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Magnus Carlsen vs Nikita Petrov
World Rapid Championship (2018), St Petersburg RUS, rd 8, Dec-27
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System (A22)  ·  1-0
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May-15-19  YesChess1010: 20.Kd2 is such an odd move
May-15-19
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Here's the difference between a GM and me. I'd play 60.Qb7+ and figure I was either trading queens or driving the black king to the side of the board. Carlsen plays 60.Qf5, putting his king and the queen together, defending the pawns, not worrying about getting checked, and obviously figuring that he's going to win the g-pawn in due course.

I think either one of those moves is good enough (SF's #1 choice in a shallow search is 60.Qf2+ followed by Kf5) but Carlsen's move shows a lot more understanding of how to play the ending.

<MYesChess1010: 20.Kd2 is such an odd move>

Looks obvious to me. Frees the rook and shunts the king toward the queenside, where the game is going to be won or lost.

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