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Wei Yi vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-18-16  MindCtrol9: White Rook not Black Rook
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  cro777: This endgame requires precision by White. Carlsen will try to exploit even minimal chances.
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  cro777: Instead of 42.a5 better was 42.Rc8!

42.Rc8 Kh7 43.Rc7 f6 44.h4 Rxa4 45.h5

Jan-18-16  MindCtrol9: I don't post with any engine washing a game life,but this endgame is favorable to Black.Black must bring the King to the QS taking the King close to the pawn and trying to get it.Magnus is good playing endgames.
Jan-18-16  MindCtrol9: Imagine now Black King on <b4>
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  FSR: About time for White to sac his a-pawn for rook activity.
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  WannaBe: All R + p endings = 1/2
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  Domdaniel: <Wannabe> Except the exceptions, of course.
Jan-18-16  Shams: <WannaBe> What was Soltis' rule? Something like: if you're a pawn up it's a dead draw, but if material is even you might have winning chances. Magnus must have read the same column I did.
Jan-18-16  MindCtrol9: This one could be one of the exceptions.I see Carlsen with good possibilities to win.
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  Domdaniel: <MindCtrl9> -- <I see Carlsen with good possibilities to win.> I think I agree, now.
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  cro777: Wei Yi found the right plan 49.h4! followed by Rc3!
Jan-18-16  MindCtrol9: <Domdaniel>Experience tells me so.Material is not that important,but the position of the pieces.Let's see how they keep playing.
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  Domdaniel: <Shams> - < if you're a pawn up it's a dead draw> Aha! That must be why I agreed to a draw in two recent games where I had an extra pawn. I had thought it was just because I was feeling tired and lacked the energy to play for a win.
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  keypusher: Looks like it was very well defended by Wei Yi.
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  cro777: Draw agreed!

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  cro777: In the first round against Tomashevsky, Wei Yi avoided the Marshall Gambit by playing 8.a4, but against Carlsen he accepted the challenge!
Jan-18-16  MindCtrol9: OK the White King can not do too much because is cut off.Endgames!!!King had to go to the QS to get the White <a pawn> and when Carlsen advanced the pawns made the pawns weak.There was a game played by Kramnik when he took his King up the pawn and won the game.
Jan-18-16  Cooleyhigh: To me this was an epic game and more in the future to come.
Jan-18-16  ColdSong: Maybe the very first game of a legendary rivalty.
Jan-19-16  SimplicityRichard: <In the first round against Tomashevsky, Wei Yi avoided the Marshall Gambit by playing 8.a4, but against Carlsen he accepted the challenge.>

In my view, either:

A) Wei Yi may not have felt that Carlsen would play the Marshall Gambit as Carlsen has only played it seriously once before against Anand last year. And therefore Wei may not have felt it necessary to play 8.a4. Against Tomashevsky in the first round Wei may have played 8.a4 to prevent the Marshall Gambit that is regularly played by Tomashevsky. In fact, in the last serious Ruy Lopez as Black, Tomashevsky played the Marshall Gambit against Zoltan Almasi in the European Championships last year.

B) Or perhaps Wei feels that he is ready for Carlsen (accepting the challenge) and is not shirking him in any way shape or form. And I hope this is the reason though I suspect it's (A).

I would hope that Wei is always confident to face Carlsen, and I feel that Wei Yi will once upon a time be World Champion.#

Jan-19-16  mrandersson: Even today the Tarrasch rule still holds ground Rook behind enemy passed pawn: usually a draw.
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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  Domdaniel: <Cooleyhigh> You've been a CG member for over ten years, but most of your posting activity has been recent? Where have you been all my life?
Jan-20-16  Ulhumbrus: White returns the pawn but then his advantage if any is no longer sufficient to win.
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