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Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin
Sinquefield Cup (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Aug-19
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0



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Aug-22-18  pinoy king: I hate Carlsen with a passion. All he does is cheese wins by relying on the opponents tiredness and boredom instead of outplaying them. Carlsen is the biggest fraud of a world champion.
Aug-22-18  rogge: Third win in a row with the White pieces against Karjakin.
Aug-22-18  Robed.Bishop: Don't sugar-coat it, <pinoy king>, tell us how you really feel about Carlsen.
Aug-24-18  sakredkow: <All he does is cheese wins by relying on the opponents tiredness and boredom instead of outplaying them.>

If that's what he's doing it seems like he's got more confidence and energy than a lot of his opponents to be able to do that. That is outplaying them.

Aug-24-18  sicilianchameleon: I don’t know, I would definitely say MC outplayed him here... 31. Rf4 and 33. Bc3 lead to an exchange sacrifice in which one of white’s two remaining pieces (bishop) basically sits there and fences off black’s king while the solitary rook essentially outfoxes the two black rooks all by itself. Sort of magical, I would say.
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  perfidious: <pinhead king: I hate Carlsen with a passion....>

One would never have noticed, given your posts which constantly deride this great champion.

<...All he does is cheese wins by relying on the opponents (sic) tiredness and boredom instead of outplaying them....>

Oldest story in the book--had you been around for Petrosian's prime, we should doubtless have been subjected to the same drivel.

<...Carlsen is the biggest fraud of a world champion.>

Sez a 3200-level practitioner of idiocy, the uncrowned king of West Moronicus.

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  piltdown man: Is peanut king still going? I blocked him long ago.
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  radtop: Carlsen is a great World champion and one of the best end game players since Bobby Fischer. Another commonality is the strength of the competition during both careers.
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  Check It Out: <radtop> <Another commonality is the strength of the competition during both careers.>

I’d guess that Carlsen has faced consistently stronger competition than Fischer over the last two 6 years or so. I’m sure someone could prove me right.

Aug-27-18  WorstPlayerEver: The game is dead drawn after 25 moves, Black only has to play f7-f5 to stop any White initiative, but okay. Call it chess if you want.
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I found this analysis of the endgame here by <Kingscrusher> to be very helpful, as well as entertaining.

I thought this game was psychologically gripping after the exchange sac. This is exactly the kind of endgame that everyone needs to know something about, at any level.

<Kingscrusher> loves exchange sacs. He loves playing them and he loves analyzing them.

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Aug-27-18  pinoy king: This isn't chess, this is a patience and endurance test. No champion would take pride in a "win" of this nature.
Aug-29-18  Jaburu: This is the very "plus-equal" strategy.
Aug-31-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. +- (3.22): 78...Kc7 79.Rxa6 Re1+ 80.Kd3 Kb7 81.Rb6+ Ka8 82.Bd4 Rc8 83.Rd6 Rb1 84.Bc5 Re1 85.e6 Re8 86.Ra6+ Kb7 87.Rb6+ Ka8 88.Be3 Ka7 89.b5 Ka8 90.Rc6 Rb1 91.Ra6+ Kb7 92.Rb6+ Ka8 93.Ke4 Rb3 94.Bg5 Rb1 95.Bf6 Ka7 96.e7 Re1+ 97.Kd5 R8xe7 98.Bxe7 Rxe7 99.Rh6 Re3 100.Rh7+ Kb8 101.a6 Rd3+ 102.Kc6 Rc3+ 103.Kb6

2. + - (3.22): 78...Kd7 79.Rd6+ Kc7 80.Rxa6 Re1+ 81.Kd3 Kb7 82.Rb6+ Ka8 83.Bd4 Rc8 84.Rd6 Rb1 85.Bc5 Re1 86.e6 Re8 87.Ra6+ Kb7 88.Rb6+ Ka8 89.Be3 Ka7 90.b5 Ka8 91.Rc6 Rb1 92.Ra6+ Kb7 93.Rb6+ Ka8 94.Ke4 Rb3 95.Bg5 Rb1 96.Bf6 Ka7 97.e7 Re1+ 98.Kd5 R8xe7 99.Bxe7 Rxe7 100.Rh6 Re3 101.Rh7+ Kb8 102.a6 Rd3+ 103.Kc6 Rc3+ 104.Kb6

3. + - (3.27): 78...Kb7 79.Rb6+ Kc7 80.Bd6+ Kd7 81.Rxa6 Rc8 82.Bc5 Re1+ 83.Kd5 Rd1+ 84.Kc4 Re8 85.Ra7+ Ke6 86.Bd6 Rc8+ 87.Kb5 Kd5 88.a6 Ra1 89.Rd7 Ra8 90.Bc5+ Kxe5 91.a7 Ke6 92.Rh7 Kd5 93.Kb6 Kc4 94.Rh4+ Kd5 95.Kb7 Rg8 96.Rd4+ Ke5 97.b5 Ra5 98.Kb6 Ra2 99.Rd3

4. + - (3.30): 78...Kb5 79.Rb6+ Kc4 80.e6 Re1+ 81.Kf5 Rc8 82.Rxa6 Rf1+ 83.Ke5 Re1+ 84.Kf6 Rf1+ 85.Kg7 Re1 86.Rb6 Kd5 87.Rd6+ Kc4 88.a6 Rxc5 89.bxc5 Kxc5 90.a7 Kxd6 91.a8Q Rxe6 92.Qd8+ Kc5 93.Qd2 Rd6 94.Qc3+ Kd5 95.Kf7 Rc6 96.Qd3+ Kc5 97.Qe4 Rd6 98.Qe5+ Rd5 99.Qc3+ Kd6 100.Qg3+ Kd7 101.Qe3 Rf5+ 102.Kg6

Aug-31-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa

1. = (0.04): 77...Re1+ 78.Kd5 Rd1+ 79.Bd4 Rd8 80.Rh4 Kc7+ 81.Kc4 Rc1+ 82.Kb3 Kb7 83.Ka4 Rd7 84.Bb2 Rb1 85.Rh2 Re7 86.Re2 Rh1 87.Rc2 Rb1 88.Re2 Rh1

2. = (0.23): 77...Re6 78.Kd5 Rd1+ 79.Bd4 Rg6 80.Rh4 Rd2 81.Rf4 Ke7 82.Re4 Rd1 83.e6 Rh6 84.Rg4 Rh2 85.Rg7+ Ke8 86.Rg8+ Ke7 87.Rg4 Rh6 88.Rg7+ Ke8 89.Rd7 Rd2 90.b5 Rh5+ 91.Kc6 Rxb5 92.Bb6 Re2 93.Kb7 Rxe6 94.Rd4 Ke7 95.Kxa6 Rf5 96.Kb7 Rb5 97.Rc4 Rd6 98.Kc7 Ke6 99.Re4+ Kf5

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  Check It Out: The middle game featured opposite colored bishops and heavy artillery. I found the blockade on c3-d4 an interesting feature.

I wonder how soon Carlsen saw the possibility of the exchange sac? It must have been apparent after 29...Bf7.

After the ex sac then mop up the c pawn and fortify the structure. Typical pushing and shuffling, that is, for these guys.

77...g5+ clarified matters on the kingside.

Things were about even until 77...Kc6, when Karjakin cracked.

A game with tension and some drama. Classic Carlsen.

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  Check It Out: *67...g5+
Sep-05-18  yurikvelo:


=0,00 77. ... Re1+ 78.Kd5 Rd1+
=0,00 77. ... Re6 78.Kd5 Rd1+
=0,00 77. ... Rd1 78.Rh7+ Kc8
=0,00 77. ... Rd8 78.Rh7+ Kc6
+0,16 77. ... Rg8 78.Rh7+ Kc6
+0,16 77. ... Rb8 78.Rh7+ Kc6
+0,99 77. ... Kc8 78.Kd5 Rc1
+1,54 77. ... Ra8 78.Rh7+ Kc6
+8,68 77. ... Kc7 78.Rh7+ Kb8
+9,08 77. ... Ra1 78.Rh7+ Kc6
+9,20 77. ... Rf7 78.Kd5 Kc7
+9,21 77. ... Kc6 78.Rh6+ Kb5 <---- Karjakin

+9,21 77. ... Rc8 78.Rh7+ Kc6

Oct-28-18  Cobax12: Vert interesting match by both players, keeping their style, indeed on move 77 could have been a draw... nevertheless Carlsen has a strong Mind and pressure always has phicological advantage
Jun-22-19  YesChess1010: wowza nice
Feb-06-22  EvanTheTerrible: Nakamura referenced this game as a valuable resource in his review of his game against Esipenko in the 2nd round of the Berlin Grand Prix 2022.

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