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Magnus Carlsen vs Nikita Vitiugov
Tata Steel Masters (2020), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-19
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: Watching the moment of capitulation of this game reminded me of the No Mas Fight.

For those who do not know what I mean... just google it.

Jan-19-20  laskereshevsky: <Chancho>
Roberto Duran "mano de piedra" vs Ray "sugar" Leonard....
Jan-19-20  Whitehat1963: WTH? What’s with the premature resignation?
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  wordfunph: my patzer move 29...c4
Jan-19-20  beenthere240: They don’t want MC to remember how to win a won game.
Jan-19-20  beenthere240: IMO 29... c4 is better than the text but white keeps a stranglehold on the position, which is probably why black resigned.
Jan-19-20  Carrots and Pizza: This resignation is quite premature. The engine says White is up just 1.47 with plenty of play left. I think Vitiugov is probably just disgusted with his results in this tournament so far, so he gave up. I can't blame him. I know how it feels.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What on earth was the point of 8.Bd2!?, aside from the fact that the move has never appeared in the CG database? Yes, we all like originality, but my goodness, *that* move?!
Jan-20-20  beenthere240: 8. Qd2 was to avoid exchanges on the d/file. When Carlsen eventually played Qe3, black’s game imploded.
Jan-20-20  beenthere240: The above comment was facetious ;-)
Jan-20-20  Momentum Man: The point of 8. Bd2 is to prevent ...Na5, exchanging white’s Spanish bishop
Jan-20-20  morfishine: < An Englishman: Good Evening: What on earth was the point of 8.Bd2!?, aside from the fact that the move has never appeared in the CG database? Yes, we all like originality, but my goodness, *that* move?!> 8.Bd2 is a positional move of the highest order

Not all games are slam bam, sac, sac sac

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  ajk68: It would have been nice to see this play out a bit. I'm sure Carlsen would have ground it out. It would have been instructive for us lesser mortals.
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  Honza Cervenka: 29...Nd4 looks fine for black.
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  Alex Schindler: weird resign. sure it looks easy for white, and sure black had had a terrible tournament while white was on fire, but that's no excuse for cowardly play. the winning lines for white are not concrete yet.

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