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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Magnus Carlsen
Sinquefield Cup (2017), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 8, Aug-10
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-10-17  cormier: (26 ply) 22...Bxc3 23.bxc3 Re8 24.Bc5 Ra4 25.Rd8 Rxe4 26.Bxa7 Nf6 27.Rxe8+ Rxe8 28.a4 Ra8 29.Bd4 Ne4 30.Re1 Nd6 31.Re7 Nf5 32.Rxb7 Nxd4 33.cxd4 Rxa4 34.Rd7 Kf8 35.Rc7 Rxd4 36.Rxc6 Rd2 37.h4 Rd3 38.Ra6 Ke8

(26 ply) 22...Rd8 23.a3 Ne5 24.Bxe5 Rxd2 25.Rxd2 Bxe5 26.Ne2 Rb6 27.b4 Ra6 28.f4 Bg7 29.Ra2 c5 30.bxc5 Bf8 31.a4 Bxc5 32.Kf3 f5 33.e5 Kf7 34.Rc2 b6 35.Rc4 Ke6 36.Nc3 g5 37.Nb5 Kd7 38.fxg5 hxg5

Aug-10-17  Marmot PFL: Almost the same as the first game, queenless middle game with white rooks on the d-file, maybe ⩲ due to central edge but no big problems for black.
Aug-10-17
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  WannaBe: Hey, Nepo. Who you smirkin' at?!
Aug-10-17
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  Check It Out: This position looks to be either a short draw or a protracted endgame battle, the latter just the sort of strategy you'd expect from Carlsen.
Aug-10-17  Absentee: Nepomniachtchi looks like a younger Svidler.
Aug-10-17  beenthere240: A deader draw I have not seen.
Aug-10-17  Boomie: I was going to say that black is looking to make the outside passed pawn in the distant future. Then he played b5, which settles that hash immediately.
Aug-11-17  Ulhumbrus: Up to move seven the opening seems similar to that in the game Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 with the difference that Carlsen has developed his king's knight on f6 instead of on e7.

If in reply to 8 Bf4 8...Nh5 is a good move, one alternative to 8 Bf4 is 8 0-0. Otherwise one alternatice to 9 Nxc6 is 9 Be3 leaving Black's jing's knight on the rim

Aug-11-17  Monocle: <Ulhumbrus: Up to move seven the opening seems similar to that in the game Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 with the difference that Carlsen has developed his king's knight on f6 instead of on e7.>

What a pointless comparison.

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