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Magnus Carlsen vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2008) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 25, Aug-30
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Aug-30-08  rogge: Nice game!
Aug-30-08  Rolfo: How many exchange sacrifices are there in fact?
Aug-31-08  JuliusCaesar: A beautiful game. I have no idea how 'correct' it was, but it is nevertheless beautiful.
Sep-02-08  notyetagm: <JuliusCaesar: A beautiful game. I have no idea how 'correct' it was, but it is nevertheless beautiful.>

Yes, this is why I hate seeing Carlsen play 1 d2-d4: I *love* watching him play the White side of the Open Sicilian.

Sep-02-08  notyetagm: 27 ... e7-e6

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Once again Carlsen plays <THE EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE> with 28 ♖e1xe6!.

28 ♖e1xe6! <exchange on the pinning square>

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28 ... ♘c5x♖e6 29 ♗g2-d5 <pin>

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Sep-04-08  jeeky1996: OMG!!! Look at how Carlsen efficently handles the queen and that pawn!

Nice! I'll vote Carlsen as my favourite master.

Sep-04-08  zoat22: <notyetagm> I think that you put too much effort into the names of maneuvers, such as <THE EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE> which do not really help your chess skills. Also, don't forget, this is only a blitz game...
Sep-04-08  DarthStapler: Brilliant!
Sep-04-08  PinkPanther: The Adams attack? lol
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  WannaBe: Me thinkth, this is a game where Tal would have been proud of!
Sep-07-08  luzhin: Tal? Yes, but it reminds me even more of Paul Morphy at his best.
Oct-08-10  Pygeum Lycopene: 24)...Qe8 looks viable for black, the text gives white bishop deadly d5 square. i can't find a white win against it.
May-16-15  Robert Samuels: 27.? would be a Sunday POTD.
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  Alex Schindler: It was a puzzle of the day on, in fact. And a damn hard one. Hard to see anything wrong with Bxc5, for example, in that position. It's the obvious move, allows Bd5+ next move and serious damage to follow. It's impressive that carlsen would ignore such an obviously winning move in a blitz game for the complex combination beginning with Re1.

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