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Ding Liren vs Shaun Press
World Cup (2019), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Sep-12
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  1-0


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  OrangeTulip: In the Presser Cooker
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  Sally Simpson: ***

This is how close chess can turn you from a champ to a chump, from a zero to hero in just one move.

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Here Black rolled the dice and castled (17...0-0). And why not, '...if you don't have a dream, how you ever gonna have a dream come true.'

If 18.Qxd7 Rd8 and if that had happened parallels would have been made with Anand losing in 6 moves, Kramnik getting mated in one and Fischer's 29...Bxh2 in Game one 1972.

It reminded me of a game I used a while back to show how dangerous it is to have ideas at the chessboard. (Let the other guy have the ideas, he is human, it's bound to be wrong.)

Arond - Dekay, Chicago Open 1996. (White to play and have an idea - theme Qxd7.)

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14.Bxh7+ Kxh7 15.Qd3+ Kg8 16.Qxd7 Job done.

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Black played 16...Rad8 0-1.


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  watwinc: O-kay, itís late, but Ö whatís wrong with 17 Qa4?
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  beatgiant: <watwinc>
From <Sally Simpson>'s diagram above: 16...Rad8 17. Qa4 <Qc6> and Black's queen chases White's because of the bank-rank threat.

For example, 16...Rad8 17. Qa4 Qc6 18. Qb3 c4 19. Qc2 Qe4 20. Qa4 Bc6. White must lose material.

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  kdogphs: Stop the Press...
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  watwinc: <beatgiant> I missed 19 Ö Qe4 20 Qxe4 Rxd1 21 Qe1 Bxf3
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  FSR: Black's best-scoring response to the Mikenas-Carls Variation (3.e4) is 3...c5. For some reason, though, 3...d5 is played more than twice as often. After 3...d5 4.e5, Black's most reliable line seems to be 4...d4 5.exf6 dxc3 6.bxc3 Qxf6 7.d4 e5. Opening Explorer
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  FSR: <Sally Simpson> How did you happen upon Dean Arond's game?
Sep-17-19  deanman58: Sally Simpson: Sometimes I win!!
Sep-17-19  deanman58: My games are always very instructive!!
Sep-17-19  utssb: <Let the other guy have the ideas, he is human, it's bound to be wrong.>

I myself produce an absolute wealth of bad ideas during games. It's also how I end up in Grischuk-time. As boring as the advice is that "You shouldn't waste time on easy moves" it is so true in modern time controls (especially the G/60 stuff).

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