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Ding Liren vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
FIDE Candidates (2022), Madrid ESP, rd 1, Jun-17
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-22  ndg2: Almost a miniature and certainly a quite shocking defeat of the current #2 by the former WCC challenger.
Jun-17-22  Casr: I was watching the live feed and it seems that 21.Rd4 and 22. Qd2 were some unfortunate excursus from the tight road of minimal advantage -especially this last move; in all of the hypothetical lines they were going about the queen would come up wrongly placed, sometimes even impeding the necesary luft or square for the king's survival. They were advocating for some quick pressure on the c6 pawn, constructed via 21.Na5. Then black would eventually begun its kingside operations in order to achieve some sort of dinamic equality. That said, I wouldn't really know. An another thing: was it the case of some overprotection of the e4 pawn? It seemed to me that every attempt to free white's kingside would be immediately punished, mercy of this device.
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  saffuna: The excursion 24. Na4 and 26. Nxb7 seemed like a waste of time, giving black time to build up his attack.
Jun-17-22  cormier: depth=37 | Stockfish 15 NNUE
-1.62 21... g5 22. Bf3 Qg6 23. g4 gxh4 24. Kh2 exf3 25. Qxf5 fxe2 26. Qxg6+ hxg6 27. Re1 b5 28. Na5 Nc3 29. Rd3 Ne4 30. Rxe2 Rf6 31. Kg1 Re8 32. Nb3 h3 33. f4 g5 34. Kh2 gxf4 35. exf4 Rxf4 36. Rxh3 Rxg4 37. Nd4 a6 38. Rc2 Ng5 39. Rg3 Rxd4 40. Rxg5+ Kf8 41. Rxc6 Re6 42. Rc7 Re2+ 43. Rg2 Re3
Jun-18-22  Fish55: White needed to play Rad1 on move 21 or 22, planning to meet ...g5 with Rxd5, sacrificing the exchange to help the white king survive.
Jun-18-22  et voila: Whilst white was busy winning material black was busy to end his king's life. Ding's Achille's (grabbing material) heel has done him in. Nepo's killer instinct is back alive.
Jun-18-22  Alexandro: Old Nepo is back! :-)
Jun-18-22  Ulhumbrus: The commentators ( Jan Gustafsson and Judit Polgar) indicated ( amongst a great many other things) that 14 h4 offered Black a target for attack but that Nepomniachtchi displayed patience in attacking it by ...h6 and ...g5.

The computer evaluations suggest that Ding Liren got into trouble by not playing the minority attack b5 at the right time and that the queen side manoeuvres with the knight by Na5, Nxb5 and Nc5 were the last mistake.

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  saffuna: What was wrong with 13. Bxe4 ?
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  moronovich: 13-Qxh2+ could be an issue ;)
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  saffuna: <13-Qxh2+ could be an issue ;)>

How would the queen jump the pawn on g3?

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  Ron: <saffuna: What was wrong with 13. Bxe4 ?>

Saffuna is right.'s computer, at 4 fuel, gives: 1) +0.71 (24 ply) 13.Bxe4 Qh5 14.Nxg4 Bxg4 15.f3 Bh3 16.Rf2 Nc7 17.e3 Ne6 18.f4 Qxd1+ 19.Nxd1 a5 20.bxa5 Rxa5 21.d4 Bf6 22.Bd2 Ra7 23.Nc3 c5 24.d5 Bxc3 25.Bxc3 Nf8 26.Bd3 Rxe3 27.Rd2 Ra4 28.Kf2 Re8 29.Rb1 Rxa3

Jun-18-22  Granny O Doul: 33. Kxh3 Qh1+ 34. Kg4 Rxf4+ 35. gxf4 Qg2+ 36. Kh4 Qh2+ 37. Kg4 Nf6+ 38. Kf3 Qh3+ 39. Kf2 Ng4+ and mates in two. I kind of like that.
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  Sally Simpson: Here (White to play)

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I was wondering, then looking at Ding playing 30.f3. I was chasing my tail saccing things, The Bishop and a Rook but no mate. I had to sac the Knight as well. It's all forced. (Thank You the Chessbomb computer whoever you are.)

It leads to here;

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There are 11 Queen checks, but only one mates White.

You can play through it here, not a bit of the blog, just the moves.

Jun-20-22  ByrneBabyByrne: @GrannyODoul Me too!
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  fredthebear: GM Daniel King analyzed this game:

GM Ben Finegold Recap:

Let's give this fellow a chance:

Artificial Intelligence:

Yes, Magnus will defend his title. What else is he gonna do? He cannot get chess off his brain even if he tried.

More than six hours of Round 1 coverage:

Jun-23-22  lentil: I would have played 6. ... e3 immediately.

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