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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  swr: All that thinking before ...Rd8, for what? I hope Anand has something planned in the next couple of moves.
Jan-22-11  talisman: if he had it he would have played it...quenns now will come off..white's d pawn falls...then...rooks exchanged.
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  Eyal: <looks like they both know the old game...that ya'll cited.>

Actually I doubt it, especially regarding Carlsen - I find it hard to believe he would walk intentionally into this. Looks rather like a shockingly bad prep for such an important game.

Jan-22-11  Ulhumbrus: On 16 Bb2 an alternative to 16...Rxd5 is 16...Nc6
Jan-22-11  swr: After 16. Qd2, can Black not simply play ...Rxd5?
Jan-22-11  talisman: <swr> yes...but it'll put your rook eventually on the a-file...not sure that's where you want it.
Jan-22-11  Marmot PFL: Now it seems that Carlsen is playing for the draw. Perhaps he is still a year away from being able to beat Anand in a match. perhaps even more.
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  Eyal: Poor Smeets, he's already out of prep by move 21 and has to start thinking.
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  Domdaniel: Kasparov, I think, once commented on the attacking power of f-pawns, including doubled ones -- but they really need a bishop pair in support in this kind of position. With his LSB gone, Carlsen's chances of a direct attack are much less promising. It also leaves a big hole in his defense.
Jan-22-11  talisman: black with better pawn structure for endgame...lil bit.
Jan-22-11  Shams: What's Norwegian for "mailing it in"?
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  moronovich: IMO this way of playing with white is at least a very scrappy preparation. MC could easily have gone for other setups a la Michael Adams were they could have played on for hours.
Jan-22-11  swr: I guess we will return to Safarli-Volotikin after the slight side-stepping of 18. Be3.
Jan-22-11  Ulhumbrus: The game appears to be heading for a draw.
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  Eyal: So 18.Be3 is the first new move - Safarli played Rfd1 (though it can actually still transpose); not that it's such a big deal, probably.
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  moronovich: And now -

Seems like a very good day for Anand and Nakamura !

Jan-22-11  Chessmensch: For this I got up early and planned my day?
Jan-22-11  Shams: Ok I definitely vote for Nakamura - Smeets. There's no chance Nakamura wears his postal out fit today. ;)
Jan-22-11  Marmot PFL: If this was my game in a Swiss I would play on as black and let white fight for the d-file, but Anand doesn't need to take any chances. He might wish he had, if nakamura can win.
Jan-22-11  talisman: oh noooooooo! not the draw!...we wanted a gunfight...shoot.
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  Eyal: <moronovich: IMO this way of playing with white is at least a very scrappy preparation. MC could easily have gone for other setups a la Michael Adams were they could have played on for hours.>

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.

Jan-22-11  Ulhumbrus: <> Are you going to switch to another game? How about selecting the firat one which gets five votes?
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  Penguincw: Maybe they'll exchange every piece off the board.
Jan-22-11  bharatiy: this was disappointing, Anand now a days doesnot continue equal positions in general. I wont say its a good day for him unless he had some errands to do!
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  Penguincw: A draw ?? It wouldn't been excited to see some more .
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