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Magnus Carlsen vs Vladimir Fedoseev
World Cup (2021), Krasnaya Polyana (Sochi) RUS, rd 8, Aug-05
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Aug-05-21  Ulhumbrus: According to the computer 13...Kf8? is a serious mistake and the right move is 13..Bf5!! one point of which is that the white queen on g4 is in fact overworked: If she takes the g7 pawn she cannot then defend the d4 pawn as well. On 13...Bf5 14 Qxg7 Rg8 15 Qxh6 Qxd4 even wins because of Black's double attack on white's bishop on c4 and White's knight on c3.

In the end, as the GM commentators indicated, Black's king and rook are locked up in the corner as White's queen was locked up in the corner in the preceding game. The commentators suggested that Carlsen would depart with some satisfaction from these two wins although he got knocked out.

Aug-05-21  savagerules: Beautiful win, even though it wasn't all that important in the context of things. But a bronze is better than a non- bronze. Actually both wins by Carlsen over Fedoseev in the consolation match were pretty impressive.
Aug-06-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Sacrifices like Tal, suffocates like Nimzowitsch. Don't see that very often. In consecutive games. See that even less.

7...Qd8 seemed a little acquiescent. What about 7...Qe4, intending 8...Qc2 "checkmating" the White Queen? 7...Qe4;8.Qb3,Bxc3+; 9.bxc3,b6 or 8...a5; 9.a3,Bxc3+; 10.bxc3,b6 might prove not *too* horrible for Black.

Aug-06-21  AdolfoAugusto: Uses dynamic exchange sacrifices to tie his opponent like Petrosian... smells blood like a Shark,

Best two games of the event by any player.

Aug-06-21  JohnBoy: Both this and the previous are spectacular wins. Despite the flaw that <Ulhumbrus> points out above. I'm with <savage>, <Englishman>, and <Adolfo>. Damm!
Aug-06-21  PhilFeeley: Does this bust the Caro-Kann?
Aug-07-21  tonsillolith: Very impressive showing, these last two games. Very imaginative positional chess.

<PhilFeeley: Does this bust the Caro-Kann?> Of course not. We all know the best response to the advanced variation is the <<Botvinnik-Carls> 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5>

Aug-07-21
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  OhioChessFan: 7...Qd8 is shockingly passive. How could Fedoseev think that was a good idea against Carlsen? At least he could have made MC spend a tempo attacking the Queen.
Aug-07-21
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  keypusher: < tonsillolith: Very impressive showing, these last two games. Very imaginative positional chess. <PhilFeeley: Does this bust the Caro-Kann?> Of course not. We all know the best response to the advanced variation is the <<Botvinnik-Carls> 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5>>

SF14 on my desktop gives White +0.35 against either move at silly search depths (around 50 ply). So they're equal. It's SCIENCE.

Aug-08-21
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  keypusher: <tonsillolith> Also, despite what I wrote in the second link below, I agree with the man himself that the <Botvinnik-Carls> should probably be called the Arkell-Khenkin line, or maybe just the Arkell.

Keith Arkell (kibitz #16)

Charousek vs Maroczy, 1895 (kibitz #8)

Aug-08-21  tonsillolith: < keypusher: <tonsillolith> Also, despite what I wrote in the second link below, I agree with the man himself that the <Botvinnik-Carls> should probably be called the Arkell-Khenkin line, or maybe just the Arkell.>

Ah I see. I'll try to remember that. I actually had to look up the name that I mentioned, too, since somehow I had mistakenly thought it was called the Karpov variation. It must because I first saw it in Karpov games, which is where my fondness for the Caro-Kann originated.

I was speaking glibly about the superiority of my pet variation, but only because I've never felt at home in the Bf5 variation.

*Science!> indeed!

Aug-08-21
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  keypusher: <tonsillolith> You know, I'm looking at getting back into tournaments -- I've hardly played OTB in the last 30 years. Back in my day 3.e5 against the Caro-Kann seemed almost a blunder. Now both the 3....Bf5 and 3....c5 lines look scary for Black to me. But obviously 3....c5 has worked for you (and Arkell).
Aug-09-21  Albertan: GM analysis of this game has been posted here:

https://www.chess.com/blog/Durarbay...

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