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Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-12
Rat Defense: See also: Modern Defense (for lines with ...g6) (A41)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: Magnus is at the top of the heap, but it seems he has gotten lazy since becoming Champ.

Rated number one for a good number of years, but now there are players working hard to overtake him, and they are closing in!

He needs Gazza's fanatical capacity for hard work.

If he could manage that, then he would be an even more formidable force.

Less Donald Duck comics, and more work, Maggie!

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  HeMateMe: You get the idea that the game comes so easy for him that he doesn't have to work that hard, he can just turn on the jets when he has to defend his title.

Maybe his strategy is best? Those who obsess over work often burn out early.

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  chancho: <HeMateMe> Not necessarily.

Look at Gazza.

Champ for 15 years.

First to break 2800.

A Talented player who worked very hard.

Hard work AND talent will beat talent.

Fabiano Caruana when asked about his success of late, says hard work.

Jan-12-15  stst: agreed hard work:talent about 30:70 or 40:60 ratio, that's why Alekhine beat Capa.

Capa roughly got the hard work: talent ratio as 10:90? where Alekhine definitely work the hard work part much bigger!!

Now see that Magnus got the hard work part down to about 20~30, not enough to maintain the superiority

We all like talents, but, alas, human being could not be 100% talent only!!

Jan-12-15  stst: the unsupported push of the a and h pawns not only waste time, they led to nothing, other than simply loss of the pawn.

not sure why didn't take the tempi of PxP+, KxP followed by QxP+

then somehow lost the exchange and got only N vs White's N & B, the game was already lost... not to any part brilliant in White's part, but only Black's own lack of advance planning and fore-sight.....

just my 2c

Jan-12-15  mistreaver: Guys this is just one game, to my mind Wojtaszek played perfectly, probably because he went into the game without expectations, whereas yesterday against Van Wely he was completely whitewashed but got lucky and escaped with a draw... Everyone can have a good or a bad day, even the World Champion.
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  Gypsy: About the most underwhelming play from MC I have seen to-date.
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  Domdaniel: <chancho> -- <He needs Gazza's fanatical capacity for hard work. If he could manage that, then he would be an even more formidable force.>

Heh. I can just imagine, if the InterWeb had been around in the 1920s, people saying "Oh, Capablanca needs to work harder, like Alekhine" ...

Jan-13-15  kia0708: Bravo Wojtaszek !
Jan-13-15  latvalatvian: Carlsen was just fooling around. He wants people on this site to make criticisms so he can laugh his head off. A person's motives at this level are unfathomable.
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  patzer2: Carlsen's sacrfice of the Bishop with 28...Qe6?? 29. g4 seems to be an attempt to solve a bad position with complications and tactics.

Black's position is not so pleasant after the computer "best move" alternative 28...cxd4, when Black is reduced to passive resistance trying to stop White's strong passed a-pawn.

Fritz 12 indicates White secures a lasting initiative after 28...cxd4 29. Bxd4 to when play might continue 28... cxd4 29. Bxd4 Kh7 30. Rb4 Bd7 31. Bxg7 Kxg7 32. Nb3 Be6 33. a5 Kh6 34. Ra4 Bd7 35. Ra2 Be6 36. Nd2 Ra6 37. Qa1 Bg4 38. Bf1 Qa8 39. Ra4 Bd7 40. Ra3 Be6 41. Be2 Qc8 42. Qd4 Qa8 43. Bf1 Kh7 44. Qc3 Ra7 45. Be2 Qc8 46. Kf1 Qa8 47. Ke1 Bf7 48. Ra1 Kg8 49. Qb4 Ne6 50. f3 exf3 51. Bxf3 Qd8 52. Ke2 Nc5 53. Ne4 Nd7 54. Ng5 Ne5 55. Nxf7 Kxf7 56. Bb7 (+1.66 @ 20 depth).

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  patzer2: Had White not seen that 35. Ke1! is the only move to secure the win, Black could have pulled off his swindle with 28...Qe6??
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  patzer2: White's opening play is worthy of note in that after 1. d4 g6 he is careful to avoid the complications of the A40 Beefeater Variation discussed and played in the recent daily puzzle game B Thorfinnsson vs I Rogers, 2005.
Jan-14-15  boz: <patzer2>: Good point (of course, I assume you meant 2...d6).
Jan-16-15  Boris Schipkov: The move ...a5 is not good after ...d6.
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  norami: A week ago people were complaining the World Champion was a lazy bum wasting time reading Donald Duck. What a difference a week makes.
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  chancho: Gots to agree, <norami>. ;-)
Jan-21-15  GmAjay: I think, Carlsen was over confident !
Jan-21-15  SirRuthless: Yea he sure showed Hou Yifan, Van Wely and Jobava what's fer.
Jan-27-15  TheBish: Carlsen wasted too much time on pawns moves, especially marching the a-pawn to a3, where it died. Out of 51 moves, 17 were pawns moves! That's one-third. If the formula for winning chess is making more than twice as many piece moves as pawn moves, this one would fail!
Apr-19-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Magnus has been experimenting lately and having has been nice to watch his games, win or lose since the second Anand massacre.
Nov-19-15  kia0708: nice play by Wojtaszek !
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  whiteshark: GM <Jan Gustafsson> took a look at this game: Enjoy!
Oct-15-16  Christoforus Polacco: What do you think about idea to liven up 'h3' pawn instead of immediate 36....R:a4 ? For example : 36... Qh4+ 37.Ng3 N:g3 and now two ways : 38.Q:g3+ Q:g3+ 39.hg h2 40.Bf3 R:a4 41.Rb1 Ra3 and situation is a some unclear (pawn 'g3' is weak) Second way : 38.hg Qg5 with threat 39.... Qc1+ (39.g4 Qh4+) and it's not possible 39.Qd2 cause of 39....Q:g3+. If 39.Qb3 h2 40.Bf3 Qc1+ and white probably wins but has a some problems to solve. If 39.Rb1 h2. 40.Qf3 R:a4 with threat 41.... Ra3. So 41.Qg2 h1Q+ 42.Q:h1 Q:g3+. I don't use ''engines'' for analysis so I am not sure if it's correct or not...
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  Richard Taylor: There was no experimenting Carlsen didn't have a particularly good game. It was about = Then he blundered. Which is possible for anyone. But he was beaten fair and square, hard work or not.
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