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Magnus Carlsen vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tata Steel Masters (2019), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-15
Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Diademas: Seems drawish, but I guess Magnus will massage him for a few hours still.
Jan-15-19  BOSTER: Kh4 is an attractive move.
Jan-15-19  BOSTER: Black wants to play N e3+.
Jan-15-19  boz: A draw for Kramnik here will boost his morale.
Jan-15-19  oceline2: A relaxing draw for both
Jan-15-19  BOSTER: Kf3 without hesitations
Jan-15-19  BOSTER: But push g2 , and king has return back Kxg2.
Jan-15-19  BOSTER: Ke3, or Kd5.
Jan-15-19  BOSTER: Pawn on b7 is forced.
Jan-15-19  BOSTER: Draw.
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  Count Wedgemore: Why do they play on? There is no way for White to queen without Black taking the queen at once, or queening himself. It's a draw!
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  Count Wedgemore: I'm starting to get a bit annoyed that Magnus keeps playing on in these positions. Yesterday he probed and probed against Vidit without getting nowhere, for hours..

I understood why he did these things before, some years ago. Because then he sometimes ended up grindng out such dry/drawish positions to a full point. But the thing is: he doesn't do that anymore. He's not able to convert these endgames anymore. He's lost a step.

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  plang: there is no risk for him to play on - why are you annoyed?
Jan-15-19  BOSTER: What is wrong with 56...N e1+?
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  Check It Out: BOSTER, theres no such move, but in any event all roads lead to repetition.
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  Count Wedgemore: <plang> Perhaps it's an emotional thing, I don't know. As a big supporter of Magnus I find it frustrating that he no longer (or very rarely) is able to "squeeze blood out of a stone", I suppose.

And wouldn't he have had a bit more energy to play Kramnik today if he had spent two hours less on his game yesterday? The last 50-60 moves in that game seemed utterly pointless, just a waste of time and energy.

Jan-15-19  BOSTER: < Check it out> .With black 55...Kd1 after 56.c6 Ne1+ is possible.
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  Check It Out: BOSTER, black doesn't even have a knight.
Jan-15-19  BOSTER: <Check it Out>. Push the pawn e2 -e1=N+
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  Check It Out: <BOSTER>, aha I see. That wouldn't be 56...Ne1+, that would be 56...e1=N+ and still a draw.
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  Penguincw: Although Carlsen had only lost to Kramnik in normal time controls once in the last 8 years, if he lost this game, he would've fell to #2 in the live ratings list.
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  whiteshark: <Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (A00)> I'd use the related ECO-Code <C65>


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