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John Nunn vs Magnus Carlsen
"In the Right Place at the Wrong Time" (game of the day Dec-28-2006)
Youth - Experience (2006), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, Aug-20
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1



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Aug-23-06  luzhin: Indeed you did, aw1988: but only after positionalbrilliancy and Knight13 remarked how pointless your suggestion of 60.Nd1 was.Both lines don't draw -- they both lose. And since you haven't given the slightest analysis to justify your alleged improvement, there's no reason to think otherwise. As for your remark that Nunn simply "blundered"--I know and have played him: I would be more careful before blithely remarking that he had missed a simple one move continuation which would have turned a loss into a draw.
Aug-23-06  sitzkrieg: I think AW already had to swallow his words/posts.
Aug-23-06  luzhin: I suppose you are right, sitzkrieg, but aw1988 seems to be having some difficulty in digesting them.
Aug-23-06  aw1988: I don't need to give analysis for a position that is widely considered drawish. Leave it up to the tablebases.

Nunn is of course a very knowledgeable and strong grandmaster, but this doesn't exempt him from occasional blunders. Remember Short's against Krasenkow, for example. You wouldn't ever believe that was going to happen, while he wasn't even in time trouble.

So if anyone wants to check with the tablebases, and confirm whether it is a draw or a win, that would be helpful.

Aug-23-06  luzhin: Serves me right for thinking that you can expect chess analysis - or indeed any form of cogent argument - from one of our furry four-legged friends.
Aug-23-06  aw1988: Believe what you want.
Aug-25-06  Chess Lou Zer: Why on earth doesn't he ever promote the pawn?
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  Mateo: A quiet game until move 31. There, Carlsen introduced a complicated variation in order to get a passed pawn. Nunn managed to reach a simplified ending with drawing prospects. But Carlsen played some vicious moves with hidden traps. Having to avoid all these traps on almost every move, Nunn, under pressure, blundered on move 54 but Carlsen missed the point. 4 moves later, Nunn made another blunder, but this time Carlsen took his chance. A fascinating ending.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. c3 a6 6. Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 d5 8. e5 d4 9. Be4 d3 10. c4 <10. a4 Naiditsch vs Radjabov, 2005 0-1.> b4 11. Qb3 Bb7 12. Qxd3 Qxd3 13. Bxd3 O-O-O 14. Be4 Nd4 15. Bxb7+ Kxb7 16. Nxd4 <16. Ne1? Ne2+, the fork wins the Bishop.> Rxd4 17. d3 Rxd3 18. Nd2 Nc6 19. f4 Be7 20. b3 a5 21. Ne4 a4 22. Nf2 Rc3 23. Ne4 Rc2 24. Be3 Kb6 25. Rf2 Rxf2 26. Kxf2 Ra8 27. Rd1 axb3 28. axb3 Ra3 29. Rd3 f6 30. exf6 gxf6 31. g4 f5 32. gxf5 exf5 33. Ng3 Bh4 34. Rd5 Rxb3 35. Rxc5 Rc3 36. Rxf5+ Ka6 37. Ke2 Rxc4 38. Rc5 <38. Kd2? b3 39. Rc5 Na5 wins.> Nd4+ 39. Bxd4 Rxd4 40. Ke3 b3 41. Rc1 <41. Nf5? b2. 41. Kxd4? b2 42. Rc6+ Kb7 wins.> Rb4 42. Ne4 b2 43. Rb1 Kb5 44. f5 Kc4 45. f6 Kb3 46. f7 Be7 47. Kd3 Rb8 48. Nd2+ <48. Rf1? Rd8+ 49. Ke3 Bb4! wins.> Ka2 49. Re1 <49. Kc2? Rd8+ 50. Kd1 (50. Kd3 Rd8+ 51. Kc3 Rxd2! 52. Re1 Bb4+! 53. Kxb4 Rf2 wins) Rd8! wins. 49. Rf1? Bb4 50. Nb1 Rc8! and 51... Rc1 wins.> Rd8+ 50. Kc4 <50. Kc3? Bg5 51. Nb1 (51. Ne4 Bc1 wins) Bf6+ 52. Kc4 (52. Kc2 Rc8+! 53. Kd3 Rf8 wins) Rf8 wins.> Ba3 51. Re2 <51. Nb1? Rc8+ 52. Kd3 Bb4 and 53... Rc1 wins.> Rd7 52. Rf2 Bf8 53. Kc3 <53. h4? Bh6! 54. Ne4 (54. Rf6 Rxd2 55. Rxh6 Rf2 wins) Ka1 wins.> Bg7+ 54. Kc4? <This should have lost on the next move. Nunn must keep c4 for the Knight. 54. Kb4 was the only move.> Rc7+? <Missing 54... Bh6! winning. See my comment on move 53 for the winning process.> 55. Kd3 Rd7+ 56. Ke4 Rd4+ 57. Kf5 Rd6 58. f8=Q? <A blunder losing the game.> Bxf8 59. Nc4 Kb3! <The winning move.> 60. Rxb2+ <60. Nxb2 Bg7, the Knight cannot escape.> Kxc4 61. Rb8 Rd5+ 62. Ke4 Bd6 63. Rc8+ Bc5 64. Rc7 Rh5 65. Kf3 Rxh2 66. Kg3 Rh6 67. Kg2 Kd5 68. Rc8 Bd6 69. Ra8 Ke4 70. Ra1 Rh2+ 71. Kg1 Rd2 72. Rb1 Bf4 73. Kh1 Kf3 74. Rf1+ Kg4 75. Re1 Kh3 76. Kg1 Bg3 77. Rf1 Rg2+ 78. Kh1 Bf2 0-1

Dec-28-06  Rubenus: Why is this the game of the day? I find it a boring game. And why do they call it 'In the right place at the wrong time'?
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  kevin86: Strange:black actually has an advantage in having the rook pawn-white holds the queening square,but by doing so,his king is cornered. Black then is able to engineer a win without even moving the pawn!
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  Sneaky: <Chess Lou Zer: Why on earth doesn't he ever promote the pawn?> I think you're suffering from upsidedownboarditis, a common condition where you temporarily believe that black can move a pawn from a7 to a8 ;-)
Dec-28-06  LPeristy: Holy endgame technique, Batman!
Dec-28-06  Chess Carnival: <I find it a boring game> Just skip the 40 first moves and jump right in the endgame. ;)
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  technical draw: <Sneaky> I fell for the same thing, I flipped the board and forgot and I thought the black pawn was about to be promoted!
Jul-02-07  actionhero56: 61.Rb8 seems like a blunder
Mar-25-13  Conrad93: Great. Magnus Carlsen beat an old and ill GM.

In his prime Nunn would have crushed Carlsen here...

Feb-15-15  superstoned: <'In the right place at the wrong time'> The White King gets to the saving square h1; only he failed to first trade the rooks off!
May-27-16  cormier:

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d 21

1. (-0.59): 20.Nf3 f6 21.Re1 fxe5 22.Nxe5 Nxe5 23.fxe5 Rf8 24.b3 a5 25.Bb2 Rfd8 26.Rf1 R8d7 27.Rae1 Bg5

2. (-0.83): 20.b3 Rhd8 21.Ne4 Nd4 22.Rb1 a5 23.Rb2 a4 24.bxa4 Kb6 25.Rd2 Rxd2 26.Bxd2 Ra8 27.Rb1

May-27-16  cormier: Houdini 4

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1. (-0.36): 19.f4 Be7 20.Nf3 Rhd8 21.Kf2 a5 22.Be3 a4 23.Ne1 R3d7 24.Nf3 Na5 25.Rac1 h6 26.g3 Rd3 27.Ne1 Rd1 28.Nf3 R1d7 29.Rg1 Kb6 30.Rgf1 b3 31.a3 Rd3 32.Rfe1 Nc6 33.Ke2 f6 34.h3 fxe5 35.Nxe5 Nxe5 36.fxe5 Rxe3+ 37.Kxe3 Bg5+ 38.Kf3 Bxc1

2. (-0.45): 19.Nf3 Be7 20.Be3 Rhd8 21.Ne1 R3d7 22.f4 Nd4 23.Bxd4 Rxd4 24.b3 a5 25.Rf2 a4 26.Rb1 Kb6 27.g3 Rd2 28.Nf3 R2d3 29.Kg2 Re3 30.Rbb2 h5 31.bxa4 Rc3 32.Ng5 Bxg5 33.fxg5 Rd7 34.Rf4 Ka5 35.Rbf2 Ra3 36.Kh3 g6

3. (-0.56): 19.Re1 Be7 20.Nf3 h6 21.Be3 g5 22.Rab1 Kb6 23.g4 Rhd8 24.Kg2 a5 25.Rh1 a4 26.h3 f5 27.exf6 Bxf6 28.Rhe1 e5 29.Re2 e4 30.Nd2 Re8 31.b3 axb3 32.Nxb3 Nd4 33.Bxd4 Bxd4 34.Nd2 Rc3 35.Nxe4 Rxc4 36.Rbe1 Kc6 37.f3 Rd8

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May-27-16  cormier:

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1. (-0.32): 20.Nf3 Rhd8 21.Kf2 a5 22.Be3 a4 23.Ne1 R3d7 24.Nf3 Na5 25.Rac1 h6 26.g3 Rd3 27.Ne1 Rd1 28.Nf3 R1d7 29.Rg1 Kc6 30.h3 Kb6 31.Rge1 Rd3 32.Re2 Rd1 33.Re1 R1d7

May-27-16  cormier:

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1. = (0.00): 29...Ra2+ 30.Rd2 Ra3 31.Rd3 Ra2+

2. = (0.00): 29...g5 30.Kf3 gxf4 31.Kxf4 h6 32.g4 Na5 33.Nd2 Bh4 34.Ke4 Bg5 35.Bxg5 hxg5 36.h3 Kc6 37.Ke3 Kb6 38.Ke4 Kc6

3. = (0.00): 29...f6 30.exf6 gxf6 31.g4 Ra2+ 32.Kg3 Re2 33.h4 f5 34.Ng5 Bxg5 35.hxg5 Rb2 36.Kf3 fxg4+ 37.Kxg4 Rb1 38.Kf3 Nd4+ 39.Bxd4 cxd4 40.Ke4 Kc5 41.Rh3 Re1+ 42.Kd3 Rc1 43.Kd2 Rc3 44.Rxh7 Rxb3 45.Rc7+ Kd6 46.Rb7 Kc5 47.Rc7+ Kd6

May-27-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini
1. = (0.00): 34.Rd5 Rxb3 35.Bxc5+ Ka6 36.Rd6 Kb7 37.Rd7+ Kc8 38.Rxh7 Bxg3+ 39.hxg3 Rc3 40.Rh6 Kb7 41.Rh7+ Kc8 42.Rh6

2. = (0.00): 34.Kg2 Bxg3 35.hxg3 Na5 36.Rd6+ Kc7 37.Rd5 Nxb3 38.Rxf5 Kc6 39.Rf6+ Kc7 40.Rf7+ Kb6 41.Rf6+ Kc7 42.Rf7+

3. = (0.00): 34.Ke2 Bxg3 35.hxg3 Nd4+ 36.Bxd4 cxd4 37.Rxd4 Rxb3 38.Rd5 Kc6 39.Rb5 Rxg3 40.Rxb4 Kc5 41.Rb5+ Kxc4 42.Rxf5 Kd4 43.Re5 h6 44.Re7 h5 45.f5 Rg2+ 46.Kf3 Rg1 47.Kf4 Rg4+ 48.Kf3 Rg1 49.Kf4

May-27-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini

1. = (0.00): 35.Bxc5+ Ka6 36.Rd6 Kb7 37.Rd7+ Kc8 38.Rxh7 Bxg3+ 39.hxg3 Rc3 40.Rh6 Kb7 41.Rh7+ Kc8 42.Rh6

2. = (0.00): 35.Rxc5 Rc3 36.Rxf5+ Ka6 37.Rc5 Na5 38.Ke2 Rc2+ 39.Kd3 Rc3+ 40.Ke2 Rc2+

May-27-16  cormier:

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1. = (-0.14): 38.Kd3 Rc3+ 39.Kd2 Na5 40.Ke2 Be7 41.Bd2 Rc2 42.Rh5 Nc6 43.Kd3 b3 44.Rh6 Kb5 45.Ne4 Nb4+ 46.Bxb4 Bxb4 47.Rxh7 Rc1 48.Rb7+ Ka5 49.f5 b2 50.Nd2 Rd1 51.Kc4 Rxd2 52.Rb5+ Ka4 53.Rxb4+ Ka3 54.Kc3 Rxh2 55.Rb5 Rh3+ 56.Kc2 Rf3 57.Ra5+ Kb4 58.Ra7 Rxf5 59.Rb7+ Kc4 60.Rc7+ Kd4 61.Rd7+ Ke4 62.Kxb2

2. (-0.28): 38.Rc5 Rxc5 39.Bxc5 Kb5 40.Bf8 Nd4+ 41.Kd3 Ne6 42.Bd6 Nc5+ 43.Bxc5 Kxc5 44.Kc2 Kc4 45.f5 Kd4 46.Kb3 Ke5 47.Nh5 Be7 48.f6 Bd6 49.Ng3 Bf8 50.f7 Ke6 51.Ne2 Kxf7 52.Nf4 Kf6 53.Nd3 Ke6 54.Nxb4 Bxb4 55.Kxb4 Kd5 56.Kc3 Ke4 57.Kc4 h6 58.Kc3

May-27-16  cormier:

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1. (-0.32): 41.Rc6+ Kb7 42.Rc1 b2 43.Rb1 Rb4 44.Ne4 Kc6 45.Kd3 h5 46.Ng3 Kb5 47.Kc2 Bf6 48.Nxh5 Rc4+ 49.Kb3 Bh8 50.f5 Rh4 51.Ng3 Kc5 52.Nf1 Rb4+ 53.Kc2 Rf4 54.Ne3 Rf2+ 55.Kd3 Rxh2 56.f6 Bxf6 57.Ng4 Rh3+ 58.Kc2 Bh8 59.Rxb2 Bxb2 60.Kxb2 Kd4 61.Nf6 Rf3 62.Ng4 Ke4 63.Kc2

2. (-0.43): 41.Rc1 Rb4 42.Rb1 b2 43.f5 Kb5 44.Ne4 Kc4 45.f6 Kb3 46.f7 Rb8 47.Rg1 Rf8 48.Nd2+ Kc2 49.Nc4 Bf6 50.Rg2+ Kb3 51.Nxb2 Bxb2 52.Rf2 Bg7 53.Ke4 Kc4 54.Rf5 Bh8 55.h4 Bd4 56.Rf1 Bg7 57.Rf5 h6 58.Kf3 Rb8 59.Ke4 Ra8 60.Rf1 Rf8 61.Rf5 Rb8 62.Rf2 Kc5 63.Rg2 Rb4+ 64.Kf5 Bf8 65.Rg4 Rb7

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