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Magnus Carlsen vs Michael Adams
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 4, Dec-07
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-07-15
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  JointheArmy: Wow, who saw takes on f7? If Magnus wins this...
Dec-07-15
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  moronovich: Still chances for Carlsen-not so simple to hold as it may look.But Draw is the most likely.
Dec-07-15
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  Gypsy: Apparently, Tall was a master of endgames with this material (willingly taking the rook and extra pawn).

Saw this opportunity, but was not sure MC would try it (even as the attempt of the last resort).

Dec-07-15  ajile: So 63..Be3 was a possible blunder allowing White to complicate the position? Looks like Black (as mentioned above) could have simply moved his king back and forth between e8 and f8. Keeping the bishop on c5 prevents White's combo since the knight can return to d6.
Dec-07-15
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  Domdaniel: <ajile> Yes, that's what I think -- ...Be3 was a mistake. Those two connected passed pawns now give Magnus real winning chances.
Dec-07-15
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  beenthere240: I don't see how this move works.
Dec-07-15
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  beenthere240: Well Magnus seems to have an idea of what he's doing.
Dec-07-15
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  moronovich: Now after -Ke8 it is a dead draw.
Dec-07-15
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  beenthere240: Magnus could get his rook stuck very easily. And black can take the g pawn with impunity.
Dec-07-15  ajile: White has to be careful. Black threatens ..Nxg5, Rxg5 Bxg5 and it looks like Black wins with the remote passer.
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: Think Carlsen will play on with R vs N?
Dec-07-15  ajile: R vs. N could be hours of pain.
Dec-07-15
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  whiteshark: Keep the ♘ close to the ♔
Dec-07-15
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  beenthere240: Well, I don't think white can lose it anymore. ;-)
Dec-07-15
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  Penguincw: Wow, I didn't expect any games to still be going on! Oh well, all the better!
Dec-07-15
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  Gypsy: <ajile: R vs. N could be hours of pain.>

I think we are down to fixed time.
(Don't take my word for it, but I think I have seen something to that effect somewhere.)

Dec-07-15
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  Domdaniel: Only seconds of pain, thankfully.
Dec-07-15
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  moronovich: Draw officially
Dec-07-15
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  Gypsy: Topalov - Caruana still going. I think Topalov shall convert his advantage there.
Dec-07-15  Marmot PFL: I don't see Topalov winning that ending either.
Dec-07-15
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  Domdaniel: Is Topalov-Caruana still going on?
Dec-07-15
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  Gypsy: <Domdaniel: Is Topalov-Caruana still going on?>

Yes it is.
But the time is short, and Topalov has 4 min against Caruana's 6. If this time is indeed fixed, White should force a draw, I think.

Dec-07-15
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  Gypsy: Nope, they clearly have time-increments.
Dec-07-15
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  Gypsy: Draw there as well.
Topalov allowed a perpetual.
Dec-10-15  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 7...ed, 7...cd keeps the option of ...e5 and aims for a pawn formation as might have arisen after 8 cxd5 in the game Korchnoi vs Botvinnik, 1952
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