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Magnus Carlsen vs Yifan Hou
GRENKE Chess Classic (2018), Karlsruhe GER, rd 2, Apr-01
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  1-0
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Apr-01-18
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  moronovich: <whiteshark: In the meantime...the Leko Monologues...>

Leko is a nice fellow,but sometimes he talks too much,especially about himself.Monoloques.

Apr-01-18
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  FSR: They wrecked the edifice on the f file. Sad!
Apr-01-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <FSR: They wrecked the edifice on the f file. Sad!>

Build the wall!

Apr-01-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Won't happen iRL, but just for fun, looking at 59.Rd7,Kg6; 60.Rxd5,Nh6; 61.Rxb5,Nxf5.
Apr-01-18  BOSTER: Carlsen plays very fast.
Apr-01-18
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  Jack Kerouac: That D pawn looks like an orphan.
Apr-01-18
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  FSR: Hou resigned.
Apr-01-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Hou could she resign?
Apr-01-18  BOSTER: This ending easy to play .
Apr-01-18
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  offramp: April Hou'll!
Apr-01-18
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  chancho: Carlsen is a serial abuser of Women in Chess.

Case in point: Poor Hou!

Apr-01-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: 59.h5! kept the Black King out of g6 and clinched an easy win, no need to get fancy with my fantasy sacrifice.
Apr-01-18  Octavia: well done, Magnus!
Apr-01-18  Ulhumbrus: Suppose that if instead of 54...Nd5+ You Hifan tries 54...Ne5 and Carlsen tries the invasion 55 Ra1 as in the game. Then on 55...Nxf3 56 Kxf3 one difference is that Black's d pawn is not isolated and on 56...Re5 57 Kf4 Rc5 White may still win but possibly with greater difficulty than in the game.
Apr-01-18
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  moronovich: <offramp: April Hou'll!>

With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel.

Apr-01-18
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  Richard Taylor: Here's some computer analysis that proves Yifan Hou should have won:

34...Nf6 35. Nd2 h4 36. c4 bxc4 37. bxc4 Re7 38. Rd6 Rd7 39. e5 Rxd6 40. exd6 Kf8 41. Kg2 c5 42. Kh3 Ne8 43. Ne4 f5 44. Nxc5 Nxd6 45. Kxh4 Nbxc4 46. Kg5 Kg7 47. h4 Ne3 48. Bb1 Nf7#

How could she miss that?

Apr-01-18
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  Richard Taylor: Joking aside the position would have been about =

34. Nf1 Nf6 35. Nd2 h4 36. c4 bxc4 37. bxc4 Re7 38. Rd6 Rd7 39. e5 Rxd6 40. exd6 Kf8 41. Kg2 c5 42. Kh3 Ne8 43. Ne4 f5 44. Nxc5 Nxd6 45. Kxh4 Nbxc4 46. Kg5 Kg7 47. h4 Ne3 48. Bb3 which stops the mate.

Of course the long analysis could well be wrong but it looks as though 34. ... Nf6 was better.

Carlsen is addicted to and an expert in having a "slight advantage" but could he have made anything from the game?

Apr-01-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Richard Taylor>--Carlsen is well known for his ability to squeeze the blood of victory from the turnip of a quiet endgame. As his encounter with Caruana yesterday showed, this doesn't always work at the very highest levels.
Apr-01-18
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  alexmagnus: But he was winning vs Caruana too, just that the win was too complex even for him.
Apr-01-18
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  Marmot PFL: <How could she miss that?

Carlsen plays very quickly which puts extra pressure on his opponents. When Hou blundered she was down to 8 minutes or so while Carlsen had nearly an hour left.

Apr-01-18
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  beenthere240: 21. Qc1 was a master stroke, encouraging 21.... BxN and giving MC a doubled f pawn, which he used to great advantage, striking twice on f4.
Apr-01-18
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  Marmot PFL: Actually it's much to harsh to call 34...Rf6 a blunder as it's still very hard for white to win this. In fact she might have drawn with 38...Rg5 as explained in this video (about 8:50)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOO...

Apr-01-18
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  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 28 dpa

1. = (0.09): 34...f5 35.exf5 gxf5 36.Bxf5 Re1 37.Rd6 Nd5 38.Bxg4 hxg4 39.c4 Nxf4 40.Kf2 Rc1 41.Rd4 Nh3+ 42.Kg3 Rc3+ 43.Kxg4 Rxb3 44.Ng3 Nf2+ 45.Kg5 Nh3+ 46.Kf5 bxc4 47.Rxc4 Rb5+ 48.Ke6 Ng5+ 49.Kd6 Nf7+ 50.Kxc6 Rb2 51.Rc1 Ne5+ 52.Kd6 Nd3 53.Rg1 Rb6+ 54.Kc7 Rb2 55.Ne4+ Kf7 56.h4

2. = (0.12): 34...Nf6 35.Nd2 h4 36.c4 bxc4 37.bxc4 c5 38.Kg2 Nfd7 39.Kf2 f6 40.Nf3 g5 41.fxg5 fxg5 42.Bd3 g4 43.Nxh4 Ne5 44.Nf5+ Kf6 45.Be2 Nbxc4 46.Rd5 Nb6 47.Rxc5 Ned7 48.Rb5 Rxe4 49.Ne3 Rd4 50.Bxg4 Rd2+ 51.Be2 Rd4 52.Rh5 Rf4+ 53.Kg3

Apr-02-18
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  Richard Taylor: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Richard Taylor>--Carlsen is well known for his ability to squeeze the blood of victory from the turnip of a quiet endgame. As his encounter with Caruana yesterday showed, this doesn't always work at the very highest levels.>

Well it shows that humans make errors as even Capablanca's ending's were not always computer perfect (I analyzed some). Nevertheless one can learn or enjoy the games of these old and newer masters. I think Caruana has a good chance in the battle in November.

Endgames require accurate calculation and here it didn't happen regardless of his reputation. All of those GMs are au fait in the endgames to a greater or lesser extent.

But all can make The Blunder or The Error. And that is what makes practical chess interesting...Perhaps Carlsen is in decline, it is always a fear he and his fans might have...

Apr-02-18  Everett: <emium
memberApr-01-18 chancho: Carlsen is a serial abuser of Women in Chess. Case in point: Poor Hou!>

Hou is part of the #MeToo club, along with everyone else in the world of chess. Itís a big group

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