  JPi: The question is Nc6 will equal DSB?
Jan-26-18
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  Ulhumbrus: 25...Rc8 makes possible the move 26...b5. This suggests 26 a4.
Jan-26-18
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  keypusher: <offramp> I always thought BB v BN was more advantageous for the bishops than BB v NN. I could be completely wrong, of course. Anyway, I think MC did well to trade Bís. Canít see him losing from here.
Jan-26-18  nok: that's a bit, well, boring
Jan-26-18
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  ChessHigherCat: King Kong and Godzilla are getting all cuddly-wuddly. Probably a draw
Jan-26-18
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  Mateo: Draw coming soon after Bxe7.
Jan-26-18
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  Marmot PFL: Hope they wind it up by move 39.
Jan-26-18
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  keypusher: It's not only merely dead, it's really most sincerely dead. Congrats, Marmot! Made it by a move.
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