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Merab Gagunashvili vs Magnus Carlsen
Corus Group C (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-18
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  0-1



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Jul-21-05  Montreal1666: How could there not be any posts on this page!!!!? I am going through:(<MoonlitKnight>'s)

Game Collection: Magnus Carlsen's Best Games

Although they are all very impressive, this one stands out for one thing: The very advanced attack by the opponent. Magnus survives the attack and ends up winning!!!!!!!

Oct-07-05  thechesskid: I agree this was great defending by Carlsen.
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  Mateo: The game is very interesting and desearves many posts, like wrote <Montreal1666> and could be an interesting 'game of the day' for <>. But I can't agree with <thechesskid> to say <this was great defending by Carlsen>. At some point, Gagunashvili was even winning. I guess he could not find 31.Ng4! which was winning, because he was in time trouble.
Aug-06-10  dondiegodelavega: Yep, great defense and counter-attack!
Mar-04-11  wordfunph: Merab Gagunashvili - Magnus Carlsen

after 34.Bd1

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When GM Merab Gagunashvili offered a draw after his 34th move it was already too late. Magnus wanted to win! With his adversary in severe time trouble he played the crafty 35…Re8 which he thought would come as a surprise, even though he thought that 35…Rd8 was objectively better. A few moves later the game and his first GM-norm were safely in hand.

(Source: Wonderboy by GM Simen Agdestein)

Dec-04-12  DummyPawn: Unfathomable.
Dec-05-12  Blunderdome: 34. Qf3 keeps the game equal. After 34. Bd1:

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Analysis by Fritz 13:

1. (-3.19): 34...Kh7 35.Be2 Rc8 36.Rxf5 Bxf5 37.Ne3 Be6 38.Qd3+ Qxd3 39.Bxd3+ Kxh6 40.Be4 Rc7 41.Ke2 Kg5 42.Kd3 Rd7+ 43.Ke2 f6 44.Bf3 Bf7 45.Be4

2. (-0.59): 34...Qg1+ 35.Kd2 Kh7 36.Qd3 Qc5 37.Bc2 Kg6 38.Rh3 Qb4+ 39.Qc3 Rd8+ 40.Bd3 Rxd3+ 41.Kxd3 Qxg4 42.h7 Qd1+ 43.Qd2 Qf1+ 44.Kc3 Qc4+ 45.Kb2 Qa2+ 46.Kc1 Qa1+ 47.Kc2 Nd4+ 48.Kd3 Bf5+ 49.Kc4

3. = (0.00): 34...b5 35.axb6 Kh7 36.Be2 Qg1+ 37.Bf1 Qxb6 38.Be2 Qg1+ 39.Bf1

But after 34...Kh7! 35. Be2 it prefers 35...Rc8, not ...Rd8 or ...Re8.

36. Qf3 was the last chance to save the game.

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