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Wesley So vs Magnus Carlsen
Grand Chess Tour Paris Blitz (2016), Paris FRA, rd 10, Jun-12
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1
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Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: During my playing career, when playing the English Opening would try to avoid the d3 + e2 v. c7 + d4 pawn formation because the e-pawn always felt more vulnerable than the c-pawn. Nice to know I got *one* thing right in chess.
Sep-12-18  stacase: <Penguincw: It is the GM level here ... >

Yeah Penguin, I never looked at it all the way through. It looks like the White King can flee to f3 but if he does, the Black Knight forks the King & Queen from e5 and Game Over

Sep-12-18  gokusano: Carlsen is So's Master.
Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: Black has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

White threatens Qxe8#.

Black delivers mate or wins decisive material with 28... Qxd1+ 29.Bxd1 (29.Kg2 Qf1#) 29... Re1+ 30.Kg2 Bf1+ 31.Kf3 (31.Kg(h)1 Bh3#) 31... Ne5+ 32.Kf4 Nxd7 - + [r+n vs B].

Sep-12-18  saturn2: I saw 28...Qxd1+ 29. Bxd1 Re1+ 30. Kg2 Bf1+
31. Kg1 Bh3 and
31. Kf3 Ne5
Sep-12-18  Mayankk: Got it. The combination is fully forced with no side-lines to analyse. And it of course helps that any other move seems to lose immediately owing to the double threat to e8 Rook as well as d3 Bishop, so you are forced to explore Qxd1.

I was surprised to see a 2800 GM at the receiving end of this forced tactics. But this was a blitz game and we should cut some slack.

Sep-12-18
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  patzer2: Fairly easy for a Wednesday puzzle. No problem seeing the combination 28...Qxd1+! 29. Bxd1 Re1+ 30. Kg2 Bf1+ -+ with either a winning discovered check or knight fork to follow.

White's decisive mistake in this blitz game was of course 28. Qd7?, allowing 28...Qxd1+! -+ (-13.66 @ 38 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, 28. Be7 ⩲ (+0.44 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 9) holds it together for White.

Earlier, White missed potential winning chances with 26. Bc6 ± to +- (+1.42 @ 33 ply), where Stockfish 9 gives the following decisive line:

([Stockfish 9 64] 33:+1.42): 26.Bc6 Qb3 27.Re1 Qb8 28.Qe7 h6 29.Bc5 Rd8 30.Bxa4 Nd2 31.Qxd8+ Qxd8 32.Re8+ Qxe8 33.Bxe8 Nf3+ 34.Kh1 Be4 35.a4 g5 36.a5 Kg7 37.Ba4 g4 38.Bd1 Bd3 39.Bb4 h5 40.Kg2 Kf6 41.Bxf3 gxf3+ 42.Kxf3 Ke5 43.Bc3+ Kd5 44.Kf4 Be2 45.Kg5 Kc4 46.Bd2 Kc5 47.h4 Bg4 48.Kf6 Be6 49.a6 Kb6 50.Kg5 Kxa6 +- (+16.74 @ 29 ply).

Sep-12-18  Walter Glattke: Lose more material after 32.-Nxd7 33.Bxa4
Nxc5 and losing more White pawns. Or 33.Bb4 Rxd1 and holding Pa3.
Sep-12-18  WorstPlayerEver: This game is sooo Carlsen.
Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  malt: White threatens mate,
28...Q:d1+! 29.B:d1 (29.Kg2 Qf1# )
29...Re1+ 30.Kg2 Bf1+ 31.Kf3 Ne5+ 32.Kf4 N:d7

and both Bishops under attack.

Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  maxi: It was great to relive this beautiful combination.
Sep-12-18  njdanie: These guys are good, but anything can happen in a speed game...
Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: Capsy keyin cinch diffy lunky to it divebomb 28..Qxd1+ dubby keyon kinky keyin keyat danky dinky 5 auldy gater taurus bully keyin capsy brapp keyat packys dinkys cabsy photon beamy vibrant keyat height wiggy witty keythen ticky keyum mundane numby foody keyin dacquiri roley river jazzed its obeat winum kestrel hazer parsy keyit blimy keyoy its wobble thiny parzum kestrel keyit bellys pebbly keyin whizin thorns norths windys vibrant keyat wobbly keyin henat pritz keiny nipsy qd1at daunt keyin capsy brapp keyat packy dinky cabum plush casty huggy cabsy photon beamy vibrant keyat wiggy height witty keythen wanty tucky keyin yummy mucky tenant keyin mundane numby nafat foody keyin dacquiri roley river jazzed its obeat winum kestrel hazer parsy keyit blimy keyin keyon kinky keyat lunky to it divebomb 28...Qxd1+ dubby keyon darky dinky 5 auldy gater taurus bully keyin bandy dabby dubby buddy baddy lunky qd1at dauby ducky duddy daddy duffy daffy duggy dummy daunt dappy dusty dumby keyin dacquiri faggy gaffy guffy flung lunky to it divebomb 28.Qd7 alimony danghunt keyin 10 it lowum linkum keyin yangy keyon kinky lunky to it evermore 28.Be7 keyin alimony eggshead equals keysy daffy duffy duggy dangy fraud keyat dappys paddys keythen padsy pudsy match cinch diffy mucky macky dinky watch wamum cawum wadsy bawlys bandy photon beamy vibrant keyat balances naffy fanum cinch carum keyum bandy manage keyin macky dinky radat darky tabby batty tubby butty bunty huffy flush haddy dascha duffy chuff frack crack keyat keaty packy dinky pucky cuppy cappy keyat addum hinty caddy getat gabby biter keeny keyin capsy keyat qd1at daunt-
Sep-12-18  John Abraham: well played by Magnus
Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
28.Be7 Nb2 29.Rc1 Qe6 30.Bb4 Bb5 31.Qd6 Qxd6 32.Bxd6 h6 33.Bb7 Nd3 34.Rc8 Rxc8 35.Bxc8 g5 36.Bb7 Kg7 37.Bd5 f5 38.f4 Kf6 39.h3 g4 40.hxg4 fxg4 41.Be4 Ke6 42.Bf8 h5 43.Kg2 Bc4 44.Bg7 Nc5 + / = (0.35) Depth: 25
Sep-12-18
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  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
27.Re1 Qb8 28.Qe7 Nd6 29.Qd7 Nf5 30.Bc5 Rd8 31.Qxa4 g6 32.Bd5 Qb5 33.Qa7 Qd7 34.Qxd7 Rxd7 35.Bg2 Bc2 36.Rc1 Ba4 37.Be4 Nd4 38.Rc4 Ne6 39.Be3 Bb5 40.Rb4 f5 41.Bf3 + - (1.47) Depth: 24

27.Re1 Qb8
+ / - (1.37 --) Depth: 25

Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
26...Qf5 27.Bg2 Re8 28.h3 h5 29.g4 hxg4 30.hxg4 Qg6 31.Qd7 Re6 32.Qd8+ Kh7 33.Qh4+ Kg8 34.f4 Re2 35.Bf3 Re8 36.Kf2 Qh7 37.Qxh7+ Bxh7 38.f5 Nxa3 39.Bc6 Rd8 40.Bxa4 g6 41.f6 g5 42.Be3 Rxd1 43.Bxd1 Nb5 44.Bf3 Nd6 45.Ke2 Nc4 46.Bd4 Nd6 47.Ke3 Nc4+ 48.Kf2 Bd3 49.Bd5 Nd2 50.Ke3 Bc4 51.Bg2 Nb3 52.Bc3 Be6 53.Bf3 Kf8 + / = (0.65) Depth: 25
Sep-12-18
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  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
26.Bg2 Bf5 27.Bc3 Be6 28.Rd8 Qb6 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Bb4+ Kg8 31.Qe7 Qb8 32.Be4 h6 33.Kg2 Nb6 34.Qc5 Nd7 35.Qc6 Nf6 36.Bf3 Bd7 37.Qc5 Kh7 38.Qc4 Qb5 39.Qxb5 Bxb5 40.Bd1 Bc6+ 41.f3 Nd7 42.Bc2+ g6 43.Kf2 + / - (0.78) Depth: 22
Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
20...f6 21.Bxb7 Re5 22.Qc6 Qxc6 23.Bxc6 Rxe2 24.Rxe2 Bxe2 25.Be4 Nc8 26.Re1 Bg4 27.f3 Be6 28.Kf2 Na7 29.Bxh7+ Kf7 30.Rc1 Nxb5 31.Be4 Rd6 32.g4 g5 33.Kg3 Bd5 34.h4 Bxe4 35.fxe4 gxh4+ 36.Kxh4 Ke6 37.Rc4 Rb6 38.Rxa4 Nc3 39.Rb4 Ke5 40.Rxb6 cxb6 41.Kh5 Nd1 42.Ba1 Ne3 + / = (0.56) Depth: 24
Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
19...Qxb5 20.Nxb7 Rd5 21.Rab1 Qd7 22.Bxd5 Qxd5 23.Qxc7 Bh3 24.f3 Na8 25.Qa5 Qxb7 26.g4 Qe7 27.Bxd4 Qd8 28.Qxd8 Rxd8 29.Bf2 h5 30.gxh5 Rd5 31.Rec1 Rg5+ 32.Bg3 Bc5+ 33.Rxc5 Rxc5 34.d4 Rc8 35.Kf2 Nc7 36.Rb4 Nd5 37.Rxa4 Rc1 38.Ra8+ Kh7 39.Be5 Rc2 = (0.25) Depth: 23

19...Qxb5 20.Nxb7
+ / = (0.33 --)

Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4

d 25 1. = (-0.14): 18...Ra5 19.Nc5 Bxc5 20.Qxc5 Rd8 21.e3 Rxb5 22.Qxd4 Qxd4 23.Bxd4 c5 24.Be5 Rxd3 25.Bf1 c4 26.Bd4 Rdb3 27.Rec1 Be6 28.e4 h5 29.Be2 Kh7 30.f4 f6 31.Bf1 Kh6 32.Rc2 Bf7 33.Be2 Bg6 34.f5 Bf7 35.Kf2 g6 36.Be3+ Kg7 37.fxg6 Kxg6 38.Bd4

d 24 2. = (0.12): 18...Re5 19.e3 Rxb5 20.Bxd4 Bf5 21.Reb1 Raa5 22.Rc1 Nd5 23.Nd2 c5 24.Be5 Be6 25.Nc4 Ra8 26.Bb2 Rd8 27.Ne5 Qd6 28.Be4 Rb3 29.Nc4 Qd7 30.Nd2 Rb5 31.Rab1 f5 32.Bg2 Nc7 33.Be5 Rxb1 34.Qxb1 Nb5 35.Nc4 Bxc4 36.dxc4

Sep-12-18
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  Bubo bubo: Black wins a rook with 28...Qxd1+ 29.Bxd1 (29.Kg2 Bf1+ loses the queen) Re1+ 30.Kg2 Bf1+ 31.Kf3 (31.K~1 Bh3#) Ne5+ and 32...Nxd7.
Sep-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: The finesse which picks up White's queen when he avoids mate elevates this beyond the level of a Monday POTD.
Sep-12-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun one. Black has two pieces hanging, one of which would be captured with mate. So he really has to play utterly forcing moves. Fortunately, they work. :)
Sep-13-18  gokusano: Not even the voodoo voodoo power of Naunsyameng bangungot can alter the outcome of this game. Simply outclassed!
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