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Magnus Carlsen vs Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Airthings Masters (2022) (rapid), Chess24, rd 8, Feb-20
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1



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Feb-20-22  fisayo123: Great win for Pragg getting his 1st victory over the current Champ!
Feb-21-22  thebully99: Praggy could be the next world champion
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  Dionysius1: Do sports stars lose sponsorship on poor performance or does it keep going until the end of the contracted term? :-)
Feb-22-22  fabelhaft: <Do sports stars lose sponsorship on poor performance or does it keep going until the end of the contracted term? :-)>

Well, chess players have it tough, they do not only lose all their sponsors after a lost game, it’s enough with one move where the eval drops 2 centipawns :-)

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  Dionysius1: Fickle huh?
Feb-22-22  JohnBoy: If 20...Ne6 was the start of a deep, devious plan to sac a pawn for a d-file passer then this was genius. If instead the generation of the passer was fortuitous counterpunching then great job. I am presuming the latter but willing to bow to the former.
Feb-22-22  SChesshevsky: <If 20...Ne6 was the start of a deep, devious plan to sac a pawn...>

Guessing it was more a positional sac to get the protected ...Nd3 as in the Garry Gambit, game 16 Karpov-Kasparov 1985 match.

Where the N probably gives adequate compensation and with the opposite color B's and lack of white LSB likely has minimal losing chances for black.

Don't think the black passed pawn is that much of a threat. Unless, of course, if white gets greedy and then bad things can happen. As was demonstrated.

Feb-22-22  Albertan: Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa:16-year-old Indian Chess sensation stuns World No.1 Magnus Carlsen:

Feb-22-22  Saniyat24: Babu has grown up...!
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  FSR: The engine points out that instead of Pragg's 21...Nf4?, 21...Bxh2+! 22.Kxh2 and THEN 22...Nf4! would have been crushing.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Seems like *everyone* has taken an interest in the game. Even the staid old New York Times.
Feb-24-22  gary11201: It's not the staid old New York Times anymore. The old NYT had a chess column. Edited by GM Robert Byrne. (Or perhaps it was I.A. Horowitz.). Regardless, this is the new woke NYT. I wish they'd substitute the old NYT.
Feb-24-22  ColeTrane: "The Soup Nazi warned me about you...very very bad man!... now it is Babu's turn to mock...!"
Feb-24-22  cormier: Komodo 12 depth=36

0.00 32. Qa5

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  FSR: <gary11201> IM Israel Albert Horowitz wrote the NYT's chess column from 1962 to 1972. GM and World Championship Candidate Robert Byrne did so from 1972 to 2006. Then came FIDE Master Dylan Loeb McClain - a big step down (2006-14). Then, sadly, the Times evidently decided it didn't need a chess column.
Apr-05-22  Justin796: Honestly though...with about 5 to 10 years of hard work...and perhaps I'm underestimating Prag...but I believe that would be sufficient for him to become world champion and Magnus knows this. Magnus may be well into retiring as a champion, but I feel that Prag becoming WC is inevitable
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  perfidious: Candour from you would, it must be admitted, have the charm of novelty.
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  Everett: <21..Bxh2+> followed by 22..Nf4 certainly looks like trouble for White.

Another example of f4/f5 squares being fantastic against kside castling.

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