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Magnus Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2019) (blitz), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Aug-13
Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61)  ·  1-0

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Aug-14-19  Ulhumbrus: Is the exchange sacrifice 17...Rxe3 necessary? After 17...Bxe2+ 18 Qxe2 Re8 19 Qf3 Bg7 20 Qh3 Nf8 21 Bh6 Qf6 Black seems to have both h8 and h7 covered.
Aug-16-19
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  Parachessus: Looks like it's unsound according to Stockfish. Best play for both sides appears to be: 17. ...Bxe2+ 18.Qxe2 Re8 19. Qg4 Bg7 20. Bg5, etc. and the game's pretty even.
Sep-20-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Speaking of questionable exchange sacrifices, the engine thinks Carlsen dropped from > +3.00 all the way down to =0.00 in the sequence of moves involving his exchange sac at d6.
Sep-21-19
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  beatgiant: <Cheapo by the Dozen> 44. Raxd6 was a good practical decision for a blitz game.

Black's position in the rook ending is very precarious, and he has to find <47...Rd1+!> 48. Kc4 Rc1+ 49. Kb5 c4, driving White's king away from in front of the c-pawn, and even then the outcome is not obvious.

Very instructive.

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