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David Navara vs Rauf Mamedov
Gashimov Memorial (2018), Shamkir AZE, rd 1, Apr-19
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Apr-19-18
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  Richard Taylor: Has Navara apologised enough times yet?! He seems to be one of the most considerate chess players in the higher levels of chess savagery....I mean chess competitions...

It looks as if White has the advantage to me without a machine...The Black King's position is a good clue though!

Apr-19-18
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  chessgames.com: Isn't that more or less what a desperado is?
Apr-19-18  frogbert: Navara chose to pick off the knight instead of the bishop.
Apr-19-18
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  morfishine: Black is lost! No, wait, Black is winning!
Apr-19-18  frogbert: Correction: it depends on whether black moves his king or plays Re7. After Re7 it's safe to take the bishop.
Apr-19-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Yeah, I don't know whether the Qxg6 "refinement" was worth it because it opens up the g-file just for a pawn. I would have just taken the knight directly.
Apr-19-18  frogbert: Instead of Qxg6+, white could've played Kxg2, still attacking the d4-knight. But I don't think it really matters. With correct play, this seems to peter out to a draw, anyway. But Mamedov is slightly low on time, so he might still go wrong.
Apr-19-18
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  ChessHigherCat: If black is obliging enough to play Kc6, then Qxg2+, is okay
Apr-19-18  frogbert: Stockfish indicates a small advantage for white, but in practical terms, at my level, I think I would've preferred to have the two rooks. Slightly lesser risk of messing up, then. ;)
Apr-19-18  frogbert: Ding - Wojtaszek is quite interesting. Stockfish gives white a huge plus, mainly due to space advantage, I guess, and black's really useless knight on h7, whose movements are limited to h7-f8-d7-b8 and back. But the position is so closed without any clear path for white to penetrate, so this might be another one of those positions that Stockfish misevaluates rather badly - that is, <if> it turns out that white can't break through by force.
Apr-19-18
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  Domdaniel: chessgames is being unusually proactive today.
Apr-19-18  frogbert: Actually, Wojtaszek's knight on h7 is even more limited, since it can't really move at all. It needs to stay on h7 in order to prevent white's potential pawn-break g4-g5.
Apr-19-18
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  ChessHigherCat: I think it's a scary position for white.
Apr-19-18
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  Domdaniel: <Richard Taylor> -- <to me without a machine.> You have not, I hope, suddenly become homeless?
Because a house is a machine for living in, and all that.
Apr-19-18  frogbert: Dom, he must have a really fast pigeon-connection to chessgames.com since he managed to post without a machine!
Apr-19-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Rxc2? didn't work because black had the knight fork (lucky for him)
Apr-19-18
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  Domdaniel: <frog> - Heh, indeed. Once we start subtracting machines from our lives, where might it end?
Apr-19-18  frogbert: We've successfully selected the two quickest draws so far. Which game will be the next to finish a draw? That's our game!
Apr-19-18
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  Domdaniel: <CHC> - I don't think the various Knight forks threatened by White are a matter of luck. More a question of who saw further.
Apr-19-18
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  Domdaniel: A draw? OK, it was pretty equal, but it was also getting interesting.

I admit that I agreed a draw in a club match, in a similar position, last weekend. There are always many factors to take into account.

Apr-19-18  frogbert: Rats! Giri bailed to a repetition draw against Karjakin before we managed to change games. ;) (To my amateur eyes, there seemed to be a lot more play left in the position.)
Apr-19-18
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  FSR: Wow, insane game. I've never seen this variation before.
Apr-19-18
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  Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel: <Richard Taylor> -- <to me without a machine.> You have not, I hope, suddenly become homeless? Because a house is a machine for living in, and all that.>

Hi Dom. No, I meant without using one (then I went to bed it getting too late). Good point re a house / home being a machine. Mine has damage due to ants and some wetness and I have been slowly painting repairing it. (And some of the repairs might be expensive but it is a good house.)

But re the game this was certainly quite dynamic. I wanted to try to analyse it without a computer (either the onboard Stock or my Komodo...Fritz gets too carried away). I've never paid for a chess program. People have either given me them or some like the free Komodo, are, well free. But it is very good.

Apr-19-18
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  Richard Taylor: Yes, it is interesting in the Accelerated that White can get away with f3 then f4 but it seems logical. Then e5 invited Bxf7+ ....I don't think that part was pre-arranged but it might have been.
Apr-20-18  frogbert: <RT>

We talked about more recent books about Carlsen in English a week or two ago. At the moment I forgot about the book «The Wizards», whose subject is Carlsen and Anand. It's co-written by Norwegian author (and chessplayer) Arne Danielsen and a young Indian fellow (whom I don't know much about). Danielsen, however, has written several books about Carlsen. The Wizards is available from Amazon as an ebook, downloadable to Kindle for instance. See link below:

https://www.amazon.com/Wizards-behi...

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