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Nigel Short vs Magnus Carlsen
London Chess Classic (2009), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-15
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-15-09  BadKnight: aah, dragon!!
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  marcwordsmith: This line appears once in the cg database. It was a 20-move draw earlier this year. Smeets-Radjabov: J Smeets vs Radjabov, 2009
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  marcwordsmith: hopefully we get more than four more moves from these gentlemen today.
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  extremepleasure2: This game is heading towards a draw.
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  marcwordsmith: In this precise position, Smeets and Radjabov shook hands. Let's see if Carlsen and Short do the same.
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  marcwordsmith: hey, any analysts out there? Why didn't White take the f6 pawn?
Dec-15-09  A Karpov Fan: A Karpov Fan: <mal><Reminds me of the time I played the great Dane GM Bent Larsen in a 10 board clock simul at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club. I prepared for days in advance. Working on a slew of tactics and tricks. Right before the Clock simul Bent walks up to me with a shiney coin in his hand and tells me, <"I'm in a generous mood tonight, so we'll flip to see who gets 'White' on board one!">

You only get one guess who was playing on board #1! ~lol~ The only reason I mention all this is that I played a 'Classical Dragon' with the White pieces. Hope Nigel has better luck than I did... :))>


pricelsss :-)

btw Naka-Kramnik is a Nimzo, and we know what that has meant lately... :-D

This thing anin't over by a long ways...

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  whiteshark: They are goint to enter unknown territory, by simply playing on...
Dec-15-09  SamAtoms1980: 20.Qxf6?! would have lost a pawn to 20 ... Qe8! 21.Nc3 Qe3+ 22.Kd1 Bc6! 23.Ne4 (23.Be2?? Qf4!) Bxe4 24.fxe4 Qxe4 25.Bd3 Qg4+ 26.Kc1 Qxg2.

Superficially this position would favor Short in the endgame, because White can make a passed pawn on the queenside, while Black can't do the same on the kingside. However the Rybka 2.2n2 evaluation favors BLACK [-0.21/17].

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  marcwordsmith: my question pertains to White's move 20, not 21, in case anyone is on the case
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  marcwordsmith: oh, thanks mr. Atoms! By the way, this looks awfully drawish now, doesn't it?
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  extremepleasure2: <<marcwordsmith: hey, any analysts out there? Why didn't White take the f6 pawn?>>

If he takes the pawn it's impossible to escape from a draw. 18. Qf6 Bg7 19. Qg5 (the only square available for the queen.) Bh6 20. Qf6 (the only square available for the queen) Bg7 etc.

Dec-15-09  BadKnight: yeah, it looks very drawish. nothing very promising for either side.
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  marcwordsmith: Interesting, Mr. Pleasure. Thank you for that.
Dec-15-09  SamAtoms1980: Even if Short manages to simplify and mobilize his queenside preponderance, Carlsen should have little trouble drawing the resulting queen and/or rook ending.
Dec-15-09  capatal: Draw city blues!... I've got a bucket of che$$Buckies riding on this - I felt better when I was sick!
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  marcwordsmith: Hua-Howell is looking lively at least. And the Adams-McShane game has a very interesting closed position. Rybka thinks they're all draws though. And Naka-Kramnik too.
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  marcwordsmith: Chess puzzle: Someone to move and create play.
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  Mateo: <SamAtoms1980: Even if Short manages to simplify and mobilize his queenside preponderance, Carlsen should have little trouble drawing the resulting queen and/or rook ending.> This an interesting point of view. It should be noticed that White has a Queen side majority vs a King Side majority. But Black's Kinbg side majority is useless because of the doubled pawns. So White has nearly a kind of extrapawn. However, another point is that the Knight on e3 is very strong as long as he can stay here. So it is a balanced middle game, I think.
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  marcwordsmith: . . . as Carlsen dazzles the crowd by pinning his own knight! Could be dangerous . . . NOT!
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  Mateo: The position looks simple but there are tricks. 25.Be4? Nc4, Black is winning. For instance, 26.Qc3 Qg5+ 27.Kb1 Nd2+ 28.Ka1 f5.
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  Mateo: This time, Short could play 26.Be4, as the Knight being pinned by the Queen, Nc4 wasn't possible. But Short prefered to impede f5-f4.
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  marcwordsmith: Mateo (or anyone): the logic of Carlsen's last queen move, please? Completely obscure to me.
Dec-15-09  birthtimes: Lasker would enjoy being kingside pawns on f4, g3, and h4, trade heavy pieces, mobilize the queenside majority, and walk off with a W....
Dec-15-09  Shams: <marcwordsmith> after black lifts his rook, the ...Nc4 trick comes with an added mate threat on b2
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