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Nico Georgiadis vs Magnus Carlsen
Biel (2018), Biel SUI, rd 4, Jul-25
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jul-25-18  MrSpock: Congratulation Nico - first draw against a world champion. Stay tuned!
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  FSR: Why not 42.Bxf4?
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  YouRang: Computer analysis: After <26.Rxa7>

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Carlsen played <26...Rh7>, which was well-met by <27.Rc8>, leading to a drawish game.

It looks like Carlsen would have be winning with 26...Rc8!!

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Ultimately, using the rook to pave the way for the h-pawn to promote.

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  Diademas: Svidler realy played this nicely!
Jul-25-18  CountryGirl: Nico showed courage to save this, considering he was on 0/3, and the opponent was MC.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <FSR: Why not 42.Bxf4?>

For whatever reason, The Computer does not include this move among its top choices after a 6-minute analysis. My only guess is that after 42 Bxf4 Ba4 white can't respond with 43 c3 because 43..dc+ would expose an attack on the bishop by the rook.

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  ChessHigherCat: The idea of f4 was to clear the diagonal to attack the rook:

42. Bxf4 Be8 43. Bb8 Bg6, leading to this situation, white to move and perish:

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  ChessHigherCat: The idea of 43. Bb8 is to play Ba2
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  Penguincw: Who would've thought? Georgiadis' first points of the tournament would be vs. the world champ.
Jul-26-18  Ulhumbrus: After 52...Ke2 and 53...f2 Carlsen may have found a way for White to draw and assumed that Georgiadis would find it as well. However Georgiadis may have been less likely to find it than Carlsen.
Jul-26-18  Ulhumbrus: The pawn sacrifice 43...Rc6! takes advantage of the fact that after 44 Rxd4 Rh6 it will take White time to free White's rook, time which the black rook can use to win White's f pawn - just to begin with
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  chancho: Nico's been getting stomped in this tournament like an old shoe, and Carlsen apparently did want to add to the pain.

Magnus will probably take it out on Mamedyarov today though...

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  chancho: <*did not want to add to the pain*>

Danke to <John Barleycorn> for noticing the omission.

Jul-27-18  PJs Studio: Isnít Ba5 in the Winnawer considered a bit trappy? I assume there is new theory on it. Also, Magnus assumed his weaker opponent might not know it so well.
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  ajk68: If anybody is wondering why not 32. Rd7+ winning the rook, look at the h3 pawn. White cannot capture the rook and stop the pawn.
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