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Tiger Hillarp Persson vs Magnus Carlsen
Sigeman & Co (2004), Malmo SWE, rd 3, May-02
Indian Game: Anti-Grünfeld. Alekhine Variation Leko Gambit (D70)  ·  0-1



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May-12-04  acirce: 29...Nxe4?? was a stupid blunder, that should lose, of course. From then on play doesn't seem totally accurate from any of the players, but 44. Bd5 is the big counter-blunder giving black not only the draw but also good winning chances. Black makes more progress but doesn't 57. Nf1 hold the draw for White with perpetual checks or 57...Kd4 58. Bxd5?
May-12-04  aragorn69: <acirce> To answer your question: 57.Nf1+ Ke4 58.Nd2+ Kd4 59.Nb3+ (not 59.Bxd5 Rxd2+) Ke3 avoids the perpetual - and should be enough to win, I think...

Other point: why didn't your compatriot simply play 30.Bxe4 ?? After e.g. 30.-Bxe4 31.Rxe4 Qc7+ 32.Kb1 Rxe4 33.Qxe4 Rxf5 34.Qe6+, White still seems a lot better.

May-12-04  acirce: Thanks but why not 59. Bxd5 Rxd2+ 60. Kd2 Kxd5 61. Kd3 (for example) and I don't see how black wins, White returns to the queenside in time after snatching the f pawn, say 61...f3 62. Ke3 Kc4 63. Kxf3 Kxb4 64. Ke3 Ka3 65. Kd2 Kxa2 66. Kc1=. Or even 65. Kd4 Kxa2 65. Kc5=. Am I missing something, please tell me.

And yes, I don't understand either why 30. Bxe4 wasn't clearly better, but the move played should be winning too.

May-12-04  aragorn69: I am the one who missed something : 61.Kd3. I had only looked at 61.Ke2?? which loses a move - and the game...
May-12-04  lek: I don't think Ke2 loses either. The white king is firmly in front of the pawn and it's impossible to force him away. And whithe still got the two pawns on the a and b ranks.
May-12-04  acirce: <lek> 61. Ke2 loses, 61...Kc4 62. Kf3 (what else?) Kxb4 63. Kxf4 Ka3 64. Ke3 Kxa2 65. Kd2 Kb2
May-12-04  lek: You may be right, of course, but what about 61. Ke2 Kc4 62. a3 Kb3 63. b5 (not Kf3) Kxa3 64. Kf3 Ka4 65. Kxf4 Kxb5 66 Ke3 Kb4 67. Kd2 Kb3 68. Kc1 Ka2.
May-12-04  acirce: Hmm, maybe 63...Ka4 64. Kf3 Kxb5 65. Kxf4 Ka4 66. Ke3 Kxa3 etc. On the other hand maybe exactly 63. Kf3 in that line holds! 63...Kxa3 64. b5! Kb4 65. Kxf4 Kxb5 66. Ke3 Kc4 67. Kd2. I must stop being so hasty in my evaluations, <61. Ke2 loses> is not clear at all.
May-27-04  midknightblue: no time to read all these comments, but I cant believe Carlson did 58 ..f3. Even harder to believe is that white misseb 59 Bxf3, that would have been winning.
May-27-04  groupoid: No, because of 59..Rc3+ and 60..Rxb3.
Jun-04-04  midknightblue: <grouper> thanks, good point.
May-30-09  Akiba Rubinstein: 58.Bb5 draw!!

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