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Magnus Carlsen vs Xiangzhi Bu
"Electric Bu" (game of the day Feb-09-2018)
World Cup (2017), Tbilisi GEO, rd 3, Sep-09
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55)  ·  0-1



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Sep-01-19  Albanius: 9 ..Rab8!! is a mysterious rook move for the ages.
Mar-31-20  geeker: Got 36...Rg1 right away, first candidate move and most forcing.
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  FSR: What <geeker> said. Of course I'd seen it before.
Mar-31-20  CaliWest: I didn't think this puzzle was easy at all. There are a lot of 2-3 star puzzles that I have found to be much easier. For some reason I couldn't quickly recognize queening on h1 instead of taking the knight to queen on g1.
Mar-31-20  saturn2: 36...Rg1+ and white is helpless

37. Nxg1 h2 38. Ke2 h1 or

37. Ne1 Bg3

Mar-31-20  Walter Glattke: Or 37.Ne1 h2 or 37.Kd2 Rxa1 38.Ke2 h2 39.Nxh2 Bxh2
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop for a knight.

Black can win decisive material with 36... Rg1+:

A) 37.Nxg1 h2 38.Ke2 h1=Q.

B) 37.Ne1 h2.

C) 37.Kc(d,e)2 Rxa2.

Mar-31-20  Brenin: That took about one second. Much easier than yesterday's puzzle.
Mar-31-20  AlicesKnight: More "straightforward" and conclusive than yesterday. A pretty finish. But though Carlsen won this battle he lost the war in 2017....
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  OhioChessFan: 36...Rg2 and White would resign.
Mar-31-20  ajile: 36..h2 also wins but is much slower and doesn't win the way I originally thought.

: /

Mar-31-20  eblunt: <OhioChessFan:> I had Rg2 as well. I really don't see what black can do after that. Has to lose the Knight to stop the pawn, and then the rook swap is unavoidable. OK with the bishop it'll be a tedious process of a few moves to finish off but it's a clear win.
Mar-31-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Mondayish for me. :)

And I went with the game line.

Mar-31-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old Chinese friend Bu finally found the win with 36.-,Rg1+! (of course not 36.-,h2 37.Kc2 and white can play on) 37.Nxg1 (37.Ke2/Kd2/Kc2,Rxa1 -+, 37.Ne1,Bg3 -+) 37.-,h2 and the black h-pawn queens. I remember, that I watched this game via Internet and was really impressed, how he outplayed the reigning world champion with the black pieces. It is quite interesting, that in all world cups the best result for Carlsen was reaching the semi-finals 2007 in Khanty-Mansiysk.
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  chrisowen: This is a real leveller not?
Mar-31-20  thegoodanarchist: Easier than yesterday's puzzle.
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  chrisowen: Hog net break out?
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  takchess: Agree with thegoodanarchist.Some what like the Ct-Art motifs I have been working with and with the limited amount pieces the move was easier to spot. Removal of guard and then threaten it.
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  chrisowen: Tides back no?
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  chrisowen: No rooks versus queen no?
Mar-31-20  TheaN: Black ends this decisively with <36....Rg1+>, though I'd argue 36....Rg2 might be as effective essentially paralyzing White. After Rg1+ though, White has the unpleasant choice of 37.Ke2 Rxa1 38.Kf2 h2 -+ getting mated by a rook and bishop, 37.Ne1 h2 (Bg3 works, but after 38.Ke2?! Rxe1+ 39.Rxe1 Bxe1 40.Kf1 -+ White holds off the h-pawn for a while) with h1=Q, or the point <37.Nxg1 h2 -+> and either hxg1 or h1 will follow.
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  Breunor: I also went for Rg2. It clearly wins also (Stockfish has it at -7.3).
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  chrisowen: Get out of here batman no?
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  chrisowen: Congeal no?
Mar-31-20  zb2cr: 35. ... Rg1+ works. Nothing to add to analysis posted by <saturn2>, <agb2002>, and <TheaN>.
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