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Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010), Nice FRA, rd 2, Mar-14
Four Knights Game: Spanish Variation (C48)  ·  1-0
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Mar-14-10  Blaise99a: Lovely Endgame technic. Amber site (quoting carlsen?) suggests 59....d5 as last chance for black.

And sure enough, if 60. ed then... Ra2 ! and if kg3 Rg2 !! (if k takes it is stalemate....)or simply checks around the block is probably better.... very pretty. So, 60. e5 is forced and then there is a black pawn run. Pity Aronian missed it.

Mar-14-10  Atking: Yes very impressive. Nothing special in the opening and suddenly a difficult ending. Aronian is usually very strong in rapid but here he found stronger. 59...d5!!? 60.e5! with the idea 60...d4 (60...Rd7 61.Kg3) 61.Kg3 d3 62.Kf3 Rd7 63.Rxf7+! RxRf7 64.e6 (Rf8 or Ra7) 65.e7 looks winning.
Mar-15-10  notyetagm: http://www.thechessmind.net/storage...

57...h2 58.Rf8 [58.Re8 is more accurate, as in the ...d5 lines White's king is closer to the pawn. 58...Rxa7 59.Re7 Ra1+ 60.Kxh2 Kg8 61.Re8+ Kh7 62.Rf8 Ra7 63.Kg3 d5 64.e5 Ra3+ 65.Kf2 Ra2+ 66.Ke3 d4+ 67.Kf3 Ra3+ 68.Kf4 Ra7 69.Rxf7+! Rxf7 70.e6 ]

Mar-15-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: The powerful passed pawns
Mar-15-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: THE *POWERFUL* PASSED PAWNS

Carlsen vs Aronian, 2010 69 Rf8xf7+! turns advanced e5-,f6-pawns into connected passers

Mar-15-10  ChessApplet: The endgame is similar to one of Capablanca's game. I don't remember which one.
Mar-15-10  chesskingqph: In <Atking> line above, would White win if 64...Kg8? I can see the following continuations.

65.exf7 Kxf7 66.Ke3 Ke6 67.Kxd3 Kf7. I think it would be a draw here.

65.e7 Rxe7 66.fxe7 Kf7 and draw.

65.Ke3 Ra2 66.Kxd3 Ra2 then Ra4 and Black would win.

Mar-15-10
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  tamar: <chesskingqph: In <Atking> line above, would White win if 64...Kg8? I can see the following continuations.

65.exf7 Kxf7 66.Ke3 Ke6 67.Kxd3 Kf7. I think it would be a draw here.>

The first line is a win for White. 68 Ke4 Kg8 69 f7+ does the trick, and then White shoulders the King aside and wins with the g pawn.


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If 69...Kxf7 70 Kd5 or 69...Kf8 70 Ke5
and Black cannot prevent the King from getting to f6 eventually.

Mar-15-10  pferd: In <Atking> line above, would White win if

62...d2 with the same crazy Rook idea suggested by Blaise99a?

If 63.Ke2 63...d1=Q+ 64.Kxd1 Ra1+ and check forever along the a file.

If 63.Rd8 63...Ra5 exchanges e pawn for d pawn (or check forever along the a file) and surely Black has a fortress.

Mar-15-10
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  tamar: <pferd> 62...d2 63 Rd8 Ra5 64 e6 fxe6 65 Ke2 releases the stalemate possibilities.

Then the rook should be able to win the g6 pawn on its own giving connected passed pawns.

Mar-15-10  pferd: <tamar> Good point. How 'bout 63...Ra3+

White has several routes to hide from checks but they all seem to draw. Which one is best? (Black checks until White plays to 2nd rank or e3, then goes to a5. With King on e2 or e3, e6 gets forked. With King on f2, f7 gets forked, with King on g2, Rook is required to stop d pawn, so can't support f pawn promotion, etc).

Mar-15-10
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  tamar: 63...Ra3+ looks like a draw. Good find.

I studied this last night, and it seems White always had a win, but it's very tricky.

Perhaps in <Atking>'s line 59...d5 60 e5 d4 61 Rd8 right away would win.

Mar-15-10  pferd: <tamar>

Don't think so. 61...Ra2+ 62.Kg3 Re2 looks like it holds.

But split the difference:
61.Kg3 d3 62.Rd8 if 62...Ra5 then 63.e6 and if 63...Rxg5+ 64.Kh4 (to avoid checks on the f file)

With Black's pawn on d3, the White Rook is not so overworked.

Mar-15-10
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  tamar: <pferd> I think that after 59...d5 60 e5 d4 both 61 Rd8 and 61 Kg3 win.

The trick after 61 Rd8 Ra2+ 62 Kg3 Re2 63 Kf4 is that Black has to move either his rook or pawn leading to different wins.

What was your idea here for Black?

Mar-15-10  pferd: <tamar> My idea is 63...Rf2+ and continue to hunt the e-pawn. How is White escaping these checks (and saving the e-pawn)? Note e3 is verboten, and the d-pawn is poison.
Mar-15-10
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  tamar: If 63...Rf2 64 Ke4 Re2+ 65 Kd5! and the KIng makes it to e7 just in time to let the rook stop the d pawn.

Great endgame by Carlsen who created the pattern when he played 51 g5

Mar-15-10  pferd: <tamar> Yeah - guess you're right. 61.Rd8 wins too, by the method you describe.
Mar-15-10  notyetagm: *THE* *PAWN* *THAT* *PREVENTS* *PASSERS*

Carlsen vs Aronian Amber Rapid 2010 (var) 69 Rf8xf7+! turns White e5-,f6-pawn mass into advanced connected passers

Mar-15-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: *THE* *PAWN* *THAT* *PREVENTS* *PASSERS*

Carlsen vs Aronian, 2010 (var) 69 Rf8xf7+! turns White e5-,f6-pawn mass into advanced connected passers

Mar-15-10  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Aronian, 2010

http://www.thechessmind.net/storage...

<57...h2 58.Rf8 [58.Re8 is more accurate, as in the ...d5 lines White's king is closer to the pawn. 58...Rxa7 59.Re7 Ra1+ 60.Kxh2 Kg8 61.Re8+ Kh7 62.Rf8 Ra7 63.Kg3 d5 64.e5 Ra3+ 65.Kf2 Ra2+ 66.Ke3 d4+ 67.Kf3 Ra3+ 68.Kf4 Ra7 <<<69.Rxf7+! Rxf7 70.e6>>>]>

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69 ♖f8xf7+!


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69 ... ♖a7x♖f7 70 e5-e6


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Mar-18-10  DiscoJew: WOW Carlsen you are such a beast!
Jan-28-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: PAWN AVALANCHES
Jun-29-16  talhal20: Carlsen displayed better endgame technique than Aronian.
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