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Alireza Firouzja vs Magnus Carlsen
Aimchess US Rapid (2021) (rapid), INT, rd 4, Aug-28
Scandinavian Defense: Classical Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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  MissScarlett: <fredthebear>, is this a totem pole mate?
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  HeMateMe: 33. White to move and win, nice shot!

I sometimes think that MC just plays rapid chess for fun, plays off beat opening variations.

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  fredthebear: Well, sure! It won't be easy to duplicate.

Others might say it's a taller version of a Guéridon Mate (a.k.a. Swallow's Tail Mate), particularly since Firouzja is a Frenchman. See the diagram and photo:

I did not see the game, but I'm willing to bet it was also a deliberate Helpmate of sorts, in lieu of resignation. The champ could have struggled on for some time by playing 34.Ke8 instead. Me thinks MC probably allowed himself to be checkmated to get the game over with.

Carlsen usually does well with the Center Counter 2...Qxd5 on the rare occasion that he uses it: Repertoire Explorer: Magnus Carlsen (black)

I find this defense is solid, but White gets such easy development that Black has difficulty winning.

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  Messiah: Well, well, well...
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  Kurakotsaba: Whaaaackkkk!
Magnus' GOOSE got chased, caught...and crispy-grilled...
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  fredthebear: IM Levy Rozman enjoyed this battle featuring opposite sides castling and dangerous mutual pawn storms. Tactics lurk. At one point, Black has a preferable position:
Aug-30-21  siggemannen: Inspired by MissScarlett i suggest the <Tower of Power>
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  diceman: <MissScarlett: <fredthebear>,

is this a totem pole mate?>

It looks like a 3 pole filter mate.

Aug-30-21  faulty: fredthebear> is Firouzja seriously a Frenchman or that was a joke?
Aug-30-21  Z4all: <faulty> Firouzja is originally an Iranian, but has French citizenship since 2020. His FIDE federation is also France, since 2019, I believe.

See his wiki page for links.

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  fredthebear: I agree with <Z4all> regarding Firouzja. The Frenchman is a fine tactician; his games are full of fight.

Guéridon (Mate) is a French word for a small table supported in the center. See photos: However, the mate formation in the game above does look like a totem pole. See photos:

Levy also thought Magnus played 34...Ke6 in sporting fashion to allow Firouzja to have a showy mate after his double discovered check sacrificing the bishop (my words, not Levy's expression). Magnus surely knew that 34...Ke8 was the better move, but he would drop his queen and be in a worse position. So, 34...Ke6 was MC's way of resigning in kind. After all, it's quite an honor to checkmate the world champ.

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  Kurakotsaba: Deciding to be a FRENCHMAN, rather than maintain his original IRANIAN a no brainer. A big slap to these theocratic dictators MULLAHS. ayyahttolahs.

He is up to the task of going up with WS... who decided to acquire AMERICAN citizenship.

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