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David Howell vs Magnus Carlsen
London Chess Classic (2010), London ENG, rd 5, Dec-12
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Dec-12-10  beenthere240: 43...Qd1+! great shot
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  luzhin: After 43...Qd1! the power of Carlsen's two bishops is fully realised in the variation 44.Qh4 Bc4 45.Ng3 Nd4! 46.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 47.Kh1 Bd5+ 48.Bg2 Bc5 and mate is inevitable.
Dec-12-10  jmboutiere: After 8...Nfd7 black has equalised
Dec-12-10  jmboutiere: 26.Be3 is better than 26.Bf2
Dec-12-10  jmboutiere: 42.Bd3 better than 41.g5
Dec-12-10  jmboutiere: 43.Qe3 is better than 43.Qg3
Dec-12-10  jmboutiere: Equalizing after 8 moves, neutralizing "c" white activity and blocking the 8 th rank, black obtained the psychological effect of lack of efficiency and defeat. Carlsen leads again!!! Congrat.
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  HeMateMe: I dont understand the white kingside pawn advance, with the deadly Q-B battery operating along the a8-h1 diagonal. many tactical motifs appear, and white seems to have lost what was a drawable position, just a few moves earlier.
Dec-12-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: TACTICAL TARGET can be a TACTICAL MOTIF

D Howell vs Carlsen, 2010 43 ... Qa4-d1! attacks undef h5-knight, pins f1-bishop to g1-K

Dec-12-10  notyetagm:
Dec-12-10  notyetagm: 43 ... ?

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43 ... ♕a4-d1!

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<luzhin: After 43...Qd1! the power of Carlsen's two bishops is fully realised in the variation <<<44.Qh4 Bc4 45.Ng3 Nd4! 46.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 47.Kh1 Bd5+ 48.Bg2 Bc5>>> and mate is inevitable.>

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Dec-13-10  bezzazz: The only defence 49. Ne2 fails to 50. Qd1+ LOL!
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  whiteshark: "... Chess is a cruel game and there is a tendency to gang up on players who are not doing too well. Of course, the fact that he was paired with Magnus Carlsen didnít help. Even so, David was alive and reasonably well at the time control. However, almost immediately he went astray with <42 g5> and then the disastrous <43 Qg3> which cost him a piece... "

Dec-13-10  scormus: <whiteshark ...<42 g5> and then the disastrous <43 Qg3> > Yes, double whammy. I wonder if he perhaps got a mind-set about possibilities on the g-file, it can easily happen in a pressure cooker situation like this.

David isnt the first player to have fought well in a difficult situation and with time pressure, only to let things go after reaching the "safety" of the time control. And he surely not the last.

Dec-14-10  Ulhumbrus: On 43 f5 (instead of 43 g5) 43...Qe4! forks the e5 pawn and the point h1.

White has greater space but his King is exposed more to attack. It is conceivable that White's advantage, if any, is insufficient to win, and that White is advised to settle for a draw, and that Howell went too far trying to win. An alternative to 43 g5 is 43 Qe3 clearing g3 for the N

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

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