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Jorden van Foreest vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel Masters (2020), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-14
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bishop Check line (C58)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-14-20  WhoKeres: Nice to see Carlsen try the Two Knights Defense instead of heading for the boring Guioco Piano, which is currently fashionable at the highest levels. The try 8. Bd3 is weaker than the old main line with 8. Be2 or Bogolubow's specialty 8. Qf3.
Jan-14-20  joddle: <WhoKeras> I have to respectfully disagree, 8. Bd3 is more trendy as 8. Be2 lines are generally nothing special, as in the old main line 8... h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Ne5 Bd6 11. d4 exd3 12. Nxd3 0-0 13. 0-0 Qc7 14. h3 c5, and 8. Qf3 is really risky after 8... Be7 or 8... Rb8 when white shouldn't take the pawn in either case and pretty much needs to play 9. Bd3, when black has a pretty good version of the 8. Bd3 variation
Jan-15-20  Ulhumbrus: 8 Bd3 obstructs the d pawn in return for which the N on g5 is able to come to e4 but 8...Nd5 frees the f pawn for ...f5 if the N does that so Aronian withdraws it to f3 instead.

Is 14...f5 necessary? 14...Qc7 defends the e5 pawn before doing anything else.

Jan-15-20  MordimerChess: Would be interesting if Carlsen go for Traxler Counterattack. If you think it's not for the top level players, keep in mind that Alexander Belavskiy who beaten 9 World Champions (pretty nice, isn't it?) was playing Traxler against Karpov (draw) and against Anand (and won!).

But back to the game. I am not sure who gave that idea of Bd3 but it was played 10 years ago by Morozevich who is known as a promotor of unorthodox lines and aggresive exploiter of those.

Sadly van Foreest didn't figure out to sacrifice the exchange in 29.dxc4 but it's still so great tournament for 20 years old Dutch GM.

My material about the game and some interesting stories behind it: https://youtu.be/dDHfu6emLjU

Of course links to interviews with both players included in the video. Enjoy.

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