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Anish Giri vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-10
Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (A40)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-10-15
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  chancho: Looks like a draw in the offing...
Jan-10-15  varishnakov: After 19...Ke7, I black has isolated e pawn, but bishop for knight and queenside pawn majority.

To me, I think black's position is preferable.

Jan-10-15
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  Penguincw: You know the position is dead equal when the computer doesn't even give either side a centipawn advantage.

Ooh. 20.Nd5+. Maybe the rooks aren't coming off the board quite yet...

Jan-10-15
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  keypusher: But the minor pieces are. Any anti-draw rules in effect in this tournament?
Jan-10-15
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  chancho: Saric Aronian, drawn.
Jan-10-15
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  Penguincw: It's a dead drawn endgame, but let's see if Carlsen can use his technique to turn this into a win. (or come close).
Jan-10-15
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  plang: I doubt he will try to hard here
Jan-10-15
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  Penguincw: And the rooks are gone! It's down to a king and pawn endgame.
Jan-10-15
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  WannaBe: Computer eval is 0.00002, white is winning.
Jan-10-15
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  WannaBe: Wonder if CG.com is willing to give us Wesley's game, once this is over. He's got a really interesting positional game.
Jan-10-15  kellmano: Who is this musician dude? He is quite good at chess. Normally 'celebrity' chess players just suck.
Jan-10-15  kellmano: I'd bloody hate to have this position. So much counting required.
Jan-10-15
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  plang: I was more confident of the draw with the rooks on - king endings can be tricky
Jan-10-15
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  WannaBe: <kellmano> No worries, we have Bill Gates and Kim Kardashian tomorrow as guest commentator.
Jan-10-15
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  Stonehenge: I think it's Robert Ris now commenting with Seirawan.
Jan-10-15
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  chancho: Draw official.
Jan-10-15
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  Penguincw: What game to switch to...

Most would say So-Wojtaszek, although all of the games seem equal to me. :)

Jan-10-15
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  chancho: Make it So!
Jan-10-15
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  keypusher: I would vote for Caruana, but I've got to run in a moment anyway.
Jan-10-15  beenthere240: World class chess at its best!
Jan-10-15  Ulhumbrus: 9 c5? looks like a mistaken attack and ends up conceding the bishop pair or superior minor piece to Black

After 16 0-0 Black exchanges queens and keeps the superior minor piece. 16 Qe2 seems necessary.

Jan-10-15  1d410: What a boring game. Preferred watching Caruana's this round.
Jan-10-15  Pedro Fernandez: A clear draw before 1.d4. The right way, IMO.
Jan-11-15  1971: <Pedro Fernandez: A clear draw before 1.d4. The right way, IMO.>

I would say chess is a forced win for white before saying its a forced draw as the game is never perfectly symetrical since White's tempo creates the first imbalance.

Anyway, 9. c5 looks like a bailout move by someone out of his prep. Giri would much rather Carlsen smile at him and shake hands and be friends then to actually get in a real fight.

I think Black could even draw by shuffling his Rook along the 7th rank if he doesn't want to calculate the K+P endgame.

Jan-11-15
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  whiteshark: Post-morten analysis:

with Giri + Seirawan (and a Dutch musician/chess fan): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byD3...

by GM Jan Gustafsson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA4D...

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