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Boris Gelfand vs Magnus Carlsen
Tal Memorial (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Nov-07
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  vonKrolock: A good feature for white is that the coronation square 'd8' is of his ♗s color, but as I pointe above already, white's 'a' ♙ is in danger like a little girl in a wood full of wolves
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  Open Defence: now this should be drawn...
Nov-07-09  A Karpov Fan: this is a draw now imo
Nov-07-09  Marmot PFL: this is looking very symmetrical/drawish now.
Nov-07-09  SugarDom: ho-hum...
Nov-07-09  pvk: Again a draw game
Nov-07-09  Marmot PFL: kramnik may have moro on the ropes
Nov-07-09  A Karpov Fan: well it is good to be able to draw with Black so easily, but it won't get Carlsen any closer to his 2900 rating :-)
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  Eyal: Someone in the ICC chat room said they're playing here with the new anti-win rules, to ensure an open contest till the last round... But actually it seems that Kramnik has good winning chances against Moro.
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  vonKrolock: In the meantime they exchanged ♗♗s, and consequently they exc hanged their central ♙♙s too, maybe finally reaching a drawn position... ...
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  kamalakanta: Can we please switch to Morozevich-Kramnik? Kramnik is winning!
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  Open Defence: o tempora o mores....
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  Open Defence: well 21...Rb5 could have prolonged the maneuvering but perhaps after 21.Rad1 Carlsen saw the Gelfand has worked out the draw...
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  kamalakanta: 26.Qxd4 Qxa2 27.Ra1 and then 1/2-1/2 was played.
Nov-07-09  A Karpov Fan: Moro-Kramnik is an amazing fight!
Nov-07-09  waustad: My guess that Carlsen would play the most moves in the tourney just took a hit.
Nov-07-09  obientag: its a DRAW...i think MC should be wearing again the red chinese pajama, in chinese belief it is a source of luck :)
Nov-07-09  birthtimes: 22.Qf4 Rb6 23.Be7 Re8 24.Rc1 Qa5 25.Bc5 Rb2 26.Bxe6 Rxe6 27.e5 Bxe5 28.Bxd4 Rxa2 and Black is up a pawn...
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  tamar: I think they all should dress like Tal. Rakish suits and cigarettes, and hair shaken, not combed.
Nov-07-09  obientag: <tamar> nice
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  Eyal: <birthtimes: 22.Qf4 Rb6 23.Be7 Re8 24.Rc1 Qa5 25.Bc5 Rb2 26.Bxe6 Rxe6 27.e5 Bxe5 28.Bxd4 Rxa2 and Black is up a pawn...> White doesn't have to give up the pawn - he can play 27.a3, for example - but such line does give Black more chances to play for a win.
Nov-08-09  LaFreak III: Am I the first one to post here?
with no avatar xD
Nov-08-09  Peter Nemenyi: <does anybody even bother with 1.e4 anymore. Poor Fischer must be looking on in apoplexy.>

This could also have been asked during the 1927 Alekhine-Capablanca match, or around 1953. These things are cyclical.

Nov-09-09  Criswell: I don't understand why Carlsen would accept a draw. He has a forward pawn on an open rank with a Queen backing it and plenty of potential support later on. Is this a theoretical draw or just a mistake on Carlsen's part?
Nov-09-09  beenthere240: <Criswell> After 26, Qxd4 the game is pretty even. See <kamalakanta>'s comment above.
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