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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Magnus Carlsen
M-Tel Masters (2009), Sofia BUL, rd 2, May-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-14-09  virginmind: problem is they both go into a light time trouble.
May-14-09
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  cornflake: This looks like a critical decision point for Carlsen.
May-14-09
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  PhilFeeley: I like 18...Ba4. It keeps the tension.
May-14-09
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  e4ia: No I dont agree Ba4 ?! as in

18. e6 Ba4 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Nd4 Kg8 21.exf7+
has to be no?

May-14-09
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  Mateo: <Eyal: 17...Nd5 wasn't strictly forced, btw - 17...Qa4 and Qc7 were also interesting ideas (in both cases 18.exf6?? would have lost to 18...Bh6!).> 17...Qa4? 18.Kb1! Ne8 19.axb4, White wins a pawn. But 17...Qc7 is interesting (18.axb4? Bh6!). So 17...Nd5 isn't strictly forced, that's true.
May-14-09
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  Eyal: <18. e6 Ba4 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Nd4 Kg8 21.exf7+ has to be no?> Well, Carlsen chose 18...fxe6, but in this line Black has the option of 19...Bxc2 as well.
May-14-09  virginmind: 22.axb4 Qa2 and now fritz really gives "dead" draw...
May-14-09
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  tamar: thanks <Eyal> Carlsen still seems to be in one of the side branches, but perhaps he sees the perp as well.
May-14-09
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  Wild Bill: I've been sitting here quietly, surrounded by cats (anybody want one?), and contemplating <18...exf6>. One of the features of the position is unprotected pieces on both sides. Black's last move activates the Rook at the cost of pawn structure. It is possible for Black to plop the Rook down on f2, attacking the hanging Bishop at g2. Meanwhile, Black's Bishop at d7 and Queen at a5 are unprotected. Initiative could be important here.
May-14-09
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  PhilFeeley: Looks like a draw now. Especially with little time left.
May-14-09
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  Mateo: 23.Qxd5+? Qxd5 24.Rxd5 Bc6.
May-14-09
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  Eyal: Btw, 25.Rhf1 was essential - 25.Rb1? would have lost to 25...Rf2+! 26.Qxf2 Qxc3+ 27.Kd1/c1 Ba4 28.Rh2 Bxc2 29.Qxc2 Qe1+ 30.Kb2 Rxc2+; or 28.Rb2 Bxc2 29.Rxc2 (29.Qxc2 Qe3+ and Rxc2) 29...Qa1+ 30.Kd2 Rxc2+ 31.Kxc2 Qa2+ and Qxf2.
May-14-09  Chicago Chess Man: Could this end Rb3 Qa1 Rb1 Qa3 and drawn?
May-14-09  popski: What about 28.Nxd5?
May-14-09  Chicago Chess Man: Yep...i think it's drawn after Qa1
May-14-09  Mulyahnto: Drawn by repetition
May-14-09
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  whiteshark: Really impressive how Dominguez has shuffled out of this situation.
May-14-09
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  chessgames.com: Don't change that dial--we'll be switching over to Shirov-Topalov in just a few minutes.
May-14-09
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  Eyal: Well, they went for something very similar to that Rybka line, only with a different kind of repetition in the end.
May-14-09
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Not exactly "just another draw." Hard-fought game, but in the end prudence seemed better than risk.
May-14-09
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  Eyal: <What about 28.Nxd5?> It's also good for no more than a perpetual after 28...exd5 29.Qxd5+ Kh8 (30.Qxd7?? loses to 30...Qc3+).
May-14-09
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  whiteshark: bye bye bucks
May-14-09
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  ajk68: <Eyal: Btw, 25.Rhf1 was essential - 25.Rb1? would have lost to 25...Rf2+! 26.Qxf2 Qxc3+ 27.Kd1/c1 Ba4 28.Rh2 Bxc2 29.Qxc2 Qe1+ 30.Kb2 Rxc2+; or 28.Rb2 Bxc2 29.Rxc2 (29.Qxc2 Qe3+ and Rxc2) 29...Qa1+ 30.Kd2 Rxc2+ 31.Kxc2 Qa2+ and Qxf2.>

27. Kd1 prevents 29... Qe1+ from succeeding.

May-14-09
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  Eyal: <ajk68: <Eyal: Btw, 25.Rhf1 was essential - 25.Rb1? would have lost to 25...Rf2+! 26.Qxf2 Qxc3+ 27.Kd1/c1 Ba4 28.Rh2 Bxc2 29.Qxc2 Qe1+ 30.Kb2 Rxc2+; or 28.Rb2 Bxc2 29.Rxc2 (29.Qxc2 Qe3+ and Rxc2) 29...Qa1+ 30.Kd2 Rxc2+ 31.Kxc2 Qa2+ and Qxf2.>

27. Kd1 prevents 29... Qe1+ from succeeding.>

True - in the line 27.Kd1 Ba4 28.Rh2, Black wins by 28...Qd3+ instead; or 28.Rc1 Bxc2+ 29.Qxc2 (29.Rxc2 Qa1+ etc.) 29...Qf3+.

May-15-09  Demadone: I think white had no business castling queen's side. He ends up fighting for a draw.
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