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Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen
GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2019) (rapid), St Louis, MO USA, rd 4, Aug-11
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0


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  mike1: hmmm.Once in a while Magnus is really
playing it too much in the dynamic way.
pawn structures do count (once in a while).
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  Count Wedgemore: After 12 moves, White is already much better.

21...0-0 was a strange decision. Magnus had to get his rook to the f-file, but he could have done so with 21...Rf8. Instead, by castling short, Black puts his king in a rough spot, exposed to harassment when White's h-pawn starts pushing forward. This eventually led to Black's king being forced onto the f-file which led to his bishop being pinned - and lost. So 21...0-0 looks to have been a strategical mistake. I do think that 21...Rf8, keeping the king on e8 for the time being, would have been a better choice. A disappointing game by the World Champion.

Aug-12-19  Pedro Fernandez: Very interesting opinions by <mike 1> and our dear friend <Wedgemore>. As implicitly <M1> did mention, you don't be fooled about Carlsen.
Aug-12-19  Ulhumbrus: GM Ashley has indicated ( amongst many other things) that 15...Ne6? is a mistake which cuts off the flight squares for Black's queen's bishop so that after 16 Qe4 Qd5 17 Nxe5! Qxe4 18 dxe4 fxe5 19 f3 traps Black's queen's bishop
Aug-12-19  DrGridlock: So much to calculate after 27 h6:

Fabiano Caruana - Magnus Carlsen

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my head is spinning!

The "fun line" is:

27 ... Na3+
28 Bxa3 Bxa3
29 h7+ Kh8
30 Nd5

Fabiano Caruana - Magnus Carlsen

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and now white threatens mate with the knight on g6 - which black avoids by moving his pawn to g6. Now after:

30 ... g6
31 Nxg6 Kg7
32 h8Q+ Rxh8
33 Nxh8 c3

Fabiano Caruana - Magnus Carlsen

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Does White have enough resources to stop the c-pawn? Answer: Yes, he does.

Aug-12-19  csmath: 9. ...d6 is just plain garbage.
I always felt Rossolimo is the best way to deal with Svesnikov but this is probably the worst way to play against Rossolimo. I think most of players would play g6 rather than e6-Ne7-Ng6. Yes, there would likely be a bayonet attack with h4-h5 but I think it is better to deal with that than with such a shattered pawn structure.
Aug-12-19  Hokey pokey: 15...Ne6,sometimes the center can be too occupied.
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  patzer2: <csmath: 9. ...d6 is just plain garbage.> White certainly has the better pawn structure after 10. exd6 ⩲.

Instead, 9...fxe5 = to ⩱ (-0.38 @ 24 ply, Stockfish 10) appears to improve Black's chances.

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  patzer2: White's surprise winning shot appears to be 17. Nxe5!! ± to +- (+1.76 @ 42 ply, Stockfish 10). If 17...fxe5, then 18. f6! +- (+1.69 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 10) looks like it's winning.
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