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Magnus Carlsen vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Tata Steel Masters (2019), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-13
Indian Game: Anti-Grünfeld. Alekhine Variation (D70)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-13-19
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  lost in space: From my perspective: 2 options for white:

9. a4
9. Ng3

Jan-13-19
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  vonKrolock: Before we had Aronian vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017
Jan-13-19
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  whiteshark: ~ 30 games after 11...Ne8, but <12.Bf4> seems to be new.
Jan-13-19
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  vonKrolock: 12.♗f4 is unusual
Jan-13-19
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  vonKrolock: <whiteshark> Yes, looks brand new...
Jan-13-19
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  moronovich: And another exchange sac today from mr Carlsen :)
Jan-13-19  Ulhumbrus: If Carlsen has offered his rook for Black's dark squared bishop on purpose it remains to be seen which of the two pieces will prove the more valuable
Jan-13-19
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  moronovich: Both players are blitzing out the moves
Jan-13-19
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  Messiah: I hope the Justin Bieber of chess will get spanked very hard by Nepo's superior preparation.
Jan-13-19
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  vonKrolock: Of course it was <on purpose>... He's King Magnus
Jan-13-19
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  vonKrolock: But the pending xchange of ♕♕ may be good for Prince Nepo
Jan-13-19  Ulhumbrus: Carlsen has a pawn for the exchange,not enough if other things are equal. However other things are not equal. Carlsen has the bishop pair and more space. Nepomniachtchi does not want to wait for Carlsen's pawns to become threatening by f4 and e5 and he plays 20...f5 first. However on 21 exf5 gxf5 isolates the f and h pawns while on 21 exf5 Bxf5 22 Nxf5 gains the second bishop for a knight. If two bishops can be considered worth two knights and a pawn White may gain then enough compensation for the exchange if he can make the bishops and his pawn count and other things are equal.
Jan-13-19
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  lost in space: After 21...gxf5 we reached a position which I tend to loses from both sides
Jan-13-19
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  lost in space: ...means, I think the position is even and the better player will win
Jan-13-19  Ulhumbrus: After 21...gxf5 White has a pawn and the bishop pair for the exchange and Black's f and h pawn are isolated. White has more space. If other things are equal White has too much for the exchange if he can make all of these things count. However other things are not equal and White may be not able to make all of these things count. Black has a well placed knight on e5 that may be able to defend adequately against the bishop pair. White's greater space has not given White an attack on the queen side yet. Black's h pawn can be defended by the king. All this suggests so far that it is Black who has a minimal advantage overall.
Jan-13-19
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  whiteshark: After 22...Nf6 the position seems to be equal / balanced as the first four moves show 0.00 evals
Jan-13-19
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  Messiah: Black's greatest advantage is that he is not a boastful, rude and obnoxious child.
Jan-13-19
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  Messiah: 23...♖bc8 seems to be the best. Technically the position might be totally equal (lol I should not write this way about an imbalanced one), but black's position seems to be more comfortable.
Jan-13-19
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  Messiah: 23...♖be8 might be even better.
Jan-13-19
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  whiteshark: and handshake after 32.Nd1
Leko wasn't sure if white could defend ♙d5...
Jan-13-19
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  ChessHigherCat: I don't know why this is classified as an uncommon opening. Isn't it just a Phony Benoni?
Jan-13-19
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  whiteshark: <CHC> All live games are generally A00 until they are classified after they have been completed and integrated into the database.
Jan-13-19
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  MissScarlett: <Leko wasn't sure if white could defend ♙d5...>

Is Leko doing commentary? The official site is carrying Twitch.tv commentary with Lawrence Trent and the annoyingly ubiquitous Anna Rudolf.

Jan-13-19
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  Penguincw: < Classical games: Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Magnus Carlsen 4 to 0, with 5 draws. >

Carlsen still can't beat Nepo. Wow.

Jan-13-19  JimNorCal: Yes, I didn't lookup the statistics but Nepo gives the impression of great confidence when playing the World Champ.
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