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Ding Liren vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2019), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-12
King's Indian Attack: Spassky Variation (A05)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-12-19  Atking: Now e4 comes as predicted.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Atking> on Nc4 Bb8 anyway. e4 changes everything though.
Jan-12-19  Atking: Ne4 not Nc4 (CHC) when the Queen was still on f6 Ne4xBd6&Qf6.
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  Mateo: 17.Nd2!?. Why not 17...Qxb2?
Jan-12-19  Atking: 19...Bb5 20.Re1 Qd4 21.Nf3
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  diceman: <Mateo: 17.Nd2!?. Why not 17...Qxb2?>

17. Qxb2 18. e4 O-O 19. O-O Bb5 20. exd5 Bxf1 21. Kxf1 e5 22. Ne4 Qd4

+.60 for white according to computer.

It considered 17...h5 best

Jan-12-19  Atking: 20...e5!? clever.
Jan-12-19  Atking: Ding Liren iis ready to give back the advantage of the minor exchange RvsB if his N can go to c4 and Black LSB is no more on the board.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Atking> I see, Ne4 is better than Nc4. Still, I think the idea would work with Bb8 first:

18...Bb8 19. Ne4 Qe7 20. Nd2 Nd8 21. f4 Nxb7 22. axb7 Bc6 23. Nb3 Bxb7

leading to this position:

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where black has five connected pawns. SF still gives a slight advantage to white here, which I find hard to believe.

Jan-12-19  Ulhumbrus: 5 d5 moves a pawn in the opening and consumes a tempo.

7 dxe6 moves a pawn in the opening and moves the pawn a third time to exchange it for a f pawn which moves only once, making a loss of two tempi. Assuming that Ding Liren cannot want to make this concession, this suggests that the opening has gone wrong for him already.

Instead of 16...Qxf6 16...gxf6 acquires a massive centre

After 23...Qh5 Carlsen has no extra pawns for the exchange. In that case Black will need a very great positional advantage to have enough compensation for it. Black has the bishop pair, White's bishop is out of play and White has exposed his king side to attack. Whether Black can create enough threats to equalize at least remains to be seen.

Jan-12-19  morfishine: What an interesting battle, looks like both came to play
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  ChessHigherCat: Bh3 and if Rf2 then Bf5 attacking the Q and knight fork on h3
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  Mateo: <Atking: 20...e5!? clever.> At least, Carlsen avoided 20...exd5 21.Nb3 Qxd1 22.Rfxd1 d4 23.Ra5, and Black's pawn structure collapses.
Jan-12-19  Atking: <Mateo> I suspect that Carlsen knew that something was going wrong and tried cleverly a Marshall type of King side attack
Jan-12-19  lost in space: It seem there is no good way to avoid 26...Bxf1. Afterwards the position is = from my perspective.
Jan-12-19  lost in space: For example 27...Rxf3 28. Nxf3 e4! 29. Qe3 Nxf3+ 30. Rxf3 Qxf3 31. Qxf3 exf3 32. Kf2 and draw

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  ChessHigherCat: Unique pawn fork: Rxf3 e4!
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  Mateo: Meanwhile, Nepo won against Giri and Anand against Van Foreest.
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  Mateo: After 27...Rxf3, there should be a massive exchange and draw.
Jan-12-19  Atking: Yes now it's a draw. Ding Liren misjudged the attack on King side. Not sure White has time for such manover Bc6-Bb5 25.Qe3 mightbe better as LSB has to exchange to Rf1 either by ...Bh3 or ...Bb5 to keep under control the diagonal f1-a6 was no more a necessity.
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  ChessHigherCat: Nxf3 is a draw, too. If 29..Nxf3 30. Qxe4?? Qxh2#
Jan-12-19  Ulhumbrus: Suppose that Ding Liren has not foreseen in time some resource which enables Black to equalize. Then what is it? One example of an answer is the sacrifice 27...Rxf3!
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  keypusher: I came and looked at the final position and thought, oh, how boring. Then I played through the game -- nice!!
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  Penguincw: Yep, this is the first game in the database, played in 2019.
Jan-13-19  WorstPlayerEver: Horrible.
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