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Nodirbek Abdusattorov vs Magnus Carlsen
World Rapid Championship (2021) (rapid), Warsaw, Poland, rd 10, Dec-28
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Botvinnik Line (A28)  ·  1-0

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Dec-28-21
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  chancho: Young prodigy vs the World Champ.

Let's see what happens!

Dec-28-21
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  Messiah: C'mon Nodirbek! OUTCALCULATE HIM!!!!!!!!!!
Dec-28-21
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  Messiah: It's already move #21, and The Child still haven't castled. Somebody teach him, please, how to play sound openings.
Dec-28-21  saturn2: Sooner or later Nc5 will come. The knight should be stronger than the bishop in an endgame
Dec-28-21  Steve.Patzer: I thought on move 51 Carlsen had a win by capturing the remaining White Pawn on h5 with his Queen which would have forced an exchange of Queens with a Knight fork, but it would have resulted in a draw.
Dec-28-21
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  chancho: Huge win by Abdusattorov.
Kid's going places.
Dec-28-21
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  Diademas: 29... Qh7? Giving up the h-pawn for the g-pawn seems dubious. An easy rerouting of the Knight to e6 via c5 seems like an easy way to just pick up the g-pawn
Dec-28-21  saturn2: 81...b4 was the losing move. Black should have continued with perpetual checks Qc8, Qf8 and so on.
Dec-28-21  tonsillolith: Wow, Abdusattorov emerged victorious from what was shaping up to be a closed positional game against Carlsen. Not only that but he did it in a queen-heavy endgame, which is also a place Carlsen usually shines. Well done!

The nice coordination in the position after <42. Bf2> had me thinking, "This kid knows what he's doing."

Dec-28-21
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  Caparlsen: Now Magnus has to put his title into play against Firouzja and Abdusattorov :).
Dec-28-21
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  whiteshark: Carlsen has overplayed the game here.
Dec-28-21  thebully99: Incredible nerves and technique from Nodi. I heard from Leko/Jan that he was an endings expert already at this age and a positional player who can sometimes grind out wins in Carlsen-style. In this game, he proved that and shocked the chess world. Nodirbek Abdusattorov may go on to become the best endgame player of his generation, like how Ulf Andersson was during Karpov's reign.
Dec-29-21
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  Diademas: Especially impressive to see the youngster taking down the WC with his own weapon. Squeezing a win in a slightly favorable endgame.
Dec-29-21
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  moronovich: A very impressive win by the youngster.So many would have been satiesfied with a draw vs Magnus.
Dec-29-21  SChesshevsky: Feels like this might be as close as you can get to running over Magnus. Seems white gets an awful lot of tempo here and there.

Might've been a little unpleasant facing whites play in the first game of the third day. Appears black never able to get comfortable.

Interesting Carlsen offers two Q exchanges that NA probably wisely declines. Then NA offers the Q exchange that maybe Carlsen should've accepted.

Not sure about 21...Qg4. Have regretted leading with the queen, especially when there's no forcing or aggressive follow up. And it's exposed to simple attack. Maybe objectively best, but not convinced it's practically best.

Nice win by NA where he keeps pressing black on how to equalize and Magnus just isn't able to get there.

Dec-29-21  Mississaugan: Firouzja or Nodirbek will challenge Magnus for the crown.
Dec-30-21  tonsillolith: Btw, by <42. Bf2> I actually meant <46. Bf2>.

Not that anyone cares.

Dec-31-21  The Kings Domain: Impressive win by the young master of this game and the tournament. Whether he can capitalize on the triumph or not he can look back on it with great pride and fulfillment.
Jan-04-22  Saniyat24: Nodus halts Magnus...!
Jan-18-22  Albion 1959: Steve Patzer is right about Carlsen's 51st move ! Qxh5 eliminates the dangerous h-pawn and with it goes white's only hope of winning the game. Instead of 51.Be3? Abdusattorov should have simply pushed on with h6. It is curious in one way and refreshing in another way, that both players should have missed this tactical ploy. Any cheap computer with a 100 rating would not have missed Qxh5, or even allow it to happen. Even a world champion can make mistakes (albeit in serious time pressure) there is hope for me yet ! Had this been a game with a longer time control, there is no way that Carlsen would have lost this game. Credit to his opponent for having the courage to push hard for the win, in what was a drawn ending. 81. b4?? was the losing move. To be fair to Carlsen, he was under the cosh, having to move with only seconds left on his clock, until even he buckled under the strain. The way to hold the position was Qc8+ and keep on giving check and let white try to find a way to win. Finally, on move 82, Kb3 instead of Ka1?? Allows Qxb4+ and try to hang on by trying to a queen exchange. But once again, this game just shows how difficult it is to defeat Magnus Carlsen. More than a hint of Karpov and Petrosian here. Carlsen is almost unbeatable !!

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