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Magnus Carlsen vs Vassily Ivanchuk
XXII Magistral Ciudad de Leon (2009) (armageddon), Leon ESP, rd 2, Jun-07
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  1-0

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Jun-07-09  Rolfo: What a win!!
Jun-07-09  hedgeh0g: Really well-played by Carlsen. Trapping the knight at the end took an oversight from Ivanchuk, but was nicely done nonetheless.
Jun-07-09  Yonathan: Thank you Magnus! To win the must-win in such a style and brilliance...
Jun-07-09  firefly3: Winning on demand seems to be the theme of the tournament =P Magnus did it with once with Wang Yue, again with Ivanchuk, and then another time with Ivanchuk in this Armageddon.

It shows some real psychological strength from Magnus.

Jun-07-09
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  tamar: Following a line which had led to a loss for White in Mecking vs Kasimdzhanov, 2009

Carlsen saw some possibities in what had been thought an innocuous variation, diverging with 12 Ne5.

His pieces wind up perfectly placed to combine King attack with the passed pawn, and Ivanchuk had little chance to hold out.

Jun-07-09  DeltaHawk: finally magnus wins the big tournament
Jun-07-09  notyetagm: 60 ... ?


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60 ... ♔a5-b6?? <self-block: b6>


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Ivanchuk's blunder 60 ... ♔a5-b6?? <SELF-BLOCKS> the sole <FLIGHT SQUARE> of the Black a4-knight, the b6-square.

After 61 ♗h3-d7! the attacked Black a4-knight has no where to go but back into the box.

61 ♗h3-d7! 1-0 <trapped piece>


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Jun-08-09
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  mike1: to notyetagm: but what else??
60..Ka6 61.Nc5+ Nxc5 62.Kxc5 is nothing either.
Jun-08-09  jhoro: Ivanchuk made the mistake earlier with 42...Nxh3
Jun-08-09  Mulyahnto: <mike1: to notyetagm: but what else??> I agree. Black was lost here.

<60..Ka6 61.Nc5+ Nxc5 62.> bxc5 and the bishop covers the queening square.

Jun-09-09  notyetagm: <Mulyahnto: <mike1: to notyetagm: but what else??> I agree. Black was lost here.>

Nevertheless, an instructive position about the danger of <SELF-BLOCKING> your own pieces.

Jun-09-09  awfulhangover: I watched the game live on webcam. When Chucky resigned, they had played a lot of moves in 'bullit' speed. It's strong to play 46. Rd7+, not Nxd8 and see 61. Bd7 after 0.1 seconds of thinking! It was scary to see how fast they moved and how good moves they did in blitz! They don't sit with their Rybkas and check. It's fight, nerves, audience, clock ticking, prestige. It's top level sport.
Jun-14-09  Ulhumbrus: 12..Nbd7? looks like a positional error, conceding the bishop pair for nothing. After that Ivanchuk has to struggle to draw against Carlsen's bishop pair for the rest of the game.
Jun-14-09  WhiteRook48: 44...Nf3?? was the mistake, allowing a quick lethal discovered check from the bishop some moves later
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