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Boris Gelfand vs Magnus Carlsen
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 6, Mar-19
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  0-1


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Mar-19-10  magnuschess: i don't understand the idea behind of 28...Bc1 ?
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  rogge: Mess up your opponent's mind.
Mar-19-10  Atking: <magnuschess: i don't understand the idea behind of 28...Bc1> Maybe Qh6 with Be3 eventually a sacrifice on f2 (To be check with a chess program). Difficult for White to trap the Bishop e.g 29.Bd3 Qh6 30.Rc2 Ba3. The plan for Black from Qh6 should be Be8~Bg6. Indeed Carlsen's move make sens <rogge>.
Mar-20-10  pulsar: Amazing play by Magnus, and it's not easy to pinpoint where White started going wrong...

Maybe 28.Ra2 is unnecessary and White should have played 28.Bf1 or Bd3 instead to defend Black's threatened Bd2.

30. Bxc5 looks like a blunder and caused Black's downfall as it left White with no compensation for the exchange and very in Kingside.

How about 40.Qh6+ can anyone with engine look on that?

Mar-20-10  DiscoJew: Mark my words, this will be one of the great KID's . . . !

What a terrific effort from the world-champion-to-be Carlsen!

Mar-20-10  BobCrisp: Looks as if 37.Qg6+ was the fatal slip after which there is no perpetual. 37.Ra8+ was the <narrow path>.

<In the rapid game I employed the kings indian defence, the opening I had used to beat Aronian in good style earlier in the tournament. This time however, the game went less smoothly for me. I got a worse position without much counterplay a mistake on move 14. However, my opponent quickly returned the favour, allowing me to solve my problems, and even get an initiative. He then spent a lot of time and found a great resource, that apparently would force perpetual check and a draw. However, as I had a lot of time left I calculated for a while and found out that it was still possible to pose him some serious problems, though I had to be careful not to fall into mate. For instance, in one variation, my king would have run all across the board to safety at b4. There was still a narrow path to a draw, but short of my opponent could not surprisingly not find it, and in the game I eventually escaped from the checks, and finished the game with a nice little combination that won his queen.>

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  HeMateMe: I thought the opening is bad for white, because his dark Bishop is locked out of the game. He loses the initiative, for lack of piece play and room.
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  whiteshark: <37.Ra8+ was the <narrow path>>

Indeed, after <37.Ra8+ Nc8 38.Rxc8+ Bxc8 39.Qg6+ Rf7 40.Qg8+ Ke7 41.d6+ Kxd6 42.Qd8+> the black king doesn't find a safe place.

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Mar-24-10  Xeroxx: <I thought the opening is bad for white, because his dark Bishop is locked out of the game. He loses the initiative, for lack of piece play and room.>

Actually it is a very strong setup for white with 7.Be3. And the statistics in the database shows that too. (44.6% wins for white and 21.2% wins for black)

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  whiteshark: <Xxx: <44.6% wins for white >> A playful utopia in which virtuosity can be savored to the second decimal place...
Feb-05-11  KingG: This wasn't a great year for Gelfand against the King's Indian. He lost two brilliant games to both Radjabov and Nakamura in classical games(also drawing another two games against the same opponents in the KID), and lost here to Carlsen in rapid chess. As compensation, at least he beat Kramnik in a blindfold game.
Mar-25-12  CChess013: I think idea of 28...Bc1 is if white moves rook 29 Ra1 then Bd2 attack queen and kinght or if 29 Rc2 then bishop on a3-b4
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