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Magnus Carlsen vs Pavel Eljanov
Norway Chess (Blitz) (2016), Stavanger NOR, rd 2, Apr-18
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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Apr-19-16  kamagong24: took me 2 mins to figure out why black resigned! hahaha
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  Sokrates: LOL - I also had to look closer to find the long diagonal. I wonder what would have happened in case of 35.-Re5? - 36.Qf5 would be a blitz trick in case of 36.-Rf5? 37. Re7 and the B is for grabs. But if the K moves away from the check, the exchange on e5 doesn't seem to be decisive yet.
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  beatgiant: <Sokrates>
35...Rxe5 36. Rxe5 Qxe5 <37. Qe4+> Qxe4 38. Nxe4 leaves White winning a pawn in the ending, which looks probably enough for an eventual win. I did not find anything better.
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  Sokrates: Thanks, <beatgiant> that looks plausible and winning - albeit not as quickly as with the played move.
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  keypusher: I see Eljanov emulated Radjabov's bishop maneuver...but he didn't stick to it the way Radjabov did.

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  thegoodanarchist: <kamagong24: took me 2 mins to figure out why black resigned! hahaha>

Well, to know why, you have to see that after 36...Kg7 37.Qxa8 Rxd6 38.Rxd6! Qxd6 the Black Bishop is en prise to the White queen.

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  beatgiant: <thegoodanarchist>
Doesn't Black have 36...Bg6 instead, losing "only" the exchange?
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