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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Magnus Carlsen
Isle of Man Masters (2017), Douglas IMN, rd 4, Sep-26
Nimzowitsch Defense: Williams Variation (B00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  ajk68: Somewhat surprising that Carlsen would play on in the Philidor position. And even earlier it is obvious the Philidor position can be obtained.
Sep-26-17  Marmot PFL: Interesting transposition to a King's Indian. Around move 10-15 I expected Bxc3 to give white doubled c-pawns.
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  ajk68: Maybe they just wanted to give an educational demo. In that case, we should be grateful.
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  ajk68: <Marmot PFL: Interesting transposition to a King's Indian. Around move 10-15 I expected Bxc3 to give white doubled c-pawns.>

The dark-square bishop is normally a key defensive piece. Otherwise, black has dark square weakness around the king. It is unusual for black to trade it off.

Doubling the pawns on the c-file also doesn't accomplish much. White will maintain the central tension with the d5 pawn. If white captures the d5 pawn, then cxd5 will un-double the pawns. Black does not have enough space to really attack the doubled pawn either.

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  ajk68: I was actually surprised how Carlsen ceded so much space in the opening.

26. dxc6 seems like a strategic mistake. The computer gives it a slightly inferior rating, but it gave Carlsen the space he needed.

Sep-26-17  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

<25.e5> Nxe5 26.Nxe5 dxe5 27.d6 Rcd8 28.dxe7 Rxd1 29.Qxd1 Ne4 30.fxg6 hxg6 31.Bh4 Qa8 32.Qg4 g5 33.Be1 Nc5 34.Qxg5 Qc8 35.Bh4 Qe6 36.Nc2 Qg6 37.Qd2 f6 38.Ne3 Qd3 39.Qxd3 Nxd3 40.Rd1 e4 41.Nf5 Kh7 42.g4 Kg6 43.Rf1 Bh8 44.Kg2 Nxb2 ± (1.00) Depth: 24

Sep-26-17  Fanques Fair: Itīs not a Philidor, but the Nimzovitch Defense : a most interesting and unexplored opening that deserves much more attention. The sequence of the game is a variant in which White avoids playing 2- d4 , to which Black could reply both 2-...d5 or 2... e5, creating two enterely different positions and pawn formations. Itīs not easy for White to obtain advantage if the player is not prepared to both these options. Glad to see the World Champion using it without any problems.
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  mysystem: The reference in the first post is to the Philidor position (K+R+P vs K+R), not the Philidor defense.
Oct-22-17  cormier: 1) +0.49 (33 ply) 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.O-O O-O 8.Re1 Nbd7 9.h3 Nc5 10.e5 Nfd7 11.exd6 exd6 12.Bg5 f6 13.Be3 Nb6 14.Bf1 Re8 15.Qd2 Bd7 16.a3 f5 17.Bd4 Ne4 18.Nxe4 fxe4 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qd4+ Qf6 21.Rxe4 Rxe4 22.Qxe4 Qxb2

2) +0.45 (33 ply) 5.Bd3 Nbd7 6.Be3 g6 7.c4 Bg7 8.O-O O-O 9.h3 Nc5 10.Nc3 Nxd3 11.Qxd3 Bd7 12.Rad1 c6 13.Bd4 Re8 14.dxc6 Bxc6 15.Rfe1 e5 16.Be3 Qa5 17.Bg5 Re6 18.Qe3 Qb6 19.Qd2 Qb4 20.Nd5 Qxd2 21.Rxd2 Rd8 22.Nxf6+ Bxf6 23.Bxf6 Rxf6

3) +0.25 (32 ply) 5.Qe2 e6 6.c4 Be7 7.Nc3 exd5 8.exd5 c6 9.Bf4 O-O 10.Qd2 Nbd7 11.dxc6 bxc6 12.Be2 Nb6 13.O-O d5 14.cxd5 Nbxd5 15.Bg3 Re8 16.Rfe1 Bf5 17.Rad1 Bb4 18.Bd3 Bxd3 19.Rxe8+ Qxe8 20.Qxd3 Bxc3 21.bxc3

60.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Oct-22-17  cormier: 1) +0.58 (35 ply) 9.Be2 Nfd7 10.Qc2 e5 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 f5 13.Rb1 Nb6 14.exf5 gxf5 15.b3 a5 16.Be2 Na6 17.a3 Qf6 18.b4 Nd7 19.Nb5 axb4 20.axb4 Bh6 21.c5 dxc5 22.bxc5 Ndxc5 23.Nxc7 Rac8 24.Nxa6 bxa6 25.Bc4 Bxc1 26.Rfxc1 Qd6 27.f3 Rf7

2) +0.50 (34 ply) 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Nbd7 11.Qe2 Nc5 12.Bc2 Nfd7 13.Bg5 c6 14.Nd1 a5 15.Rb1 Qb6 16.Ne3 e6 17.Rfd1 Rfe8 18.Bf4 cxd5 19.cxd5 e5 20.Nc4 Qa6 21.Be3 b5 22.Nd2 Rac8 23.Qf3 Nf6 24.Rbc1 Ncd7 25.Bb1 Rxc1 26.Rxc1 Qb7 27.b3 a4 28.bxa4

3) +0.34 (34 ply) 9.Bc2 Nbd7 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 c6 12.Bg5 Rc8 13.Qe2 Nh5 14.Rab1 Bf6 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Rfd1 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Qc7 18.Be3 Nhf6 19.Rb3 cxd5 20.cxd5 b6 21.Rd4 Nc5 22.Ra3 e5 23.dxe6 Nxe6 24.Rd1 Red8 25.Qa6 Rd7 26.Qe2 Qc4 27.Qxc4 Rxc4

60.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Oct-22-17  cormier: <<if 8.h3:>

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Analysis by Houdini 4:

8...Nfd7> 9.Nc3 Nc5 10.Bg5 Nbd7 11.Bc2 Bxc3 12.bxc3 f6 13.Be3 e5 14.Nd2 b6 15.Qg4 Qe8 16.Rab1 a5 17.Qe2 Qe7 18.Nb3 Kg7 19.Nxc5 Nxc5 20.Bxc5 dxc5 21.Rfd1 Qd7 22.Rd3 Ba6 23.Rg3 Rad8 24.Rd1 ⩲ (0.36) Depth: 28

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