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Corus 2010 R3: It's a Black Thing

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More exciting chess at Corus today, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Carlsen and Nakamura won for the second day in a row, Shirov for the third to stay in the clear lead. Ivanchuk beat Smeets to move to a plus score. All four wins came with black, which isn't as odd as you might think since the rating favorites were playing the dark side in every case. We might see a similar sweep for the white side tomorrow, when just about everyone on the high side of the Elo chart and the crosstable makes the first move.

"Shirov is playing great chess," seems an obvious thing to say when you consider his 3/3 start, two wins coming with black. But when those words come from Kasparov, who isn't one to give out praise solely based on score, it weighs more heavily. Today the Spatvian ripped apart Tiviakov's deeply prepared line in the anti-Sveshnikov Sicilian with his bare hands before finishing him off with a trademark mating flourish starting with a bishop sacrifice. Tiviakov is generally unambitious in these big events but knows his systems very well, making this a particularly impressive piece of demolition work by Shirov. His 3/3 start is the first in the Wijk aan Zee A group since 1998, when Kramnik started with 4/4 before losing to... Shirov. With his next three opponents currently totaling 2/9 (Smeets, van Wely, Short), Shirov might already have his eye on Kasparov's 1999 seven-game win streak. Well, let's not jinx him; it's just great to see Shirov playing great chess at a top event. He did win clear first at the MTel last year thanks to a clutch last-round win over Carlsen, but he seems to have his game in a higher gear so far at Corus.

US champ Nakamura stayed in the early chase by beating Short on the black side of a somewhat stodgy 6.Be2 Sicilian that doesn't see much work at the top level anymore. Chess.FM commentator Jan Gustafsson wasn't impressed with White's setup, and guest star Peter Svidler expressed similar consternation when going over the game after it ended. Instead of playing a quick c4 and playing a positional game against d6, Svidler's recommendation, Short was likely caught by surprise by 13..Bg4 and was soon in trouble against Nakamura's aggressive play. 19..e4! is the star move, accurately judging that Black can back up the central push. Computers and GMs alike recommended dumping the b-pawn with 21.Bh5 in order to mix things up. In the game, Short quickly felt pushed to desperate measures with 29.Rxe4. Nakamura wasn't ruffled and chopped more wood until finding a pretty piece sac for promotion that forced Short to resign a few moves after the time control. (Speaking of, FYI there is a 30" increment from move one this year, likely as a reaction to messes like the Radjabov-Smeets game last year.)

Carlsen also kept pace with some very impressive preparation in his win over van Wely. An enterprising pawn sac from the Kasparov-Carlsen laboratory showed there's still life in the old database yet. The pawn sac with 10..Ne4 has been known for a while, instead of the usual 10..Nf8, as played by Short against van Wely in round one. For example, the game van Wely-Piket, 1997! Black's compensation for the pawn is quite speculative and White has done very well in its limited outings. The key new idea is 13..Bf8, threatening to win material immediately with ..Qf5. The new problems also put van Wely well down on the clock as Carlsen bashed out his prepared line. The zwischenzug 21..Rxd4 followed by the instructively accurate control move 22..Rb4 (preventing the desperado Nxa7 since that would leave the a-pawn under fire and it's needed to support the knight) left Black in clear control. van Wely got his rooks on the 7th at the cost of a pawn, but Carlsen mobilized very well to keep a plus. White's best chance in the four-rook ending was the ugly 35.Rxc4, giving up the f-pawn and exposing his king to doubled rooks. Svidler opined that White was still in trouble after 35..Ree2 36.Kg3 Rxf2 37.Rxb6! Rxa2, though this is definitely a lot better than the game. van Wely then hallucinated a perpetual check that wasn't there and it ended instantly. Earlier, one beautiful line we looked at was 37.Rac7 c2 38.a4 Ra2 39.Re7? b5! 40.axb5 Ra7!! 41.b6 c1Q! Awesome and an unusual repeated skewer/deflection theme, though there's still work to do after 42.bxa7.

Smeets took Ivanchuk's h-pawn and got a long defense for his trouble, one that he wasn't able to maintain. Black ignored the white e-pawn on move 21, preferring to keep his active pieces on the board to set deeper long-term problems for White. Eventually Ivanchuk crashed through in classic style with 27..a4 and 28..b4 and Smeets was quickly blown away in time trouble. It looks like we have a classic chase scenario on tap. The other favorites have rabbits to chase so they can't sit back and wait for the tournament to come to them. For Nakamura, Linares is about to begin, as the old Kasparov saying goes. He now meets the murderer's row of Anand, Ivanchuk, Carlsen, Shirov, and Kramnik! If he runs that gauntlet with his plus score intact he'll be in excellent shape. Tomorrow he has black in his first ever meeting with Anand.

Meanwhile, the current world champ and his predecessor haven't really gotten their engines started. Dominguez held on to Anand's sacrificed pawn all the way into a rook and bishop endgame, but Vishy seemed confident about holding it and did so without drama. (Anand's round 2 tweet: "sorry to disappoint u, still struggling with poor form, things just not going right for me, that incisiveness totally missing.") [Macauley spoke with Anand in Wijk today and confirmed that this Twitter account is NOT being run by Anand! Oops, got pwnd on that one, my apologies. When it appeared I asked a guy at The Hindu who interviewed Anand if it was him and he said yes, so at least I wasn't first. But my bad, big time. The Corus folks need to stop quoting that feed!] Caruana added his name to the long list of people to get squat against Kramnik's Petroff. (Bonus fame for the comment that gives what Kramnik's latest tweet would read if he twittered. Btw, I'm going to start putting up occasional asides to my Twitter feed here during events if you want to follow chessninja. Nakamura is here and he sounds stoked for today's matchup with Anand. Chess.FM tweets here.) Karjakin declined to use Leko's own 12..g6 with black against the Hungarian, who is well versed on both sides of this Queen's Indian line. Karjakin played a nice pawn sac to activate his pieces, getting the pawn back and drawing comfortably.

Round 4: Anand-Nakamura, Carlsen-Short, Ivanchuk-van Wely, Shirov-Smeets, Kramnik-Tiviakov, Karjakin-Caruana, Dominguez-Leko. As mentioned above, it's favorites and leaders vs outsiders and tail-enders, so it should be a bumpy ride. I'm on with Larry Christiansen for the show, and nobody loves a good bloodbath more than LarryC. I'll have time on Wednesday's off day to share more cribbed GM notes from rounds 2-4.

Speaking of, the ICC has put up a few gratis broadcasts for one and all to enjoy. These include our entire round two live show with Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson as well as Peter's Game of the Day analysis of Short-Nakamura. There are also some videos you can see without being a member. Check it out at chessclub.com. If you've been resisting getting into chess radio and video, listening to Svidler might just break you down.


Nice report as usual. Thanks, I usually see this page in order to read a refreshing point of view in every event you cover.

With respect to Corus, it is curious however that Shirov has played the "tailenders" or non-favorites in the first half, including upcoming games with Smeets, Van Wely and Short. However, from rounds 7-12 he plays (in order)Nakamura, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Anand, Kramnik and Karjakin.

Consequently, it looks like Shirov is participating in two different tournaments, a cat 18, perhaps and then a Category 21. I hope he collects enough victories in the first tournament before facing the tough test. Congrats to him, it would be nice so see someone as nice as him winning this supertournament. And congrats to Nakamura and Carlsen too.

On Kramnik, it seems like Tal Memorial and London didn't represent the start of a "new approach to chess", but a rare anomaly and the "new style" was more an invention than a reality. So far, he looks like the Kramnik we used to know before those wonderful tournaments last year.

It's often that way. Kramnik, for example, now begins "the Dutch championship" phase with Tiviakov, Smeets, and van Wely in succession. It's just the way the draw worked out this year. And I don't think Kramnik has had the chance yet to play the way he did in those events last year. Then other players were avoiding the Petroff, or not playing 1.e4 at all. He's still going to be solid with black unless poked. And i'ts a long event...

And with his one white, against Leko, well, that pairing is almost always a draw. That said, Kramnik played a new and unbalanced idea with white and went for a direct kingside attack. Which he misplayed against good defense and had to to settle for a short draw, but his intentions were quite aggressive. He rarely enjoys Wijk, however, so while I'm sure he'll get his wins it would be a surprise to see him play as comfortably as he did in "his" Dortmund or in Moscow.

There was a moment where Kramnik was avoiding any complications in his games. It was like his match against Fritz was going on all the time. The endgames he was heading to were so dead that even he didn't manage to squeeze anything from them.

He is completely different now. He sure plays his Petroffs but that's not the point. He does not AVOID active chess, initiative, tactics, complications any more. Poke him, he will instantly bite your head off. It's fight now instead of freeze, flight of several years ago.

IMO Kramnik has never played such amazing chess in his career.

I largely agree however Vlad's problem is that "lesser" players can make a relatively easy draw against his Petroff as White. To win Corus you'll need a win or two as Black against the tailenders and to do this you need dynamic positions.. A 2650 doesn't have as easy a draw option against Kramnik's rivals. On the other hand KRamnik's Petroff is very useful in meeting a 2800 player. It seems to me that the vast majority of players who play e4 against Vlad are just looking for a draw. None of the guys around 2800 seem to play e4 against him. Carlsen got into difficulties the last time he tried to storm the PEtroff castle. Because his Petroff is sooooh solid it must be very hard for him to play anything else.

Many other players use such opening schemes with black. Aronian plays Marshall, and if you have no ambition with white I guess you can simply take a forced drawing line. I agree though that Petroff is one of the worst possible openings if you are black and need to win.

What has van Wely done??? 24.Qc8+ will win the queen!!

Naka draws effortlessly with black against the WC. Impressive. I have a feeling that Anand will use e4 exclusively in the match! All this might be mis-direction.

What an interesting round. Of games still running,Kramnik's position does not look all too glorious. Short's position looked full of horrible weaknesses earlier but much better now somehow. How the shmeg he managed that I don't know. That variation can be very exciting if White opts for 4. f3. Leko's game is highly interesting, he is now a rook down but certainly not for nothing...Shirov is going for broke with a sac v Smeets, and Karjakin seems to have achieved what White wants in the exchange Lopez- a nullified black majority on Qside.
Quality stuff!

What is shmeg. I never see before now.

Chucky winning , Shirov playing for the crowd , nice tournament so far.

Lucky escape by Kramnik.

FYI: Macauley spoke with Anand in Wijk today and confirmed that 'his' Twitter account I quoted above is NOT being run by Anand at all! Oops, got pwnd on that one, my apologies. When it first appeared I asked a guy at The Hindu who interviewed Anand if it was him and he said yes, so at least I wasn't first. But my bad, big time. And the Corus folks need to stop quoting that feed! I feel particularly dumb because we went through this with Kasparov impostors on Facebook and Twitter. Caveat lector!

True - but if Rybka's right he missed Bxb7 winning on the final move :( A bit of luck (Tiviakov blundered the move before) might have been what he needed to kickstart his tournament. Actually I couldn't see him finding Nxe5 and tactical chances the way he seems to be playing (trying very hard to win with white, but not finding concrete lines).

Shirov now completely winning if he can find the winning blows! Smeets collapses in time trouble again?

Every one is collapsed all over. Time for hospitls.

Shirov goes 4-0.

Go Alexey! Caissa rewards one of her most faithful devotees.

Shirov wins - Short made move 40 with an equal position and surely Carlsen needs to take the draw to avoid any nastiness with the g pawn. Carlsen missed the 29. Rxe7 shot as well as letting Short have all his fun with the knight earlier, but kudos to Short. It reminds me of one of the games from his match with Kasparov where he was completely lost strategically but transferred all his pieces over to the kingside and created enough threats to draw.

I guess Kramnik was so relieved at Tiviakov's time trouble letting him escape from a lost position that he just relaxed too soon. He had 10 minutes + increments to consider Bxb7.

Wow, what a beautiful game by Shirov, and, with 4-0, what a magnificent way to start a very strong tournament!

Well the relay has to be wrong on that one. You don't need Rybka to find Bxb7 :) Probably they inserted Bxe4 Rxe4 and only then Kxg7.

When i read it , i thought it was weird that his sponsors allowed him to do that and also it didn't seem to be his style at all ...
Anyway , i also got fooled into believing that American Airlines was giving away tickets to Haiti , never thought that people got the time and the bad taste to come up with such things..

Shirov has a nice stockpile of wins for the imminent winter , but who knows giving his current state of mind he may not use it after all.
I waited long time to see the word "fire" on a chess headline , i hope to be overindulged soon.

Can anyone confirm that Kramnik-Tiviakov is a draw? I thought it was a relay error.

I don't know - a position like that with lots of pieces en prise and funny geometry is exactly where you might miss something simple like that - and Kramnik was probably moving fast to press Tiviakov in time trouble. He did blunder mate in one against the computer, after all :)

I think the black is stronger than white becuase the white is off balanse. The white must throw firts punch and make fisrt step.

FYI...The Chess.FM soundbite with Anand from today:

Interesting enough Nakamura's interview has twice more views than the WCH 's bite...

More intersting mabey is Nakamura talk talks so much Anand say so little.

My prediction is that Shirov will be badly hammered during the last rounds ( I hope he reads this and gets angry and proves me wrong )

If Shirov wins this it would be so good.

My birthday in a few days, so I think Shirov will do fine and instead it will be ME who will "be badly hammered during the last rounds"

Great KO by Shirov Balboa in todays match!

http://www.crestbook.com/files/Wijk-an-Zee-2010-Round-4-Summary.wmv is highly recommended for Russian speakers, with video of Shipov going through all the games of the day.

Nothing too surprising - he thought Shirov's sacrifice was dubious at best with 31...Re6 the normal human way for black to play (close to winning) - but said something like "he who doesn't take risks doesn't drink champagne"... and said Shirov had earned a bottle or two tonight :)

Van Wely just fell for a known opening trap.

Carlsen should have won (a painful missed chance) - he said Qe4 was meant to provoke f5 which was a clear positional mistake.

The only reason to think that white could save the position in Kramnik-Tiviakov was that it was Kramnik playing white. He criticised Kramnik's play from 12. Re1 as too general (nothing concrete). He recommended 12. Qe4 & then Bc4 which he thought was very promising. Curiously on Chessok they give the actual novelty as only having been Tiviakov's 16...Qd5, deviating from a Kasparov game!? I wonder if Kramnik was a bit loath to play Qe4 as it didn't work out so well against Leko, though he ended up getting into a similar but worse situation to the Leko game in the end.

Shipov showed a few variations of what Anand would have done if he'd really needed to win against Nakamura.

He thought Karjakin actually had good chances in the endgame against Caruana, but that Caruana defended well... and marvelled at the depth of modern opening preparation in Dominguez-Leko (wondering if the whole game wasn't just analysis).

Thanks, Mishanp, for the translations. Feel welcome for that. In fact, it may be a good blog opportunity.

Meanwhile, as Mig intimated, Svidler as commentator/annotator in the GOTD on ChessFM is a kick to listen to. Yes he does speak pretty good English - especially for a Russian - but he throws out a funny phrase now and again where you have to say: Ahhh, OK, that works! Comical.

And of course his viewpoint in the annotations - being in the top ten of world - gives his remarks a different take, and cache.

Check it out. I hope it's a trend at ChessFM.

"he said Qe4 was meant to provoke f5 which was a clear positional mistake."
Yeah, but surely a GM of Short's calibre knows that very well. He was obviously banking on an inferior but messy position where White had good chances to go wrong. And it worked...

So, let me get this straight: Carlsen plays an intentionally inferior move to illicit another inferior move which WAS actually played (by Short) in order to create an environment propitious for inferior moves. Did I get that right?

This is neither here nor there, but I simply couldn't resist.

kenhabeeb wrote: "Meanwhile, as Mig intimated, Svidler as commentator/annotator in the GOTD on ChessFM is a kick to listen to. Yes he does speak pretty good English - especially for a Russian..."

regondi wrote: "Carlsen plays an intentionally inferior move to illicit another inferior move..."

Svidler would know that "elicit" is the word to use here. "Illicit" has vague implications of making that bad move illegal, although it (illicit) is not really a verb.

Now, if we can only get Mig to try to pronounce Alekhine, Bronstein, and Wijk aan Zee correctly (can't be done perfectly, I suppose), and - but that is perhaps too much to ask - to understand that the contraction "as far as" is not a valid substitute for "as for", the world will roll more happily into the 10s.

well, I hope Peter doesn't read it. I would be so horribly embarrassed!! Yes, posting on the fly has its dangers...

Peter probably also knows that "as far as" is a preposition and not a contraction ;-)

Shirov is doing just amazingly great!

Knallo --

A large(!) second on your statement, "'as far as' is not a valid substitute for 'as for.'"
One of my own pet peeves.

And I think Mig's on top of that one.

Just by way of illustration, an example of what I was referring to earlier is Peter Svidler's statement in his analysis of Short-van Wely, "leads to a position in which nothing will be happening for a longish while."

Works just fine, but I have never heard anyone say 'longish while'!

My pronunciations of Alekhine, Bronstein, and Wijk aan Zee are as close to those of the speakers of the native languages as I can manage without sounding ridiculous. And I don't hear much of a difference in those cases, having spent a lot of time with Russians and Dutchies, unlike with various trickier ones I could list, such as Morozevich, Grischuk, and Scheveningen. Those have conventional pronunciations in English to the point that it would sound odd and distracting to the audience to start saying them the way natives do. I say Alekhine the way Russians do (or at least the way Garry does) instead of the "rhymes with wine" way I grew up with simply because we talked about him so much that the "wine" way sounds silly to me now.

As for pet peeves, they cease to be such when one repeatedly announces them the world, I'd say!

Peter's English reminds me a little of how some well-educated Indian speakers make small "improvements" in the language. They are quasi-native speakers, but aren't surrounded by the same strict feedback loop and often speak what the novelist Richard Powers called "English 2.0," in which some worthless conventions have been consciously discarded and many efficiencies added that make sense but often don't sound quite right to native speakers in countries that speak only English.

I used to spend a lot of time teaching ESL and doing translation/interpretation and there are countless instances of "no, that's not really wrong, but a native would never say that." Happens most often with profanities because the contextual element is so essential.

If 'Alekhine' doesn't rhyme with 'wine',
Does 'Caruana' not wanna sound like 'marijuana'?

next 4 lines to add to the above:

And though nothing could be finah than to be in Carolina,
And you might not catch the bantah in steamy old Atlanta,
From the similah sounds in two words you oughtn't infer,
That the formah has dined with the lattah.

Or this one, where if you pronounce Alekhine the "right" way, you get ABAB, but the wrong way, AABA:

He dined with wine,
And though he sinned,
He played just fine.


Or maybe you pronounce it Ale-KEEN, in which case we have:

He dined with wine,
But inbetween,
He played just fine.

OK this is the last one. I did not realize there were so many different ways of pronouncing 'Alekhine'. A friend wrote and said it is more like Ken, rhyming with hen or pen. So we get:

He dined with wine,
Set up the men,
And played just fine.

Sorry, I'll go away now.

Ok, I promise to forever hold my peace (on this subject) after having delivered myself of the following:

alYEKHin (not YOKH)
vike an ZAY (not ZEE - meaning the English prononunciation, not the spelling).

If you ever heard Garry pronounce David Ionovich as Bronshteen, I'll buy you dinner.

Alekhine seems to be a peculiar case - the best link from the Russian Wikipedia entry is to http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kmoch05.pdf where Hans Kmoch writes:

"While reading those articles, I remembered that Alekhine used to get angry if his name was pronounced Al-YOH-khin, the way Russians sometimes pronounced it. The correct Russian pronunciation, he said, was Al-YEH-khin, explaining that the name was derived from that of a tree (‘alyesha’) that grew abundantly near one of his family’s estates. “Al-YOH-khin,” he claimed, was a Yiddish distortion of his name, like Trotsky for Troitsky or Feigl for the German Vogel. But strangely, no one whom I ever heard pronounce the name Al-YOH-khin was Jewish".

The English Wikipedia entry mentions: "Other members of his family pronounce the family name as [aˈlʲɔxin]".

From which I don't think it's clear what the "correct" pronunciation should be. Perhaps alYEKHin, if that's what he wanted, but was it just an anti-Semitic whim that we maybe shouldn't honour?!?

On Svidler - I love his commentary which is on the same sort of level as Shipov's in Russian (but includes a bit more cricket!). One thing I noticed from his ICC commentary at Wijk is that he used "swim" - literally translating the Russian (it could also be "float") which you probably really have to translate as "drift" in English, as in "after leaving theory he began to drift". But I prefer "swim" :)

I think Russians usually, if not almost always, pronounce it alYOKHin don't they? Kasparov on his Queen's Gambit DVD is an example I remember offhand. I did know that Alekhine himself wanted it pronounced differently, but I did not know about his given reason which indeed sounds rather strange. In general, regardless of that, I don't quite see why a person should have the exclusive "right" to declare "the" correct pronunciation of his name. I think I'll stick to alYOKHin.

I missed "bronSHTINE (not SHTEEN)".

Shouldn't it actually be bronSHTAIN, as in cane or wane (or branSHTAIN, for many Russian speakers)? Assuming the name's pronounced like a normal Russian word, of course - if it's a Yiddish/German name then shtine (rhymes with line) might be right. Or there's the question of whether particular names have established English pronunciations...

Nice topic for the rest day @ Corus ,:) . I think Bronstein actually is a Yiddish/German name - just like Kasparov's former name Weinstein or (among Russian-born Israeli players) Rodshtein [no idea if the h was added in one case or lost in the other cases]. Anyway I choose for BronSHTINE, but OK I am German ... .

As far as Vike an ZEE is concerned, pronouncing it that way comes down to partly translating it: "zee" in Dutch is "sea" in English - a complete translation would be something like borough-at-the-sea (Coney Island for New Yorkers?).

As far as Svidler's "swimming at the board" is concerned: Karjakin's winner's secret last year was - in his own reporting - swimming in the ice-cold North Sea (it would be even more of a challenge this year).

Shirov's secret this year may be Olga, at least if Gert Ligterink reporting in a Dutch newspaper is correct: "After Veronica, Marta and Viktoria, since a short while Olga is Shirov's muse [sic]. The consequences are obvious to the naked eye. ... If Olga provides sufficient inspiration to win Corus remains to be seen. In 2001, thanks to Victoria [Cmilyte], he started with 6.5/8. But then he met his eternal nemesis Kasparov and things went wrong after all, he finished with 1/5." Wishing Alexei and Olga (her last name is still secret?) a long and happy future!

Finally @Mig: Do you know how Dutchies would pronounce "Greengard" if they took it as a Dutch name? Maybe you don't want to know, or you wouldn't like it ... ,:) .

SHTAIN is fain with me. I was afraid someone might pronounce it to rhyme with "entertain".

Ignore my last comment. I am really shutting up now.

But not before thanking Mig for everything he is doing for us chess fans! My cavils are truly petty.

russian speakers pronounce it STEIN, like entertain, not STAIN, like a German speaker would do. For instance, Einstein goes EIN-SHTEIN (the EIN is entertEIN). A German would say AIN-STAIN or something similar I presume.

Since everyone hear understands a lot about pronunciation , Can anyone tell WTF Alexei is saying here ?
(The video from report 4 ,when journalist asks about his intentions for the tournament..)

He say his main ambition is not to blunder. You welcome.

I M Stoopid is right, and Shirov continued mumbling "and overlook things like bishop to h7". Earlier in the interview: after 3 rounds he had said "it's just the beginning", now after 4 rounds (and still 100%) he said "now we are approaching the middle of the tournament".

Horeray I finaly say some thing right according to Mr. Thomas but it was very easy so is nto such big deal. I think Mr. Manu just nto listen and talk to fast with him fingers and keybord. Chess plaeyres should think fisrt and then talk. Oh I sorry Mr. Manu I forget of you. No isult I don mean to you. I go away now.

Sounding just like a schoolboy (me, that is), I have to say that Sergey K.'s laugh is a leetle out of control. Rein that boy in a bit there, Serg.

Thomas - Don't imitate ignorant Americans who say "as far as." 'As for' is much better.

To all Russians and some Scandinavians attempting English, lose the OKs. If you've already got the 'uhs' in there, then you have enough luft for your thoughts and translations.

Apologies. I'm a copy-editor. It's reflexive!

Ok thx! it was the part of " approaching its middle " what i didnt understand (and the consequent laughs) , i have no speakers here ,just my notebook and lots of people talking.

I'm not keen on "as far as" on its own, but Thomas' "as far as... is concerned" is surely fine? "As for" would be less cumbersome, but it tends to sound as though you're dismissive of what you're referring to.


Yes, you could be right, except that I don't think Qe4 was just intended as a trap-doesn't look a bad move to me in itself. I'd summarize it as: Short takes deliberately inferior position which requires exact and slightly unusual play to defeat, maybe banking on Carlsen's lack of experience in the line. Whereas if he went down some mainline and was outprepared, Carlsen might have a much easier time grinding him down in relatively familair positions. Kudos to him says I.

I glad becuase we all nto talk a like and sound a like. We all diferent say I.

I think your summary is correct. I can't imagine Carlsen would have played Qe4 believing that it was a decidedly inferior move only to hope for f5.

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