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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
GCT Croatia (2019), Zagreb CRO, rd 2, Jun-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  moronovich: Meanwhile Magnus is outright winning !
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  moronovich: Or not ;)
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  moronovich: A lot of swinggames today.
Jun-27-19  john barleycorn: What a game. Congrats to Anand. He worked a miracle.
Jun-27-19  Ulhumbrus: Draw agreed. Congratulations to Anand for holding the ending, although he may be advised well to find out the reasons why each erroneous choice was an error.
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  whiteshark: The hoped-for miracle came true.
Jun-27-19  vonKrolock: Queen and Knight vs a mere Pawn... And still a draw... This game was worth each kopek ...
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  moronovich: Yeah,kudos to both the players.
And great to see Carlsen smile during the post mortems.
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  dernier loup de T: Only a pawn against a queen and a knight, indeed, but this pawn at a2 prevented any useful activity of the white queen, and the knight was too far... Spectacular, it's true; and we must be thankful too both players for such a game; unbelievable "vista" of Vishy in this endgame...
Jun-27-19  Pedro Fernandez: This is going to strongly displease Carlsen. It's going to be like a demon!
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  LucB: What a day!

Anand drew in a difficult position with black against the Champ, and I fixed my dryer!

Good times!...

Jun-27-19  john barleycorn: <Pedro Fernandez: This is going to strongly displease Carlsen. It's going to be like a demon!>

Dear Pedro, as you know diehard fans of Carlsen will claim that Carlsen is a slow starter in tournaments and diehard haters like the Wethley Tho bunch will see another sign for him to resign. Anyway, Carlsen is really great and Anand is, too.

Jun-27-19  Pedro Fernandez: I'm not sure, my dear <John>, Carlsen is aggregable with this draw. He had won this game! No <John>, according Carlsen's temperament he must be dying by inside with a big disappoint. But he didn't reflect all such disappoint for respect to Anand.
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  perfidious: As Capablanca commented of Lasker in 1937, Anand is now too old to overcome Carlsen in a match, but in a single game, he is as tough a customer as anyone.
Jun-27-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 24 dpa done

1. + / - (0.78): 33...Nc8> 34.f4 h5 35.Rxb7 f6 36.Rc7 Rxc7 37.Nxc7 Nd6 38.Nd5 Nf5 39.Kf3 Nd4+ 40.Ke3 Nf5+ 41.Kf2 Kg7 42.Nc3 Kf7 43.Kf3 a5 44.Ne4 Ke6 45.Ke2 a4 46.Kd3 a3 47.Kc4 Ne3+ 48.Kc5 Kf5

2. + / - (0.98): 33...Re6 34.h5+ Kh6 35.Nd6 f5 36.Nxb7 Ng8 37.Nd6 Kxh5 38.Nxf5 Ra6 39.Rd5 Nf6 40.Rd6 Rxd6 41.Nxd6 Kg5 42.Kf3 Nd5 43.Ke4 Nf6+ 44.Kd4 Kg4 45.Ne4 Nd7 46.Ke3 h5 47.f3+ Kf5 48.Kd4 Ne5 49.Nd6+ Ke6 50.f4 Kxd6 51.fxe5+ Ke6 52.Ke4 a6 53.a4

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  fredthebear: ***

<MissScarlett: Vishy showed admirable testicular fortitude.>

Perhaps the original term was intestinal fortitude, err...guts. Vishy had better be careful how he shows his tf, or he'll find himself in turmoil like Billy Clinton and Donnie Trump:-0

Jun-27-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 25 dpa done

1. + / = (0.46): 31...Rc2> 32.a3 Kg6 33.Ne4 h5 34.Rd7 Nf5 35.Rxb7 Ne3+ 36.Kf3 Ng4 37.Kf4 Nxf2 38.Nxf2 Rxf2+ 39.Ke3 Ra2 40.Rxa7 Kf5 41.Kf3 f6 42.Ra5+ Kg6 43.a4 Ra3+ 44.Kf4 Rc3 45.Ra8 Rc4+ 46.Kf3 Kf5 47.Ra5+ Kg6 48.Ra7 Rc3+ 49.Kg2 Ra3 50.a5 Kf5 51.a6 Ke5 52.Kf2

2. + / = (0.58): 31...b6 32.g4 Rc4 33.Re8 Kg6 34.Nd7 Rxg4+ 35.Kf3 Rxh4 36.Rxe7 Ra4 37.Re2 Kf5 38.Ne5 f6 39.Nc6 h5 40.Kg2 Kg5 41.f3 Kf5 42.Ne7+ Kg5 43.Nd5 Ra5 44.Nc3 f5 45.a4 h4 46.Re7 a6 47.Rg7+ Kf4 48.Ne2+ Ke3 49.Re7+ Kd2

Jun-27-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 24 dpa done

1. + / = (0.30): 30...Kg6> 31.Nf4+ Kf6 32.g4 Ke5 33.Kg3 b6 34.h5 Kf6 35.Rd6+ Ke5 36.Rd2 h6 37.f3 Kf6 38.Rd6+ Kg7 39.a3 Nc8 40.Rd3 Ne7 41.Ne2 Rc2 42.Nd4 Rc5 43.f4 a6 44.Kf3 Rc4 45.Ne2 Ra4 46.Ke3 Nc6

2. + / = (0.50): 30...Kh6 31.Nf6 Rc2 32.a3 Kg6 33.Ne4 Re2 34.Nd6 Nc6 35.Rg8+ Kf6 36.Nxb7 Ra2 37.Rc8 Ne5 38.Rc3 Kg6 39.Nc5 f6 40.Nd3 Nxd3 41.Rxd3 a5 42.Kf3 a4 43.Ke3 Kf5 44.f3 Ra1 45.Kd4 Rc1 46.Kd5

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  MissScarlett: <Carlsen–Anand, analysis after 44… Ke6

Score: +7.76

PV: 45. f3 Ne5 46. Nc3 Nc4 47. g4 Kf6 48. Nd5+ Kg6 49. Ne7+ Kf6 50. Nf5 Kg6 51. Ke4 Nd2+ 52. Ke3 Nb1 53. Nd6 Nc3 54. a3 Nd1+ 55. Kd2 Nb2 56. f4 Kg7 57. Kc2 Na4 58. Kd3 Nc5+ 59. Ke3 Nb3 60. Ne4 Kf7 61. f5 Kf8 62. Kd3 Na5 63. Kd4 Nc6+ 64. Kd5 Nd8 65. a4 Ke7 66. a5 a6 67. Kc5 Nf7 68. Kc6 Kd8 69. f6 Nh8 70. Kb7 Nf7 71. Kxa6 Kc7 72. Ng3 Kc6 73. Nf5 h5 74. gxh5>

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  thegoodanarchist: <Anand will want to bounce back from yesterday's poor showing. Should be an interesting game, with lots of fight.>

Called it! You're all welcome.

Jun-28-19  SandyJames: Who is Sesse?
Jun-28-19  Count Wedgemore: <SandyJames: Who is Sesse?>

Sesse is a Norwegian supercomputer. It is developed by a very brilliant guy whose name is Steinar H. Gunderson. Its software is based on Stockfish, but the hardware is much stronger than SF, so Sesse provides much deeper analysis. It is used exclusively for Carlsen's games (for now at least). Here is the website:

Jun-28-19  SandyJames: <Count Wedgemore> Thanks for the info!
Jun-28-19  Atking: I'm very impressed by Vishy Anand ability to learn from young generation. With such mental disposition of course a great player but no doubt also a great man.
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  saffuna: <Unlike many others, Carlsen can be quite difficult to read, because he can look both uninterested and confident at the same time. During the 2019 Grand Chess Tour in Croatia, I played a Ke3 move against him and then looked at him to see if I had guaged his thoughts correctly. My move had improved my position dramatically, but when I couldn’t be sure of his response I began to look for clues that would reveal if he had seen something I hadn’t. Finally, when he spent the next 25 minutes poring over it, I was more than certain that he had missed it. I told myself that even if I lost the position, it was at least going to be a much harder win than he’d thought. We went on to draw that game.>


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