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Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen
London Chess Classic (2015), London ENG, rd 5, Dec-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-08-15
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  keypusher: Thanks for switching to this one, cg.
Dec-08-15
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  keypusher: All the remaining games look pretty interesting, actually.
Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: White more active but also has the hanging pawns. In the long run I somewhat prefer black.
Dec-08-15
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  keypusher: And now the queens come off. MC had a long think after 15.Rfe1 -- there were some crazy lines after 15....Bxh2+ 16.Kf1!? or 15....Bb7 16.Rxe6+ but Carlsen defused everything with ...0-0 and ...Bf4.
Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: Really surprised that white would trade queens. Now he just has weak pawns without much to show for them.
Dec-08-15
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  whiteshark: < Marmot PFL: White more active but also has the hanging pawns.> After 22.hxg3 black should think about activating his Rf8 in the near future.
Dec-08-15
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  Domdaniel: White's Queen was immobilized by the mate threat on g2. If he hadn't exchanged Queens, he might have been reduced to a defensive move like Bf1.

And I don't think the hanging pawns are *that* weak.

Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: The books all say that hanging pawns are weak in the ending but Aronian must figure he can draw. Still it's too bad he didn't try harder to win.
Dec-08-15
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  keypusher: <whiteshark: < Marmot PFL: White more active but also has the hanging pawns.> After 22.hxg3 black should think about activating his Rf8 in the near future.>

Not sure ...Rfe8 really qualifies.

Dec-08-15  lost in space: looks pretty even for my taste. I often had hanging pawns (as black) and the are getting very dynamic if it is possible to play d5 or c5 (as white) without that they are getting completely blocked afterwards
Dec-08-15  chessdgc2: White just played 23. f3. It is possible he is going to play 24. Be4 joining the e4-pawn with the c4 and d4 pawns after trading on e4. This would set the stage for d5.
Dec-08-15
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  Gypsy: <keypusher: <whiteshark: < Marmot PFL: White more active but also has the hanging pawns.> After 22.hxg3 black should think about activating his Rf8 in the near future.>

Not sure ...Rfe8 really qualifies.>

Mysterious rook moves. (per Tarrash & Nimzo)

Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: Black will either trade knights or play Nb8-c6 with attack on d4 if Ne5 retreats.
Dec-08-15
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  keypusher: Really hard to see either one winning this.
Dec-08-15  Marmot PFL: White has Bc2-b3 to guard c4 and Ke3 to guard d4 so this might be drawn around move 30, like the first game. Carlsen wants to win some games but he still has Nakamura.
Dec-08-15
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  tpstar: <chessgames.com> Thanks for the second broadcast. =)

<Gypsy> Wasn't Larsen known for mysterious Rook moves, including where he didn't expect the line to open (a la Nimzovich)?

Dec-08-15
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  keypusher: Nice game, but neither got within a mile of winning.
Dec-08-15
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  Gypsy: <<Gypsy> Wasn't Larsen known for mysterious Rook moves, including where he didn't expect the line to open (a la Nimzovich)?>

I believe he was.

He was an original, that is for sure. Yet his moves
we never daft, even when they broke conventions.

Dec-08-15  kamagong24: nice maneuvering by both players
Dec-09-15  Ulhumbrus: 7...Nxc3 moves the knight a third time to exchange it for a knight moved once and strengthens White's centre as well. This looks like a losing strategic mistake, unless Black is able to make White's centre a target instead of a weapon.

In the position after 10...b6 White has a lead in development, central pawn superiority and more space. His c pawn is backward but even so if other things are equal White has a considerable advantage.

White is advised to attack, then.

However what is the right choice of target for White's attack? If the target is mobile it will simply evade attack eg ...h6 in reply to Ng5.

Moreover Black's choices decide which targets he presents to White. Until he castles his king in the centre is the target and not his h pawn.

Another point is that as White has also not castled yet, he won't be able to follow any attack with his rooks yet.

Suppose that Black's king in the centre is the immediate target and that after Black castles the king side will become the target. Then the move 11 0-0 prepares Re1 against both the centre and the king side. Thus in a way 11 0-0 can be called an attacking move.

Whether White is advised then to play for c3-c4 and d5 or for a king side attack depends on Black's choices. As is typical in positions where Black stands badly, Black may try to answer one attacking threat on White's part, but by doing so expose himself to some other attacking threat on White's part.

Feb-03-16
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  MissScarlett: Game score is wrong...first move was 1.Rh3!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvGT...

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