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Magnus Carlsen vs Ding Liren
Norway Chess (2019) (Armageddon), Stavanger NOR, rd 6, Jun-10
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1-0


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  beenthere240: Black’s bishop slid past e3 (which probably draws) and lands on d2, which loses spectacularly.
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  beenthere240: Ding's problem (at least according to some analysis I saw) was that he kept trying to "win," whereas a tactic of going for perpetual checks along the back rank would have given him the full 1 point. I suspect that if Armageddon catches on as being a standard option in tournaments, a novel black strategy will evolve, perhaps resulting in different time differentials and novel opening strategies.
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  fredthebear: <beenthere240> Personally, I enjoy Armageddon, but it has no proper place in high stakes GM games IMHO. Playing a reasonable-looking move for expediency instead of searching for the best course of action is not what chess should be. It's as different as riding a bicycle compared to a motorcycle. The methodology of a thorough thought process should not be punished.
Jun-14-19  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Howdy,
I AGREE with YOGI about mixing BLITZ & CLASSICAL CHESS. As a matter of FACT MAGNUS was able to take advantage of that in the last WC. Is this what CHESS is coming to? Why play Classical CHESS at ALL! Just go straight to the BLITZ! One of Our ACME PAWN PUSHER's members that for here we will call RAY, feels the same way. He adds that "The BEAUTY of CHESS is Gone! Perhaps still in The ENDGAME a bit." I understand that they are trying to get away from DRAWS! Problem is they still have them! At The time of this writing there are 69 games listed. 41 were DRAWS, with Only 28 Decisive Games. Does not look like much of a success! Points for trying but NO CIGAR! Maybe it is because ALL of the Current Top Tier of players,EXCEPT MAGNUS of course, are relative Equals. There is so much CHESS INFO available to study that it is RARE that something NEW in The Opening. A Tournament or 2 ago, MAGNUS did come up with a NEW Move that had never been played before. This is a Rarity though, & it was... MAGNUS! This game was looking like a DRAW as well, UNTIL that ONE FATAL BISHOP MOVE! THANKS MAGNUS! We went over that game at "The CLUB" this past Tuesday. "Believe It Or Not" I used a Quite Similar set-up and also WON a Game with it! THANKS AGAIN MAGNUS!!!
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  keypusher: <Playing a reasonable-looking move for expediency instead of searching for the best course of action is not what chess should be. >

Emanuel Lasker says hi.

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  fredthebear: <keypusher> Oh, you most surely are one of my favorites. Do tell Emanuel that FTB said hello back.

After all, Steinitz, Lasker, and Tarrasch defined chess forever like no others. FTB would include Aron Nimzowitsch in that group, but that might be short changing Richard Reti, Geza Maroczy, and Savielly Tartakower. A nod should go to Mikhail Tchigorin and the Russians, as well as Adolph Anderssen and his many German sparring partners. Others would say don't forget Philidor and Greco, and the great Paul Morphy.

Can you imagine playing in the days without time clocks?

Some of FTB's favorite personal games took 20-40 minutes to find the game changing move. Recognition of the critical moment, the turning point where the game hangs in the balance is vital to chess success; the possibilities require think time to sort out. That being said, blitz is also fun, but reckless and it forms bad habits.

Haste, thy great enemy!!

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