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Magnus Carlsen vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Altibox Norway (2018), Stavanger NOR, rd 8, Jun-06
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense Main Line (C83)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Zibbit: I annotated this game here on my YouTUbe channel:
Jun-06-18  john barleycorn: Was the game fixed?
Jun-06-18  dehanne: What's with this recent Open Ruy fad?
Jun-11-18  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 11...Nxd2, 11...Nc5 heads towards d3

12 Qxd2 supports the move Ng5. If the purpose of 12...Qd7 is to answer 13 Ng5 with 13...Bf5 this suggests some move other than 13 Ng5. One alternative to 13 Qd3 is 13 Nd4. Then one way for Black to lose material is 13...Bg4 14 Nxc6 Qxc6 15 Bxd5 skewering the black queen to Black's queen's rook on a8.

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  morfishine: <dehanne: What's with this recent Open Ruy fad?> Since chess is dead, the only recourse is to re-visit pre-existing lines


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  Penguincw: Karjakin didn't win in Round 7, but there was a prior streak of 2 in a row where a player who is due to play Ding Liren but has a Rest Day, ends up winning their next game.

Carlsen had the previous day off (previous 2 actually). No win.

Jun-15-18  sudoplatov: The Open Defense, the Berlin Defense, the Giuoco Piano, and others are not dead, merely seemingly over studied. However there are (at least) two reasons to use such openings. First, one often finds new ideas in old lines which can have surprise value. Second, one often heads for positions in which the opponent may feel uncomfortable (Lasker used to thrive on this.) Notice that supposedly Bronstein told Korchnoi that Karpov didn't play against the Isolated Queen Pawn too well. Thus Open defenses and French defences. At the time one chess writed claimed that neither player cared about pieces, only pawns.
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