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Magnus Carlsen vs Vugar Gashimov
Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010), Nanjing CHN, rd 10, Oct-30
Four Knights Game: Janowski Variation (C49)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-30-10  Nightranger: What the... 5 hours ago?
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  marcwordsmith: Y'know, it's nearly midnight here in California, and I haven't had dinner either.
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  Check It Out: I think queens come off then BOC with one pawn advantage for Carlsen - draw.
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  moronovich: changing the c-pawn with the a-pawn looks like a good bargain for Carlsen..
Oct-30-10  Hesam7: With the queen trade Calrsen's chances should be better because Black does not have perpetual and White has two distant passers: h-pawn & c-pawn.
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  marcwordsmith: this does look like a draw, doesn't it? Probably any minute now.
Oct-30-10  twinlark: Why are they still playing?
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  Wild Bill: I guess the real question is: <Is this a BOOC draw?>
Oct-30-10  Hesam7: Carlsen has very real winning chances here Black will have hard time defending against both the c-pawn advancing and the h-pawn advancing.
Oct-30-10  notyetagm: Mateus(GM) kibitzes: i think the only plan is that black blunders and put their bishop on c8. Then g5 would win because the bishop would miss the b1-h7 diagonal to check white's king. So it should be Ba6-b7 and draw
Oct-30-10  twinlark: Ah I see...if Gashimov had played 54...Bd7 or 57...Be6 he would have lost.
Oct-30-10  notyetagm: Mateus(GM) kibitzes: Bc8 g5 fg Kg5 Kg8 Kg6 and no Bd3, so Ba6 c8Q! Bc8 h6 wins
Oct-30-10  twinlark: But now 58...Bc8 is safe.
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  norami: As the old song from the 70's goes, that's the way, uh huh, that's the way, uh huh.
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  moronovich: He,he Gashimov just underpromoted to a bishop ! nice little gesture
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  moronovich: -
Congrats Carlsen.
Another amazing tournamnet.
Oct-30-10  twinlark: After 30...Rg4:


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Carlsen could have won with 31. Qd2 before playing 32. Rxd4, overprotecting g2 rather than going for the simplifying exchanges.

If now 31...Rf7, which seems to be the best move, then 32. Rxd4 Rxg2+:


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33. Rxg2 Bxg2 34. Qxg2 Qxg2+ 35. Kxg2 Rxc7:


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36. Rc4 Kf7 37. Ne3 Ke6 37. Kf3


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looks like it would have been a routine endgame win for White.

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  moronovich: <chessgamescom> Thanks for the broadcast.
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  keypusher: Thanks, cg.com!
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  Eyal: Two points in the BOOC endgame where Black had to defend accurately:


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(after <54.Kf4>) Here White threatens g4-g5-(fxg5)-Kxg5-h6-(Kg8)-Kg6 and winning. In order to prevent it, Black has to be able to check the white king from e4 or d3 if it comes to g6, which makes <b7/a6> key squares for the bishop. 54Be6??, for example, loses to 55.g4 Bc8 56.g5 fxg5+ 57.Kxg5 Bb7 (now its too late) 58.h6 Kg8 59.c8Q+! Bxc8 60.Kg6. On the other hand, after 54...Bb7!, 55.g4 Ba6 56.g5 fxg5+ 57.Kxg5 Kg8! 58.Kg6 Bd3+ (or 58.h6 Kh7) draws.


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(after <65.Ba1>) Here Black has to switch roles between the king and the bishop by Kf7-Ke8-Be6-Kd7; this way White's bishop is overloaded, as the game illustrates, since it cannot guard both the queening square a1 and the pawn on c7 (unlike the one on g7) when it's attacked by Black's king.

Oct-30-10  swr: Magnus should have promoted to a knight
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  keypusher: <twinlark> <eyal> Thanks for the analysis!
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  Domdaniel: <swr> - < Magnus should have promoted to a knight> I thought so too. But size matters at his age, even if lasts for just a second or two.
Oct-30-10  rogge: Hahaha! (no smileys or lols)
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