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Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
World Championship Candidates (2013), London ENG, rd 8, Mar-24
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-24-13  Ulhumbrus: <Meatwad: If Carlsen is looking for a decisive result he should play the KID against Kramnik tomorrow....won't be long in coming> That is why Carlsen may avoid it. Kramnik was quite capable of defeating Kasparov's King's Indian defence.
Mar-24-13  Conrad93: Switch to the Grischuk-Ivanchuk game.
Mar-24-13  DcGentle: Grischuk - Ivanschuk, if possible. :-)
Mar-24-13
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  chancho: Carlsen apparently wanted to get out of that press conference.

The Russian chick asked the reporters if there were any more questions, and when another question was leveled at Aronian, Carlson sighed.

Mar-24-13
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  AylerKupp: Yes, Grischuk - Ivanchuk. Dragon games are always fun.
Mar-24-13  boz: I have a feeling Kramnik is going to grind Svidler down.
Mar-24-13
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  Eggman: I'd like to switch to Kramnik-Svidler. Kramnik is alone in third place, and is pressing for a win - and if he gets it, he's back in the race for first suddenly, with White against Carlsen tomorrow.
Mar-24-13  Conrad93: <Eggman: I'd like to switch to Kramnik-Svidler. Kramnik is alone in third place, and is pressing for a win - and if he gets in, he's back in the race for first suddenly, with White against Carlsen tomorrow.>

I sense another draw...

Mar-24-13  Pedro Fernandez: Yet CG didn't place 1/2-1/2.
Mar-24-13  morfishine: <Marmot PFL> & <Aylerkupp> Thanks! I miss placed my link to the other games :(
Mar-24-13
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  Eyal: Here are the final moves of this game, btw (not that they were terribly fascinating): <34....Rd2 35.Nf4 g6 36.g5 hxg5 37.hxg5 Ke7 38.e4 Rc2 39.f3 Rc5 40.Rxc5 Nxc5 41.Ng2 1/2>


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Mar-24-13  Cemoblanca: There is an old saying: "Both had sh.. in their pants", but it's OK, especially after his (MC's) "disaster management" against Teimour "The KID" Radjabov.
Mar-24-13  Karposian: Thanks <Eyal> The final position isn't really that much different from Game 1!
Mar-24-13  Ulhumbrus: Is the CG transmission working ?
Mar-24-13  Ulhumbrus: For those who want to follow the games, here is a link to the analysis page on the offficial website:http://london2013.fide.com/analysis...
Mar-24-13
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  AylerKupp: <Ulhumbrus> I think that CG is having "technical difficulties". They happen to everyone on occasion.
Mar-24-13
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  norami: My guess is the Carlsen - Aronian game put whoever's running CG.com to sleep and now he's snoring away rather than switching to a new game.
Mar-24-13
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  Stonehenge: I'm going to another site to watch the games, cheerio.
Mar-24-13
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  Eyal: Carlsen and Aronian both agreed in the press conference that <15...c6> completely equalizes for Black and pretty much refutes White's play here. Carlsen said he "wasn't aware" of this move, so Anastasiya Karlovich told him it was a novelty...
Mar-24-13  xanadu: I really donĀ“t like the attidue of Carlsen in the press conferences.
Mar-24-13  Ulhumbrus: After 15...c6 Black has the good bishop and if he has a backward c6 pawn so has White a vulnerable b4 pawn.

However has Black really equalized? An alternative to 16 Rac1 ia 16 e4

Mar-24-13  RookFile: Aronian got everything you could want with black, starting with trading his problem c8 bishop for white's pride and joy at g2.
Mar-24-13
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  Eyal: <However has Black really equalized? An alternative to 16 Rac1 ia 16 e4 > 16.e4 is met by e5, followed by exd4 and then the thematic break c5.
Mar-24-13  Ulhumbrus: <<However has Black really equalized? An alternative to 16 Rac1 ia 16 e4 > 16.e4 is met by e5, followed by exd4 and then the thematic break c5.> On 16 e4 e5 17 Ne2
Mar-24-13  RookFile: I think black might answer 16. e4 with Be7. His play might be something like ....Nb6 and ...Nc4, and a timely ....a5 to put pressure on b4. In the meantime, white may be thinking of something like f4 and f5 to get an attack going. Therefore, black could follow up with axb4 and exchanges on the a file, to get rid of the rooks.

I think this rook swap idea explains a purpose behind 16. Rac1 - to get that rook off the a file in a effort to keep rooks on.

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