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Ding Liren vs Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals (2020) (blitz), INT, rd 1, Aug-12
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E01)  ·  0-1



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  offramp: It's a blitz game, but these two have <blitz> ratings of 2881 and 2836. That's 5,717 coool 😎Elo points floating around the board.

This was game 6 of the semifinal. After 5 games the score was level: 1-1 with 3 draws. Ding is clearly one of Carlsen's top challengers.

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26.Bxa5! Black can't play 26...Nxa5 owing to 27.Rc7+-.

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32.h4? Ding misses a serious threat:
32...Qa8! The threat of ...Ra1, ...Rh1 is on the board for a long time.
33.Qb2 Ra1+

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35.Qb3 h6!
After that Black played with great accuracy. A good game!

Aug-13-20  Viking707: Ding has acquitted himself well during this tournament, but by my count MC still dominates, and has won 7 times to Ding's 3 with several ties.
Aug-13-20  Justin796: Dings a dingbat. I'd like to see more imaginative play from Magnus. A 2200 player could defeat Ding the way he is playing by the book.
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  beenthere240: I disagree. I thought 26. Bxa5! was a great shot. But Carlsen's response was stunning, leading up to 32...Qa8! which is a POD candidate as a quite but killing tactic. The roof just fell in on poor Ding.
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  chancho: The game where Ding mated Carlsen was a tactician's dream, but Carlsen came back H-U-G-E in this game.

(He keeps finding the clutch when it matters)

Aug-13-20  MordimerChess: According to Tartakower the person who makes next to the last blunder wins the game. Carlsen wasn't so precise to the end. Ding Liren could couple of times make things really hard. For example:

41. Qe3 and build a little fortress, if Magnus exchange the queens Qxe3?! 42. fxe3 and the passed pawn is protected. Of course 42...g5? doesn't work, because 43. Nh5 Kh8 44. e4⩱

43. Qe3 again could be good

Interesting that 44. Kh2 was anti-intuitive but very tricky.. 44...Rb1 45. Qc8+ Kh7 46. f3!! and Qxf3 can't be played because of 47.Qc2+ winning the game. So rather 46...Rb2+ 47. Kh3 Qc2 48. Qxc2+ Rxc2∓ and still can try to draw...

Intermezzo 45. Qc8+ Kh7 46. Kg4⩱ was a last chance to give a stand...

Overall awesome tournament by Ding. He had 3 winning games in the 4th round. One of them became a masterpiece! :D

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