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Magnus Carlsen vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jul-25-08
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Jul-25-08
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  whiteshark: White could continue/prolong the game only with <23.Qe3>, e.g <23...Re8 24.Qf2 Bh4 25.Qd4 Re2 26.Kf1>


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Jul-25-08
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  ahmadov: Oops, draw... That is exactly what I expected... A knight is a knight indeed :-)
Jul-25-08  malthrope: Hehehe... A 'draw' by any other name! ;)
Jul-25-08  Ulhumbrus: An interesting alternative to 20 Rxe7+ is 20 Bc5 Bxg2 21 Bxd6 sacrificing still more material to open the d file
Jul-25-08
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  ahmadov: So it was Dominguez who offered draw, right...
Jul-25-08  Where is my mind: Lenier Dominguez-Perez is having a good tournament so far.
Jul-25-08
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  keypusher: <Thorski> Sorry, I just scrolled back and realized it was you. Too funny!
Jul-25-08  malthrope: <chessgames.com: Don't touch that dial -- we're switching to another game in a few minutes.>

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Jul-25-08
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  ahmadov: <malthrope: <chessgames.com: Don't touch that dial -- we're switching to another game in a few minutes.> Raise your hands if *luv* CG.com!

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Jul-25-08  apf123: Lenier is an expert in the najdorf
Jul-25-08  Where is my mind: <Lenier is an expert in the najdorf> According to this database he only lost one in the last three years.This year he won against Timofeev and drew against Morozevich and now Carlsen(the only player who had beaten his Najdorf).I'll have to take a look at some of those games.
Jul-25-08  messachess: This does appear to show mastery by Dominguez.I would be interested to know how much of this is 'book.'--17...Kd7, for example? Dominguez was countering throughout this game--very effective.
Jul-25-08  Atking: A pity I wasn't there yesterday. I don't understand why Carlsen didn't play 10.e5 ? I see that dxe 11.NxNxc6 Qc7 recovers the piece but 12.Nxe5 BxBg2 13.KxBg2 QxNe5 14.Qf3 Rd8 15.Bf4 Qc5 16.Rad1 ~ 17.Qb7 seems simply better for White. Do I miss something obvious? I like too Fischer's 6.h3. Again Carlsen plays a Fischer's "strange" move. The last time was against Leko's Caro 5.Nc5...
Jul-26-08  Ulhumbrus: <Atking: A pity I wasn't there yesterday. I don't understand why Carlsen didn't play 10.e5 ? I see that dxe 11.NxNxc6 Qc7 recovers the piece but 12.Nxe5 BxBg2 13.KxBg2 QxNe5 14.Qf3 Rd8 15.Bf4 Qc5 16.Rad1 ~ 17.Qb7 seems simply better for White. Do I miss something obvious? I like too Fischer's 6.h3. Again Carlsen plays a Fischer's "strange" move. The last time was against Leko's Caro 5.Nc5...> An alternative to 14...Rd8 is 14..Nd5. Then on 15 Nxd5 Qxd5 16 Qxd5 exd5 Black may escape with a draw.
Jul-26-08
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  lost in space: <Atking:I don't understand why Carlsen didn't play 10.e5 ? I see that dxe 11.NxNxc6 Qc7 recovers the piece but 12.Nxe5 BxBg2 13.KxBg2 QxNe5 14.Qf3 Rd8 15.Bf4 Qc5 16.Rad1 ~ 17.Qb7 seems simply better for White>

Black can play better: 14...Rc8 15. Bf4 Qc5 16. a3 (16. Rad1 b4 17. Ne4 Nxe4 Qxe4 Qxc2 ) 16...Be7 17. Rad1 00 =

Jul-26-08  Atking: Thanks <Ulhumbrus> to answer but the d5 pawn is isolate. A kind of weakness that top can use. Thanks aslo <lost in space> I though myself about this kind of line (Rc8) but I felt that White has an edge here because the control of the d file looks more effective than the c one. For if Qb7 Qc6+ QxQ RxQ Rd2. A kind of advantage that Fischer or Karpov used to be decisive.
Jul-26-08  euripides: After <10.e5> is 10...Nxd4 worth considering ? e.g.11.Bxb7 dxe5 12.Bxa8 Qxa8 13.f3 Bc5 with some compensation for the exchange; or 11.exf6 Bxg2 12.fxg7 Bxg7 13.Kxg2 and Black looks OK; or 11.Qxd4 Bxg2 12.exf6 e5 and Black wins material.
Jul-26-08  euripides: After <10.e5 dxe5 11.Nxc6 Qc7 12.Nxe5 Bxg2> 13.Re1 is quite interesting.13...Bxh3?? loses to 14.Qf3 and 13...Qb7 seems to drop a piece to 14.f3; but Black can gain some tempi to catch up on development with 13...Rd8 or Bd6 .
Jul-26-08  Atking: <euripides: After <10.e5> is 10...Nxd4 worth considering ? e.g.11.Bxb7 dxe5 12.Bxa8 Qxa8 13.f3 Bc5 with some compensation for the exchange> Again very interesting but White is not forced to give up his wonderfull Bishop for a Rook. I mean 12.Be3 looks better. To say 12...Rb8 13.Bg2 Bd6 14.Ne4 and 15.c3
Jul-26-08  Ulhumbrus: <Atking: Thanks <Ulhumbrus> to answer but the d5 pawn is isolate. A kind of weakness that top can use. Thanks aslo <lost in space> I though myself about this kind of line (Rc8) but I felt that White has an edge here because the control of the d file looks more effective than the c one. For if Qb7 Qc6+ QxQ RxQ Rd2. A kind of advantage that Fischer or Karpov used to be decisive.>

On 10.e5 dxe5 11.Nxc6 Qc7 12.Nxe5 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 Qxe5 14.Qf3 Rc8 15 Qb7 Black cannot play 15...Qc6+ as his Q is on e5

Jul-26-08  Atking: Obviously <Ulhumbrus> but If you read correctly the line of <lost in space> then you will see that it ends by 15.Bf4 Qc5 16.a3 Be7 17.Rad1 0-0 which explains both "Qc6+" and "Rd2". Therefore you could be right, Qb7 may be play earlier at move 15...!?
Jul-27-08  Ulhumbrus: <Atking: Obviously <Ulhumbrus> but If you read correctly the line of <lost in space> then you will see that it ends by 15.Bf4 Qc5 16.a3 Be7 17.Rad1 0-0 which explains both "Qc6+" and "Rd2". Therefore you could be right, Qb7 may be play earlier at move 15...!?>

The variation which <lost in space> gives in his message just before my post is < 14...Rc8 15. Bf4 Qc5 16. a3 (16. Rad1 b4 17. Ne4 Nxe4 Qxe4 Qxc2 ) 16...Be7 17. Rad1 00 => after which Black can indeed answer 18 Qb7 with 18...Qc6+.

The objection to 14..Rc8 is that 15 Qb7 forks the Rc8 and a6 pawn, and this is one justification for 14...Rd8. However Black has an alternative, 14..Nd5.

Aug-03-08  apexin: Wow, carlsen plays the sicilian in the style of Fischer! nice draw.
Dec-31-12  taobert: A very instructive game! Engine recommends 18. f5! threatening f6, at which black must reply f6 himself or h5! I feel its in spirit of position to sacrifice some of white's king safety in order to make progress- at least that kind of swashbuckling style is what truly makes chess exciting to watch. f5! h5! f6 gxf6 Qxf6 Rg8 Qxf7 imagine that.
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