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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Magnus Carlsen
"State of Shakh" (game of the day Mar-03-2019)
Biel (2018), Biel SUI, rd 9, Jul-31
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Yugoslav Variation (E65)  ·  1-0



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Aug-01-18  talljack: Wow. Flat out blunder by the champ. 57. ... Ba3 is an easy draw. I guess he must have been seconds from time control. Great pressure by Mame.
Aug-01-18  messachess: Of course, 57..Ba3 leaves f6 unguarded. Not such an easy draw after 58.Rxf6!
Aug-01-18  turtle1957: Did Mamedyarov play 57.Kh3 or 57.e7 as the page states?
Aug-01-18  Buttinsky: Is inside info
Aug-01-18  WorstPlayerEver: These endgames are seldom an easy draw. Stronger: its positions are rarely evaluated at 0.00. Obviously depends on how many pawns are on the board.

Valuable knowledge though, I'd say.

Aug-01-18  yurikvelo:


Aug-01-18  messachess: <turtle1957> Chessbomb shows 57.e7.
Aug-01-18  turtle1957: Why shows 57.Kh3? Even so weak player as I am sees that after 57.e7 white wins. 57.Kh3 is irrational
Aug-01-18  ChessHigherCat: The e5 pawn was poison on move 27:

27...Bxe5 28. Rxd7 Rxd7 29. Qxb5 Rad6

Leading to this position:

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where black has nothing better than Rad6, dropping the bishop.

Aug-01-18  ChessHigherCat: Ba3 is a draw, but certainly not an easy one. With optimal play for the next 16 moves it leads to this position:

1) +1.16 (22 ply) 57...Ba3 58.Kh4 Re2 59.Rxf6+ Kg7 60.Rf7+ Kh6 61.g4 Rh2+ 62.Kg3 Rc2 63.Be4 Rc4 64.g5+ Kxg5 65.Kf3 Rc3+ 66.Ke2 Rc5 67.Ke3 Re5 68.Rxh7 Bc1+ 69.Kf3 h4 70.Rf7 h3 71.Rh7 Kf6 72.Rxh3 Bd2 73.Bd3

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Here black can finally force the trade of rooks and it's a draw, but you have to get to that position first.

Aug-01-18  Marmot PFL: < turtle1957>

57 e7 resigns seems to be correct.

Aug-01-18  qkxwsm: If you watch the live stream you see 57. e7
Aug-02-18  soldal:
The official site still has the wrong 57. Kh3 Rxf5:

The live stream shows 57. e7 1-0, at 5:27:

Btw, already at 5:14, after 55. Rf7, Anna Rudolf gets a message that Sesse's evaluation is +5.47. So it seems to be clearly won even before Black's 55. … Re5 and 56. … Bc1 (Chess24's evaluation until Bc1 is around +0.75).

Chess24 has the correct last move, but while in reality it happened only two minutes after Magnus' last move, they have it happening after a think of 17 minutes for Mamedyarov (with 0:00 left), so there seems to have been a hiccup with the transmission of moves from Biel at that point.

Aug-02-18  cormier: Stockfish 9 26... Qf8 <better is 26...Bf8 27.Nd6 Bg4 28.Rd4 Be6 29.Qxb5 Qxb5 30.Nxb5 Rd7 = +0.08 (27 ply)>
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Yes, Mamedyarov pressured Carlsen until he cracked, just the same way as Carlsen defeats so many strong opponents.
Nov-15-18  Jambow: I saw 23... exd6 in an instant as likely the correct move. Confirmed that with the help of a very smart fish. After not taking the pawn Magnus is reduced to defending a position he usually leaves his opponents in.
Jan-10-19  Bobby Spassky: Amazing! The correct move is 57 e7 +-, and yet the official site still has it wrong.
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  tpstar: You'll love this =

[Fritz 10]: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 0-0 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3 c5 7. 0-0 Nc6 8. e3 [last book move] d5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 Qxd5 11. Ne5 Qd6 12. Nc4 Qc7 13. d5 Rd8 14. Bd2 Nb4 15. Bxb4 [15. e4 b5 13. Ne3 Nd3 ⩲] cxb4 [=] 16. Rc1 a5 17. a3 bxa3 18. bxa3 a4 19. Qd3 Bf5 [19 ... Bd7 20. Qb1 Ra6 21. Rfd1 ⩲] 20. e4 [ ±] Bd7 21. Qe3 Ra6 22. e5 [22. f4 Bb5 23. Ne5 Qb8 ⩲] b5 [ ⩲] 23. d6 Qb8 24. dxe7 Re8 25. Rfd1 Rxe7 26. Qc5 Qf8 [26 ... Bf8!? 27. Nd6 Rxe5 28. Qxe5 Rxd6 ⩲] 27. Ne3 [ ±] Be6 28. Qxb5 Raa7 29. Nd5 Bxd5 30. Rxd5 Reb7 31. Qd3 Rb8 32. h4 [32. Rdc5 Qe7 33. Qe3 Bf8 ±] Qe8 33. Qd4 Qe7 34. f4 [34. Rc4 h5 ±] Bf8 [34 ... Qxa3 35. Qxa7 Qxc1+ 36. Kh2 ±] 35. Kh2 Rab7 36. Qxa4 Qxa3 37. Qxa3 Bxa3 38. Rcd1 Be7 39. Kh3 Rc7 40. h5! [Decoy] gxh5 41. f5 f6 42. e6 Rb3 43. Rd7 Rbc3 44. Ra1 Kg7 45. Ra8 Kh6 46. Re8 Bb4 47. Rb8 Be7 48. Be4 R3c4 49. Bd5 R4c5 50. Be4 [50. Ba2 Rc2 51. Ra8 Rc1 +-] Rc4 [ ±] 51. Bd5 R4c5 52. Rb7 [52. Ba2!? Rc2 53. Ra8 Rc1 ±] Rxd7 53. Rxd7 Ra5 [53 ... Bf8!? ±] 54. Bc6 [+-] [54. Rxe7?! Rxd7 55. g4 Rd3+ 56. Kh4 Rd4 =] Ba3 55. Rf7 Re5 56. Kh4 [Not 56. Rxf6+ Kg5 57. Rf7 Bd6 ⩲] Bc1?? [56 ... Bb4 57. Rxf6+ Kg7 58. Rf7+ Kh6 +-] 57. e7 1-0

Carlsen plays a KID with an early 6 ... c5 and then an early 8 ... d5, not fearing the Discovery 11. Ne5 Qd6 and later not fearing the Discovery 16. Rc1 a5. Things seem level until White picks off a Pawn, then 40. h5 helps create a protected passed e Pawn despite BOOC. The RRB vs RRB ending has some back and forth, then 56 ... Bc1?? 57. e7 won.

A purist might contend that a Best Games winner should not turn on a blunder, and they would have a valid point.

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  PawnSac: < Nice game > from the Shak! He put up some good numbers in this event. I'll have to check, but this might be his best tourney performance.
Aug-05-19  Bondsamir: طبعا ناج امه بال endgame
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60/69 30:27 4,116,633k 2,252k -0.60 56. ... Bb4 57.Bf3 Bd2 58.Rb7 Bg5+ 59.Kh3 Be3 60.Rc7 Bb6 61.Rf7 Be3 62.Rb7 Bc5 63.Kh4 Be3 64.Rd7 Bg5+ 65.Kh3 Be3 66.Rd5 Rxd5 67.Bxd5 Bc5 68.Kh4 Be7 69.Bc4 Bd6 70.Be2 Kg7 71.Bf3 Kf8 72.Bxh5 Bc5 73.Be2 Bd6 74.Kg4 Ke7 75.Kf3 Bb4 76.Bd3 Bc5 77.Bb5 Bd6 78.Kg2 Bb4 79.Kh3 Bd6 80.Bc6 Bc5 81.Kg4 Kd6 82.Bf3 Bb4 83.Be2 Bc5 84.Kh4 Ke5 85.g4 Kd6 86.Kh3 Be3 87.Kg3 Bc5 88.Bd3 Be3 89.Kf3 Bc5

Oct-05-20  sudoplatov: On 57...Ba3 doesn't 58.e8=Q win a Rook?

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