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Magnus Carlsen vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili
World Cup (2005) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-29
Modern Defense: Pseudo-Austrian Attack (B06)  ·  1-0



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Dec-05-05  dr. micha: beautiful and forceful play by magnus.
Dec-05-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Excellent final combination!
Dec-05-05  notyetagm: 32 ♘f6+!!, a beautiful <clearance> sacrifice, clearing the e-file for 32 ... exf6 33 ♕xe6+, mating.
Dec-14-05  ajile: Awesome game by Magnus. Very patient middlegame play locks down Black's Q-side counterplay. Then he dominates the D file and K-side. Black's K bishop is almost worthless in this game.
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  IMlday: 10..c4 11.♗e4 ♕xd1+ 12.♖xd1 ♖a7
looks drawish. But nobody would play this tigerishly if a draw was the objective.
Dec-15-05  sucaba: <IM|day> 10. _ c4!? 11. ♗e4 ♕xd1+ 12. ♖xd1 ♖a7 13. ♗c6+ ♗d7 14. ♖xd7 ♖xd7, and now 15. a4 should win the a♙, while 15. ♔e2 ♔d8 16. ♗xd7 ♔xd7 17. ♖d1+ ♔c6 18. ♘g5 ♘h6 19. ♘d5 wants to snatch the h♙.

26. ♕xa6 was quite possible, since 26. _ c4 fails to 27. ♕xg6.

Azmaiparashvili could try 30. _ bxc3 31. bxc3 ♔g7, idea 32. _ ♘e3. But again 32. e6 .

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  IMlday: Yes 14.♖xd7! does seem better for White. Therefore 7..c5 isn't any improvement on 7..♗b7 transposing to Gershon-Morozevich, Zagan, 1997. Gershon played 8.♕d2 but after c5 9.dxc5 ♘xc5 10.♗xc5 dxc5 11.e5 Black could play 11..♗xf3!? 12. gxf3 c4 with endgame advantage. So 8.♕e2 c5 (not forced, 8..e6 and 8..b4 intending ♘f6 are possible) 9.dxc5 ♘xc5 10.♗xc5 Black can dump the ♗/g7 before e5 locks it in~ 10..♗xc3+ 11.bxc3 dxc5 12.e5 ♘h6 13.0-0 ♕b6 as in Ramesh-Hillarp-Persson, Amsterdam 2000.
Bravo to Magnus for taking the bull by the horns!
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  IMlday: 8..e6 may be best.
Dec-17-05  shaikh123: e6 could have saved black from many problems.
Mar-13-13  Garech: 32.Nf6+!


Oct-29-15  RKnight: Actually, I can't see a mate with better play for black after 32.Nf6! Kh1, 33. Qxe6 Qa8, etc. Fabiano would probably still win with 34. Ne8 Qxe8 35 Qe5+ picking up the rook. Does someone have an engine handy to see if there is a more convincing line for Fabiano?
Oct-29-15  Shams: <RKnight> I'm a bit confused what you're asking. You seem to be suggesting a better defense for Black, but you have White deviating first with 33.Qxe6.

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