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Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-05
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: 1 4 Game Collection: 02_QR endgames II
Dec-05-15  chessdgc2: On first glance, it seems 30...Rd7 is bad, but White can't do much until he solves his back-rank problems
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  Penguincw: Pretending this is the first game broadcast on the day:

< Classical games: Magnus Carlsen beat Fabiano Caruana 8 to 5, with 8 draws. >

When Carlsen has white, he's +4,-2,=4.

However, there have been a lot of decisive games between these two recently.

Dec-05-15  chessdgc2: Black should be able to hold this one. If I was asked to bet on the outcome now, I'd bet on a draw although I like White's pose better
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  offramp: 34...Qe2. Black seems a bit better. Not much though.
Dec-05-15  chessdgc2: It looks like there's two main ideas force the draw with 1. Qf3 Rxd6 2. Rxd6 Qxd6 3. Qxb7. (Black has just played ...a5). Or 1. f4. If I were playing for a win, I'd try 1 f4, but I doubt it promises very much. The purpose for Black's last move, was to limit White's access to the dark squares.
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  Penguincw: 3rd draw on the day: Aronian - Anand 1/2-1/2 in 34 moves.
Dec-05-15  chessdgc2: It's likely this one is also drawn...bujt for now, there's still some life in it. White has just played 1Qc5. It's logical that he plans to move his Q to e5 next. Black doesn't have anything pleasant here...perhaps 1...Kg7? This would fall right into White's plan to play Qe5...
Dec-05-15  chessdgc2: With 36...b5! Black is trying to lure White away fro d6. Right now, calculation is intense. Does it matter what White does? Can Black hold regardless?
Dec-05-15  chessdgc2: CHESSGAMES.COM...Thank you so much for the Broadcast! See you tomorrow
Dec-05-15  kamagong24: Magnus is known for grinding games to a win, so maybe the fewer pieces on the board the higher the chances of him winning, therefore if his opponents manages to avoid exchanges and keep the tension, the higher the chance of beating him, maybe...
Dec-05-15  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 20 Rxe8, 20 Qh5 defends the rook on e5 and makes way for the queen's rook
Dec-05-15  Mr. V: Why does Black repeatedly refuse to take the a-pawn with his queen?
Dec-05-15  Mr. V: Well I see why he refuses to take it late in the game, but why not on move 31, for example?
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  beenthere240: Magnus seems to be fallimg into these perpts.
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  HeMateMe: the pajama girls.

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