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Magnus Carlsen vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-29
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  1-0

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Jan-29-10  TheBB: Queen sac?
Jan-29-10  epiclurker: chessmoron: good question. I thought about it and it looks to me like Dominguez might have been worried about 40. Rf1. After that there's a pretty gnarly exposed check with 41. Ng5. But then again, what do i know...Did you come up with anything?
Jan-29-10  iamsheaf: <TheBB> h6 Kxg6 is a queen "sac"..only to deliver a mate.
Jan-29-10  desiobu: Maybe <kalle> means after 45...h6+ but it 's not really a sac when white regains it with check and mate.
Jan-29-10  Eyal: <epiclurker: chessmoron: good question. I thought about it and it looks to me like Dominguez might have been worried about [30...Bxe5] 31. Rf1. After that there's a pretty gnarly exposed check with Ng5>

After 30...Bxe5(!) 31.Rf1 Qe7! Black should be ok - for example, if 32.Nd8+ Kh8 33.Nxc6 then Black is saved by 33...Bxh2+! 34.Kxh2 Qh4+ 35.Kg1 (Kg2?? Rxb2+) Qg3+ and perpetual check. However, as was already pointed out, Dominguez was in time trouble by this stage; also, beyond the calculation of specific variations, it's just scary to have one's king exposed like that to discovered checks by the opponent's queen. In this respect, 30...Kh8?? which removes the black king from the white's queen diagonal is a natural move; unfortunately, natural moves can also be bad ones.

Jan-29-10
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  ajk68: Beautiful ending. I looked at it for a bit saying h6 and white loses the queen. Figuring Carlsen could not have overlooked that, I realized he had mate.
Jan-29-10  Eyal: 3rd Grunfeld game of Dominguez vs. Carlsen, and 3rd loss (all in the "Russian" [Qb3] variation; the previous ones came on Corus and M-Tel this year). Probably the fact Carlsen is working with Kasparov, a Grunfeld expert, doesn't help matters... The rather blunt 10.Ng5 - a move which tends to pop up in different lines of the Grunfeld - seems to be a novelty at the high levels, even though the databases show a previous game by obscure 2100-2200 players where it's already been played, and from which Dominguez deviated with 12...Bf5 instead of Na5.
Jan-29-10  SuperPatzer77: Way to go, Carlsen!! What a beautiful queen ending!!

Black resigns in view of 45...Qc5+, 46. Kh6! Qxe7, 47. Qb8+ Qf8+, 48. Qxf8# 1-0.

45...h6+, 46. Kxg6! Qxf4, 47. e8=Q+ Qf8, 48. Qxf8# 1-0

We've gotta tip our hats off to Magnus Carlsen. He has two games left in the 2010 Corus Chess tourney when Vlady Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen tie the first place.

SuperPatzer77

Jan-29-10  percyblakeney: Carlsen on some of the moves:

<23.g4

A bit of gamble. I was calculating 23.Nc6 Rxb2 24.Bc4+ Kh8 25.Rd8 Qxd8 26.Nxd8 Rxd8 27.Qxe7 Rbb8, but it's not at all obvious for me White is winning.>

<26.Ng5

Maybe a stupid move, overestimating my position. He was in a big time trouble, which explains some of his decisions later on.>

<30. ... Kh8??

Now White is winning! 30...Bxe5 is by far his best choice. Black could even be better, for example 31.Rf1 Qe7 32.Nd8+ Kh8 33.Nxc6 Bxh2+>

<I was really tired today, but of course I'm happy to win>

http://coruschess.com/gameanalysis....

Jan-29-10  kingsindian2006: i like to see magnus start slow in the tourney and finish strong . This is a good sign he is building stamina to compete now for the wcc.
Jan-29-10  A Karpov Fan: come on Carlsen!!!
Jan-29-10  Marmot PFL: Nakamura says he is tired, playing this event right after the team tournament, but why is Carlsen so tired?
Jan-29-10
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  kamalakanta: After 30...Bxe5 White has 31.Rd8! Rxd8 32.Nxd8+ Kg7 33.Nxc6
Jan-29-10  Eyal: <After 30...Bxe5 White has 31.Rd8! Rxd8 32.Nxd8+ Kg7 33.Nxc6>

33...Bxb2 34.Qxa4 Qd7 - if anyone's better here it should be Black. After 30...Bxe5 White should probably either force a draw by repetition himself or allow Black to do so. I wonder what Carlsen was thinking about when he said <Black could even be better, for example 31.Rf1 Qe7 32.Nd8+ Kh8 33.Nxc6 Bxh2+> when it seems to be a draw by perpetual; maybe the video will explain.

Jan-29-10  notyetagm: <SuperPatzer77: Way to go, Carlsen!! What a beautiful queen ending!!

Black resigns in view of 45...Qc5+, 46. Kh6! Qxe7, 47. Qb8+ Qf8+, 48. Qxf8# 1-0.

45...h6+, 46. Kxg6! Qxf4, 47. e8=Q+ Qf8, 48. Qxf8# 1-0

We've gotta tip our hats off to Magnus Carlsen. He has two games left in the 2010 Corus Chess tourney when Vlady Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen tie the first place.

SuperPatzer77>

Great ending by Carlsen, calculating two mating lines.

Jan-29-10  Eyal: <10.Ng5> which is practically a novelty is quite a nice idea - more flexible and "positional" than the super-sharp 10.e6 (or 10.Be3 c5 11.e6). The immediate threat of Nxf7 followed by e6 isn't very dangerous, but it encourages Black to play 10...Nb6, which makes ...c5 much harder to achieve (especially after 11.Be3). It also makes possible, even though this didn't happen in the game, a maneuver of the knight to e4 and then to c5 under certain circumstances.
Jan-29-10  euripides: Kasparov probably knows this line quite well. He once said that this game might be better than his win over Topalov in the same tournament:

Kasparov vs Svidler, 1999

Jan-30-10  percyblakeney: <After 30...Bxe5 White should probably either force a draw by repetition himself or allow Black to do so>

Yes, Dominguez fell on the last hurdle after defending well for a long time. With increments he had more than 7 minutes for 10 moves and a former blitz World Champion would maybe find Bxe5 more often than not if he just had used another minute on it.

Jan-30-10  Eyal: Well, the position after 30...Bxe5 does look very dangerous for Black at first glance - it's understandable that with very little time to calculate, one would feel sort of disbelief that such a move can actually work. At any rate, that's what happens many times when one player pressures the other and poses him many problems from the early stages of the game - even if it doesn't lead to an objectively superior position, it pays off on the clock.

Dominguez has a rather dismal record against Carlsen, -5 =5 in classical games (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...). Usually his Grunfeld is very solid - except for games against Carlsen, he lost only once with it (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...), but to Carlsen he already lost 3 out of 3. Carlsen, on his side, is simply lethal against the Grunfeld - since Linares 2007 he won all the games where it was played against him except for one draw (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...; some of these games were blitz and rapid, but its still notable).

Jan-30-10  percyblakeney: <that's what happens many times when one player pressures the other and poses him many problems from the early stages of the game>

Yes, Dominguez was 45 minutes behind on the clock after a dozen moves and was bound to make a mistake somewhere, even if he did come very close to saving the draw in the end.

Feb-08-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: New queen makes old queen expendable 45 Qf7-f4! old queen drops to remove guard but new queen mates!
Feb-19-10  aazqua: FOr the ending how about qc5+ e5 leaving white with no moves. qe7+ is met with qf6+ q*q k*q and the pawn promotes. if h6+ first than k*p and then the same sequence if q*p except that now white just picks up the extra pawns with his king and promotes at his leisure.
Aug-14-10  Ulhumbrus: An interesting alternative to 9 Qb3 is 9 Qe2 Nfd7 10 g3 preparing to develop White's KB on g2 or on h3 and thereafter on e6 following the pawn sacrifice e5-e6.
Aug-28-12
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  harrylime: <Eyal> It's a shame Dominguez did'nt find 30..Be5. It is a ! move, but it's not that hard to see/find. Certain players would've played it instantly.
Sep-01-12  Eyal: <[30..Bxe5] is a ! move, but it's not that hard to see/find.>

To "see" it as a candidate move is very easy, of course - the problem is to calculate that it's actually safe with all the attacking possibilities that White has (some of which were mentioned in previous posts), and to do it in severe time-trouble, in which Dominguez was at this stage of the game.

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