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Joel Lautier vs Magnus Carlsen
World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 5, Dec-10
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Gligoric System Bronstein Variation (E55)  ·  0-1

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Dec-11-05  thomaspaine: Nice tactical stroke at 30 ... by Carlsen, taking advantage of the weak back rank. That was the turning point, and Carlsen didn't falter after that.
Dec-11-05  KingG: Carlsen missed 38...Nc2 winning, since 39.Ra2?? Rb1 is mate.
Dec-11-05  acirce: Great game. My comment on another site: <Wasn't Carlsen's 29..e5 instead of the "obvious" ..Nxd4 fascinating - I think Lautier could have just taken on e5 but he got confused and blundered instead. I also like that mighty knight on f4, it went there on move 17 and then never moved away, pretty much deciding the game!>

Also, looking at the position around move 20 I thought that the bishops, while passive at that point, were going to be better in the long run. Was my evaluation completely wrong or didn't Lautier play well enough?

Dec-12-05  aktajha: <KingG> how about 38. ... Nc2 39. Bc5 Rb5

Then he's not more clearly winning than he is now

Dec-12-05  firebyrd: <38. ... Nc2 39. Bc5 Rb5> and then white must still move his rook to save it, he cannot move it out to cover the bishop, and after 40. Rc1 Rxc5 the Nc2 is covered, so he is simply bishop down.

Though, as Carlsen won any way he is perhaps not more clearly winning, but the win would be easier to spot for the rest of us.

Jan-16-06  aktajha: 40. Ra7+ Kg6. 41. Rc7!?
Feb-07-06  cavallnegre: 38...Nc2 doesn't win: 39 Bc5 forcing an exchange or black's rook must give way (not 39...Ra6?? because of 40 Bf8).
Jul-17-06
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  Richard Taylor: The knights were better.
Mar-28-19  Ayaend: <cavallnegre>41...Rb1#
Mar-28-19  Ayaend: Oops I want cite => <aktajha>

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