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Daniil Dubov vs Magnus Carlsen
Chessable Masters (2020) (rapid), INT, rd 9, Jun-22
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  0-1



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Jun-23-20  MordimerChess: So we had queen sacrifice and zugzwang soon after. Then Magnus started to troll Daniil. He was asked in the interview if he enjoyed playing 25...h6 and he answered that he enjoyed 24...a5 much more... of course in both cases his opponent was completely paralyzed.

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  chancho: Payback is always a b.tch.
Jun-23-20  Ulhumbrus: One point of 9...Ba6 is that the b3 pawn prevents Qa4. The trouble that the move ...c5 will cause White suggests that this point is useful to know about.
Jun-23-20  MordimerChess: <Ulhumbrus> Good point! It's known motive. If someone wants to play Ba6 in other variations - for example played often by Vaganian French Advanced (3. e5), then after 3...b6 4. c6 Qd7 is required. In that case the main idea is to exchange dead french lightsquare bishop.
Jun-24-20  Ulhumbrus: <MordimerChess> If the move 11...c5 counts as a threat this suggests playing e4 before it at move 10 or 11 so that White's d pawn will be protected in the event of ...c5 eg 11 e4 dxe4 12 Nd2 xe4 or 10 e4 dxe4 11 Nxe4.

At the risk of repetition, if the move 9...Ba6 takes advantage of 8 b3 by starting preparations for...c5 and if e4 is an answer to the threat, this suggests that if White is going to play 8 b3 he needs to start preparing for the move e4 in the event that Black plays ...Ba6.

Jun-25-20  MordimerChess: <Ulhumbrus> Probably not the threat, you can solve the center as you want. With IQP, against IQP or any other formation. Flexible but solid.
Jul-04-20  UnholyMartin: Even if Dubov is only six years younger than Carlsen he should avoid classical mainlines because this was standard training before 2000. After 5.g3 only 11.e4 could have rescued him (analysed by Stockfish), all other white moves were correct.
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  perfidious: <chancho>, yes; and Carlsen's the b****. (laughs)
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  WorstPlayerEver: 19. Ba3 (19. Bxc3=) blunders a piece in the long run, 19... Rfd8 20. Rb3 Qxc4 21.Qe1? Qa4, threatens Bd5 and White is clearly winning.

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Although White has some tricky tactic: 19. Ba3 Rfd8 20. Bb4 Rxc4 21. Be7 Rd7 22. Nxc4 Qxd1+ 23. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 24. Bf1 Bd5 25. Nxb6 axb6 26. Rc2 Bb7! 27. Rxc3 Nd5

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28. Rc2 Nxe7 29. Rd7 Bc8 30. Rxe7 Bd7, now the White Rook is trapped.

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  beenthere240: What was wrong with 22...Bxb4? I don't see anything for white except for a pawn deficit. Why sac your queen for a rook on c3?
Jul-07-20  SpiritedReposte: Because the queen sac is stronger. The resulting position white can do nothing.

The d2 knight is a sitting duck pinned every which way. Black can build his attack at leisure while almost any move white makes loses material.

Quite the positional win. Black can literally win any way he wants to.

Jul-10-20  cormier: 19. Ba3? 19.Bxc3 Qxc3 20.Rc1 Qa3 21.Qc2 Qd3 22.Ree1 Rfd8 23.Nb3 = +0.08 (23 ply) 19... Rfd8 ∓ -2.07 (23 ply)

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