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Samuel Shankland vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2019), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Janowski Variation (D31)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-22-19
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  whiteshark: By playing ...a6/...h6 Black safeguards squares b5/g5 and thus making the developmental moves Bb5/Nc3-b5 resp Bg5/Nf3-g5 impossible.

Only then he will develop further.

Jan-22-19  LameJokes:

This is called 'Hyper-Modern Rook Pawn Opening.'

Jan-22-19
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  beenthere240: Shankland wanted to show that he too could play weak opening moves
Jan-22-19
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  chancho: Getting shank-ed in your first big tournament is not the way to get future invites.
Jan-22-19
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  whiteshark: Q: Which piece will cross the centerline first and stay there for longer than a ply?
Jan-22-19
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  Tabanus: Perhaps the pun can be "Shank spank", no matter who wins?
Jan-22-19  LameJokes:

3...a6 5...h6 11.h3 and 13.a4 lead to all rook pawn moving within first 15 moves. I haven't seen many games like this. Although 13.a3 would be more poetic.

Jan-22-19
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  Mateo: 3...a6!??, 5...h6!?, unorthodox handling of the opening.
Jan-22-19
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  whiteshark: That made me curious and it turned out that <5...h6> has already been played in O Girya vs N Zhukova, 2014

<8.Bxd6> is Sam's deviation/novelty to that game.

Jan-22-19  BOSTER: The e4 square is weak in white camp, but I'd keep the bishop d3 on the board.
Jan-22-19
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  Mateo: <BOSTER: The e4 square is weak in white camp, but I'd keep the bishop d3 on the board.> In this position, if Black plays ...Nxd3, then White will have a strong Knight vs bad Bishop. Thus, as Black has no reason to take the Bishop, White has no reason to avoid the trade.
Jan-22-19
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  whiteshark: The position has been transformed into an IQP structure.
Jan-22-19  Parachessus: I prefer to call the "center line" the "frontier line" since it makes me think of the Wild West...crossing from the "civilization" of your side into the untamed wilderness (your opponent's) side.
Jan-22-19  BOSTER: White h3 pawn is more weak than black h6. So, look like Carlsen will transver his pieces on the king side.
Jan-22-19
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  Mateo: <BOSTER: White h3 pawn is more weak than black h6. So, look like Carlsen will transver his pieces on the king side.> I am not sure Black can take advantage at this moment of this move h3. It seems to me that Carlsen played 19...Ne6 to allow ...Qb4.
Jan-22-19
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  Mateo: Another point of 19...Ne6 is to impede Nf4 increasing the pressure against the isolated pawn.
Jan-22-19
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  Mateo: Of course, Carlsen avoided 27...Nxa4? 28.Bh7+.
Jan-22-19  BOSTER: Maybe, the black plan is :To take the bishop on c2, push pawn on f5 and the king on f6.
Jan-22-19
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  Mateo: Very drawish endgame.
Jan-22-19
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  OhioChessFan: <Very drawish endgame>

Shankland should be very worried.

Jan-22-19  outplayer: 35.h4 covers g5 but creates weaknesses.
Jan-22-19  Ulhumbrus: Black has an isolated pawn but White seems not to have made it count for much if anything and Black's king has a lead in development and Black has more space
Jan-22-19  BOSTER: Push f4+ is only chance to create something.
Jan-22-19
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  moronovich: - Draw agreed.
Jan-22-19
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Pity that I overslept and missed this. 3...a6 is the Janowski Variation. The database has a lot of his games with this line. Every now and then it enjoys a brief revival.
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