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Magnus Carlsen vs Ivan Saric
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  tamar: 42 Qd4 Rxe6 43 Qd5 Qb6 44 Qd4 would fit the bill for both players. Magnus wouldn't have to offer a draw, and Saric wouldn't have to accept one after being better for most of the game.
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  e4ia: Ding also finishes 8.5!
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  eternaloptimist: <Gregor> LOL Erronian finally resigned! It's about time!
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  tamar: Poor Lev. He looks miserable.
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  e4ia: It seems MC will lose e6, no matter what line he plays
Jan-25-15  rogge: Yep, 40. Rxd7 was a mistake. Carlsen had 4 minutes left on the clock, and should've spotted ..Qb5.
Jan-25-15  Jack Kerouac: Said it was Dicey.
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  e4ia: Not so on 40. Rxd7!
It was Stockfish first choice 0.44 =
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  Penguincw: Just returning to this game: did at some point, Saric offer a draw which Carlsen rejected?
Jan-25-15  kellmano: L'Ami is very entertaining. Hope Yasser lets him talk.
Jan-25-15  Marmot PFL: Think offering Carlsen draw would be waste of time. If he wants a draw he'll let you know.
Jan-25-15  rogge: <e4ia: Not so on 40. Rxd7!
It was Stockfish first choice 0.44 =>

Rxd7 was not the best move :)

Jan-25-15  suenteus po 147: After 43...Qe1+ 44.Rf1 Qe2 will we see a repetition of moves to a draw?
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  Domdaniel: I think Carlsen will make a serious effort to win this -- it's what he does, after all. He has a passed pawn, Saric doesn't; and Black's a-pawn could be weak. Of course the activity of the Black pieces seems to compensate, but there's no harm in trying.
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  chancho: Congrats to Magnus Carlsen.

Still the BEST!

Jan-25-15  suenteus po 147: Exchange (instead of repetition) down to a draw. Carlsen is sole winner of the tournament.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Carlsen for finishing in sole first in this tournament.
Jan-25-15  Marmot PFL: Well played by saric. Thought he might fall part when carlsen attacked but he defended nicely.
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  HeMateMe: why doesn't white play 42. R-e2 and try to hang on to the extra pawn?
Jan-25-15  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 7...b5 is 7...e6 so as to keep White's N out of d5 and if 8 e5 d5 is as in the king's pawn open game.

After 12 Bb3 White's KB bites on granite and his c pawn is backward. Instead of 12...Bd6, 12...a5 threatens ...a4

Jan-28-15  latvalatvian: I can't believe Carlsen won this tournament. He would be the last person I would have predicted.
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  chancho: Incredible, ain't it?

Fresh from defending his title vs Anand too...

How on Earth does he keep on being so successful?


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  perfidious: Dang, <chancho>, Ah got no idea! That there Carlson wins everthang and beats off them there barrycudies!
Aug-28-15  Mr. V: So what is the name of this kind of Sicilian?
Aug-28-15  NeverAgain: Rossolimo Variation (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) via transposition.
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