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Magnus Carlsen vs Dmitry Jakovenko
"Sing a Song of Six Pawns" (game of the day May-26-2018)
World Rapid Championship (2016), Doha QAT, rd 8, Dec-27
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0


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  luzhin: Brilliant endgame combination by Carlsen, demonstrating that his solitary advanced passed QP was worth much more than Black's SIX.
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  Gilmoy: Jakovenko is pretty good in endgames, so he surely saw that <30..Qxg4> offers up his Rd7 for a perpetual try. Carlsen saw past that: the winning idea is to scamper all the way to <50.Kb7> and safety, shielded by his Q and Black's own pawns. Along the way, his own R+PPP are just tempo-bait, and he lets them all drop -- Black cannot actually take them all <and> keep White's K trapped.

White's last surviving Q doesn't actually have to stop all six pawns, since the K can just Reti-walk straight for checkmate, so he's really racing only <one> pawn.

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  Eyal: Great concept by Carlsen starting from 29.Rc2!, though Jakovenko missed a draw with 43...Qe3+! (rather than Qg1+) and then it's a perpetual check.
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  Phony Benoni: Apocryphal and Wry?
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  al wazir: I black had played 42. Qc3+ or 43. Qa3+, I don't see any way the white ♔ can get to a7.
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  ChessHigherCat: A couple comments. First of all, for at least the first 25 moves Carlsen had a sort of "icy clean" and sharp style reminiscent of Fischer (which I suppose has a sort of crystalline beauty of its own but I prefer a messy Tal game anytime).

Secondly, 30...Qxg4 was awful. I'm not as confident as Gilmoy that J. must have foreseen f3 and company. Anyway, there must have been safer alternatives.

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  thegoodanarchist: Dang you, <Phony>! Beat me to the punch
May-26-18  Ironmanth: Nice Rapid gem! Thanks.
May-26-18  Smothered Mate: ​
After seeing Eyal's comment, I put moves
​43 to 33 in that order through my Stockfish. ​
It did not find anything better for white than [+0.00].

I now have it running a deep analysis of
​43. ... Qe3+ ​ , ​ ​ ​ which Eyal mentioned. ​
My Stockfish is currently at depth 49 and
​reports [+0.00] for all of white's responses.

May-26-18  JohnBoy: Beautiful game. But MC is being written of as a god here. I imagine that with 29.Rc2 Magnus saw that the worst that could happen is a perp, and black had plenty of ways to slip up. Do any of you really think he saw the king scamper?
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