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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Magnus Carlsen
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-04
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-04-15  varishnakov: http://livestream.com/accounts/1504...

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Dec-04-15
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  beenthere240: Carlsen is offering the broken K-side pawns in exchange for the powerful d5 knight. He's also protecting the a pawn, which is probably more valuable.
Dec-04-15
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  offramp: Carlsen likes his pawns to be a bit smashed up. He gets lots of play that way.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: 17.Nc3, preserving the knight, has been played in this position.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: Though Black looks a little better after 17.Nc3 Bc6 ...
Dec-04-15  alfamikewhiskey: <http://analysis.sesse.net>
Dec-04-15
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  moronovich: In the Caruana-Aronian game we may also end up with a Sveshnikov-structure though via Ruy Lopez .
Dec-04-15
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  offramp: Carlsen is better now. Nxf6+ was not a good exchange.
Dec-04-15
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  offramp: Black can't really play ...a5.

He might try something far out like ...Ra8, then Ra7, ...Qa8, Rc8.

Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: Interesting, though it seems equal. The 'old' Carlsen was very good at winning from equal positions - while the recent Carlsen sometimes lost.

We shall see. A draw is my prediction.

Dec-04-15
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  offramp: <Sokrates: Chessgames: <Game starts 11:00am USA/Eastern - it is now 8:34am > I know there are many Americans here, but it would be nice if you also stated the local time - the tournament takes place in Europe, after all. Thanks in advance.>

Agreed. Local time should be used. What relevance has specifically New York time to a game in London?

Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: <He might try something far out like ...Ra8, then Ra7, ...Qa8, Rc8.> Or White could aim for a kingside attack: Qh5, Bb1, 0-0, Ra3-h3, etc.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: Black should probably play either 18...d5 at once, or 18...Rfd8 with ...d5 to follow. This keeps White too busy to organize an attack.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: Instead of 19.Rxa6, I like the look of the pawn sac 19.Ra3.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: At least White has an outside passed pawn on b2 -- if he can hold onto it, never mind advance it.
Dec-04-15
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  Robed.Bishop: Drawn by repetition.
Dec-04-15
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  beenthere240: That was a quick draw. Looks like a GRANDMASTER draw.
Dec-04-15
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  beenthere240: The kind where both players sit back and laugh.
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: We now have a forced draw with 21...Bxe4 22.Bxe4 Qxa6 23.Qg4+ Kh8 24.Qf5 Rxe4 25.Qxf6+ Kg8 26.Qg5+ Kh8 27.Qf6+ etc.
Dec-04-15
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  offramp: Drawn by repetition...
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: Aaargh. I actually predicted that sequence from move 21: not too difficult.

Is there another game we could watch?

Dec-04-15
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  offramp: ┐Puede repetarle pro favor?
Dec-04-15  kamagong24: at least it's not a Berlin...
Dec-04-15
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  Domdaniel: Off to Aronian, folks...
Dec-04-15  Ulhumbrus: If 13 a4 gives the b file to Black's rook on b8 five alternatives are 13 Nc2-e3, 13 b4, 13 Bd3, 13 Be2 and 13 g3
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