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Magnus Carlsen vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili
World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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  Chnebelgrind: In the final stage Carlsen heckles his opponent with his rooks. It remembered me to another of is games: Carlsen vs M Vachier Lagrave, 2005
Nov-27-05  KingG: I don't think the 6...Bf5 variation is anything to worry about, but i'd prefer to play 6.Qc2 to rule it out.

Carlsen handles the endgame very nicely though. Very impressive considering the difference in experience between the two players.

Nov-27-05  Chess Addict: The play againnst Bf5 variation was found by Nigel Short, I think.
Nov-28-05  AdrianP: I like the way Carlsen repeats for a couple of moves before delivering the coup de grace.
Nov-30-05  PARACONT1: <AdrianP> Yeah. Me too. It's great to see even a Gm has problems finding the right moves and has to backpedal!
Nov-30-05  AdrianP: <Paracont1> I suspect it was more sadism than not seeing the winning move - Nigel Short said that he will always repeat moves before delivering the winning blow because he enjoys the torture.
Feb-14-06  whatthefat: <AdrianP>
Yeah, but Nigel Short's also the most pompous creature I've ever seen.
Feb-14-06  Jim Bartle: Plus, if memory serves, Short has been on the other end of the torture once or twice.
Jun-12-06  notyetagm: There is a magnificent discussion of this endgame in the new GAMBIT book SECRETS OF CHESS ENDGAME STRATEGY by Lars Bo Hansen, in the PDF sample available here
Jun-12-06  notyetagm: Why does Magnus win this game?

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After 33 ... ♖xc5, Magnus has five pawn in two pawn islands. His opponent also has five pawns, but they are all isolated(!) and scattered across four pawn islands.

Sometimes chess really is this simple. The multiple pawn weaknesses just kill Black in this game.

Jun-12-06  MoonlitKnight: Actually, that would count as five pawn islands for black, since the doubled pawns can't be connected.
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  IMlday: I always count doubled, isolated pawns as two islands.
Jan-14-12  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005

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Game Collection: WEAK PAWNS

Jan-14-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: WEAK PAWNS

Carlsen vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005 Carlsen has 2 pawns islands, Black has 5(!) pawn islands => 1-0

Jan-14-12  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005

This superb endgame win by Carlsen is included in the new book by FM Steve Giddins "The Greatest Ever Chess Endgames".

Jan-22-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PASSIVELY DEFEND PAWNS

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