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Magnus Carlsen vs Wesley So
Aimchess US Rapid (2021) (rapid), INT, rd 1, Aug-28
Indian Game: East Indian Defense (E00)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Wondering if the peculiar position after 4...Nxd5 has occurred before. Doesn't appear in the CG database.
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<An Englishman> <Good Evening: Wondering if the peculiar position after 4...Nxd5 has occurred before. Doesn't appear in the CG database.>

That’s a good question. I’m curious as well. I certainly haven’t seen it before.

Aug-29-21  SChesshevsky: <Wondering if the peculiar position after 4...Nxd5 has occurred before...>

Probably somewhere but seems Carlsen's Bf4 and cxd5 were kind of oddball. Generally don't want ...Nxd5 unless prepared to fight against a big center because just asking for e4. Like in the QGD semi tarrasch exchange or Grunfeld exchange. Or willing to lose tempo often retreating the N like in other semi tarrasch versions.

But here gaining the tempo in Bf4 and possibly making the B not greatly placed on g3 might allow black to just equalize early. So I'd guess somebody somewhere must've ...Nxd5 after a seemingly offbeat Bf4 cxd5.

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  Check It Out: What a great opening "novelty": bringing the fight straight away. Most typical, it transforms to a won endgame.
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  fredthebear: Here's the live action video commentary:
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  fredthebear: Agadmator explains this one:
Sep-01-21  tonsillolith: This endgame is one of the clearest illustrations I've seen of why rooks belong behind passed pawns and not in front of them.

Black's rook is stultified blocking the pawn, while White's rook has the freedom to expend waiting moves, by which he can elicit unwanted Zugzwangs in the scuffle of the kings on the other side of the board.

And that's only one of the instructive aspects of the game.

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  HeMateMe: hmm....So sacrificed a pawn in the middle game to get open lines, but it just simplifies to an extra pawn for white, a passed pawn on the rook file.

In grandmaster chess, isn't this a well known win for the side that has the pawn?

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  saffuna: So had no choice but to give up the pawn.
Sep-02-21  Atking: <saffuna: So had no choice but to give up the pawn.> Looks more subtle than that 19...Rd8 20.Rfd1 then getting the position on move 25 (Adding 19...Rd8 20.Rfd1, move 26) 26...RxB 27.RxR RxR 28.Qa4 RxR+ 29.QxR difficult to imagine Black should lost (Just for fun 29...h5 30.Qxh5 Qxb2 31.Qxa5 Qc1+ 32.Kh1 Qh6+ with a perpetual check)

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