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Magnus Carlsen vs Gadir Guseinov
World Rapid Championship (2015), Berlin GER, rd 8, Oct-11
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense (A48)  ·  1-0


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  HeMateMe: even for blitz, Guseinov stunk it up.
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  zanzibar: Well, I wouldn't say it was that bad...

There's the subtle mistake of mis-positioning the bishop with 14...Be6-g4

(Black to play (14))

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Leaving the bishop on e6 (after, say, 14...O-O) allows Black to meet 15.Nc5 with 15...Qa6, followed maybe by 16...Nf6 forcing White to exchange.

But the game was lost because Black missed the powerful 17.Nc5-a5! maneuver (which wouldn't be so powerful with a Black bishop on e6 instead of g5, btw) after 16...O-O-O?

(White to play (17))

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OK, a 27...g4 wasn't good either, but Carlsen was grinding Black down at that point anyways.

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  zanzibar: Well, maybe <HMM> is right, if one considers the N for B chase (moves 8 and 9) a waste of time instead of developing during the opening...

(It's a question of taste imo, but it does give White the center and a tempo for free)

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  JuniorQ1800: What is the likely follow-on sequence of moves here? Does white threaten to invade the back rank?
Oct-15-15  King Radio: White is up a pawn plus an exchange, and has a better position to boot. Looks like there are various ways for white.
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  whiteshark: game-related video w/ comments by Jan Gustafsson:
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