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Arjun Erigaisi vs Magnus Carlsen
Julius Baer Generation Cup (2022) (rapid), chess24.com INT, rd 1, Sep-18
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1

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Sep-20-22  Saniyat24: Too Modern even for the modern generation...!
Sep-20-22
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  perfidious: It appears White's sense of danger deserted him; long castling is hardly the safest option in these lines.
Sep-22-22
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  fredthebear: No sense of danger? A case of generalized over posting without analysis. Better to strive for quality, not quantity.

In a tiny sample size, 8.0-0-0 is the most popular move in the database, scoring over 50% wins. Even a club player would recognize that White arranged to play the popular 150 Attack on the kingside, where castling opposite is standard fare for White. After 8.0-0-0, White retained a slight plus.

For those wondering why there are not more game examples, it's because Black expanded quickly on the queenside and did not castle short, early. Over the years, Black has developed ways to deal with the 150 Attack, one of which is not castling kingside into the attack, another is advancing the b-pawn.

Instead of retreating the knight (a clear sense of danger), 10.Ne4 gives White an edge. In other words, White was well-positioned after castling long but ran out of opening theoretical knowledge.

To be clear, White aborts the 150 Attack, which typically seeks to exchange dark-squared bishops and pawn storm the 0-0 castle, in favor of the 9.e5 pawn break.

Sep-22-22
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  perfidious: <fredthebore>, you really should stick to your strength, patronising commentary to your fellow novices, rather than presuming to address your betters.

In short, look concretely at the position rather than spoon-feeding us Reinfeldian cant.

Sep-23-22
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  HeMateMe: Interesting how Carlsen was able to plant that piece in the center of the board that couldn't be driven away by a pawn. He completely nullified white's attempt to open the center with pawns.
Sep-23-22
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  fredthebear: Is that your way of admitting that you were wrong again perf, that you put no effort into your post again?

It is spelled out clear enough for the readers. Nothing wrong with 8.0-0-0 -- it's the norm. Had 10.Ne4 been played, yet another teenager is in position to beat the champ.

You got bettered again, and you are the bore.

Sep-24-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: The engine does substantially prefer 10 Ne4 over the move actually played. And the knight did eventually go to e4 after all, without accomplishing much in its two extra moves along the way.

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