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Lars Andreassen vs Magnus Carlsen
Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006), Tromso NOR, rd 2, Jun-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. General (E15)  ·  0-1


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Jun-29-06  Xaurus: Carlsen almost struggled to get this win. Great effort by Andreassen here!
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  Honza Cervenka: White played the game carefully but too pasively. Maybe he should keep his active Queen on the board but also the Knight ending must not be lost at the beginning. Nevertheless, after 36...Ne4 white's position is absolutely hopeless.
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  Mateo: Perfect endgme technique from the young genius. I don't remember who said that when you have one or 2 weaknesses, you have some hopes of a draw. But when you have three, you are lost. This game shows this is true.

33. Nd2 Kf5 <Black has an advantage in the ending: 1) his King is better placed. 2) Black has a possible break on the Kingside.> 34. f3 g5 35. Ke2 <35.hg fg gives Black a distant passed pawn on the h file.> g4 36. f4 <otherwise, Black plays creating many new weaknesses and holes in the White's cheese.> Ne4 37. Nf1 <37.Ne4? Ke4 38.b4 a6 39.b5 a5, zugswang, Black invades either f3, either d3 and wins.> a6 38. Kd3 a5 39. Ke2 Kg6 40. Kd3 Kf7 41. Kc2 Ke7 42. Kd3 Kd6 43. Kc2 Kc6 44. Kd3 b5 45. Kc2 <Of course, not 45.ab Kb5, as the Black King will invade the Queenside.> bxa4 46. bxa4 <Now, White has two weaknesses: g3 and a4.> Kd6 47. Kd3 e5 <creating a third weakness (d4). The game is lost.> 48. Kc2 < leaves the c5 square to the Knight, losing the a4 pawn.> Ke6 49. Kd3 Kf5 50. Kc2 <50.fe fe 51.Kc2 ed 52.ed Nf2, Black invades.> exf4 51. exf4 < g3.> Nf2 52. Kd2 Ke4 53. Ke2 Nh1 54. Nd2+ Kxd4 55. Nb3+ Kc3 0-1

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  Honza Cervenka: <Perfect endgme technique from the young genius.> With all respect to Carlsen, after move 36 this is an endgame that should have been won by any 2000+ player without faltering. But it is very instructive endgame worth of playing through more than once. I like your analysis of it <Mateo> and I would amend to it that 52.Nd2 with intention to stop black King's intrusion on e4 fails for simple 52...Nh1 (weakness g3).

I think that 33.Ne1 with following Nd3 or 35.hxg5 fxg5 36.Kg2 would have been significantly better for white than the game continuation.

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