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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexey Shirov
World Blitz Cup (2007) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 35, Nov-22
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0


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  rogge: Nice!
Feb-06-08  notyetagm: Position after 25 ♕d1-d3!

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Wow, the Black g6-knight cannot move because it is <PINNED> against the f6-square! That is, for example, if 25 ... ♘g6-e7?? to save the Black g6-knight, then 26 ♘g4-f6+ simply wins the Black g7-queen since 26 ... ♕g7x♘f6 is the only way for Black to get out of check.

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This is a -beautiful- example of the tactical theme <PINS AGAINST SQUARES>.

Magnus' games feature many <PINS>. In this game, the White b3-bishop <PINS> the Black f7-pawn to the Black g8-king, while the White h6-rook <PINS> the Black g6-knight to the f6-square.

Throw in the <STALEMATED> Black g8-king and you have all the tactical weaknesses you need for a miniature. Shirov could have resigned after 25 ♕d1-d3! but apparently did not want to be miniaturized.

It just amazes me that this kid (16 at the time of this game) can just wipe experienced and strong GMs right off the board like this.

Feb-06-08  notyetagm: I am surprised there has been so little kibitzing on this excellent blitz win by Magnus.
Feb-09-08  notyetagm: I just love this game by Magnus. It is my favorite example of a <PIN AGAINST A SQUARE> in my Game Collection: Pins against squares.
Aug-21-15  Jgamazo: The black knight has no moves that will alter the 26.Nf6# after 26. ...Qxf6 the black Queen lives and the black King dies 27.Qh7#mate
Dec-03-15  RKnight: I think y'all ignored the last two moves: 25...e4 26.Qxe4, now White is still threatening 27. Rxg6 but not Nf6+ because the B holds f6. Regardless, white still wins, e.g. 26... R(f)e8, 27. Bxf7 Qxf7, 28. Qxd4 R(a)d8 29. Nf6 Kf8, 30. Qc5+ etc. I guess I should check this with one of the engines.
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  plang: Don't normally look at speed games but Pandolfini chose this game for one of his columns.
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