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Magnus Carlsen vs Evgeny Tomashevsky
Tal Memorial (2012), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Jun-17
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  eternaloptimist: Finally they agreed to a draw. At least the endgame got more interesting as the game progressed.
Jun-17-12  Tadeucouto: The black King X c6
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  eternaloptimist: Thx for the live broadcast cg!!
Jun-17-12  Tadeucouto: It's draw again ....
Jun-17-12  MindCtrol9: But Black could win this game,I have no dout about it.
Jun-17-12  Ulhumbrus: Carlsen may have risked losing by 46 Be3 but Tomashevsky may have let a win slip.
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  technical draw: I think both players kept playing because of time pressure. It's one thing to analyze it as a draw but it's another thing having to make the correct moves with seconds on your clock. Always hope for a blunder.
Jun-17-12  AuN1: tomashevsky was probably satisfied with a draw which is why we didn't see him pushing too hard for the win even though he could have created some chances. too often it happens that when one side is playing for a draw rather passively, they end up with an inferior position much the way zenya did here at the end. good job to hold on though.
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  HeMateMe: No lazy draws here, fine fighting chess.
Jun-17-12  Tadeucouto: Why ? Can you explan ...
Jun-17-12  berlyn: whooooh ! bad decision but d6 forced Nxd6 and Kb7 will be win ?
Jun-17-12  Pedro Fernandez: Carlsen risked much but Tomashevsky failed in capitalize the situation.
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  whiteshark: Good show!
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  eternaloptimist: <technical draw> agreed
Jun-17-12  reti: Congratulations to Fabio Caruana for winning this tournament. Carlsen is a good player, but he has to win tournaments of this category if he wants to be the next world champion.
Jun-17-12  MindCtrol9: And what can we say about Karmnik who lost to Caruana?He must be thinking and having a nightmare tonight. This young player is a genious.What about McShane who has beaten the best players?This proff that he can beat anybody and he plays better against the higher rating players.This tournament is extraornidary and wonderfull which I have enjoyed more than any other before.
Jun-17-12  MindCtrol9: This is the tournament that makes Fabiano Caruana unforgotable.Congratulations!!!! Ah...he was born the same day and month like me jaja.
Jun-17-12  Appaz: <<Check It Out> They squeezed the juice out of this game, though it must be said Carlsen did most of the squeezing. I'd rate this as a victory for him over Tomashevsky in terms of future games.>

I will primarily rate this as a victory for chess! Carlsen really put Tomashevsky to the test in the end game - and he passed in a convincing way. Great game!

Jun-17-12  arnaud1959: 85.-Nxa6 86.d7 Nb4 87.d8N Nc6+ 88.Nxc6 Kxc6 draw.
Jun-17-12  Chessmaster9001: Wonderful game and incredible fighting spirit by Carlsen. Tomashevsky played this endgame almost perfect but still found himself in trouble. Kudos to both players!
Jun-17-12  csmath: <Congratulations to Fabio Caruana for winning this tournament. Carlsen is a good player, but he has to win tournaments of this category if he wants to be the next world champion.>

This is not a part of championship cycle. Carlsen does not have to do anything, that is only in your head.

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  Check It Out: <reti: Congratulations to Fabio Caruana for winning this tournament.>

Though highly likely, it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.

Jun-18-12  csmath: Comparing games Caruana-Kramnik and Carlsen-Tomashevsky it is clear that Kramnik shot himself in foot while Tomashevsky played as good as needed to save the game. The only steel I see here is Carlsen's resolve to make every move count.

That is the fabric of a champion though there is nothing to subtract from Caruana who has played well the whole tournament.

Jun-18-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<check it out>

<<reti: Congratulations to Fabio Caruana for winning this tournament.>

Though highly likely, it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.>

Everybody knows the Fat Lady has since participated in a reality TV diet/fitness show and lost 200lbs!

Jul-13-12  Maatalkko: Doesn't <reti> look like a fool now?
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