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Elisabeth Paehtz vs Magnus Carlsen
6th Lausanne Young Masters (2005) (rapid), Lausanne SUI, rd 2, Sep-17
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  0-1


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Sep-21-05  THE pawn: Rc3 Qxb4 Kc1 Rxc3 and its a pretty much over ( well, it already was).

The game looked really straightfoward to me, white was looking for a construtive attack but nothing came on the king side, on the other hand, black played accurately, if not a cliché way of attacking. Nothing explosive in this game.

Sep-22-05  ChessMan94: What's the point of 27.cxb4? I'm no expert but I wouldn't want to expose my king to an open file where a pawn is marching down followed by the enemy queen and rook!

Maybe 27.Qf2 would have been a good idea to help defend the white king, or perhaps offer to exchange queens with 27.Qh3 to alliviate the pressure on the c-file.

Sep-22-05  euripides: <chessman> certainly 27 cxb4 is not a nice move to play. I guess that Paehtz didn't see any other good way of avoiding the threat bxc3 followed by Qa5 and Rb8. For instance, if 27 Qh2 ( which offers to exchange queens) Black could immediately play 27...bxc3 and if 28 Qxc6 cxb2+ Black will win the endgame, while after 28 bxc3 Qa5 29 Qc2 Rb8 it looks very bleak for Black. Difficult to see what went wrong for white here, although 10 Nd4 seems to have quite a bad record. I wonder if White should play 13 Nxe6 or possibly 13 Nf5. After 14 cxd4 white seems to be a tempo behind so that she has to play reactively until move 20. Perhaps 21 g6 or even 21 d5 would help.
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  Mateo: <ChessMan94> <Maybe 27.Qf2 would have been a good idea to help defend the white king, or perhaps offer to exchange queens with 27.Qh3 to alliviate the pressure on the c-file.>

The game is already lost. 27. Qf2 bc 28. bc Qe7 (xa3, g5) wins for Black. 27. Qh3 bc 28. bc Qa5 wins for Black.

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  Mateo: <euripides> <Difficult to see what went wrong for white here> I think 21. Qf4?! is bad, losing control over two squares (b4, e2). Why not the simple 21. Rhe1. It seems quiet equal.
Mar-15-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Very efficient play by Carlsen, shooting straight for the king!
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