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Magnus Carlsen vs Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov
Grand Swiss IoM (2019), Douglas IMN, rd 1, Oct-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0
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Oct-10-19
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  OhioChessFan: Kuzu needs to start looking at perpetuals. MC thrives on winning positions like this.
Oct-10-19  WorstPlayerEver: After 33... Qxe5 34. Ne4 Bxd2 35. Nxd2 Qe1+ 36. Bb1 d4 R+2P vs N+B


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White seems helpless; can't play their K, B or N, Black plans Rd5 and f5

Oct-10-19  WorstPlayerEver: Black had no time though.
Oct-10-19  WorstPlayerEver: So 33... Qxe5 34. Ne4 Bxd2 35. Nxd2 Qe1+ 36. Bb1 d4 37. Qb4 f5 38. a4 Rd5 39. Ka2 d3 40. Ka3 Qe5 41. Ba2 Rd7 42. Bb3 f4 43. Qc4 Rd8 44. Qb4 Rd4 45. Qf8+ Ka7 46. Ka2 f3 47. gxf3 g3


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SF finds it on the spot. White's forces were split. Really nice how Black dominates the center. Very instructive. I actually thought that Kuzubov had planned 33... Qxe5 when playing 32... Qxd4. The Knight escaped to f5 again.

The actual game went: 33... Bxd2 34. Qxd2 Qxe5 35. Nf5


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Compare and shiver.

33... Qxe5 34. Ne4 Bxd2 35. Nxd2


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Oct-10-19
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  Check It Out: Black has a strong looking position, but white is well fortified.
Oct-10-19
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  Taxman: I'm looking at Black playing ...c4 - c3!?
Oct-10-19
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  Fusilli: <Taxman: I'm looking at Black playing ...c4 - c3!?>

I think Magnus just removed the bishop from b1 so that he can play bxc3 against that.

Oct-10-19
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  Check It Out: The commentators are saying 49.Bg4 frees the white queen from the defense of the knight. It can then roam around in all her glory. Kuzubov needs to be careful.
Oct-10-19  Pedro Fernandez:


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Bishop Lets Magnus make the draw, it is too much powerful.

Oct-10-19
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  Check It Out: Per Magnus's usual MO, he has given his opponent many chances to go wrong.
Oct-10-19  Pedro Fernandez: I expected 48...Rb3 attacking the queen.


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Carlsen does not forgive inaccuracies even if they are subtle. (48...Rb5)

Oct-10-19
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  chancho: 91 game unbeaten streak by Herr Magnus, I believe...

With 10 rounds remaining, he has a shot at breaking Ding Liren's record of 100 games.

Oct-10-19
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  plang: Mentioning unbeaten streaks without mentioning winning % seems pointless to me.
Oct-10-19
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  perfidious: There was a lot of that claptrap bruited about by So-bots when their horse was solidly in the 2650-2680 class, but had shown no clear sign of advancing to elite level, as he would win a few games and draw a mass more of them while racking up long unbeaten strings. The cabal which raged against the 'pampered goldfish' cited the streaks as proof of greatness, but more discerning posters knew better.
Oct-10-19
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  beenthere240: No sure why Black resigned before seeing White's move. I certainly can't find a crusher for White.
Oct-10-19
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  rogge: Black lost on time.
Oct-10-19  spingo: <rogge: Black lost on time.>

That is pretty remiss when you have a 30-second increment, but time passes no matter how much you have. Perhaps Kuzubov became frozen with horror at the thought of Carlsen playing on for another 100 moves.

Oct-11-19  Ulhumbrus: 33...Bxd2 takes the exchange whereas 33...Qxe5 given by the computer as well as by a commentator traps a piece, the knight on d6.

It may be that for a long time until the end Black played to lose: He went too far trying to extract a win from an equal position.

Oct-11-19
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  beenthere240: Position in last few moves doesn’t look equal to me. It looks like a POD where Black has to find the killer combo. Except that the genius shot apparently did exist. But we at home knew the position was equal because we had access to computer evals.
Oct-11-19
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  Messiah: I am very sad Kuzubov did not trounce the boy.
Oct-11-19
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  Diademas: Oh you poor thing <Messiah>
Ary you in tears?
Oct-11-19
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  Messiah: <Diademas> Yes, I admit it, yes. May Sarana bring the dragon's teeth today.
Oct-11-19
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  DWTaylorSr: To Rogge,
Thanks for clearing that up. The position looked drawn to me, but of course this is "Carlsen " playing the end game. Thanks.
Oct-11-19
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  rogge: <DWTaylorSr> You're welcome, Sir. Other chess sites explained it. Yeah, typical Carlsen, isn't it :)
Oct-12-19  restless: 48...Rb5 was the final mistake.
48...c3 would have been the anchor to safe half a point for Black.
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