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Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin
"Ten Years Ante" (game of the day Oct-22-2016)
Cap d'Agde (2006) (rapid), Cap d'Agde FRA, rd 3, Nov-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Nov-04-06  Ulhumbrus: In order to understand 11...Na5! gaining the bishop pair, we have to bear in mind that in other variations where White plays Bc4 and Bb3, Black may be unable to play this move without suffering penalty. This suggests that the manoeuvre ...Na5 can be regarded as a potential threat on the part of Black, one which White allows Black to carry out after White combines Bc4 and Bb3 with Be3 and Nf3. After Carlsen undevelops the KN by 13 Ne1, Karjakin loses time with his KN - spends the time, really - on 14...Ng4! followed by ...Nxe3 gaining the other bishop. If 20...Bxd5 produces a technical win, this means that 19...Qf7 threatens 20..Bxd5 and 21 Ne4-c3 seems necessary , but that makes its own concessions, too.34...a5 advances the a pawn by means of a combination: on 35 Rxa5 Bb4 forks the R a5 and Nd2. Thus the a pawn is advanced on to a square which is undefended but a square which can be forked. If one true measure of chess strength is the ability to take advantage of concessions made by the opponent, Karjakin showed a high degree of it in this game.
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  whiteshark: In his <World Chess Championship 2016 Carlsen v Karjakin Preview #1> Daniel ♔ demonstrates this encounter: ENJOY!

Oct-22-16  Elbajacisback: That is one great game by SK, I don't remember playing through it at the time.
Oct-22-16  cunctatorg: Where Magnus erred?!?
Oct-22-16  WorstPlayerEver: 24. Nc3

White should close the c-line.

Oct-22-16  clement41: 11 ...Na5 is often awkward to meet.
If 12 Bxe6 fe black will play the ...D5 break more easily. If 12 Bd5 black will trade on d5 and d6 is no longer weak and backward. In both cases, black will likely play ...Rc8 ensuring a strong square on c4 for his knight. Hence Carlsen leaves the bishop on b3 so that when recapturing, a pawn controls c4. He takes with the c-pawn, agaisnt the well-known principle, to remove a wakness (c2 pawn)
Oct-22-16  5hrsolver: That's a cute final position. Wherever the king goes one of the pawns advances.
Oct-22-16  WorstPlayerEver: <clement41>

Magnus planned Ne1> Nc2 which is difficult if there stands a pawn on c2..

Oct-22-16  waustad: This year Cap d'Agde is a rapid tournament with 4 men and 4 women. They must have been featuring young players that year.
Oct-22-16  morfishine: What does "Ten years ante" have to do with anything?

Forever now, people will be asking "Whats up with this dumb game title?"

I submit this game title as a candidate for deletion



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  Domdaniel: <morf> Ante as in prior, anterior, etc. Meaning this game was played ten years before their upcoming match -- and 10 years is a trope, as in Ten Years After. Seems good enough to me.

Carlsen, Karjakin ... isn't there an 11-year-old in India who is already an IM and is about to shatter the youngest-GM record?

They're all going to get killed by the Indians.

Oct-22-16  morfishine: <Domdaniel> Thanks, I thought this was some convoluted attempt to reference 'ante' as in poker


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  Domdaniel: <morf> No worries - that was actually my first thought as well.
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  maxi: I dislike White´s development plan. 14.Ne1 basically forces White to allow the exchange of his e3 Bishop. Possibly the position Carlsen had in mind was the one that resulted after 19.Nd5, with both Knights centralized. It would be OK if he exchanges the Bischop at e7, but since he refrained from this, it is a dangerous position. White has to blockade the d3 Pawn at all time or Black gets an aggressive center. He should begin thinking about a possible draw.

But if you want to play the blame game (blame White's loss on a single move), that would be 36.Kd3?. He possibly overlooked that 35...Bd8 allowed the line 36.Kd3? Rc1 37.Ke2 Rg1 and it is not possible to play 38.Kf2 Bb6+. After 36.Kd3 Carsen's Kingside is destroyed.

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  maxi: White's only chance after 35...Bd8 is 36.a3 to blast open the a-file for his Rook.
Oct-23-16  WorstPlayerEver: The pun is as appropriate as can be IMHO
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