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Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana
Sinquefield Cup (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 7, Aug-25
Petrov Defense (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: <I once sat next to IM Bednarski who spent 59 minutes for his first move….> So obviously you have survived his circumambient nicotine smoke cloud...
Aug-25-18  DevastatioN: <OhioChessFan> I do actually! I remember it was a Petrov position where the opponent played a slightly different move order and Vishy thought for a while to transpose it back to normal lines. I think it was e4 e5 Nf3 Nf6 d4. He was quite young at the time I think.
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  OhioChessFan: chessdom shows it as drawn.
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  moronovich: <whiteshark: <I once sat next to IM Bednarski who spent 59 minutes for his first move….> So obviously you have survived his circumambient nicotine smoke cloud...> As long as my rollator works ;)

But yes,your memory is working fine.He was a heavy smoker.I guess it helped that I smoke too ;)And also could burn some time and not only nicotine.

Aug-25-18  DevastatioN: I think this is the game here <OhioChessFan> Smirin vs Anand, 1994
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  OhioChessFan: Thanks <Deva> So a bit more than a minute and a half. I'd remembered it as 3 minutes.
Aug-25-18  Dr Winston OBoogie: Rg1+ first. Whites up half a pawn then,

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Rg1 ..Kh7 (8) Nc6 ..Re2 and it looks better for white. One mistake and black is done.

Aug-25-18  Dr Winston OBoogie: In fact Rg1 is the engines 4th choice move. Looks like Nc7 and a draw :)
Premium Chessgames Member Is this game still going on, or has it officially ended in a draw?
Aug-25-18  rogge: Draw, official results:
Aug-25-18  Atking: <Appaz: Fabi is the new Minister of Defense, excellent play.> A year of Chess lessons from the Master of the prophylaxis GM Chernin has a lot od consequences even few years latter. I like too the way Rook went back to h7! and the Knight to g8! Great defense for sure!
Aug-25-18  BOSTER: My guess that Carlsen'll reach Caruana after round 9.
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  devere: 24...Ne7? was a serious error, and it looks to me that Carlsen missed good chances for a win with 27.f6!, when might follow Nd5 28.Ng4 g6 29.c4 Nb4 30.Nf2 Re8 31.a3 Nc6 32.Ne4 Ne5 33.Kc2.

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Black's position is difficult, and even a "minister of defense" would have trouble holding it.

Aug-26-18  BOSTER: < Atkins> <Great defense >. This is the big question.
Aug-26-18  Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluations ( as well as eg the comments of GM Maurice Ashley) suggest that 27 Ng4? instead of an immediate 27 f6! lets slip at least some of White's advantage. Carlsen said in an interview that he had thought that 27 f6 might be right. Perhaps he turned it down in favour of 27 Ng4 owing to some oversight. Perhaps this is the move which lets the win slip, so that White's advantage, although still considerable, is no longer quite enough to win.
Aug-26-18  Atking: My note (As well as Appaz') wasn't on the correctness of Caruana defense but on his imaginative performance. To put centralized Nd5 and Re6 back respectively to g8! ad h7! (Back to h8 might been wonderful!) is quite an amazing conception.
Aug-26-18  cormier: Score: +0.08

PV: 42. Nxa7 Nxh5 43. Bd2 Rf6 44. Rxf6 Nxf6 45. Nb5 Ne8 46. Kc2 Kg7 47. Kd1 Kf6 48. Ke2 Ke6 49. b3 Nf6 50. Kf3 d5 51. Bf4 Kd7 52. a4 Kc6 53. Bg3 Kd7 54. Bh4 Ne8 55. Bf2 Ke6 56. Be1 Ng7 57. Bd2 Nh5 58. Nc7+ Kd6 59. Ne8+ Ke7 60. Kg4 Kxe8 61. Kxh5 Kd7 62. b4 Bd6 63. b5 b6 64. Kg4 Ke6 65. Kf3 Be5

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Sep-15-18  Howard: Cat got your tongue, Whiteshark ?
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  whiteshark: <Howard> Just non-cerebral activity of secret short-cut typing. Or VWF. You don't know for sure...
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  whiteshark: Petrov Defense (C42) / , btw
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  whiteshark: "This game acts as Carlsen and Caruana's last meeting before they meet in London for the 2018 World Chess Championship match. ... Carlsen's 5th denotes the Nimzowitsch Attack, which immediately creates an imbalance related to the structure, and later we experience a case of opposite sides castling. Because of the king positions, <time> would become an important factor is this game. <A memorable moment in chess occurs during this game when Carlsen enters the confessional booth, one that is unique to the Saint Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center. What thoughts did Carlsen convey?" ... (~ 19 mins)

ENJOY wa tching!

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  moronovich: If a chessgame could end 1-1,this would be such game.
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