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Magnus Carlsen vs Arkadij Naiditsch
GRENKE Chess Classic (Tiebreak) (2015) (blitz), Baden Baden GER, rd 1, Feb-08
Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Variation (E11)  ·  1-0


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Feb-10-15  ninja warrior: yikes.
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  keypusher: After this game I thought it was going to be a very short tiebreak. If nothing else, the playoff showed the limitations of "momentum"; Carlsen seemed to have lots of it going into the next game, which he lost; Naiditsch seemed to have the momentum going into the Armageddon game, and he got massacred.

Carlsen played this beautifully and accurately throughout, but I wanted to point out one engine alternative. Position after 32....Rg8:

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White can play 33.Ra7 Kd6 34.h6! (zugzwang) Re8 35.Kg3 and Stockfish thinks the threatened king invasion is so strong that Black has nothing better than ...g5 with a hopeless position. Nigel Short would have liked that finale.

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  Peligroso Patzer: This was the first tiebreak game played under the following provision of the tournament regulations:

"Tiebreakers. *** In case of a tie for first place: 2 games with 10 min + 2 sec a move; then if needed 2 games with 5 min + 2 sec a move; finally a game with 6 min for White and 5 min for Black + 2 sec a move (in case of a draw Black wins)."


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  patzer2: In the final position, White's passed pawns are unstoppable.

Fritz 12 indicates strong play after 40. Bxd5 (diagram below)

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might go 40...Rd8 (40... Kb6 41. Bxg8 Kxc7 42. g6 Kxc6 43. g7 Bd7 44. Bf7 Kc5 45. g8=Q ) 41. e6! Rxd5 42. Rxc8 Re5 43. Re8 Kxc6 44. g6 f4 45. g7 Rg5 46. g8=Q Rxg8 47. Rxg8 .

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  patzer2: I think 31...Rg8?! might be the decisive error, as 32. hxg6 hxg6 33. Rh3! looks to be winning.

Instead, 31...gxh5 32. Rh3 Rh8 appears to give Black a chance to hold.

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  patzer2: Instead of 12...Qe7, Black's chances for equality may have been better with 12...Na6!, when Fritz indicates play might go 12... Na6! 13. Bc3! Nxc3 14. Qxc3 Qe7 15. c5 bxc5 16. bxc5 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Rb8 18. Qa5 Qf6 19. Bg2 Rb1+ 20. Kd2 Rb8! 21. Qxa6 Qg6 22. Ra1 (not 22. Bh3?? Rb2+ 23. Ke1 Qb1#) 22...Qxg2 =.
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