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Aryan Tari vs Magnus Carlsen
Norway Chess (2020), Stavanger NOR, rd 3, Oct-07
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Nezhmetdinov Attack (B69)  ·  0-1

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Oct-11-20  Ulhumbrus: <Sokrates: The game between Tari and Carlsen was IMO a typical demonstration of the difference of strength between a good 2600 player and the very top. True, every player on the earth can lose a game to the world champion - here we see why.

Up until move 22 Tari had a very good grip of his position. He had played well against Carlsen's Sicilian and reached a stage where the computer gave a "much better" position. But then Tari seemed unable to analyze the essence of the position and lay a plan on his progress.

Its complicated nature made him fumble and within three moves the advantage had switched to Carlsen's side.

Instead of 23.Nh5 he should have played d6 or Qc3 and both 25.Qc3 and 26.Rf3 were direct mistakes. He seemed to have missed the blow 26.-Re1!>

As well as Carlsen, Kramnik in his commentary also seemed to have a greater foresight of Black's resources than Tari did, including that of the resource ...Re1!!

It may be worth saying a few things about this. If White's queen has to defend b2 she cannot then cover e1, so she is overworked. She cannot cover the square e3 either, for that reason. If White's rook has to take the rook on e1 it cannot then cover the N on d4 so the rook is also overworked. If the white king's rook has to go to f3 to cover e3 it has to leave e1 undefended so this rook is also overworked. Kramnik indicated that all this happened because White played his knight to h5 in a sharp position. A knight on the rim is rather dim. Perhaps Tari hoped to play this N to g3 followed by Ng3xf5 but Carlsen did not give him time for that by making use of brilliant combinative play.

Oct-13-20  tonsillolith: Let's also not forget the at first blush atrocious pawn formation Carlsen invited around move <18>, a triple stack also known as <Fischer's Gun> based on C Grossguth vs Fischer, 1956. And then four pawn islands by move <25>.

Of course there are those who will say "Oh that's just theory. Has been played many times." Well sorry, I don't keep up with these things.

Of course all these strategic decisions have their own merits, and even a bonehead like myself can begin to appreciate them by move 25-30.

It's nice to watch how Carlsen keeps the front two tripled pawns guarded. So they're never as weak as we're used to tripled pawns being.

Oct-13-20  Ulhumbrus: < tonsillolith: Let's also not forget the at first blush atrocious pawn formation Carlsen invited around move <18>, a triple stack also known as <Fischer's Gun> based on C Grossguth vs Fischer, 1956. And then four pawn islands by move <25>.>

This suggests that because of Black's potential combinatorial threats White lacks time to make Black's pawn weaknesses count.

However according to the computer evaluations White has the upper hand after 23 d6.

This suggests that if White does not give Black time to develop the combinatorial threats that Black creates in the game, Black's pawn weaknesses may count against him.

This suggests that in what Kramnik says is <a sharp position> like this one the way for White to make count Black's pawn weaknesses is partly to use combinative play instead of a slower attempt to go after Black's weak pawns because White lacks time to employ the latter way.

Oct-13-20  Mehzinho: Beautiful attacking game in my opinion. Carlsen demonstrates his class. I made a short video analysis of this game. For people interested https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q60...
Nov-11-20  sitefix: does anyone have the dragon book by the british guy I'm thinking of getting it i don't play anymore

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