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Magnus Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Tata Steel Masters (2021), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-31
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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  Stonehenge: 12.cxd4 =

S Semkov vs J L Chabanon, 1990

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  perfidious: This old-time Gruenfeld player sez: 12....Qd6 looks odd, but the man behind Les Noirs is a clearly stronger player than this hasbeenusetawas ever was!
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  chancho: MVL is leading in the world championship candidates, so this win is a nice statement game by Magnus should MVL become the challenger in a future title match.
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  0ZeR0: And what a statement it is! I quite like Carlsen's play here.
Jan-31-21  El Culco: was silly and boring game - mvl moves quite suspect and not sure if he had a plan
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  0ZeR0: <El Culco> And I'm sure your games are certainly not silly and boring, and that you always have a plan unlike the elite players here... I'm not sure why you would devote your first post to saying such purposeless things on a game you clearly don't like.
Feb-01-21  Caissanist: Karsten Mueller annotates this game for Chessbase, calling it a "masterpiece" and an "Alpha Zero-style victory": h .
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  0ZeR0: <Caissanist>

Thanks for sharing. I always find Karsten Mueller's analyses enjoyable and instructive.

May-03-21  intuitivesac: Amazed at the resources Magnus was able to find from this quiet position.

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