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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Magnus Carlsen
Norway Chess (2019), Stavanger NOR, rd 5, Jun-09
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jun-09-19
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  Ron: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave favors e4.
Jun-09-19
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  Ron: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave plays the opening line that Caruana played against Carlsen in the WC.
Jun-09-19
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  whiteshark: Wasn't MVL Carlsen's second during the last World Championship?
Jun-09-19
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  Ron: <whiteshark: Wasn't MVL Carlsen's second during the last World Championship?>

Interesting. If so, they both players shared analysis on this opening.

Jun-09-19  Ulhumbrus: 15 Ne3 makes way for Bb5 followed by Nc4, c3 and b4. However before doing all this 15 Bd2 gets the queen's bishop out.
Jun-09-19  BOSTER: Pawn d5 crossed the Equator together with tour.
Jun-09-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <whiteshark: Wasn't MVL Carlsen's second during the last World Championship?>

No, he wasn't. There were rumors about that, but MVL was not part of the team of helpers in 2018. Another Frenchman was, however. Magnus' good buddy Laurent Fressinet, along with Swedish GM Nils Grandelius and your countryman Jan Gustafson. Also, Daniil Dubov provided some assistance.

Jun-09-19
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  whiteshark: <Ron> IDK maybe I confuse him with another Frenchman, Laurent Fressinet

I think every world-class player will have been involved with this defense and prepared something since then.

Jun-09-19
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  whiteshark: Thanks, <Count W>. :)
Jun-09-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <whiteshark> And Peter Heine, of course. But that goes without saying.
Jun-09-19
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  Ron: I plugged in 17. Ra3 into Stockfish 9 and got this tactical line:

7. Ra3 b6 18. Rg3 Nxa4 19. Nxd6 Bxd6 20. Qd4 Qf6 21. Qxa4 Bxf4 22. Qxf4 Bd7 23. Rb3 Rac8 24. Bd3 g5

Jun-09-19  BOSTER: I like to transver rook a1 in king side.This is very popular theme.
Jun-09-19
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  Ron: It appears according to Stockfish that 17 Bd3 is sub optimal for White.
Jun-09-19  Ulhumbrus: <Ron: It appears according to Stockfish that 17 Bd3 is sub optimal for White.?> One example of an alternative is 17 Be3 followed by Bf3, Bxc5, d5-d6 and the white king's bishop may go to d5.
Jun-09-19
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  whiteshark: A good SF live analysis under http://analysis.sesse.net with a monster computer in the background.
Jun-09-19
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Happy Sunday, all! Give White credit for bravery; he has chanced 7.Nd5, a line on which Carlsen has feasted. 18.Qe2 gives White the option of Rae1 at some point, but honestly, would not enjoy playing either side of the board. Too many weaknesses on both sides, not enough scope for the minor pieces. Looking at 18...Ba6; 19.Rae1,Ra7 intending 20...Bxc4 and 21...Bf6. Also having fun with the reckless 18...g5; 19.Qh5,Rf7.
Jun-09-19  Ulhumbrus: One example of a possible idea behind 18 Qe2 is that White sees that ..Ba6 could become promising for Black in the event of c3 and so he makes the move ...Ba6 less healthy for Black by attacking the e6 square
Jun-09-19  ajile: <whiteshark: A good SF live analysis under http://analysis.sesse.net with a monster computer in the background.>

Thanks- cool website.

Jun-09-19  Ulhumbrus: Black's queen is overworked. If she has to defend the bishop on e7 she cannot then cover the b pawn.
Jun-09-19  Schwartz: Maybe a bishop is no worse than rook in several lines here.
Jun-09-19
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  whiteshark: Game Collection: 000_-> Middlegames Opp col Bishops 2
Jun-09-19
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  whiteshark: The rules which govern opposite-coloured <Bi~s> in the middlegame and in the endgame differ, and are at times even contradictory. In the ending the presence of opposite-coloured <Bi~s> usually improves the defending side's drawing chances. <In the middlegame opposite-coloured <Bi~s> strengthen an attack and increase the chances of its success.> (Mark Dvoretsky)
Jun-09-19
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  whiteshark: After ♕+♖ traded-off they agreed to a draw.
Jun-09-19
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Not quite how I expected this game to continue, not by a long shot.
Jun-09-19  Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluations and analysis suggest that 19...Bxd3 is better than 19...Nxd3 perhaps partly because White cannot then head for an endgame with opposite coloured bishops.
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