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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-22
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-22-11  Aleking: Why are we still on the Anand game? Is it just my browser?
Jan-22-11  talisman: chessgames...c'monnnnn...please...
Jan-22-11  Ulhumbrus: I vote for Kramnik - Giri.
Jan-22-11  BobCrisp: Couple of logs bobbing in a toilet bowl. FLUSH!
Jan-22-11  bharatiy: Smeets will lose if not on board on clock! He is pathetic at time management.
Jan-22-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: Please CG - why not show another game-which also would be an exellent reason to make up for the mixing of the games in the first place !?
Jan-22-11  Ulhumbrus: Anand may have chosen a variation which he considered safe because he believed that Carlsen had prepared this variation.
Jan-22-11  talisman: bummer...nothing now till the bears and packers...oh well.
Jan-22-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <Smeets will lose if not on board on clock! He is pathetic at time management.> Yeah, he's the Godena of Tata... (for those who were following the recent Reggio Emilia). Seriously, he seems to be in bad form and suffering from a serious lack of self-confidence in his calculations.
Jan-22-11  Strongest Force: Lets get to that Nak game!
Jan-22-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <My guess is that Carlsen somehow missed the 10...e5/12...d5 "trick", which practically kills White's winning chances. Again, very bad prep for such an important game.> Well,you might be right <Eyal> But still what happened is a kind of kindergartenstuff (including the black setup with e.g. e5/d5).My estimate is that Carlsen perhaps was surprised by 1.-c5 and mainly prepared for 1.e4-e5.
Jan-22-11  talisman: maybe if we all start chanting.......
Jan-22-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: A reminder to vote for Aneta! You can vote for the lovely Aneta, daughter of Honza, one time an hour

http://kladensky.denik.cz/miminka/m...

Jan-22-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  HelpMeGod: Q: is this woodpushing a chess game ?
A: no, it's a DRAME.
Q: ?
A: DRAME comes from "DRaw intended gaME".
Q: what's the purpose of a DRAME ?
A: to split a 1 into two 1/2 with no effort at all.
Jan-22-11  talisman: voted for aneta!
Jan-22-11  KingV93: Pretty disappointing game from arguably the two best players in the world right now. Was somebody afraid to lose face or a few rating points by stepping away from their home preparation? Shameful. I'm sure the sponsors' were thrilled with an 18 move draw, and yes, the sponsors' opinion matters. Without their money you wouldn't get a tournament with an average rating so high and the possibility for some great games... that is, if the players PLAY the games.
Jan-22-11  polarmis: Here's the final version of Shipov's commentary on the game: http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...

p.s. not an easy game to promote :) At least the photo's quite cool...

Jan-22-11  andreagiananti: wow, thrilling game, the draw of the century...
Jan-22-11  awfulhangover: Saving energy for tomorrows clash with the H-bomb.
Jan-24-11  capanegra: Extracted from http://www.deccanherald.com/content...

<Foregoing a post-mortem, Carlsen quickly left the tournament hall after the game. Anand was asked whether he was hurrying to the marquee on the village commons in order to show the fans the ins and outs of his game. The world champion was not amused.

"I suspect the audience can do without an explanation today," he said.>

Jan-25-11
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  Eyal: Carlsen screwed up the opening, emerging without any advantage - probably a slight edge for Black - by move 12. It happens, though it shouldn't really happen to him in such an important game. In an interview after the win over Nakamura in the next round, he referred to his play here as "embarrassing".
Jan-27-11  Hesam7: <Eyal: Carlsen screwed up the opening, emerging without any advantage - probably a slight edge for Black - by move 12. It happens, though it shouldn't really happen to him in such an important game. In an interview after the win over Nakamura in the next round, he referred to his play here as "embarrassing".>

I wonder however where exactly did he go wrong? Up to 8. ... O-O it is very well known theory and then he played 9. Nce2, which as far as I know is very rare but does not look like a mistake. Maybe 10. b3 was the culprit?

Jan-27-11
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  Eyal: 10.b3 is certainly not good, because in combination with 9.Nce2 it blocks both normal retreat squares for Nd4 after ...e5 - so that the knight has to go to f5, and then after the exchange Black plays 12...d5! and equalizes (at least). However, if White doesn't play 10.b3, to prepare Bb2, it's not so clear why 9.Nce2 (removing the knight from the long diagonal) was played in the first place...
Jan-27-11  Hesam7: <Eyal: 10.b3 is certainly not good, because in combination with 9.Nce2 it blocks both normal retreat squares for Nd4 after ...e5 - so that the knight has to go to f5, and then after the exchange Black plays 12...d5! and equalizes (at least). However, if White doesn't play 10.b3, to prepare Bb2, it's not so clear why 9.Nce2 (removing the knight from the long diagonal) was played in the first place...>

That is in line with my thinking.

I imagine White can justify 9. Nce2 if he plays c4 some time in the future. Also after h3-g4 the knight can go to g3. I have not checked with the machine but 10. a4 seems to lead normal play and if 10. ... e5 then 11. Nb3.

Jan-27-11  Hesam7: <In the source game an English Hedgehog arose, but not in the best form for Black: 9...Nbd7?! 10.c4! Qc7 11.b3 Rb8 12.Bb2 b6 13.Rc1 Bb7 14.Nc3 Rfe8 15.Re1 Rbd8 16.h3 Qb8 17.g4! and so on. S. Taulbut - E. Mortensen, Silkeborg 1980.> GM Shipov

If White gets c4 in then he is in good shape. For example: 10. a4 Nc6 (White was threatening to play a5 crippling Black's Q-side) 11. c4 Nxd4 12. Qxd4 Bd7 13. Nc3 Bc6 14. f3:


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