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Magnus Carlsen vs Daniil Dubov
Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge (2020) (rapid), INT, rd 10, May-21
Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation (C41)  ·  0-1



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May-22-20  laskerdog: 41.bf2 is unexplainable. Time was no issue..
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  MissScarlett: Time's always an issue. This wouldn't have happened in a correspondence game.

Actually, it's a combination of time and pressure. Magnus looks jaded; he's played over 60 competitive rapid and blitz games in the last month. It was telling after yesterday's round when Gustafsson tried joking about his voluminous mane that Magnus slapped him down with, <Stop bugging me about the hair!> Won't be surprised if Wesley knocks him out on Sunday.

May-22-20  Viking707: Magnus is human, and bf2 was a time pressure blunder. Which is the "charm" of rapid and blitz games.
May-22-20  laskerdog: Magnus might have dropped his bishop by misfortune. He spent 3 sec. on this move while still having half a minute on the clock. This is plenty of time for these guys.
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  MissScarlett: <This is plenty of time for these guys.>

Must be why their bullet games are so free of blunders.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Before this tournament, Dubov had zero games in the CG database with the Philidor, and now he has scored well with the Antoshin Variation. Time for a revival?
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  OhioChessFan: 41. Nxc3 leads almost by force to this position. There is no saving the a and b Pawns:

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I don't think Carlsen survives that, so the Bishop move really wasn't a game loser.

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  Andrew Chapman: <41. Nxc3 leads almost by force to this position.> Ng3 instead?
May-27-20  Albanius: Stockfish here, not the strongest version, thinks W is a little better after 41 Ng3, but didn't consider this line: 41. Ng3 b5
42. axb5 cxb5
43. Nxh5 a4
44. Nxg7 a3 and Black wins.
Also 43. Ngf1 a4
44. bxa4 bxa4
45. Ne3 a3 4
6. Nc2 a2
47. Bf2 Na4 again queens and wins.
or 43. Nge4 a4
44. Nxc3 Bxc3
45. Nb1 Bb4
46. bxa4 bxa4
47. Bf2 Bf5
or 43. f5 Bd5
44. Nxh5 Be5+
45. Bg3 Bxg3+
46. Kxg3 Bxb3
47. Nxb3 a4
48. Nc1 b4
49. Nf6+ Kh8!
50. Nd7 b3 wins
Maybe W can't play 42 axb5 and has to just give up the Pa4, but it looks like B is still better with an outside passed pawn and 2 Bishops.
Jun-12-20  Playchess1vn: Here's my short analysic of the game:

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