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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
Norway Chess (2019), Stavanger NOR, rd 1, Jun-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jun-04-19
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  Count Wedgemore: White can try to increase the pressure on Black's f-pawn with Rf1 and Qf2. And what should Black do then? Protecting the pawn with ...g5 puts his king in a precarious situation.
Jun-04-19
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Happy Tuesday! Interesting game so far after 24...Nxd7; looks as if Black sacrificed a pawn just to place his Knight on e5. That combined with a Rook lift such as ...Re8-e6-g6 and/or ...f4-f3 could pose problems. But White has the most powerful weapon in chess--the next move.
Jun-04-19  Ulhumbrus: 25...Nc5 attacks the e4 pawn. On 26 Rd4 Ne6 27 Rd4 Qxc3 Black has regained the pawn but also opened the long diagonal for White's queen's bishop after 28 Bb2.
Jun-04-19  BOSTER: 25.Nf6 is risky, but playable.
Jun-04-19  Pedro Fernandez: Finally Anand moves <Ulhumbrus'> move.
Jun-04-19  Pedro Fernandez: The problem now is that the colt may be pinned, black threatens 'e4' pawn though.
Jun-04-19
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  Stonehenge: A funny variation is 26. Ba3 Rxe4 27. Qh5 Re5 28. Rxf4


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Jun-04-19  Ulhumbrus: On 26 Rd4 one idea is 26...Nb3 if we assume that the bishop is potentially more powerful than the N eg in an ending or on the long diagonal
Jun-04-19  BOSTER: What about e5?
Jun-04-19  Pedro Fernandez: This might be the final position in <Ulhumbrus'> variation.


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Whites are a little better.

Jun-04-19
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Looking at 26.Rd4,Ne6 (or Nb3); 27.Rc4 and 26.Rd4,Qe5. Honestly, none of these lines look like best play for either White or Black. Wondering what the real chess players will do.
Jun-04-19
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  Gypsy: <Stonehenge: A funny variation is 26. Ba3 Rxe4 27. Qh5 Re5 28. Rxf4> I like it ... a lot.
Jun-04-19  Pedro Fernandez: It seems the logic move for white. Well, black should take e4-pawn.
Jun-04-19  LameJokes:

<<Stonehenge > A funny variation is 26. Ba3 Rxe4 27. Qh5 Re5 28. Rxf4>

Yeah. 28…Rf4 29.Qe5! Qe5 30.Rd8 leads to mate.

Jun-04-19  BOSTER: Rook d1-e1.
Jun-04-19
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  Check It Out: Carlsen has cashed in for an extra pawn, but it looks drawish.
Jun-04-19
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  Check It Out: Strange, I thought I saw carlsens rook on d7 on the board.
Jun-04-19
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: But <Check It Out>, doesn't Carlsen *like* drawish endgames with an extra pawn? Looking at 35...Rxa4; 36.Rxb7,Ra1+!?; 37.Kf2,Rc1 and 36...Rc4!?; 37.Rb3.
Jun-04-19  Robyn Hode: Trade off those kingside pawns and go for the Lucena position. If only...
Jun-04-19
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  Check It Out: <An Englishman> he certainly does, and Anand tends to get tired and make mistakes later on.
Jun-04-19
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: White has a good plan here. Advance the c-pawn to c7 after Black places his Rook on c3, threaten Rh8+ and c8/Q. When Black retreats to g7 or h7, White's King can advance to either win the Black pawn or support the c-pawn.

But if Black plays 48...g4+ and 49...Rc3, followed eventually by Kh5-h6-g7, White's King can never advance. I think.

Jun-04-19
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  whiteshark: I admire Magnus for his will to play every endgame til the bitter end.
Jun-04-19
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: And whilst fiddling away at my keyboard, Anand indeed played 48...g4+. 49...Rd2+ does puzzle me a bit--although a Rook on the 7th usually proves effective, it no longer attacks the g3 pawn. Guessing that Black intends to swap the c7 pawn for the g4 pawn and then hold the ensuing finale.
Jun-04-19
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  whiteshark: Armageddon time
Jun-04-19
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  Check It Out: <Whiteshark> Armageddon outta here.
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