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Magnus Carlsen vs Ernesto Inarkiev
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 3, Apr-23
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense (A48)  ·  1-0



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Apr-23-08  minasina: this was live commentary with IM David Kanovsky .

This was with GM Konstantin Landa ; "translated":

Apr-23-08  percyblakeney: The position after 20 moves looks terrible for white. Inarkiev would surely have been unhappy with a draw then, as in the middlegame against Kamsky, but also in this game there is no happy end for him.
Apr-23-08  Piti: Magnus!!
Apr-23-08  Marmot PFL: I wonder what black was thinking, trading his light squared bishop then putting his pawns on dark squares. Don't these guys read My System anymore? Nicely exploited by Carlsen though. He shows why he is a likely champion and not so far away.
Apr-23-08  DDR: Ernesto lost this game more than Carlsen won it.

Many inaccuracies in time trouble and 37..Qd8 for dessert (Carlsen's dessert).

Apr-23-08  Shams: Magnus, learn some damn openings already!
Apr-23-08  notyetagm: Position after 20 ... ♖a8-d8

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How in the world did Inarkiev (Black) manage to lose from this position? He's got Black and he's pushing Carlsen right off the damn board!

Apr-23-08  notyetagm: <percyblakeney: The position after 20 moves looks terrible for white.>

You said it.

The position is -so- bad for White that I thought the players were reversed, because there was no way that Carlsen could have this bad a position with White after only 20 moves.

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  Gilmoy: Eh -- Black's pawns were overextended :)

26.e5 sac to gain activity -- maybe Carlsen envisioned that as early as 18.Qb1. Eventually, it trades a center pawn for a wing pawn -- weak in an opening, but decisive in an endgame, with Black's K way out of the box.

22.Bxf4 subtly helped this plan by doubling Black's f-pawns, which gave Black a K-side "sham" 4-3 majority, but no breakthrough. Wins come from imbalance, and White's unbalanced a-pawn forced the rest of the action.

Inarkiev almost set up a back-rank mate (45..Qg7 threatening Qa1+), but Carlsen adroitly deflected her to the a2-g8 diagonal, then 49.Qb6 allows Qb1/Qg1 defenses, kept heat on Black's pawns, and threatened to queen. Inarkiev chose to drop 3 pawns looking for counterplay -- I guess the a-pawn was killing him regardless.

Apr-24-08  scholes: what's wrong with 44 .. Bxa5?
Apr-24-08  MateInOne: 44 .. Bxa5 is a tactical trap. Hopefully, I have calculated this correctly If 44 ... Bxa5 45 Bxf5 Qg7 To avoid mate 46 Qe8+ Qg8 47 Qe5+ Qg7 48 Qxa5 and white gets the bishop
Apr-24-08  notyetagm: Position after 44 a4-a5!

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<MateInOne: 44 .. Bxa5 is a tactical trap. Hopefully, I have calculated this correctly If 44 ... Bxa5 45 Bxf5 Qg7 To avoid mate>

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<46 Qe8+ Qg8 47 Qe5+ Qg7 48 Qxa5 and white gets the bishop>

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Apr-24-08  shintaro go: This isn't the first time Carlsen got outplayed in the opening only to come back in the end.. <attention Loek>
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  keypusher: I would be interested in a machine evaluation of the position after 20 moves. I certainly don't think White's position is good, but it may not be as bad as it looks.
Apr-24-08  achieve: I played it over on Rybka 2.1 and it gave a minus 0.45-0.55 eval after a minute -- which doesn't tell too much, either.

White was clearly worse but still black would have to expand the advantage.

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  keypusher: <achieve> Yes, that sounds about right -- Black was definitely better, but he had a long way to go to get to a win, and there was play for both sides.
Apr-24-08  acirce: It's probably right to say that once again Carlsen gets a bit lucky. After some weak opening play by MC, Inarkiev got a big edge by forceful play, although at the cost of falling behind a lot on the clock. Instead of the illogical 24..Nd2?, throwing away all advantage, I'm not sure why Inarkiev did not play something like Landa's pretty convincing 24..b4 or <KingG>'s idea 24..Ne5. Rybka thinks 24..Qa5 is the best move of them all, with an evaluation around -0.9. (Main threat: 25..Nxb2 26.Qxb2 Bxc3, or otherwise increasing the strength of ..b4)

26.e5! is thematic and very strong, but I guess easy to miss. From this moment on the game is highly instructive.

Apr-24-08  slomarko: Inarkiev paid the price for his horrible time management. even so i don't understand the decision to play 26...Be5. surely Re8 was much safer option.
Apr-24-08  notyetagm: <acirce: ... 26.e5! is thematic and very strong, but I guess easy to miss.>

I am a USCF near Class A player and I never thought of playing 26 e4-e5!.

Apr-24-08  achieve: <keypusher> Here's the result from 3 different engines I ran on the position after <20. Bd3 Rad8>

All engines at <16 ply> and about 6 minutes thinking time...

CRAFTY: 21. h3 === minus 0.65

Rybka 2.1: 21. Ne3 == min 0.33

Shredder 9: 21. Bxf4 == min 1.12


-- all three pick different 21st move continuations

-- the difference in eval between Shr and Rybs is quite big

I think this shows that our previous assessment/conclusions are pretty accurate.

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  whiteshark: Both a.m. commentators (Landa/Kanovsky) suggest <24...b4 25.Be2 bxc3 26.bxc3 Na3 27.Qb3 Qa5>

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Apr-27-08  Warheart: What about 24..Ne5, it looks even stronger.Inarkiev plays very good chess nowdays, he outplayed Carlsen in 20 moves, Kamsky was worse against him, great game against Radjabov...very nice play by Ernesto.
Apr-29-08  minasina: Rybka anlysis samples
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