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Rauf Mamedov vs Magnus Carlsen
Gashimov Memorial (2018), Shamkir AZE, rd 3, Apr-21
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Dragon Formation (B09)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  OhioChessFan: Okay, Mamedov is about to blow this by wasting time. Make your move already! It absolutely drives me crazy to see the template of time usage these guys employ.
Apr-21-18  Ulhumbrus: If Carlsen places his queen on the diagonal h2-b8 Mamedov may need to obstruct it by Qe5. In that case he may as well do so at once by 33 Qe5.
Apr-21-18  BOSTER: Black plan to win only f6, h5,h4. But white has more chances to win this drawish game.
Apr-21-18  Pedro Fernandez: In my opinion, the additional black pawn on the king's side is against the white king's security, so it is very difficult for White to impose its additional pawn on the queenside.
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  OhioChessFan: 16 minutes to make 8 moves and he uses half of it on one move......aauuggghhhhhhhhh
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  Mateo: I must confess that I have the feeling Carlsen is playing a bit too often very dry chess. His taste for simplification does not seem alwqays very successful, at least not as it used to be. Correct me if I am wrong, of course.
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  OhioChessFan: <Mateo> I know what you mean, and I've thought the same thing. But what he's doing has worked to the point he's WCC, although his ELO and dominance have dropped a little.
Apr-21-18  virginmind: You gotta cut the guy some slack. He's good. But let's see how really good...(white)
Apr-21-18  ChessHigherCat: Mamedov is doing a great job tying Carlsen down. Black can't move the knight without Qxg5+ and it's impossible to advance the f-pawn without exposing the king
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: If they want to "agree to a draw without agreeing to a draw," 39...Kf8; 40.Nxg5,Nxg5; 41.Qxg5,Qc2+ and 42...Qxb2 comes to mind.
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  OhioChessFan: Yes, or Qb8+ Kg7, Qe5+ Kf8, etc
Apr-21-18  morfishine: 39 moves and White's a & b pawns have not moved...its time to advance!

"Forward, he cried from the rear, and the front rank diiiiiied"

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  OhioChessFan: Wow, I got to give Mamedov props for Qe2. That's a bit of a challenge to MC.
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  Sally Simpson: With the Queens off White can create a passed a-pawn. Knights hate playing against a and h-pawns. Still drawish looking.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <OhioChessFan>, 40.Qe2 might represent another offer of a perpetual; 40...Qe5; 41.Qe5,Qd3; 42.Qe2, et cetera, to give one example.
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  chancho: Drawn as a mofo...
Apr-21-18  virginmind: Good enough for a draw. Well, not bad...
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  Sally Simpson: White will go the a-pawn ending. - this a draw.
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  Sally Simpson: Another bare Kings position v Magnus - it's the only way to secure a draw v him.
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  Penguincw: Ah, back-to-back Carlsen games ending with the bare king. These will make fine additions to my game collection of Game Collection: Endgame: Bare Kings.


< Another bare Kings position v Magnus - it's the only way to secure a draw v him. >

Imagine if you're Mamedov, and you see 51...Kxg6 played, and you're about to reach out to shake Carlsen's hand, but you accidentally knock over your own king. Now what?

Apr-21-18  dehanne: Haven't seen an Austrian Attack in ages.
Apr-21-18  Justin796: Baughwringue!
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  Sally Simpson: Mamedov had the winning chances at the end and went for it by first getting the Queens off and then by saccing His Knight.

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White played 45.Nxf7.

A feel good position to be in v the World Champion. Go for a win with a rock solid draw, absolutely no chance of losing.

Position from Game.

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If Carlsen had been tempted to chase the g-pawn before getting the a-pawn with Nc3+.

This position with White to play is a White win.

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Have to be careful, just showed a line where Carlsen can lose. Better pre-empt the potential nit-pick.

"....absolutely no chance of losing."

On a cold dark day and only with an a-pawn or h-pawn this can happen.

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Apr-22-18  Olavi: <Penguincw> Sosonko vs Miles, 1978 is a rather special case for your collection.
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  Penguincw: <Olavi>

Thanks for that. I have added it to my game collection. :)

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