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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Ding Liren
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 12, Mar-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41)  ·  0-1
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Mar-24-18  John Abraham: somewhere Giri is shaking his head.
Mar-24-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Down goes Shak! Ding beats Shak with Black!
Mar-24-18  Junbalansag: The breakthrough Ding hopes for!
Mar-24-18
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  morfishine: Wow, I did not expect Mamed to succumb like this...kudos to Ding Liren!
Mar-24-18
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  pdxjjb: I spent some time going over this game with an engine "at depth" and it's pretty amazing. Ding obviously didn't make any mistakes but it's more than that. He didn't make even a single weak move. Mamedyarov's play around moves 29 through 32 wasn't great, but no one of his moves was an obvious blunder. Yet his position was poor even before the very weak 33 g5. Wow.
Mar-24-18  TangoJoseph: Ding missed killing Grischuk several times the day before this game, 28. Nd8 would have totally killed, so he was out of form and perhaps intimidated by Grischuk , so it is good to see he has excercided his demons and got his form back to take out Mamedyarov
Mar-24-18
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  MissScarlett: This is as good a game as any to rehash my <Jumping the Shak>.
Mar-24-18  Ulhumbrus: 16 h3 spends a move on disturbing the king side pawns without necessity. Perhaps Mamedyarov thinks that he can play d5 or e5 at leisure. However this assumes that Black can do nothing useful with the tempo given him.

18 Qh2 seems optimistic, moving the queen near the corner.

18...h6?! spends a move on disturbing the king side pawns. If he is going to move the knight back, he may as well do so at once.

22 Nd3 is a sign that things have gone wrong for White. Mamedyarov cannot want to withdraw the knight, and to do so is to make a concession. 22 g4 seems consistent but Mamedyarov may have reached the conclusion that the attack is unsound.

Mamedyarov refrained from playing d5 until it was too late. He may have refrained from this earlier because he thought that it would lead to a draw.

One example of a guess is that Mamedyarov went too far trying to avoid a draw.

Mar-24-18  That Roger: why 41. not take f7 with the queen?
Mar-24-18
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  ChessHigherCat: < That Roger: why 41. not take f7 with the queen?>

Good question, I think white just runs out of checks and black is a queen up:

Qxf7+ Kh7 42. Qh5+ Qh6 43. Qf5+ Qg6

Mar-24-18  fisayo123: < I spent some time going over this game with an engine "at depth" and it's pretty amazing. Ding obviously didn't make any mistakes but it's more than that. He didn't make even a single weak move.>

That's the Ding I was expecting to see from round 1 but only started seeing in the last 6 rounds. He's one of those players that can be classified as "computerish" when in full flow. He can reel out the top engine choices at will when in good form.

Mar-24-18
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  tpstar: This is the second time we have seen this D41 Semi-Tarrasch line in this event (after W So vs Kramnik, 2018 ) and I have a hard time understanding the appeal from Black's perspective. Note the So-Kramnik game went 18. Qe5 Nf6 19. Qf4 Nh5 20. Qh2 h6 21. d5, compared to 18. Qh2 h6 19. Ne5 here.

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White has a classic center with ideally placed minor pieces and both Rooks nicely centralized.

Defeating the red-hot Mamedyarov with Black is quite impressive.

Mar-24-18
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  Marmot PFL: Guess GMs today don't fear the center so much once a couple pairs of pieces are swapped.
Mar-24-18
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  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ analyses this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oti... (~16 mins)
Mar-24-18
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  piltdown man: <Tango Joseph> "excercided?" Really?
Mar-24-18  The Kings Domain: Game certainly picks up at the last part. Nice maneuvering by Liren at the end.
Mar-25-18  RookFile: What an amazing game!
Mar-25-18
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  Mrcomputer55: Is Nb7 on move 24 too risky for white?

Ding eliminated Mameradyov!???

Mar-26-18
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  cormier: Stockfish 8 Depth: 26
-0.29 30. Nd3 Ba8 31. Nf4 Bb7 32. h4 Rc8 33. Ne2 Rc4 34. g5 hxg5 35. Qxg5 f6 36. Qe3 Qc7 37. Bd3 Qh2+ 38. Kf1 Qh3+ 39. Kf2 Qxh4+ 40. Kg2 Rxc1 41. Qx
Mar-26-18  Saniyat24: Wild Tango on the h-file...!
Mar-27-18  Howard: Looks like a Norman Weinstein result (see '78 US Championship).
Apr-05-18
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  whiteshark: <Ding eliminated Mameradyov!???> Yes.

One Ding to rule them all,
one Ding to find them,
one Ding to bring them,
and in the darkness bind them.

Apr-07-18  Saniyat24: go <whiteshark>
Jun-19-18  nummerzwei: The counterplay with 20...b5 and 25...Qb6 while White is gathering his forces on the kingside reminds me of 16...b5 and 17...Qb6 in Geller vs Euwe, 1953.
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