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Sergey Karjakin vs Magnus Carlsen
Grand Slam Chess Final (2012), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 8, Oct-11
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-11-12  shivasuri4: Thanks, <Gypsy>. Looking carefully, 21...Bxa4 would be an outright blunder as 22.Qa3 wins a piece. As an aside, after black played 20...Nd8, can white afford not to defend the a4 pawn indirectly with 21.Qc1?
Oct-11-12  Marmot PFL: <Gypsy> Retreating the queen lets white grab move space with a5 so black goes along. Probably heading for a draw now.
Oct-11-12  haydn20: OCB draw coming up? Will MC make him sweat it out?
Oct-11-12  shivasuri4: Right, <eyal>, a startling oversight on my part.
Oct-11-12  lost in space: tstststststst, this time the French defense by Magnus. Seems, that he plays a lot of systems. It is easier to say what he don't play: Scandinavian and Aljechin vs 1. e4. He might have even played the Aljechin?!
Oct-11-12  talisman: <haydn> i think so.....Kf6 maybe...
Oct-11-12  boz: Always dangerous to say this with Carlsen at the controls but this is looking drawish.
Oct-11-12
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  whiteshark: There are not much levers left. So far no open file for rooks, either.
Oct-11-12  talisman: wrong again talisman!.....draw by repeat.
Oct-11-12  Ulhumbrus: Back again. White's pawns are mobile whereas Black's are not. This suggests that White has the advantage. Black may be able to gain a draw by the pawn sacrifice 31...g5 32 fg Ref8
Oct-11-12  Marmot PFL: Only white can try to win but he doesn't seem interested.
Oct-11-12
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  Gypsy: <shivasuri4: ... As an aside, after black played 20...Nd8, can white afford not to defend the a4 pawn indirectly with 21.Qc1? >

I do not know. An engine could be useful to crank out the variations.

One thing about playing this opening is that it tends to be very frustrating (tantalizing is probably a better term) -- for both sides, but especially for Black. For many a time you feel like you are just one tempo behind from taking over the whole board, but you have to play a differently because of that one missing move.

Oct-11-12  Ulhumbrus: White has allowed the King side pawns to become fixed. It seems now that the game is heading for a draw
Oct-11-12
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  perfidious: If Anand had played either colour in this game, he'd soon be excoriated on these pages.
Oct-11-12
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  whiteshark: Good show, still.
Oct-11-12  shivasuri4: <Gypsy>, I have very little experience in this line of the French, so I wouldn't know.
Oct-11-12  haydn20: In Anand, White has weathered the Qside attack and it seems it will draw (shock! horror!).
Oct-11-12
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  Gypsy: <Marmot PFL: <Gypsy> Retreating the queen lets white grab move space with a5 so black goes along. Probably heading for a draw now.>

Thx, you are correct on both accounts.

Oct-11-12
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  Eyal: The white queen maneuver to c1-a3-b4 wasn't very effective; better perhaps was 21.Qe1 (protecting c3) - which pretty much rules out 21...Nf7, because of 22.Bc1 followed by Ba3 and White is much better.
Oct-11-12
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  perfidious: <Eyal> In that line, White's miserable Winawer bishop comes good after all!
Oct-12-12
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  Bureaucrat: <lost in space: tstststststst, this time the French defense by Magnus. Seems, that he plays a lot of systems. It is easier to say what he don't play: Scandinavian and Aljechin vs 1. e4. He might have even played the Aljechin?!>

Yes, he has beaten Topalov with the Alekhine Defense:

Topalov vs Carlsen, 2008

Oct-12-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Somewhat surprised to see Carlsen busting out the French so much lately.
Oct-12-12  tarek1: Finally Carlsen found some good use for his bishop : by turning it into a pawn.
Dec-22-12  The Last Straw: <lost in space> Against 1.e4 I have tried {The symmetrical 1...e5, The French (1...e6), The Sicilian (1...c5), The Caro-Kann (1...c6), and The Pirc (1...d6). Same here. I've only simply never tried the Modern (1...g6), which I'm planning to try, the Scandinavian, and the Alekhine.
Dec-22-12  The Last Straw: Against 1.d4 I've played the QGD and am doing some preparation on the Slav (...c6) and the Dutch (1...f5).
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