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Magnus Carlsen vs Gadir Guseinov Speed Chess Championship (2017/18) (blitz), INT, rd 1, Oct-04
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  1-0



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  thegoodanarchist: White sacs the exchange for a huge lead in development, then cashes in.
Nov-04-17  Boomie: 22. Nf6 is an amazing move. I have no clue what it means.

22. Nf6 Qxc3+ 23. Kxc3 Rhe8 (or the other rook to keep the knight out of h7)

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I don't see any advantage for white here. Of course, I'm not a computer and I haven't looked at any puter spew.

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  thegoodanarchist: < Boomie: 22. Nf6 is an amazing move. I have no clue what it means.>

Indeed! It is a World Champion's move. Anyone below FIDE 2650 does not understand it.

Nov-05-17  Boomie: Taking a peek at the computer, it appears that 22...Qxc3+ is indeed a good move. The Fish recommends 23. Kxc3 Rdf8 to make room for the king to centralize. Black may be winning here but it's a long way to Tipperary.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Boomie> I've never been to Tipperary. I should put that on my bucket list....
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  beenthere240: This game is on U-tube with live commentary. The commentators regarded 20. Rd5 as a huge blunder because after Bxd5 and 21. Nxd5 Qe5 pins white's queen and stops the threatened mate on c7. Carlsen was unfazed and played 22. Nf6 as if that was his plan after all. You might think black would immediately exchange queens (22. Qxc3) and go into an exchange-up endgame, but he was evidently afraid of the N on f6. By then poor Gadir had been thumped again and again and probably had zero confidence in his judgement.
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  beenthere240: In short, 22 Nf6?!? is a bluff designed to conceal a blunder. If black exchanges on c3, he's winning.

I like 35. Re5! to block out the black queen.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Okay, Black is completely winning if he just doesn't play ... d5, now.. guess what?

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