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Magnus Carlsen vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
Linares (2009), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-20
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-20-09  Mulyahnto: Rybka's final evaluation: 0.00

with the possible continuation:

18. ... Nc4
19. e4!? Qd2+
20. Kb3 Qxb2+
21. Kxc3 Bg7!
22. Qa5+ b6
23. Qxg5+ f6!

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24. Qb5 Ba6
25. Qxa6 f5
26. e6 Bxe6
27. Nb5 Qc2+ with perpetual check.

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Feb-20-09  Marmot PFL: This line up to move 10 was played in the Aronian-Leko game last year. Carlsen was there so he must have known that 10...Qxf2+ was playable, but didn't mind taking a draw today.
Feb-20-09  shorsman: <Carlsen was there so he must have known that 10...Qxf2+ was playable, but didn't mind taking a draw today.> ... and then spent an hour trying to think of a continuation. Think you're speaking a bit of BS there Marmot.
Feb-20-09  Marmot PFL: See for yourself if you don't believe me - Aronian vs Leko, 2008
Feb-20-09  shintaro go: It's not a bad result for Dominguez at all. Carlsen had more to lose with this draw since his home prep and his White game was wasted in 18 moves.
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  Eyal: <This line up to move 10 was played in the Aronian-Leko game last year. Carlsen was there so he must have known that 10...Qxf2+ was playable, but didn't mind taking a draw today.>

But Leko did <not> play 10...Qxf2+, obviously thinking it's unplayable or too dangerous, so what does Carlsen being there has to do with it? Also, this move wasn't used in any later game played in this line so far, so it's not like it was generally known as drawing. Dominguez did his own homework on 10...Qxf2+ and decided it's playable, and Carlsen probably decided not to test otb Dominguez's preparation after the critical 15.e4 Qd2+ 16.Kb3 Qxb2+ 17.Kxc4, so he took the quick draw.

Feb-16-15  TangoJoseph: Nakamura played the same line today in 2015 and won as white with 15.e4 ! :)
Mar-03-15  1d410: <TangoJoseph: e4!> More like Karjakin blundered and bit the dust :)

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