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Pavel Eljanov vs Magnus Carlsen
Isle of Man Masters (2017), Douglas IMN, rd 6, Sep-28
Owen Defense: Keene Variation (B00)  ·  0-1



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  tamar: Eljanov undergoing concussion protocol
Sep-28-17  Marmot PFL: Carlsen think white OK from opening but misjudged the position after dc5 and Bd6. I thought white played that for draw but Carlsen didn't think so it seems.
Sep-28-17  JPi: Now the difficult question: How with such "ugly" defence Black has won in less than 30 moves...
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  beenthere240: I have a hard time seeing exactly where White went wrong. At first it seemed as though he had a small edge. But then he slowly ran out of moves. The final position is freaky, where the a-knight cuts off the defense of the a pawn. This sequence is similar to an earlier move 20...Nc3! which led to the exchange of queens and the loss of White's c pawn. It's a beautiful game A bit like a composed study.
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  keypusher: <Marmot PFL: Carlsen think white OK from opening but misjudged the position after dc5 and Bd6. I thought white played that for draw but Carlsen didn't think so it seems.>

Agree with, 6-0. Carlsen is better than Eljanov, but not that much better. Just one of those things.

Sep-28-17  fisayo123: Carlsen has made Eljanov his b****
Sep-28-17  Strelets: Carlsen-Eljanov is becoming the Kasparov-Shirov or the Korchnoi-Tal of the 2010s.
Sep-28-17  cormier: 1) -2.49 (32 ply) 30.Bf4 Kf7 31.Nb1 Nxa4 32.Na3 Nc5 33.Be3 h6 34.Bd2 Nd7 35.Rd1 Ke7 36.Rb1 e5 37.f3 Be6 38.Kf2 Nc5 39.Rb2 Na4 40.Rc2 Rxc2 41.Nxc2 Nc5 42.Be2 Kd6 43.h3 Nb3 44.Be3 Kc7 45.Kf1 Nc5 46.Bd2 Nb3

2) -2.57 (31 ply) 30.Bg3 Nxa4 31.Bf4 Rc2 32.Nb1 Kf7 33.Na3 Rc3 34.Nb1 Rc8 35.Be3 h6 36.Na3 Ke7 37.Rd1 Nc5 38.Bd2 Nb4 39.Rc1 e5 40.f4 e4 41.f5 Nbd3 42.Bxd3 exd3 43.Re1+ Kd6 44.Be3 Kd7 45.g4 a4 46.Ra1 Nb3 47.Rd1

Sep-28-17  dehanne: Carlsen would make 1.f3 look playable.
Sep-28-17  SirRuthless: Looks like Carlsen found himself a new battered player to extract easy points from with both colors. He'll be back to 2880 in no time.
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  keypusher: <SirRuthless: Looks like Carlsen found himself a new battered player to extract easy points from with both colors. He'll be back to 2880 in no time.>

Thanks, I hadn't thought it was possible to enjoy this game more.

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  perfidious: It is, after all, well known that Carlsen only stays above 2800 because he has some customers.

Or so Carlsen's biggest fan, <sirgormless>, tells us.

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  beenthere240: So playing over with Stockfish it looks like the "blunder" was 17. cxb4 instead of 17. axb5. In other words, White's plan should have been to keep his doubled pawns and hand Black a passer. Of course now I can see how MC exploited the backward c pawn and tore up Eljanov in the next 10 moves or so. But sheesh!
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  thegoodanarchist: <JPi: Now the difficult question: How with such "ugly" defence Black has won in less than 30 moves...>

That's why Carlsen is World Champ. That's just what he does, with talent and hard work.

Sep-28-17  SirRuthless: <perfidious> No grandpa Lester, your implication does not follow from my comment at all. Looks like dementia is settling in now. Time to take your prune juice and tuck in. It's well past bed time. Matlock reruns are going to be showing tomorrow on CBS you should be up bright and early for that.
Sep-28-17  perfessor: There is nothing ugly about 1. ... b6. The ugly move is 2. e4, after which White's game is in its last throes.
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  moronovich: 3.d3 is a very interesting move,which is an attempt to go for a Kings Indian Attack (Nbd2,g3,Bg2,0-0 and so forth) claiming that black has wasted time with b6 (instead of going for c5/b5/a5 in one go).
Sep-29-17  Imran Iskandar: Carlsen is very wily, more so than I expected. Eljanov obviously knew he hadn't even been able to pin a draw against Magnus in 5 games, but playing this unconventional opening (yet making sure to play actively) probably unnerved him to the point that he lost.
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  beenthere240: Who wouldn't have made White's positional error on move 17? Who could guess that the ugly move 17. axb5 was far better than the normal looking 17. cxb5? It had nothing to do with 1...b3.
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  Everett: 1..b6 is a very flexible and solid beginning for Black after 1.Nf3

I really do enjoy Carlsen's chess sensibilities.

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  Sally Simpson: Even 1...b5 is playable after 1.Nf3.
Carlsen played it v Kramnik in a rapid game. (and lost)

Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2011

We might see an improved variation of that one at a later date. Perhaps knowing Carlsen's joke of sometimes playing openings in the country of that name, next time he is in Poland.

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  thegoodanarchist: In this day and age how do we have "?" in the rating field? Wakarimasen.
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Nice to see the champ enjoying himself with unusual openings. Esp. instructive to see how he transformed White's weak Queen side pawns into--um, weak Queen side pawns.
Oct-01-17  Ulhumbrus: One alternative to 14 Rb5 is 14 Ne5 Qxe2 15 Bxe2 with the bishop pair. With Black's queen side weakened by the move ...a5 this suggests that White's doubled c pawns will give Black less compensation for White's bishop pair.
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  FSR: <Strelets: Carlsen-Eljanov is becoming the Kasparov-Shirov or the Korchnoi-Tal of the 2010s.>

No. Carlsen is 6-0 against Eljanov in classical games. 100%. No draws, no losses. Tal was +4 =27 -13 in classical games against Korchnoi. Shirov was +0 =14 -15 in classical games against Kasparov. In another famously lopsided lifetime score, Nakamura is +1 =25 -14 in classical games against Carlsen. Tal, Shirov, and Nakamura were at least able to draw a lot of games against the players who owned them - and in Tal and Nakamura's cases, to win once in a blue moon.

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