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Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen
Tal Memorial (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Nov-23
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-23-11  brankat: This is (perhaps) the game Anand has been waiting for.
Nov-23-11  Hesam7: Gruenfeld memorial sounds more appropriate.
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: 11 Bc4 keeps the option of f3
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: One idea is 12 h3 Bxf3 13 gxf3 followed by Bg2 and f4
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: White's d pawn is not pinned. Therefore it can move. If an immobile target invites attack, this suggests that the d4 pawn is no longer as inviting a target. If Carlsen concentrates enough pieces on the d4 square, the d4 pawn can advance to d5.
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  whiteshark: <12.Be2> Anand has something different in mind...
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  whiteshark: 5 games left after <13...Qa5>:

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Nov-23-11  brankat: Mostly "draw-ish" ones..
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: Carlsen appears to want to play for an ending with his Queen side pawn majority, perhaps as in the game J Von Patay vs Reti, 1923 The question is : What does Anand have in mind?
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: 14...Bd7 avoids conceding the bishop pair
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: 14...Bxf3 may be a serious positional error. Whether it is remains to be seen.
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  whiteshark: following H Melkumyan vs Areshchenko, 2010
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: <whiteshark: following H Melkumyan vs Areshchenko, 2010> In that game Black was able to minimize the effect of White's bishop pair by placing his Knight well, first on c4 and then, following ...e5 and d5, on d6. Whether Anand has an answer to this remains to be seen.
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: 17 Bf4 avoids letting the N fork White's R and B. On 17 Bf4 Nc4 18 Rd2-d1 Rfd8 19 d5 e5 20 dxe6 is possible. Anand has chosen another course, permitting Carlsen to remove his bishop pair. Whether it gives him more than equality remains to be seen.
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: White's KB is more active than black's KB. This suggests that it could turn out that for at least some purposes White will play a piece ahead. Whether this will turn out to be the case and how remains to be seen.
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: 20 Bd5 hinders the advance of Black's f pawn
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: To gain a large advantage Anand has to find for his bishop at least one useful piece of work which Black's bishop cannot match. Whether he can and how remains to be seen.
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  whiteshark: A middlegame with opp col ♗s and different pawn majorities... Blockades, Breakups and open files are some themes/topics around here...
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  SteinitzLives: Once again, an even position without much promise for either side without any risk taking. The Gruenfeld exchange variation has been analyzed to death, compared to other openings or even opening variations, but that is what these players chose.

It's like two tired boxers leaning on eachother in the third round of an eight round fight. However, the closer we get to the end of either this game or this tournament, our chances for entertainment increase. Wish Morozovich was in this tourney.

We just have to wait (and multi-task watching these games with something else more productive or entertaining, to avoid wasting our time as spectators).

Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: If White can move his King to a6 or play his bishop to e6 with e4 and e5 he may gain something. Whether he does remains to be seen.
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: After 28 Rd2-b2 Rxb3 29 Rxb3 Black can't play 29...Rc3 as the d4 pawn obstructs his KB
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: After 28 Rd2-b2 Bg5 29 Rxc3 Rxc3 30 Rb3 Rxb3 31 axb3 it looks like a draw
Nov-23-11  Ulhumbrus: I suggest that if White wants more than a draw he has to find for his bishop some important work to do, work which Black's bishop cannot match.
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  whiteshark: expectable result
Nov-23-11  Pepperpot: Move along, nothing to see here.
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