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Vladimir Kramnik vs Magnus Carlsen
"M.C. Hammered" (game of the day Feb-03-10)
Dortmund (2009)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line Old Main Line (D37)  ·  1-0
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Jul-10-09  Ulhumbrus: After the Black Q moves one White threat is that of Qg5+ followed by Qf6 and a sacrifice on e6
Jul-10-09
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  acirce: I also expected ..Qc5, but blunders happen in complex positions, it's just normal.
Jul-10-09  chessic eric: 29.Nb5!
Jul-10-09  Ulhumbrus: The idea behind ...Qc7 is that in the event of a sacrifice on e6, Black's Q covers f7 as well as his QB
Jul-10-09  zanshin: Hmmm ... Carlsen is in big trouble. I'd like to see him get out of this one.
Jul-10-09  Mateo: Well, I guess computers may say White is winning but on the board it is not obvious.
Jul-10-09
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  SetNoEscapeOn: This will be a tremendous win for Kramnik, reasserting himself on all fronts.
Jul-10-09
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  OneArmedScissor: What if Bxe6?
Jul-10-09  percyblakeney: 31. Rxe6+ is a nice finish.
Jul-10-09  xenophon: what was wrong with Carlsen putting his queen on c8?
Jul-10-09
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  Check It Out: Carlsen's queen doesn't seem to have many good moves; maybe back to b6? Then the white queen munches h7 pawn and it doesn't look good.
Jul-10-09  zanshin: Apparently, Krmanik missed <30.Rxe6+!> I'll have to go back to that later.
Jul-10-09  Dionyseus: The moves changed, probably a relay error?
Jul-10-09  chessic eric: <xenophon: what was wrong with Carlsen putting his queen on c8?> I think he's trying to complicate - hoping for Qe1+ and Bc6+
Jul-10-09  zanshin: Looks like he can still play it now. <31Rxe6+> wins.
Jul-10-09  popski: oOo, that's a hot game! I'm in at the right time it seems!
Jul-10-09
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  OneArmedScissor: Where are your God's now, Kramnik haters?
Jul-10-09  percyblakeney: Chesspro had Rxe6+ five-ten minutes ago.
Jul-10-09  zanshin: Oh crap! I just remembered I bet $200 chessbucks this would be a draw.
Jul-10-09
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  acirce: Carlsen's mistake was even less surprising if you have to find this refutation of 29..Qa5
Jul-10-09  jaybugg13: what if 31 Rxe6+! fxe6 32 Qxe6+ Kd8 33 Qd6+ Bd7
Jul-10-09  popski: Oh boy, it's the end already!?
Jul-10-09
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  acirce: Even with Rxe6+ on the board I could not figure out for sure how it actually won.
Jul-10-09  chessic eric: Kramnik needs to watch threat...Qe1+, e.g.

31.Rxe6+,fxe6 32.Qxe6+,Kd8 33.Qd6+,Bd7 34.Be6?,Qe1+ 35.Kg2,Qxe6

Jul-10-09  percyblakeney: <Carlsen's mistake was even less surprising if you have to find this refutation of 29..Qa5>

By now there seemed to be many ways to win apart from the one Kramnik chose though.

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