Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

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



explore this opening
find similar games 70 more Carlsen/M Vachier-Lagrave games
sac: 44.Raxd6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you register a free account you will be able to create game collections and add games and notes to them. For more information on game collections, see our Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
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  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: BLITZ. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61) 1-0 Blitz Q vs R ending
from Carls Cranks Up Fredthebear by fredthebear
Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61) 1-0 Blitz Q vs R ending
from Prom Dates Play Chess All Knight at FTB's Place by fredthebear
great win, educational
from Magnus Carlsen by gargraves

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC