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Magnus Carlsen vs Torstein Bae
Norwegian Championship (2006), Moss NOR, rd 5, Jul-11
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0



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Jul-12-06  bumpmobile: You can almost forgive the guy for missing 28. Rxe5! But that extra pawn proved fatal 20 moves down the road.
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  Mateo: A nice win for Carlsen but the variation played by Bae does not look very good to me.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 Ngf6 6. Bd3 e6 7. N1f3 Bd6 8. Qe2 h6 9. Ne4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 Qc7 11. O-O b6 12. Qg4 Kf8 13. b3 Bb7 14. Bb2 Nf6 15. Qh4 c5 16. dxc5 Qxc5 17. Bd4 Qc7 <A new move, instead of 17...Qa5.> 18. Bxf6 Bxf3 < 19.Qf6, White won a pawn.> 19. Bb2! <19.Bg7!? Kg7, White has a small advantage. Black lost a pawn, but the opposite colour Bishops give drawing hopes. The move actually played gives a clear advantage to White, since Bae cannot castle and connect his Rooks.> Bb7 20. Rfe1 Qe7 21. Qd4 e5 22. Qg4 h5 23. Qf5 g6 24. Qh3 Qg5 <Black cannot make an artificial castling. 24...Kg7 25.f4 f6 26.fe Be5 (26...fe 27.Qg3, attacking e5 and g6, wins) 27.Re5!! fe 28.Re1 Qc5 (only move) 29.Kh1 Rae8 (29...Rhe8 30.Qg3 Qc6 31.Re5 wins) 30.Qd7 Re7 31.Qe7!! Qe7 32.Re5 Qf8 33.Rh5 Kf7 34.Rh8, White has Rook + Bishop + 2 pawns vs Queen. White wins.> 25. Rad1 Rd8 26. Bf1 Bc8 27. Qc3 Qe7 28. Rxe5! <Nice and good, but even stronger was 28.Ba3!! Ba3 29.Re5 Rd1 (29...Qh4 30.Re4; 29...Qf6 30.Re8) 30.Re7 Ke7 31.Qh8, White has Queen + 1 pawn vs Rook + Bishop, an easy win for White.> Bxe5 29. Ba3! Kg7 <29...Bc3 30.Rd8 Kg7 31.Be7, White won a pawn. 29...Qa3 30.Rd8 Ke7 31.Qe5 Kd8 32.Qh8, White won a pawn too.> 30. Bxe7 Bxc3 31. Bxd8 Bf5 32. Bg5 Rc8 <32...Bc2? 33.Rc1. Now, White wins this ending.> 33. Bd3 Bxd3 34. Rxd3 Bf6 35. Bxf6+ Kxf6 36. c3 b5 37. Kf1 Rc6 38. Ke2 Ke5 39. Kd1 g5 40. Kc2 f5 41. Rd4 g4 42. Kd3 h4 43. a4 a6 44. axb5 axb5 45. Rb4 Rc5 46. h3 gxh3 47. gxh3 f4 48. f3 Kf5 49. c4 bxc4+ 50. bxc4 Rc8 51. Rb5+ Kg6 52. c5 Kf5 53. Kc4 1-0

Jul-13-06  rustamrocks: Lovely exchange sacrifice 28. Rxe5!
Jul-13-06  dangerhump: Not really a sacrifice to me as much as an exchange to win a pawn and then convert to a winning endgame
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  The Diamond: I'm far from a rook-and-pawn endgame expert, but it seems as though this should have been drawn and that somewhere after move 35 Bae went astray.
Aug-11-06  Dres1: This rook endgame is a win for white because of the position of the kings... black's king is cut off from the Q side where the extra pawn is.. so white brings his king to support the passed pawn.. there is nothing that black can do really, the king should blockade the pawn and the rook needs to be active, but it aint happening
Feb-04-07  IMDONE4: <The Diamond> plus, if Black's king attempts to move to the queenside, white's rook picks off the kingside pawns from behind

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