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Magnus Carlsen vs Anatoly Karpov
World Blitz Championship (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 14, Nov-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Kmoch Variation (E20)  ·  0-1


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  luzhin: Even at blitz, it's astonishing that Carlsen didn't play 48.Qg6+ (just after Karpov missed 47...Rh1+! with a perpetual).Actually Carlsen was still winning up until the point where he missed 55.Qc8+!
Nov-16-09  Z.Ramsay: lol ye he missed alot here at move 18 and 55 wow
Nov-16-09  Plato: <luzhin: (just after Karpov missed 47...Rh1+! with a perpetual)>

Perpetual or stalemate. Most likely that would have led to a stalemate: 47...Rh1+!!, 48.Kxh1 Qc1+, 49.Kh2 Qf4ch, 50.Kg1 Qe3+!, 51.Qxe3 stalemate.

Nov-16-09  slomarko: why going for the draw if he can play for a win.
Nov-16-09  Plato: <slomarko: why going for the draw if he can play for a win.>

Because Karpov's position was lost without that saving tactic on move 47. Had he seen it, he would have played it without hesitation. He ended up winning, which is even better, but he could not have anticipated that on move 47 when he was losing

Nov-16-09  ounos: I'm also shocked he missed 48. Qg6+, I had looked the result of the game first, then reached this position, and thought, no, it's impossible to lose this!!
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  luzhin: Plato, I hadn't seen the stalemate: that's very nice, although of course in that variation Black (if he had more time on the clock) could also play 50...Qxh6 and keep blitzing away.
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  sergeidave: Guys don't forget that this is a blitz game, and 3-min for that matter... Time troubles can make you overlook moves...
Feb-21-12  new in chess: carlsen lost 48.Qg6+ Kf4(e5) 49.Qxc2
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  Richard Taylor: Good to see Karpov destroy The Machine!
Apr-29-16  SimplicityRichard: "Karpov narrowly escapes a mauling"; this would be my headline for an article on this game. Karpov defended exceptionally well to come up with a point in game utterly dominated by Carlsen. It is astonishing that Karpov wins, but such are the fortunes of blitz games.#
Sep-12-18  Doug4Chess: If Carlsen had played 48. Qg6+, it would have cost Karpov his queen, and he likely would have resigned in disgust.

As another kibitzer has already noted, Carlsen should have played 55. Qc8+. Karpov would then have to play 55...Kb6 or b5, followed by 56. Qxc5+, costing the loss of Karpov's rook, and probably leading to Carlsen's victory.

In short, Carlsen lost a game that he had two great chances to win.

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