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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Magnus Carlsen
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 9, Jun-17
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-17-08  Atking: Thanks to open the debate !
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Jun-17-08  strifeknot: Already a draw. Carlsen is looking to coast to the finish line.
Jun-17-08  jakaiden: Draw?? What the hell!
Jun-17-08  zluria: What a pair of sissies!
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  Mateo: <> Ivanchuk-Svidler looks nice.
Jun-17-08  slomarko: pity the game is already over
Jun-17-08  malthrope: Hehehe... Suspense! ;)
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  keypusher: Drawrlsen? Drawkovenko? :-)
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  whiteshark: Are you sure that Ulf wasn't playing on one side of the board ?
Jun-17-08  Ulhumbrus: As 10 d4 invites ..Ne4, this suggests 10 d3, although Black won the game

Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1968

It may be that after 16...Bxg2 17 Nxg2 d5 White can gain no more than a draw.

Jun-17-08  acirce: What makes Carlsen special is that he always fights to the very end, even in positions that look dead equal.
Jun-17-08  square dance: i see carlsen played the hedgehog again. he also famously won a game against topalov using alekhine's defense. Topalov vs Carlsen, 2008 perhaps he already read 'dynamic chess strategy' by mihai suba.
Jun-17-08  Ulhumbrus: After 16 Bxd4 Bxg2 17 Nxg2 White's Rooks are two moves ahead of their Black counterparts in development. However they lack open lines to make this lead in development count. On 17 ... Rfd8 ( 17...d5? 18 Bxf6! Bxf6 19 cxd5 exd5 20 Nf4 Rfd8 21 Qf3 pinning and overpowering the d pawn) 18 Bxf6 Bxf6 19 e4 White has a Maroczy bind, but Black has by far the more powerful minor piece, as in the game

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974

Jun-17-08  slomarko: <acirce> +1
Jun-17-08  square dance: <slomarko> -1
Jun-17-08  Riverbeast: This is where the conmparisons to Fischer end.... Bobby would have never agreed to a short draw like this
Jun-17-08  pastpawn: <Riverbeast> Like Unzicker vs Fischer, 1960 for example? I picked that @ random, I'm sure there are more.
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  swordfish: Interestingly, it looks as though the players used exactly the same amount of time, to the second
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  keypusher: <pastpawn: <Riverbeast> Like Unzicker vs Fischer, 1960 for example? I picked that @ random, I'm sure there are more.>

Well, that's why it is risky to say "never" or "always." But Fischer's percentage of short draws really was very very low.

Jun-18-08  Jonber: Apparently Jakovenko had a touch of food poisoning, which may have led to his early draw offer. If true, Carlsen demonstrated fine sportsmanship when accepting, though of course with his solid lead in the tournament doing so would cost him little.
Jun-18-08  mr.fisk: <Jonber: Apparently Jakovenko had a touch of food poisoning, which may have led to his early draw offer. If true, Carlsen demonstrated fine sportsmanship when accepting, though of course with his solid lead in the tournament doing so would cost him little.>

Seems like a reasonable explanation. I was very surprised to see Carlsen settle for the draw. He had just equalised in one of those open and interesting positions he likes so much.

Jun-18-08  percyblakeney: On the whole Carlsen doesn't play too many of these short draws, on Fischl's fighter rating list he is ranked as number 2 both for the whole 2000-08 period and just 2008. This in spite of being very active as compared to many other top players.

The only player to reach a top 30 spot on the fighter rating while performing the best Elo result of the year in this century is Kasparov in 2002, when he was 23rd. The 2008 list before Aerosvit:

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  Richard Taylor: <DCP23: <Richard Taylor: Jakhovenko (these Russian names are too complicated)>

Seems like a funny way to deal with "complicated names" by making them even more complicated adding extra letters, <Richarhd Thaylhor>.>

Yes - it is true (as you imply) that the Russians write in very funny language - very clumsy - thanks for your support on this -here is a better (perhaps more "Russian" way to spell his name -


Jun-20-08  Vollmer: Rich , are you sure that isn't the Entish spelling
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