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Magnus Carlsen vs Nigel Short
VIII Essent Chess Tournament (2004), Hoogeveen NED, rd 3, Oct-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line (D37)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-07  TheaN: 3/3

51.Nd6+ wins by force.

51....Kf8 (Kd8 52.Nxf7+ Ke8 53.Nd6+ 1-0) 52.Ra8+ Ke7 53.Nf5 Ke6 54.Nxg7+ Kxe5 55.Rxa5 can win for White. Black tried the sneaky 53....Kd7, and although I missed the possibility of this move at all, 54.Ra7+ is dead obvious as the Rook is already en prise.

One interesting alternative, however, to which I looked earlier, was 51.Kf2?! I have found no good black move, but the line played wins easily.

Dec-19-07  zb2cr: <HelaNubo>,

Thanks for posting that link, but I stand by my comments. Endgames can be easily lost by the opponent making a mistake, and despite it being a theoretical draw, I claim that White's chances of making a fatal mistake in a PRACTICAL over the board game are larger than Black's.

Dec-19-07  micartouse: I didn't solve the puzzle correctly since I missed the Ra7+ intermezzo at the end here like a few others.

Fortunately, this is one of those things anybody would catch in time during an actual game situation as long as they're playing carefully.

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  kevin86: I missed this one because I missed the intermezzo check at the end;if white gets greedy and plays 54 ♘xg7?? he loses at least half a point by 54...♗d5+! and the rook goes. White wqould be hard-put to get his horse to the southwest corner to corral the black pawn.
Dec-19-07  JG27Pyth: <White wqould be hard-put to get his horse to the southwest corner to corral the black pawn.>

It's a very easy draw, actually... The bishop check and then capture, give the white king two tempi to drop back and defend.

54.♘xg7 ♗d5+ 55.♔e3 ♗xa8 56.♔d4 a4 57.♔c3 ♗d5
58.♔b4 ♗b3 59.♘f5 ♔e6 60.♘d4+ ♔xe5 61.♘xb3 axb3 62.♔xb3 1/2-1/2

Dec-19-07  YouRang: Like others here, when I saw the 3-move combo that results in the winning K+R knight fork, I thought I'd solved it, so I stopped analyzing.

Back on move 51, I didn't consider the blunder opportunity 53...Kd7! 54. Nxg7? Bd5!, but I *think* I would have seen it by the time I got to move 54.

So, perhaps I can claim partial credit for indeed finding the winning tactic, even though I didn't forsee the potential for black's swindle.

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  kevin86: <JG27PYTH> You are of course correct-the king is in fact close enough to run down the pawn. I forgot to play the variation on the new viewing system-where variations can be played right there.
Dec-19-07  peyote: why not 51.e6
Dec-19-07  Open Defence: <peyote> 51.e6 would lose to 51..Bh5+, as the King is in check the Rook on g7 cannot be captured and White would lose his Rook on a2 after the King moves out of check
Dec-19-07  SuperPatzer77: <Open Defence: 51.e6 would lose to 51..Bh5+, as the King is in check the Rook on g7 cannot be captured and White would lose his Rook on a2 after the King moves out of check>

Correction: White would lose his Rook on a7 - not on a2 after the White King moves out of check.

Dec-19-07  porgue: <OhioChessFan>
i would call this puzzle "...wednesdayish..."

didn't see anything decent deeper after <<Ke7>>, good puzzle. Go Carlsen, Norway rules!

Dec-19-07  aazqua: I think Short realized he was beat and had no chance regardless. Nice finish by Carlsen. Pretty easy puzzle, but a lot more satisfying than the silly sac mates we always see.
Dec-19-07  vibes43: Good puzzle. Although I thought there must be more than meets the eye, I also did not visualize the bishop fork.
Dec-19-07  GannonKnight: Drat ... Missed it. Endgames are so deceptively difficult.
Dec-19-07  JG27Pyth: <kevin86: I forgot to play the variation on the new viewing system-where variations can be played right there.>

What's this? Is this a premium member thing or something? I don't know what you're referring to but sounds like something I'd like to do.

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  kevin86: <JG27Pyth> There is a new Java viewer called :Chess Viewer Deluxe. I don't know if is a member thing or not,I don't think so. I think you can change you viewer from default to the new one.

Dec-20-07  Open Defence: absolutely <superpatzer77> sorry got the notation mixed up heh
Apr-27-08  JohnBoy: I like the position after 24...a6 as a Th or Fri puzzle - white to pick up a crucial pawn. 27.Qf6+ and its consequences are not so obvious to me at the 25th move.
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  Mateo: <JohnBoy> 24...a6? is just the kind of move I can't explain. Short forces his opponent to do what he wanted to play. Maybe he 'underestimated' something after 24...a6 25.Bxc6 bxc6 26.fxg5 fxg5 27.Qf6+? The only one that could answer would be Short himself.

24...Kg7 first, with control of f6, seemed much better, avoiding what happened in the game.

42...Bc4 could be the losing move. The other way to defend the 'a' pawn, 42...Ra3 seems to offer more prospects to defend, at least it avoids g5. 43.g5? Ra5.

Aug-06-09  walker: Magnus' ELO was at that time only 2581.
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  HeMateMe: Nice endgame technique, MC making waves the way a very young Short did, back in the 80s.
Sep-12-10  James Bowman: Magnus had him on a leash and a short one at that, here boy. ;o]
Aug-30-11  sevenseaman: Whenever I play a Crlsen game, I get the feel and sense of emitted beauty and power, during most of them.
Jan-07-13  anjyplayer: Real game started after 13.e4 very unusual and advancement of king side pawns for which black wasnt ready.
Mar-22-13  achieve: Short mentioned this game today in commentary in London for the candidates tournament, to illustrate Carlsen's strength:

"I made one mistake somewhere in the early middle game, and then got wiped out; he just hardly makes any mistakes."

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