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Magnus Carlsen vs Arkadij Naiditsch
World Cup (2007) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-29
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E36)  ·  1-0



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Nov-29-07  aragorn69: Very clean win by Magnus. I could have bet White was Karpov!
Nov-29-07  aragorn69: From Henrik C.'s blog:
<The 1st rapid game today was another Nimzo-indian but Magnus chose 8.b4 instead of Nf3. After exchanging queens Magnus thought he was slightly better and when he found 19.g3 sacking the a-pawn for initiative and attack against black weaknesses he was quite optimistic. Naiditsch probably played some inaccurate moves and Magnus was soon up a pawn instead and had with a strong initiative. He efficiently converted the rook endgame into victory! > And, of course, the win is 49.-Kc6 50.f6 gxf6 51.g6!
Jun-13-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 49 ... ?

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<aragorn69: ... And, of course, the win is 49.-Kc6 50.f6 gxf6 51.g6!>

Position after 51 g5-g6!

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With 51 g5-g6 White makes an <OUTSIDE PASSED PAWN> that the Black c6-king cannot stop from promoting because it cannot get in the <SQUARE OF THE PAWN>.

The White g6-passer is them much faster than the -two- passers that Black has, winning easily.

Aug-06-09  WhiteRook48: the pawn breakthrough
Sep-06-22  tonsillolith: The foregoing endgame contains two examples of forgoing enticing moves to capitalize on the most important asset. Not surprisingly, it's a passed pawn in each case.

<39. Rxc5> looks really enticing, capturing Black's only passed pawn, while protecting White's two most valuable pawns. But instead <39. Rb1> puts all the focus on driving the b-pawn home. The goal isn't to promote the pawn, since Black can stop it, but to tie Black down in doing so.

This example reminds me of the <big> vs <urgent> moves in Go. <Rxc5> is a big move, but <Rb1> is urgent. Once Black is tied down, White can go about recollecting material as well as preparing the kingside for the final blow.

<48. g5> is the final blow, again pressing the passed pawn tout de suite, instead of <Kxc5> taking the pawn and advancing the king

If one could take one lesson away from this game, it would be <It is never the right time to capture the <c5> pawn>.

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