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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Grischuk
Norway Chess (2019), Stavanger NOR, rd 3, Jun-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0


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  chancho: Helpless like a baby in the final position.
Jun-06-19  Xenon Oxide: Alekhine-esque!
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  perfidious: Repeat after me:

<All Carlsen plays is safe, non-theoretical, dull rubbish>

Oh, yeah, almost forgot:

<He isn't as good in tactics as a certain late American IM>, whom I shall not name.

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  Gypsy: This was rather brutal.
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  HeMateMe: Magnus at the top of his game, taking down a super GM. It would seem that black's kingside pawn moves ruined his game, let white break it open.

Perhaps not a great idea to let your opponent have two Bishops on an open board, either.

Jun-07-19  utssb: ...Nb6, Qa3 and Na4 was a really weak idea that lost the game. Just brings Black's Q+N away from defense on the Kingside in order to not really threaten the pawn on c3. Unusually bad play from Grischuk.
Jun-07-19  Cactusjuice: So smooth mate
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  Gypsy: <utssb: ...Nb6, Qa3 and Na4 was a really weak idea that lost the game.> Agreed.
Jun-07-19  fabelhaft: Analysis by Svidler, who thinks 15.... Rfd8 may be the bigger mistake than the plan involving Na4:

”Grischuk found a very, very nice resource, he played Na4”

Jun-07-19  Nairaboi: Grischuk played passively throughout the match and he was deservingly punished for it.
Jun-08-19  ChessValley: What happens after 22..Bxc3?
Jun-09-19  sneaky pete: After 22.Bxc3 23.Rxc3 .. would give white two very strong Bishops.

If 23... Nxc3 24.Bg5 ..

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If 23... Qxc3 24.Qxc3 Nxc3 25.d6 ..

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