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Re: The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Reply #10 - 03/14/18 at 15:01:05
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Hmmm, so was Kramnik being a bit cheeky saying it was his novelty?

In fairness it is an OTB novelty, but he surely must have seen the correspondence games.
  
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Reply #9 - 03/14/18 at 10:18:50
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RdC wrote on 03/14/18 at 00:01:23:
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Everybody is saying its a novelty too, what are these games going back to 2012? Are they correspondence chess perhaps? Maybe thats why I am missing the games....


Online Blitz it appears. Whether Kramnik and Giri found the idea by reviewing the games played on lichess, or just devised it from first principles isn't known.

Nah, Correspondence was correct. Lichess has a Master Database, not just its own Blitz one.

https://lichess.org/JHjpRRGt#14 Bottom left of the Movelist for the book, then click on the Gear and switch to "Masters".
Position has been seen 3 times, and if you google the names of the participants in eg https://lichess.org/jepaE2WO this one, one of the top results is https://www.iccf.com/EventCrossTable.aspx?id=32678
  
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Re: The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Reply #8 - 03/14/18 at 08:08:26
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Nowadays I very regularly consult the free https://database.chessbase.com/.
It is probably the best free online database available. There are 4 games mentioned with the 7...Rg8 position. The oldest dates from 2012.
  
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Re: The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Reply #7 - 03/14/18 at 01:36:35
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Apparently there's a blitz game by kingscrusher with 7...Rg8, which I thought was kind of funny.
  
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Re: The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Reply #6 - 03/14/18 at 00:01:23
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Everybody is saying its a novelty too, what are these games going back to 2012? Are they correspondence chess perhaps? Maybe thats why I am missing the games....


Online Blitz it appears. Whether Kramnik and Giri found the idea by reviewing the games played on lichess, or just devised it from first principles isn't known.
  
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Re: The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Reply #5 - 03/13/18 at 23:27:46
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I cannot find any games with 7...Rg8 in my database which is based on the MegaBase.

Everybody is saying its a novelty too, what are these games going back to 2012? Are they correspondence chess perhaps? Maybe thats why I am missing the games....
  
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Re: The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Reply #4 - 03/13/18 at 19:00:46
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Bancrates wrote on 03/13/18 at 12:24:03:
Kramnik said there may be more resources for White in the Berlin ending than people realise. I'd be inclined to believe him considering the form he seems to be in at the moment.


I'd be inclined not to believe him, considering that he jumps at every opportunity to play the Berlin. Regarding Aronian, its fair to say that he is clearly not an 1.e4 player, but what I find most astounding of all was that he played 1.e4 no doubt hoping for a Berlin.

It will be interesting to see if and how Aronian recovers from this debacle after the rest day.   
  

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Re: The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Reply #3 - 03/13/18 at 12:24:03
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Kramnik said there may be more resources for White in the Berlin ending than people realise. I'd be inclined to believe him considering the form he seems to be in at the moment.
  

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Re: The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Reply #2 - 03/13/18 at 02:44:02
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TonyRo wrote on 03/13/18 at 02:26:55:
There are 3 games in the lichess opening explorer dating back to at least 2012 - I have heard other people's DBs have a few more.  Grin

..Rg8 yeah, but the subsequent Kh1 Nh5 seems to be new, no? "Normal" continuation appears to be 8. ..h6
But yeah, in general this looked like a prep mixup. Castles+h3 isn't something one should do lightly - the whole ..g5 idea being rare is more down to White usually not allowing it, rather than due to Black uncorking a super secret novelty.

E: Regarding the title though, the Kramnik-Karjakin game was very very topical.
While it ultimately ended in a draw, at several points it felt -to me- like Black was courting desaster, which gives some hope that there is life in the endgame left yet.
Visually at least, something like
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isn't exactly what I'd dream of as the outcome of the opening -
and this is already after maneuvering through some rather muddy waters, where White never felt like he was risking much
  
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Re: The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Reply #1 - 03/13/18 at 02:26:55
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RdC wrote on 03/13/18 at 00:04:59:
The idea of an early .. g5 isn't entirely unknown in the Spanish, but in that precise position it appears to be a novelty. Engines seem to approve as well.

There are 3 games in the lichess opening explorer dating back to at least 2012 - I have heard other people's DBs have a few more.  Grin

SF also suggests it after only a brief time - much respect to Kramnik for keeping it in his back pocket for a rainy day and for playing a really beautiful game, but I think as far as the opening goes this one falls on Aronian's prep being a little sloppy, or at least knowingly risky!
  
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The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
03/13/18 at 00:04:59
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Kramnik came up with a remarkable idea in the Berlin Candidates.
Against Aronian he played 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. 0-0 Qe7 7. h3 Rg8 and won very quickly.

The idea of an early .. g5 isn't entirely unknown in the Spanish, but in that precise position it appears to be a novelty. Engines seem to approve as well.
  
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