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Teimour Radjabov vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2019), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-25-19
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  Sargon: <I have to give credit where credit is due>. After 10 rounds, World Champion Magnus Carlsen—with 7 points—stands alone in first place at the 2019 Tata Steel Masters. GM Anish Giri is only 1/2 point behind in second place. But Carlsen remains the best chess player in the world, and seems likely to retain that status for the foreseeable future.

<It's not bragging if you can back it up>. With 3 rounds remaining, I expect GM Carlsen to hold on to the lead and win this tournament. The real competition will be for second place...

Jan-25-19
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  fabelhaft: With white against Carlsen, Radjabov is happy to play for a draw. When Carlsen won Gashimov Memorial last year they started repeating at move 15. At the same time Giri should have decent chances to win with white against Shankland, and my guess is that Carlsen and Giri will share the lead after this round.
Jan-25-19
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  Sargon: Tata Steel Masters 2019

Round 11 Pairings - Friday 1/25

<Radjabov, Teimour - Carlsen, Magnus>

<Giri, Anish - Shankland, Samuel>

<Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Fedoseev, Vladimir>

<Kramnik, Vladimir - Van Foreest, Jorden>

<Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi>

<Rapport, Richard - Ding, Liren>

<Anand, Viswanathan - Duda, Jan-Krzysztof>

Jan-25-19  technical win: <When Carlsen won Gashimov Memorial last year they started repeating at move 15.> I'd call it a technical win.
Jan-25-19
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  Sargon: ECOGenius says <B33>...
Jan-25-19
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  whiteshark: <1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 O-O 12. Nc2 Rb8> Still mainline moves


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Jan-25-19
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  moronovich: This is supposed to be heavy analyzed.
Jan-25-19
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  whiteshark: <13. Be2 Bg5 14. O-O> Here Mangus took 17 minutes to 'find' the sidelinish <...Kh8>


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Jan-25-19  Ulhumbrus: If Black exchanges his queen's bishop for White's knight it is up to White to find a way to make his bishop more useful than Black's bishop
Jan-25-19
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  Penguincw: < Classical games: Magnus Carlsen beat Teimour Radjabov 9 to 2, with 19 draws. >

When Radjabov has white, he's +1,-3,=10.

Jan-25-19  lost in space: 19...f5 would be my pick
Jan-25-19  Nietzowitsch: I do not get < 18... Qc8 >.
Jan-25-19  Pedro Fernandez: 22...f5 seems interesting.
Jan-25-19  Atking: 22...f5 23.Bf3 The difficulty of Black position belongs to DSB vs N
Jan-25-19  me to play: Official site is saying 1/2-1/2
Jan-25-19  Atking: I got it 22...f5 23.Bf3 Qc4 24.Qc2 b4 25.axb axb 26.b3 Qc5! 27.c4 fxe 28.Bxe4 Bh4 ~ g3 Bxg3 or Ne3 Bxf2+ or Bf3 Bxh3
Jan-25-19
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  offramp: When I was young, when I read Logical Chess Move by Move, chess seemed pretty easy.

Then I played some good players who left a gaping hole on d5 and I thought A-ha! I have won this!

Then I would be rapidly gunned down. That’s when I realised chess is harder than it looks.

Jan-25-19
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  offramp: In the picture at the top Radjabov looks like Lennon and McCartney sellotaped together.
Jan-25-19
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  offramp: Oh flaming Nora, the game is over!
Jan-25-19  beenthere240: I imagine Carlsen took a gander at Giri’s game, which looks drawish and decided whathehell.
Jan-25-19
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Arrived too late, I see. Result looks like a triumph of tournament tactics v. actual position. White seems to have enough of an edge to keep playing even if he should not get his hopes up too high.
Jan-25-19  beenthere240: I don’t see much for either side. After Qd8 to stop h4, there’s little to do the breaks f4 or f5 look risky for either side. The wonderful d5 Knight has all the scope but no tangible threats.
Jan-25-19  sakredkow: < I got it 22...f5 23.Bf3 Qc4 24.Qc2 b4...>

What about 24. Qxc4 bxc4 25. Nc7?

Jan-25-19
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  perfidious: <offramp....Then I played some good players who left a gaping hole on d5 and I thought A-ha! I have won this!>

Fred Reinfeld would have declared that White has a won game in the Lasker-Pelikan main lines, what with that hole on d5.

Jan-26-19  Ulhumbrus: <offramp: When I was young, when I read Logical Chess Move by Move, chess seemed pretty easy.

Then I played some good players who left a gaping hole on d5 and I thought A-ha! I have won this!

Then I would be rapidly gunned down. That’s when I realised chess is harder than it looks.>

As the saying goes, an expert makes it look easy.

One example of an explanation is that an expert understands the exceedingly difficult reasons for all of the right choices of easy looking moves that lead to victory.

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