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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexey Shirov
M-Tel Masters (2009), Sofia BUL, rd 4, May-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-16-09  Marmot PFL: <firefly3> Instead of Qd7 Qd1+ wins h5
May-16-09  firefly3: oh, that's true
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: 30...Bxe5 certainly makes a lot more sense than taking the Knight.
May-16-09  Marmot PFL: The cool lines are where the h and c pawns both promote. Each has 2 queens but black has an extra bishop.
May-16-09  RandomVisitor: <An Englishman><And what does white do?>resign, or back up and play 32.h6.
May-16-09  Marmot PFL: 30...Be5 is good although taking the knight seems fine.
May-16-09  Mulyahnto: Now it's a draw, black cannot stop h pawn without giving up all his other pawns
May-16-09  RandomVisitor: computer score is roughly even, both sides need to avoid mistakes
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  vonKrolock: Take the ♘, the fearless way -< "it's always better to sacrifice Your opponents' pieces">, (Tartakower), but of course I was also expecting ♗e5- the ♘ was pinned anyway...
May-16-09  RandomVisitor: 33.Qg8 or 33.Qh5
May-16-09  Marmot PFL: Qg8 adn Qxf7+ seems best chance to draw.
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  Mateo: 32...Qc6! is the move to find. Not 33.h7? c3! 34.bxc3 bxc3, Black wins. White will get another Queen but so does Black!
May-16-09  RandomVisitor: 33...a5, 33...c3, 33...Bc7
May-16-09  RandomVisitor: 36.Qb3+
May-16-09  Marmot PFL: 33...a5 was evidently winning but no human could expect to see that with so little time left
May-16-09  RandomVisitor: either 37.Qf7+ with perpetual or 37.f7
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Drawn by mutual fear (cleverly disguised as perpetual check)?
May-16-09  Mulyahnto: they just shook hands...draw
May-16-09  Marmot PFL: Could swith games and see ivanchuk lose on time...
May-16-09  furrer: I said perpetual when they started (at move 19)
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  Mateo: Another exciting game from Carlsen. Unfortunately, Shirov didn't have enough time to find the best moves.
May-16-09  Mulyahnto: they just reached time control in the ivanchuk game
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  whiteshark: good show
May-16-09  messachess: Great game. Shirov seems to be in good form.
May-16-09  superstoned: nice to see the botvinnik back in action at the elite level.
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