I told you Robbie would like it.
Any game where the first check comes on move 32 is not RHP fodder.
But to show I can slip into 'position mode' when I want to.
On another site some lad suggested that here:
the move 23.c3.
He was met with:
Analysis by Stockfish 160716 64:
23...Bf8 24.Ng3 Nbd7 25.Ba3 Bxa3 26.Rxa3 Ra8 27.Rxa8 Rxa8 28.Nf5 Kf8 29.b4 Ra3
30.Re3 c5 31.Nd6 cxb4 32.cxb4 Ra4 33.Nxb5 Rxb4 34.Nd6 g6 35.Kf1 Ke7 36.Nc8+ Ke8
37.Nd6+ Kf8 38.Rd3 Rb1+ 39.Ke2 Rb2+ 40.Rd2 Rb4 41.Ke3 Ke7 42.Nc8+ Ke8 43.Nd6+
Kf8 44.Rc2 Ke7 = (-0.17) Depth: 31/48 00:00:26 27723kN
and nothing else. I replied.
You cannot just plug in a computer and hope it's vomit
makes it clear to the lad what maybe wrong with 23. c3 here.
On the surface there is nothing wrong with 23.c3 but it is not a
killer move. It gains a tempo which in this position means nothing.
The good guys (and these two are not too bad) give double thought to every pawn move.
The likes of me and you ruin our positions with thoughtless pawn moves
and then wonder why we lose when we bump into one of the good guys.
These positions are all about not accepting responsibility.
Look at the position again.
Black has the d-file. Big Deal, what is he going to with it. He cannot get into White's position.
However, when the c2-pawn goes to c3 the square d3 needs
looking after and suddenly so does the b3 pawn (responsibility).
An annoying twat like Carlsen will lick his lips and be thinking of Nd7-c5
eyeing d3 and if White plays b3-b4 to stop Nc5 then the b6 Knight hops
onto c4. (not to mention with pawns on c3 and b4 the b2 Bishop is useless
and needs go to c1 to get back into game which in turn interrupts the connection of the Rooks.)
All these little things matter, especially if you face an annoying
twat like Carlsen. He is a genius at exploiting these little things.
Of course you cannot sit back in awe and watch him dance
all over you, you have to do things yourself. But what?
All you have done with 23.c3 is given yourself the responsibility of holding
weakened squares and have forced yourself to go ultra active against a
solid position from a position that is not quite geared up to create counter play.
Carlsen played 22...Bf8-b4 tempting 23.c3 and then he goes back to f8 again.
That's how annoying he is. Fortunately Karjakin is not easily annoyed and kept the c2 pawn on c2.
Todays lesson is keep your hands off the middle game pawns unless you can find three
good reasons for moving one. And when you do...move a piece instead. If you are
wrong then you can move it back again. You cannot do that with a pawn.