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Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge (2020) (armageddon), INT, rd 2, May-30
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense (D37)  ·  0-1



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May-31-20  Ulhumbrus: One alternative to 25 Ne4 is 25 Rc5 playing for a queen side attack and keeping the option of Nc4
May-31-20  MordimerChess: Magnus missed interesting tactic, very beautiful one:


And then:

if 22...cxd5 23. Nf6+ gxf6 24. Bxf6 with Qg4 wins the game

if 22.cxd5 23 Kh8 24. Rc3 Ree7 25. Qh5 h6 26. Rg3 g6 27. Rxg6 fxg6 28. Qxg6 Rg7 29. Qxh6+ Rh7 30. Nxh7+ Bg7 31. Ng5+ Kg8 32. Qh7+ Kf8 33. Nxe6+ win the queen and the game

if 22...Qxd5 23. Nf6+ gxf6 24. Qxf6 wins

The only move for black is
22...Nxd5 23. Rxc6 white wins a pawn..

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  tamar: Nice analysis MordimerChess.

Magnus played like Federer, but Hikaru defended like Djokovic

Jun-01-20  MordimerChess: Thank you <tamar>,

Yeah, pretty awesome defence. But it's amazin how the game became +4.4 and what the engine had "in mind"...

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  tamar: Yes, I was also puzzled at the high evals after the missed 37 Bf7 Qxb2 38 Qd1 Rf8 39 Nxc6 Nd3 40 Rc2 Qa3 41 Be6 Nxa4 42 Bf5

The knight on d3 is attacked twice, but why does SF recommend the suicidal 42...Nxf2 going down a piece with no attack?

It was only then I realized that 42...Nb4 loses to 43 Qh5! Hard to see in any game, but the mating threat makes it is impossible to survive for Black.

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