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Stellan Brynell vs Magnus Carlsen
Gausdal Bygger'n Masters (2005), Gausdal NOR, rd 3, Oct-03
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1


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Jun-03-08  utssb: I'm glad that attention was called to this at ChessBase. Carlsen's endgame technique is impressive. He was reminiscent of Karpov this game.
Jun-03-08  griffochop8686: perfect technique yet again from Magnus. Brynell didn't even make any obvious mistakes!
Jun-03-08  GreenArrow: Well played, but admittedly black did have an easy plan to gang up on f2 and then just launch the pawns. If this game was not by Magnus Carlsen then perhaps it would not be hailed as superb technique. The finish would be 54.Bd5 Kg5! (54...g3? =) followed by 55...Be5.
Jun-04-08  Pjalle: those pawns are just marching ahead, unstoppable, looks so easy. Brynell was probably certain of the draw but got a nasty surprise. He was a bit passive though, moving the bishop back and forth doesn't seem like the optimal way to prepare for the advancing pawns.
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  jahhaj: This is a very instructive game. But I'm with <GreenArrow>, calling it brilliant technique is a little strong. But maybe that's Carlsen's genius, he does make it look very simple.
Jun-04-08  nuwanda: Hi <GreenArrow>,

i agree with you that in the final position it should be the easiest way to win for black to exchange the f2 pawn to the h2 pawn and get two connected passers.

But i think 54...g3 wins too. I have only the look on the screen, no board, no chessprogram available, so i may be wrong, but i see:

55.hxg Kxg3 and then bring the black bishop to g3 via f6, h4 to protect both pawns and get the king free for moving around.

Black has two ideas:

First, to exchange the h pawn to b5 pawn, if the bishop protects the long diagonal, and reach a won ending

Second to bring the king to e1 (e2) if the white king moves to g2 and the bishop protects f1-b5

I see no way for white to defend against both threads...

Jun-04-08  TheBB: <I'm glad that attention was called to this at ChessBase>

That Dennis guy has a knack for finding cool games.

Jun-07-08  DPLeo: A great example of maximizing superior position when material is even.

Carlsen was steadily improving his position and advantage but Brynell blundered on 46 with Be8??. Keeping the bishop on the h1-a8 diagonal was critical at that point. After 46.Be8 the eval skyrockets from 3.00 to 9.79

Then at 49...e2+ is the correct finish with the eval at 17.74 but after Qxe1+ it goes all the way down to 3.84

It got a little sloppy at the end but the end result was correct 0-1.

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