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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Morozevich
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 2, Jul-24
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Aronin-Taimanov Defense (E97)  ·  1-0



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Nov-29-06  greensfield: Great Puzzle. Missed the better line played.
I played 40.Qf8 with the idea of winning the exchange or mate.

40. Qf8 Kh7 (40..Rg8 41. Nf7 Kh7 42. Qxh6#) 41. Ne8 Qe5 42. g3 Qe7 43. Qxg7 Qxg7 44. Nxg7 Kxg7

So, because I did not play 40. Rxd5 first, I didn't have the devastating block f4! attacking the Black Queen, and had to block with g3 instead.

40. Rxd5 cxd5 41. Qf8 Kh7 42. Ne8 Qe5 43. f4! Qxe8 44. Qxe8

Nov-29-06  mig55: 40.Qxh6, followed by 41. Nc4 and 42. Rb2 wins also in the endgame..I think?? But the Rxd5 line is of course better, but i did not see it.
Nov-29-06  supergrobi: I've missed it. I thought it was 40.Qf8 Kh7 (40...Rg8 41.Qxh6#) 41.Ne8 where I didn't see the simple 41...Rg8. I thought White would be able to play Rxd5 in some lines when Black tries to defend against the mate threat on g7. It's like Jonathan Rowson says in Chess for Zebras: amateurs try to find reasons for their ideas while professionals try to refute their own ideas. I didn't spend enough time on this one.
Nov-29-06  haha: I had 40. Qf8+ too, :( :( :(
Nov-29-06  TylerD: awfulhangover: "This fantastic game is shown on Kasparov himself said this game was played fantasticly by Magnus. Sitting with your monster comps and finding better defence by black is just silly! This is chess art." Well said.
Nov-29-06  Ch3ckmate: <chessmoron>
i figured out the same continuition...
btw the pic has an error: there shouldn´t be a black queen on f8.
Nov-29-06  zb2cr: Put me in the 40.Qf8 crowd as well. I considered the actual line, but rejected it, since after 42. Ne8 I saw Black protecting the mate with 42. ... Qe5+ and said to myself: "That can't be right."
Nov-29-06  Stonewaller2: <think, greensfield> After 40. ♕f8+?! ♖g8?? 41. ♕xh6#.
Nov-29-06  TTLump: The essence of this puzzle is just a 3-move combination, so IMHO this qualifies as a Wednesday puzzle. Having said that, I didn't get it after looking at it for 10 minutes. I had the concept in mind but I had the Rook on the back rank with the Knight on f6 (via e4), deflecting the Black Knight with a Queen sac, I just couldn't get there from the given position. Ironically, I think I might have seen this OTB, because I wouldn't have been looking so intently for a dramatic puzzle solving sacrifice.

But I have to give Carlsen his due. This is one of the prettiest 3-move combinations I have ever seen.

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  al wazir: <Marco65>: Hmmmm. 40. Qf8+ Kh7 41.Rxd5 Rg8 42. Qe5, and white remains a piece up. Unfortunately, the ♕ is now at f8 and can no longer get to e5.
Nov-29-06  kevin86: I missed another. This is going to be a bad week :( I had Qf8+?!

Maybe my luck will change with the month.

Nov-29-06  Marco65: 40.Qf8+ Kh7 41.Ne8 that others proposed doesn't seem to win against best defence as <supergrobi> noticed. I calculated (not engine-checked): 40.Qf8+ Kh7 41.Ne8 Rg8! 42.Qf7+ Kh8 43.Rxd5 Qxe8 44.Qf6+ Kh7 and White looks better but the attack is over
Nov-29-06  Chris1Clark: This same puzzle was in the London Evening Standard newspaper in the summer. Got it then and of course now.
Nov-29-06  babakova: I remembered this game so I can't really take credit for getting the right move.
Nov-29-06  Stellar King: great tactic!!!
Nov-29-06  Trouble: This is a good puzzle because white has more than 1 first move that looks promising
Nov-29-06  TTLump: IF 40.Qf8+ Kh7, 41.Rxd5 Rg8, then 42.Qe5?? (I don't think so! How does the Queen get from f8 to e5 in one move?). Actually, after 41... Rg8, the best White can do is draw by perpetual ... 42.Qf7+ Rg7 43.Qf8+ Rg8, etc.

so it likes the sequence of the first two moves of this combination is critically important!

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  egilarne: As babakova: I had seen the game when played, and recognized the key move Ne8! I therefore only had to find the correct move order - but shouldn't we take credit as well for remembering the pattern?
Nov-29-06  Caissanist: It's interesting how different minds think differently. I am definitely not a puzzle stud--I've missed probably half the Wednesday puzzles I've tried, including many that generated pages of comments like "super easy", "got it in 0.002 seconds", etc. But this one was quick and easy for me. I wonder what it is that I have and others don't, and vice versa.
Nov-29-06  YouRang: Geez, I got so wrapped up in the GMAN game, I almost forgot the daily puzzle. :-p

Took me a little while: I wanted to play 40. Qf8+ Kh7 41. Ne8 (threat Qxg7#), but after 41...Rg8, the would-be winning move, 42. Nf6+ is stopped by the black knight.

SO... I tried again with first killing the knight with 40. Rxd5, and things fell into place.

Nov-29-06  trumbull0042: I thought this was rather hard to see. I briefly considered the winning move, but didn't see what that knight was preventing.

It's interesting to note that the White rook looks REALLY bad where it is right before move 40. Hence the thought of parting with it wasn't too difficult to accept.

Nov-29-06  vibes43: My thoughts were the same as <trumbull0042>above. A tough one for Wednesday. But a good puzzle as well. Next time I'll try to give more credence to a "bad piece" sac.
Nov-30-06  Marco65: I checked with Fritz and 40.Qf8+? actually gives away the win: 40.Qf8+? Kh7

a) 41.Ne8 Rg8! 42.Qf7+ Kh8 43.Rxd5 Qxe8 44.Qf6+ Kh7 with some advantage to White, but less than what can be obtained simply by 40.Qxh6+

b) 41.Rxd5 Rg8 42.Qf7+ Rg7 43.Qf8 = with repetition (I previously suggested 43.Qe8 Re7?? overlooking 44.Qxc6 )

Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: 40. Qf8+? was a mistake? Interesting about that.
Jun-11-19  Cobax12: Partida muy pareja que se define en las últimas jugadas! Al final Magnus hace un buen cambio de Torre por Caballo, viendo un mate con Dama y Caballo

Pag 77 Magnus el Mozart del ajedrez!

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