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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Wesley So
Altibox Norway (2018), rd 7, Jun-05
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jun-05-18  classF: 14.h4 played
Jun-05-18
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  Robin01: I am assuming 14. d5 here. I figured the point of e4 was to push d5.
Jun-05-18
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  Robin01: White trying to lay claim to more space here. Perhaps white is overextending!
Jun-05-18
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  Marmot PFL: In this variation the Catalan is a true gambit.
Jun-05-18  Ulhumbrus: If 14 h4 is a waiting move that waits for Black to play 14...Nd7 before playing d5, one alternative to 14...Nd7 is 14...Bb7 freeing the c7 pawn to advance
Jun-05-18  WorstPlayerEver: Black is a pawn up and has dem Bishops. I'd say: 0-1
Jun-05-18  Ulhumbrus: <Marmot PFL: In this variation the Catalan is a true gambit.> In some Catalan games White seems able to let Black take the c pawn and to make little or no attempt to regain it, and Black's lack of space alone gives him enough or more than enough compensation as in the game Anand vs Topalov, 2010. Sometimes White regains the pawn with little trouble and keeps his greater space into the bargain as in the game Botvinnik vs Lasker, 1936.
Jun-05-18  ewan14: a4 x b5 , can this be played if Bb7 ?
Jun-05-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: White has more space and a strong pawn center. Looks equal but interesting. Not sure how Black should reply to 15.d5.
Jun-05-18  Ulhumbrus: <ewan14: a4 x b5 , can this be played if Bb7 ?> Perhaps what follows amounts to only a part of the answer: On b7 the bishop does not defend the b5 pawn. On the other hand with Black's bishop on b7 the capture axb5 does not come with tempo by attacking the bishop on c6, so that Black has the option of ...a5 in reply.
Jun-05-18
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  Robin01: The way Shak is playing, perhaps he will hold off on d5 and continue with h5!
Jun-05-18
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  Marmot PFL: 15 d5 chases the Bc6 and regains the pawn. Alternative is to keep pushing the h-pawn and hope for some attack.
Jun-05-18  WorstPlayerEver: This whole space thing seems overrated IMVHO
Jun-05-18
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  Robin01: 19...Qa5 has got to be the move here, both attacking the white knight and covering the c7 square.
Jun-05-18
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  Robin01: In looking at it further, perhaps 19...c6 is a good move also, as it appears to get rid of black's doubled pawns.
Jun-05-18  classF: or 19...Nb6 protecting c4 and attacking d5
Jun-05-18
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  Mateo: It seems that White has no advantage at all. And Black could even have an easier game. He has some pressure on the d5 pawn and could increase it with 20...Nb6.
Jun-05-18
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  Gypsy: <Mateo: It seems that White has no advantage at all. And Black could even have an easier game. ...> Yes, it does seem that Black has the better side of approximate equality.
Jun-05-18
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  Mateo: Mamedyarov decided to trade pawns in the center. But now the position is wide open for Black's Bishop pair. However, Black has no real target. Very likely a draw.
Jun-05-18  Ulhumbrus: Black has the bishop pair and the advantage if other things are equal. If other things are not equal and White has compensation for the bishop pair such as that White's centralized rook is ahead of Black's rook in development this suggests reducing White's compensation for the bishop pair by 23...Rd8
Jun-05-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Black has the two bishops but white has the coveted multiple masonic mojo configuration.
Jun-05-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: 23...Bf6 is the draw offer, inviting the Rook back to d6.
Jun-05-18
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  ChessHigherCat: That's right, since repetition is about the only way to draw these games.
Jun-05-18  Ulhumbrus: Anand takes a draw. Perhaps he is short of time or isn't sure whether his king's bishop is stronger or weaker than a knight if White exchanges the white squared bishops
Jun-05-18
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  James Demery: Thank you Ulhumbrus. I was able to watch different games today. Much appreciated!
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