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Igor Kurnosov vs Magnus Carlsen
World Rapid Championship (2012) (rapid), Astana KAZ, rd 5, Jul-06
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  0-1



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Jul-06-12  Xaurus: The finer the bait, the shorter the wait!
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  Eyal: <It looked as though the final round [of the first day] might end with Magnus Carlsen being held to a somewhat disappointing draw against qualifier Igor Kurnosov, but then he got down to weaving his usual endgame magic. 61...Nc4, rather than just attacking the a3-pawn, set a cunning trap:

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Now was the time for Kurnosov to engage in some acrobatics with Nc7-a6-b4, but instead he continued his general plan with 62.Ke2? only for Carlsen to play 62…Kd7! when suddenly it's clear the white knight is doomed (although without the black knight on c4, 63.c4! would have saved the day).> (

Jul-06-12  vinidivici: what an endgame. After 65.Nb5 then 65...Kb6 and white's knight is over....
Jul-06-12  sicilianhugefun: Patient play by Magnus! Just in the style of Karpov or Capablanca on their finest endgame jewels.
Jul-06-12  notyetagm: I Kurnosov vs Carlsen, 2012

<notyetagm: WOW! Carlsen trapped the knight!!!

speakermodem: i've trapped knights before

vlzvl: well, in such hilarious time pressure is something that most players dont see, even in post analysis.. all the eyes are on pawns but he has another kind of view

notyetagm: @vlzl: That was exactly my point. The thought of the White b5-knight getting trapped did not enter my mind at all.

bobcat2006: This qualifiers are nothing!

Mikhim: Does 62.Na6 draws ?
Mikhim: *draw
Mikhim: *Na7...U_U

<<<vlzvl: @notyetagm: i dont think anyone else thought of it. The strange part is thats logical after all.

primat: The idea of trying to trap the night is simply fantastic practical chess>>>

Mikhim: yes

RT: I was trapped one night, but ir was by a Bishop.

notyetagm: @vlzvl: I left the game, thinking it was drawn, and was *shocked* to see 0-1 when I came back :-)>

Jul-06-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES!
Jul-06-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: MAGNUS CARLSEN'S BEST GAMES
Jul-06-12  notyetagm: I Kurnosov vs Carlsen, 2012

62 ... ?

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62 ... ♔e6-d7! <trapped piece: b5-knight>

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Jul-06-12  notyetagm: I Kurnosov vs Carlsen, 2012

Game Collection: AAM: ALIGNMENTS **ALWAYS** MATTER <Gurgeh: 57 Rxf2+ would have been clever, in order to have Nd1+xc3 later>

Jul-06-12  polarx: 62...? Black to play. Obviously.
Oct-16-15  Kaizoku: Igor should have gone for the H pawn on move 60 though... That would have made a draw. Even at move 61 Nc4 should be a draw with the right continuation, But aAfter 62. kd7 it was all over. So well played by Carlsen haha.

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