|Dec-27-16|| ||luzhin: Brilliant endgame combination by Carlsen, demonstrating that his solitary advanced passed QP was worth much more than Black's SIX.|
|Dec-27-16|| ||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.
|Dec-28-16|| ||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.|
|May-26-18|| ||Phony Benoni: Apocryphal and Wry?|
|May-26-18|| ||al wazir: I black had played 42. Qc3+ or 43. Qa3+, I don't see any way the white ♔ can get to a7.|
|May-26-18|| ||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.
|May-26-18|| ||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?|