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Magnus Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Altibox Norway (2017), Stavanger NOR, rd 6, Jun-12
Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-12-17  Ulhumbrus: 21 Bxb5?! exchanges the b3 pawn for the b5 pawn but the b3 pawn is more valuable than the b5 pawn in one respect: it keeps Black's pieces out of the c4 square.

25...Ra8?! exchanges rooks but the black rook may be more valuable if White's c3 pawn is going to become backward, as Black's rook will be then more active.

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  BoardLord: It's probably interesting to know that Carlsen said he intended, and hoped for, a Queen Sacrifice for white that Lagrave didn't accept when Magnus went for 17.Qb1?!

What Carlsen was aiming for was perhaps: 19.b3!? Ra8!? 20. Qxa8! Nxa8 21. bxc4 Bf5 22. c5! Qc6 23. c4! and white has much more play than the computer evaluation gives for him. In best case the position is unclear for black. A fascinating position to analyse.

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