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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexey Shirov
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 5, Jun-12
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0
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Jun-13-08  arnaud1959: Now everybody becomes afraid of "equal" positions against Carlsen. So what can be done?
Jun-13-08  Jonber: Said Magnus: My friend, your moves, in the end
Will avail you little but sorrow
For youve taken the bait, and Im going for mate,
Brave Alexei Dmitrievich Shirov.
So take your last look on bishop and rook
And my monarch ascending a row --
By this, I imply, your king will die,
Brave Alexei Dmitrievich Shirov.
Jun-13-08  natrix75: Under "site", is that the time they had left at the end?
Jun-13-08
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  Travis Bickle: I think somewhere Bobby applauded this game!
Jun-13-08  Xaurus: < Under "site", is that the time they had left at the end?>

That is correct.

Jun-13-08  LoveThatJoker: < Jonber: Said Magnus: My friend, your moves, in the end Will avail you little but sorrow
For youve taken the bait, and Im going for mate,
Brave Alexei Dmitrievich Shirov.
So take your last look on bishop and rook
And my monarch ascending a row --
By this, I imply, your king will die,
Brave Alexei Dmitrievich Shirov.>

Lovely poem.

LTJ

Jun-13-08  fuerst: Wasn't Carlsen's win VS Karjakin in a somewhat similar ending.And Karjakin did blunder allowing a winning mating threat. Psychological warfare vs.Karjakin?:-)I like Carlsen quite much but it'll be good if there's someone ,who can defeat him from time to time.
Jun-13-08  Progman: I believe Carlsen is harvesting big time for his fearless encounters with calculating beasts like Anand - even though he lost the majority of those. "I can win dead drawn positions against a super GM" is much in the same bracket as "I can beat the world number one" Now, HOW to convert believes to results comes with experience if your talent is there. If you want to be world champion let alone world number one for a period of time - you perhaps need this kind of "inflated" self esteem as a starting point.
Jun-13-08  Augalv: Really weird day.Shirov against Carlsen bundered a mate in equal position, althought it was not easy to play it, Ivanchuk failed to score in superior position, Onischuk was better against Svidler but went wrong in several moves.Really weird...


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It's Carlsen Magnus - Shirov Alexey, Aerosvit 2008, 5th Round.Position after 40 moves.f5 pawn is a bit shaky but it's hard to believe that Black can loose this.

41.Be2 Bc3 42.Bb5 Rd1+ 43.Kg2 Ba5 44.Rf4 Kg6 45.a4 Bc3 46.g4

Like it or not, White must do this to make some progress.46.e4 fxe4 47.Rxe4 Rd2 is going nowhere.

46..fxg4 47.Be8 Be5 48.Bxf7+ Kg5 49.Re4 Kf5 50.Rc4

50.Bg6+ Kxg6 51.Rxe5 is not line you want to play if you are going for win.

50..Rd7 51.Bh5 Rg7 52.a5 bxa5 53.Rxc5 Ra7 ( diagram )


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54.Rc4 Rg7 55.Rc5 Ra7 56.Rc4 Rg7 57.Rc6 Ra7 58.Bg6+ Kg5 59.Bc2 a4

59..Rc7 60.Rg6+ Kh5 61.Bf5 Rf7 62.e4 Rg7 63.Rc6 Rc7 64.Rb6 Rc5 is equal, but it's so unpleasant to have King stuck on the rim.

60.Rg6+ Kh5 61.Re6 ( diagram )


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61..Bg7??

Time pressure blunder?! Or Shirov was tired of defending this, at first glance, sterile position?! 61..Bb8 is defending but still unpleasant feeling having King so badly placed remains.61..Bc7 62.h3 a3 63.hxg4+ Kxg4 64.f4 a2 65.Rg6+ Kh5 66.Rg3 a1=Q 67.Bg6+ Kh4 68.Rh3+ is another drawish line.

62.Kg3 Ra5 63.Bg6+ Kg5 1-0

White can choose how to mate.

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin

http://www.karjakin.blogspot.com/

Jun-13-08  Jonber: < LoveThatJoker> Thank you for your kind compliment but the praise should really go to Percy French, the author of the original. :)
Jun-13-08
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  OhioChessFan: Lay on, young Magnus, with thy vigor,
Slay the elder in his dawdle.
Hie upon him and perforce,
His prelate flees his proper channel.
Jun-13-08
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  tpstar: Carlsen pressed on unabated
To find winning chances created
After playing so masterfully
That 61 ... Bg7?? catastrophe
So poor Shirov found himself mated
Jun-15-08  THE pawn: This is quite a beauty here. The endgame was objectively drawn, but Carlsen manages to throw a mating net with phenomenal ressources. There's something about this kid...
Jun-16-08  MindCtrol9: <THE pawn>I said one day he was to became Champion of the World,and he will.He is getting stronger and stronger,and can beat anybody.
Jun-16-08  mr.fisk: <THE pawn: This is quite a beauty here. The endgame was objectively drawn, but Carlsen manages to throw a mating net with phenomenal ressources. There's something about this kid...>

Quite incredible indeed. He uses all his pieces (except from the e pawn) and Shirov's h pawn!

Jun-16-08  newton296: awesome mate at the end ! carlson is a force !

imo only anand and kramnik appear able to stop carlson from becoming champ

Jun-17-08  notyetagm: <Xaurus: I'm Norwegian and I find all this a bit unreal :D>

Nothing unreal about it.

Morphy was American, Capablanca was Cuban, Fischer was American, Kasparov was Russian, Carlsen is Norwegian.

A chess genius has to come from -SOME- country, right? Why not Norway?

Jun-17-08  notyetagm: <tpstar:

Carlsen pressed on unabated
To find winning chances created
After playing so masterfully
That 61 ... Bg7?? catastrophe
So poor Shirov found himself mated>

Very nice.

Jun-19-08
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  HeMateMe: I'm guessing that GMs play these drawish openings against Carlsen, because they are just trying to get a half point, and don't think they can win....and he is killing people in these very drawish looking positions!

It will be fun to watch his games, and see him get even better. Best will be a match against Anand or kramnik at classical time control.

Jun-19-08  talisman: ya not talking about shirov.....right?...who are you talking about?
Jun-21-08  Knight to f6: <newton296:only anand and kramnik appear able to stop carlson from becoming champ>

One must remember that Carlsen is fifth in the world, not third. Theoretically, Morozevich and Topalov should be able to beat him as well.

Incredible play in the tournament though. Well done, Carlsen!

Jun-21-08  llauro: <Knight to f6: <newton296:only anand and kramnik appear able to stop carlson from becoming champ> One must remember that Carlsen is fifth in the world, not third.>

Well, right now he is second if we count all the tournaments finished.

Another point is that both Anand, Kramnik, Morozevich, Topalov and Ivanchuck have demonstrated they cannot surpass the 2800 barrier without falling in the next lists, while Carlsen have been regulary improving, so if someone can break the 2820 barrier is Carlsen.

Nov-24-14
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  tamar: Talking about top endgame players in history during his 11th game commentary on Carlsen-Anand 2014, Peter Svidler recalled thinking he had witnessed something extra-ordinary in this game.

From a nearly equal position, Magnus, while still a teen, outplayed another top endgame player.

Jun-02-16  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini:

1. (#25): 62...Bf6 63.Rxf6 Rc7 64.Rf5+ Kg6 65.Rc5+ Kf6 66.Rxc7 Ke6 67.Kxg4 Kd6 68.Ra7 Kd5 69.Rxa4 Ke5 70.Ra6 Kd5 71.f4 Kc4 72.f5 Kc3 73.Ra2 h5+ 74.Kxh5 Kd2 75.f6 Kxe3 76.f7 Kd4 77.f8Q Kc4 78.Ra4+ Kd5 79.Qd8+ Kc5 80.Qd4+ Kc6 81.Ra6+ Kc7 82.Qc5+ Kd7 83.Ba4+ Kd8 84.Ra8#

2. (#3): 62...Bd4 63.Bg6+ Kg5 64.h4+ gxh3 65.f4#

Jun-02-16  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini d 27

1. = (0.00): 61...Bb8 62.Re8 Bd6 63.Re6 Bc7 64.h3 a3 65.hxg4+ Kxg4 66.Rg6+ Kh4 67.Rxh6+ Kg5 68.Rg6+ Kh5 69.f4 Bxf4 70.exf4 a2 71.Rg5+ Kh6 72.Rg6+ Kh5 73.Rg5+

2. = (0.00): 61...Bc7 62.h3 a3 63.hxg4+ Kxg4 64.Rg6+ Kh4 65.Rxh6+ Kg5 66.Rg6+ Kh5 67.f4 Bxf4 68.exf4 a2 69.Rg5+ Kh6 70.Rg6+ Kh5 71.Rg5+

3. (0.41): 61...Ra5 62.Bxa4 Rxa4 63.Rxe5+ Kh4 64.Rf5 h5 65.Rf4 Ra2 66.h3 Rb2 67.hxg4 hxg4 68.Rf8 Rb1 69.Rg8 Rc1 70.Rh8+ Kg5 71.Rh1 Rc8 72.Kg3 Rf8 73.Ra1 Rf3+ 74.Kg2

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