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Magnus Carlsen vs Artur Yusupov
Youth - Experience (2006), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, Aug-21
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Main Line (C09)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Mateo: Interesting to see that Carlsen could not win this Bishop ending even after he won two pawns, because the Bishops were of opposite colour. Nice defence from Yusupov.

38. Kd3 Ke7 39. Kc4 Kd6! <After this move, Yusupov loses another pawn but he foresaw that Carlsen could not win this ending.> 40. Bd5 f6 41. Be4 g5 42. Kb5 h5 43. Kxa5 h4 44. Kb5 Bg1 45. a5 Bf2 46. a6 Ba7 47. f4 <White can advance the c pawn only to c4, the a6 pawn cannot advance, and the White King cannot invade on b6 or c6. All that Black has to do is to move with the Bishop on the a7-g1 diagonal. So the move actually played by Carlsen is the only attempt to play for a win.> gxf4 48. Kc4 Ke5 49. Bf3 Bg1 50. Kd3 <50. Kb5 Kd6.> Ba7 51. Bb7 Bb6 52. Ke2 Ba7 53. Kf3 f5 <Impeding 54. Kg4.> 54. Ke2 Bb6 55. Kd3 Ba7 56. Kc4 Kd6 57. Bf3 Bg1 58. Kb5 Ba7 59. Bh5 Be3 60. Bg6 f3! <Cutting the road to the White King.> 61. gxf3 f4 <To reach the White King should go to e4, but then the Black King goes to e5, si it does not work.> 62. Be4 Ba7 63. c4 Bg1 64. a7 Bxa7 65. Ka6 Bc5 66. Kb7 Bd4 67. Kc8 Bb6 <Impeding 68. Kd8.> 68. Bd5 Ba5 69. Be4 Bb6 1/2-1/2

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