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Anish Giri vs Magnus Carlsen
Skilling Open (2020) (rapid), INT, rd 1, Nov-25
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-27-20  SpiritedReposte: Dreadful position for giri.
Nov-27-20  Ulhumbrus: In order to evaluate the choice 16 Nxg6 let us consider its balance sheet , that is, the value of what it gains and the value of what it concedes in return.

The move 16 Nxg6 displaces Black’s f pawn and transforms White’s e pawn into a passed pawn but it also opens the f file for Black.

Because of Black’s bishop pair the passed pawn becomes reduced in value. Why? Because it is more difficult to organise an advance of the White f pawn and the White e pawn, as that exposes White’s position more to attack.

Because of Black’s bishop pair the f file increases in value as a bishop can assist a rook’s attack upon the White f2 pawn along the KB file from the a2-g1 diagonal.

This suggests that Black’s bishop pair reduces the value of what White gains by the transaction, namely, White’s passed e pawn while it increases the value of what Black gains by the transaction, namely, Black’s open f file.

This suggests that Black’s bishop pair makes the transaction less profitable for White if not indeed unprofitable.

Dec-29-20  ndg2: This is another endgame masterpiece by Carlsen. The way he infiltrates with the king the black position all the while giving white no counterplay is very instructive. For a good while Giri was a pawn up, but the pawn structure was destroyed and he couldn't avoid letting Carlsen occupy at least one of d- or f-file.
Dec-31-20  cehertan: The Giuoco Pianissimo was the most boring opening in chess 200 years ago and it still holds the honor. White has no real strategy in this opening, just random shuffling around and hoping for a mistake. It’s amazing that computers have led us down this alley where amorphous play seems so alluring. What next?
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  Check It Out: <cehertan> Yes, chess computers have brought us such drivel as:

Stockfish vs Rybka, 2013

AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017

AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018

I think the serious downside of widely available chess engines has been the deterioration of chess commentary on chess game forums. Reading posts from the 2003-2008 era, I often Find human discussion of various lines and ideas in the game. After that, computer lines start to take over and human thought diminishes, to the detriment of the reader.

This is, of course, a generalization. There are still excellent comments out there by kibitzers using there own brain. Even if “fact checked” by an engine, I view that as preferable to computer line vomit.

That’s not to say all computer vomit is bad. In certain situations, for example a much argued move in a beloved game, it’s nice to know what the “truth” of the matter is.

As always, it’s not black-and-white.

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  perfidious: The reason this (and numerous other) of the open games have seen any sort of revival has been a combination of factors: Kasparov's advocacy of some sidelines such as the Scotch and Evans Gambit, along with the rise of the Berlin after Kramnik's success against him in their title match, with the latter in particular spurring a resuscitation of all sorts of deviations from the Spanish Torture which had largely languished in the byways of theory since World War I.

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