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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Magnus Carlsen
Your Next Move (Blitz) (2017) (blitz), Leuven BEL, rd 5, Jul-01
Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation (C22)  ·  0-1



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  Bobby Fiske: Sac'n Mate in 19 moves! The shortest game in the tournament so far. Magnus sacrificed his Knight for mating attack.
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  yiotta: Nepomniachtchi started it (2.d4), but he wasn't ready for what hit him. I'm inspired, think I'll go play some blitz...
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  ChessHigherCat: 19. Qxc7 looks horrible. 19. Ne3 doesn't work because of 19...Qc3+ 20. Ke2 Qxe3# but what about 19. Bd3? The knight miraculously prevents Qc3#. If 19. Bd3 Bxd3 20. Kxd3 Rd8, if white can survive after 21. Rxa1 he's a rook up.

Other possible desperado defenses include 21. Qg5 (defending the knight and attacking the rook) f6 22. Qf5 Qc3+ 23. Ke2 and if Re8+ the miracle knight saves the day again with Ne3 (the Q on f5 protects c2)

Jul-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: 19. Bd3 Bd3 20. Kd3 Rxd1 maaaybe?
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  ChessHigherCat: <WorstPlayerEver: 19. Bd3 Bd3 20. Kd3 Rxd1 maaaybe?>

20...Rhxd1 (the bishop isn't on the back rank anymore)

Jul-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: <ChessHigherCat>

Ah, thanks! Let's try again, 19. Bd3 Bxd3 20. Kxd3 Ra3+

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  ChessHigherCat: That looks pretty bad, I didn't think of that. 20...Ra3+ 21. Kd2 Qd4 22. Kc1 Ra1#. I don't even want to analyze 21. Kc4 Qc2+. Shucks fellers.
Jul-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: Yes, after my mistake I took a better look at White's King position. With Stockfish 8 😊
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  ChessHigherCat: [H]ow I h'8 Stockfish 8! Maybe N's big mistake (besides playing Carlsen on one of his good days) was 14. Bxf6. He just traded a bishop for a knight that had nowhere to go and developed black's Q for nothing. Maybe 14. Kb1 Bf5 15. Bd3 or Nd3
Jul-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: Stockfish suggests 13. a3 =
To prevent Nb4. After Nb4 things become rather complicated.

14. Kb1 Bf5 15. Bd3 Nd3 16. Nd3 Re2 -1.0

Stockfish gives 14. Bc4 c6

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  ChessHigherCat: Fishstick is one tricky mofo. Bc4 prevents Nxa2, too, although there might some complications with Bb3 a6 somewhere down the line once the Q gets out of the pin. Anyway, thanks!
Jul-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: It's maybe illustrative how useless White's Bishops are as defenders in this position (with an eye on 14. Bf6).

14. Bb4 ab4 15. Bc4 c6 16. Rhe1 Re1 17. Qe1 Qd6 18. Qd2 b5 19. Bb3 Bb7 -2.25

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  keypusher: This line goes back to Winawer vs Steinitz, 1896 and J Mieses vs Capablanca, 1913.

8.Qf4 has been played before (Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002) but looks like a pure waste of time compared to 8.Qg3.

Joyful chess from MC, to borrow an phrase.

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  tpstar: <Center Game> Kids today play the craziest stuff. ;>D

After 3. Qxd4 Nc6 = Opening Explorer

4. Qe3 can be met by 4 ... g6 = Opening Explorer

4. Qd1 can be met by 4 ... Bc5 = Opening Explorer

4. Qa4!? is an old school try aiming for a Scotch Center after Black plays ... d6 = Opening Explorer

I could see a Danish Gambit (3. c3) working much better in blitz.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi tpstar,

Here in a league game one lad as White played the Centre Game to avoid my Latvian. I played 4...g6

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He played 5.Qc3 thinking it forced 5...Nf6 of 5...f6. (OOPS! when someone plays g7-g6 there is no law saying the Bishop must go to g7. 5....Bb4 0-1.)

'4. Qa4!? is an old school try'

Bronstein had a nice win with it.

Bronstein vs NN, 1950

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  ChessHigherCat: <WorstPlayerEver: It's maybe illustrative how useless White's Bishops are as defenders in this position (with an eye on 14. Bf6).

14. Bb4 ab4 15. Bc4 c6 16. Rhe1 Re1 17. Qe1 Qd6 18. Qd2 b5 19. Bb3 Bb7 -2.25>

None of the humanoids saw Bc4: I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2017.

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  tamar: Nepo resigned one move before mate and gave a woeful smirk, knowing that his earlier use of the Center Game I Nepomniachtchi vs Aronian, 2017 had alerted Magnus and he had put serious prep in to refute it.
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  ChessHigherCat: <WorstPlayerEver>: Sorry, wrong link, here's what I meant: None of the humanoids saw Bc4: 2:30 of
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  whiteshark: Magnus Carlsen: <Too weak, too slow!>

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