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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Magnus Carlsen
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 8, Mar-23
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Petrosian Attack (E12)  ·  0-1

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Mar-24-08  Bobsterman3000: White has no moves at the end, but I guess that he could stumble along with 45. bc4.

What's the finish after that?

Mar-24-08
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  tamar: if 45 Bc4 Kg5 I suppose. Magnus putting the queen on e3 makes me think he was intending ...Nf4 and ...e4 to exploit the pin.
Mar-24-08
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  tamar: Why ever did Mamedyarov play 27 Kf1?

It seemed he could survive 27 Rxc5 Nf3+ 28 Qxf3 Qxc5 21 Qxg4+ Kf8 22 Rf1 Qxa3 23 Bc4


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Mar-24-08  Bobsterman3000: <tamar> ahh, I see. Kg5 frees the knight to move. after that it's just cleanup and forcing exchanges.

Mar-24-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: <tamar> <Why ever did Mamedyarov play 27 Kf1? It seemed he could survive 27 Rxc5 Nf3+ 28 Qxf3 Qxc5 21 Qxg4+ Kf8 22 Rf1 Qxa3 23 Bc4 >

He also could have forced the exchange of some heavy pieces with 27 Rxd8+ Rxd8 28 Qe3 Qxe3 29 fxe3.


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The kingside pressure on white is now all but eliminated.

Mar-25-08
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  tamar: <Jimfromprovidence> <He also could have forced the exchange of some heavy pieces with 27 Rxd8+ Rxd8 28 Qe3 Qxe3 29 fxe3.>

Mamedyarov may have feared 29...g3 30 hxg3 hxg3 31 Rxc5 Rd1+ 32 Bf1 f6 when White is one move from disaster if the knight can arrive on g4.

It looks however that White is okay with just the rook active because he can continually threaten to go to the g file or check the King starting with 33 Rc8+

Mar-25-08
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  tamar: <Obviously his opponent also took the kingside threats very seriously and after a long thought Mamedyarov went for 24.Ne5 Bxe5 25.Bxa6 after which Magnus thought he was better.>

Deep computer analysis confirms Magnus was better here, so I have to amend my earlier post.

At the end of my line here is the position


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I thought this was drawish because White could get to the g file after checking, but I missed a simple manouever.

If 34 Rc7+ Kh6 35 Rc8 Re1! 36 Rg8 Rxe3 with a winning position for Black.

So it appears the whole idea with 31 Rxc5 is bad, which is perhaps what Mamedyarov saw also.

Feb-10-09  notyetagm: A powerful game by Carlsen, covered by GM Larry Christiansen on ICC. You can probably find the video in the ICC archives.
May-11-09  notyetagm: Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2008

Game Collection: Pushing the pawns in front of your king

16 ... ?


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25 ... h5-h4


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Carlsen launches a textbook <PAWN STORM> attack with 16 ... h7-h6, 17 .. g6-g5, 19 ... g5-g4, 23 ... h6-h5, and 25 ... h5-h4.

Can anyone else please suggest more games with this theme? I noticed a weakness in my game is that I fail to advance the pawns in front of my king like Carlsen does here, even when it is ok, as it is in this game.

Thanks

May-11-09  notyetagm: <notyetagm: A powerful game by Carlsen, covered by GM Larry Christiansen on ICC. <<<You can probably find the video in the ICC archives.>>>>

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Apr-17-20  jerseybob: What a brilliant answer by Carlsen to White's 24.Ne5: 24..BxN!, giving up the bishop and saving the knight. After 26..Nxe5 black has a monster knight vs an ineffective bishop. And to answer <tamar: Why ever did Mamedyarov play 27 Kf1? It seemed he could survive 27 Rxc5 Nf3+ 28 Qxf3> I think the really scary move for black is 27..h3!

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