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David Navara vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-16-16
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  Ron: After 23. Bd7 Re7 then 24. Qf5 Kg8 .

But this is moot now.

Jan-16-16  beenthere240: I bet black would like his bishop back!!
Jan-16-16
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  keypusher: <Ron: After 23. Bd7 Re7 then 24. Qf5 Kg8 . > I would expect 24....Nxe5.

Now wondering about 23....Rxa3 24.Qd4 c5 25.Rxa3 cd 26.Rxa8 Rxa8.

Jan-16-16
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  Ron: Here is a line which leads to perpetual check:

23. Qc3 Kg8 24. e6 fxe6 25. Qf6 exf5 26. Qg6+ Kf8 27. Qf6+ Kg8 28. Qg6+ Kf8 29. Qf6+ Kg8 30. Qg6+

One might want to take it if one is playing the World Champion.

Jan-16-16  Absentee: <beenthere240: I bet black would like his bishop back!!>

After ...c5 and ...d4 he's going to get it, plus an open diagonal on White's King.

Jan-16-16
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  Honza Cervenka: <keypusher: <Ron: After 23. Bd7 Re7 then 24. Qf5 Kg8 . > I would expect 24....Nxe5.> Aren!t you afraid of 25.Qf6+ and 26.Qxe7?
Jan-16-16
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  Ron: Carlsen made the Sockfish move. Play could now go 25. Rxa3 cxd4 26. Rxa8 Rxa8 27. exd4 Ra4 28. Nd3 Bc6 29. Nc5 Ra2 30. g4 Kg7 with about equal position.
Jan-16-16
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  keypusher: <Honza Cervenka: <keypusher: <Ron: After 23. Bd7 Re7 then 24. Qf5 Kg8 . > I would expect 24....Nxe5.> Aren!t you afraid of 25.Qf6+ and 26.Qxe7?>

Ha ha, thanks, Honza.

Jan-16-16
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  Ron: Play could now go 24. Qd4 c5 25. Rxa3 cxd4 26. Rxa8 Rxa8 27. exd4 Ra4 28. Nd3 Bc6 29. Nc5 Ra2 30. g4 Kg7 about equal position
Jan-16-16
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  Ron: Well, they banged out some moves.
Jan-16-16  Absentee: <After ...c5 and ...d4 he's going to get it, plus an open diagonal on White's King.>

Or maybe not.

Jan-16-16  beenthere240: The move Qc3 with the threat of the discovered check created a crisis that turned into an endgame.
Jan-16-16
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  Honza Cervenka: 24.Qd4 c5 25.Rxa3 practically forces 25...cxd4 26.Rxa8 Rxa8 27.exd4 with ending where black LSB is worse.
Jan-16-16
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  chancho: Draw agreed.
Jan-16-16
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  Honza Cervenka: But black can force repetition of moves here. It looks like draw.
Jan-16-16
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  Honza Cervenka: And it just happened. Interesting game and good start for David.
Jan-16-16
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  Ron: Navara has an even record with Carlsen:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Jan-16-16  beenthere240: Interesting game -- I wonder if 23. Qc3 was a deliberate drawing combination vs the alternative of 23. Bd7.
Jan-16-16
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  Penguincw: Yay, draw after 31 moves. Switch to So-Giri maybe?
Jan-16-16
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  keypusher: <Penguincw: Yay, draw after 31 moves. Switch to So-Giri maybe?>

I would like that. Looks like Giri is getting clobbered. Very interesting game though.

Jan-16-16
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  offramp: It is really odd that the Test match at Johannesburg AND this game finished at exactly the same time: 16:34 16/01/2016.
Jan-16-16  lost in space: Draw. Nothing else to be expected in round 1 with Carlson as Black versus a top player
Jan-16-16
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  Domdaniel: A good and interesting game. Perhaps it ended a tad prematurely - there were still imbalances in the final position, such as the outside passed pawn and Black's not-very-good Bishop. There was still scope for play, even if there was no clear route to an advantage for either player -- precisely the type of position in which Carlsen has frequently played on, and won sufficiently often to make it worthwhile.

Here, however, the game was finely balanced, and neither player could try for a win without risking a loss. In the first round of a major tournament, with a lot of chess still to be played, that alone is good reason to draw.

Jan-16-16  beenthere240: If black doesn't force the draw by repetition, the threat of Bd7 by White is pretty strong. Blacks LSB is pathetic.
Jan-17-16  Ulhumbrus: 8...g5 disturbs the king side pawns a second time as well as losing time in order to gain the bishop pair. However it is up to White to find a way to take advantage of it.

Carlsen may have reckoned that it is difficult for White in the position after 9...Nh5 to get a knight to f5. That seems true with the pawn structure after 9...Nh5.

Suppose however the pawn structute is changed. If White plays e4 and Black exchanges pawns on e4, that displaces two pawns. It clears the e3 square for a white knight and it displaces Black's d5 pawn which defends the c4 square, so that White's knight may use the c4 square to get to f5.

One attempt to take advantage of Black's king side pawn moves which this helps to suggest is 10 e4 Nxg3 11 hxg3 de 12 Nxe4 Nb6 13 Ne5 Bg7 14 Qf3

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