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Magnus Carlsen vs Jeffery Xiong
Clutch International (2020) (rapid), INT, rd 1, Jun-06
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Xiong's position looked completely safe, if not slightly better, after 12...Be7. How on earth did Carlsen turn this around? Or did White always have an advantage, and appearances deceived me (yet again)?
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  perfidious: <An Englishman>, the position after Xiong's twelfth move has features which favour Black: the better bishop and a sounder pawn formation, though in this French-type formation, he has prematurely released the tension with .cxd4. Early in the last century, there was a great player/writer (Tarrasch? Nimzo?) who wrote that Black should always threaten to carry out .cxd4 in the French but seldom actually play the idea, so as to stay his opponent's hand.

In my mind, these long-term advantages for Black force his great opponent to attack, as he can easily fall into an inferior position if he does not stay active.

Jun-08-20  SChesshevsky: <...after 12...Be7...did white always have an advantage?...>

I'd say yes. Looks like a pretty bad version of the advanced French for black. That white e5 pawn is a huge bind. Usually have to figure how to ...f6 or ...f5 and/or get whites DSB off and/or have something really good in the Qside, usually on the c-file.

Worse for black in this game is looked like he traded off a good knight defender for no compensation and castled into the troubles. After ...g6 it begins to feel like just a matter of time. Not to say he could've avoided those moves but it probably means any successful defence has to be very precise.

Jeffrey did well by trying to get something going on the qside. But removing the DSB from defense is a big concession.

Carlsen looked really impressive. Seemed to know exactly how to play against this bad advanced for black. Not sure if from experience busting up e5 bound ksides or just from his positional intuition?

Jun-08-20  Chess With Utkarsh: This was absolutely FISCHER-ESQUE. Actually, you can make the argument that this was a PERFECT game from the World Champion. Here's my short analysis of the game:

BRILLIANT game! Xiong played a few inaccuracies, and had his knight and bishop out of the game for the rest of the game.

Jun-09-20  Chess With Utkarsh: Err.. apologies, here's the link to the analysis video:
Jun-12-20  Playchess1vn: Here's my short analysic of the game:

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