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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Magnus Carlsen
"Stop Dragon My Heart Around" (game of the day Mar-08-2009)
Linares (2009), Linares ESP, rd 9, Mar-01
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B78)  ·  0-1



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Mar-05-09  Garech: What's wrong with 52. ... Qxc2?
Mar-05-09  Mulyahnto: <What's wrong with 52. ... Qxc2?> I think you mean 52. ... Qxb3, and I think there is nothing wrong with it per-se. The move and the one played both *easily* win for black. However the move played ensures no repeated checks for white. I think Carlsen wanted to make 100% sure there was not going to be a perpetual.
Mar-05-09  Eyal: 52.Qxb3?? 53.Qh7+! is a stalemate/perpetual check trap.
Mar-08-09  Smothered Mate: Someone has probably asked this already, but why not 18. h4 19. h5 ?
Mar-08-09  Gilmoy: <Smothered Mate: 18.h4> e5 <19.h5> g4 and 20..f6 comically traps White's Q. Black can just ignore her, leave the Rf8 at home, and attack the Q-side.

Or 19.dxe6 fxe6, as in the game, and Black has Qe7 to snuff any attacks on h7.

Note how Carlsen's <17..Rb6> makes both lines possible, by defending d6 sideways.

Mar-08-09  blacksburg: oh, that's a good pun.
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  Once: The pun stumped me, so I reached for google ...

Here's the Wikipedia entry:

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around was the first single from Stevie Nicks' debut solo album Bella Donna. It was written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, and Petty sang with Nicks in the chorus and bridge, whilst his entire band played on the song.

A performance of the song on stage was used as the promotional video.

from the music videoThe song reached #3 on Billboard and in reaching #7 in Australia remains the only Top 10 hit which Petty has played on or written. It was not a success in Europe, however: reaching only #50 in the UK. The lyrics are about a woman who feels weighed down by relationships and wants to part despite a strong sentimental attachment to her lover. The melody is described by All Music as "dark and sinister", probably because of the dense drumming of Stan Lynch which is the most prominent feature of the song's rhythm. Apart from the intro before the first verse and a solo following the second verse (where there is some fairly heavy riffing), however, the guitar sound is laid-back in typical Heartbreakers style.

I suppose that this one passed me by because it only got to number 50 in the UK charts (in august 1981, if anyone is interested).

Mar-08-09  Jim Bartle: Petty also sings verses by himself. It's easily identifiable as a Petty song just from the intro.
Mar-08-09  SuperPatzer77: White has another try after 52...Qe5+! is 53. Ka2 instead of 53. Kb1 below:

Note that the White knight is pinned by the Black bishop when the White king moves to a2.

53. Ka2 Qb2+! (forces simplicity), 54. Qxb2 axb2, 55. Kxb2 (unpinning the White knight when the White king captures the Black b-pawn at b2) Bxb3

If White captures the Black Bishop at b3, the Black g-pawn goes queening. If White tries to stop the Black g-pawn, then White King has to move to c3 - 56. Kc3 (instead of 56. Kxb3) g4, 57. Kd3 Be6 - Black wins easily with king, bishop and g-pawn vs lone king.

Lenier Dominguez-Perez has to move his White king to b1 instead of a2 because of the pinning of the White knight by the Black bishop.


Mar-08-09  WhiteRook48: Carlsen the Dragon
Premium Chessgames Member The credit (or blame) for today's pun goes to User: tpstar. Well done.
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  tamar: [Event "Linares"]
[Site "0:19:33-0:44:33"]
[Date "2009.03.01"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "9"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Leinier Dominguez-Perez"]
[Black "Magnus Carlsen"]
[ECO "B78"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "108"]

Annotations by Tom Petty

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 Baby you'll come knocking on my front door

6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.Bc4 Same old line you used to use before

9...Bd7 I said ya...well

10.O-O-O Rb8 what am I supposed to do?

11.Bb3 Na5 12.Bh6 Bxh6
13.Qxh6 So you've had a little trouble in town

b5 14.g4 Nxb3+ 15.Nxb3 b4 16.Nd5 Now you're keeping some demon down

16...Nxd5 17.exd5 Rb6
18.Rhe1 e5 19.dxe6 fxe6

20.Re3 Rf7 Stop draggin' my...

21.Nd2 d5 Stop draggin' my...

22.Nb3 Qc7 23.Kb1
Rb8 24.Rde1 Rc8 25.R1e2 Qb6 Stop draggin' my heart around

26.h4 It's hard to think about
what you've wanted 26...d4

27.Re5 It's hard to think about what you've lost

27...d3 This doesn't have to be the big get even

28.cxd3 Rxf3 This doesn't have to be anything at all

29.d4 Bb5 Stop draggin' my...

30.R2e3 Bd3+ Stop draggin' my...

31.Ka1 Qxd4
Stop draggin' my heart around

32.Rxe6 Rf1+ 33.Re1 Qxg4
34.Rxf1 Qxe6 35.Nc5 Qe2 36.Rc1 Bf5 37.Qf4 a5 38.h5 Qe7 39.Qc4+ Be6 Baby you could never look me in the eye

40.Qc2 Qg5 41.hxg6 hxg6 42.a3 bxa3
43.Qc3 axb2 44.Kxb2 Qd5 45.Rc2 a4 46.Ka1 a3 Yeah you buckle with the weight of the words

47.Qe3 Bf7 48.Qc3 g5 49.Qe3 Re8 50.Qc3
Stop draggin' my...

51.Nb3 Rxc2 52.Qxc2 Qe5+ Stop draggin' my...

53.Kb1 Kg7 54.Qd2 Bxb3 Stop draggin' my heart around 0-1

Mar-08-09  outplayer: Leinier blundered with 29.d4. 29.Qd2 is the correct move leading to equality. 39.Qc4 is another blunder even though black is still superior after 39.hg6 hg6 40.Qc4 Qf7 41.Qd4
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  kevin86: Not a bad game. The Dragon can be reather hot!
Mar-11-09  SuperPatzer77: What happens if 54. Qc1 instead of 54. Qd2 is below:

a) 54. Qc1 (worth a try) Bxb3, 55. Qxa3 Qe1+, 56. Qc1 Qxc1+, 57. Kxc1 g4, 58. Kd2 g3, 59. Ke2 g2, 60. Kf2 Bd5 (Black is winning easily with king, bishop and g-pawn vs lone king).

b) 54. Qc1 Bxb3! , 55. Qxa3 Qe1+, 56. Kb2 Qd2+ see below:

57. Kb1 Qc2+, 58. Ka1 Qa2+! (forcing the queen trade and the unstoppable Black g-pawn goes queening).


57. Kxb3 Qd3+ 58. Kb2 Qxa3+ (after the queen trade, the unstoppable Black g-pawn goes queening).

Carlsen's brilliant move is 48...g5!!


Mar-27-09  notyetagm:

Update February 2009
with GM Chris Ward

Dominguez Perez-Carlsen: This game sees the Chinese variation doing the business again. The Cuban GM is no mug but the more I look at this game the more impressed I am with the young superstar.

<<<Another awesome performance and superb demonstration of how to handle the Black side of the Dragon.>>>>

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  kamalakanta: Eyal: <The silicon point is <[31..Rf2!!] 32.Re1 Rxb2! 33.Kxb2 Rc2+ 34.Ka1 Qc6! (The only move that doesn't lose for Black, winning immediately thanks to the dual threats of ..Qc3+ and ..Rxa2+)>

...As well as the potential threat of ...Qg2, needed - as I mentioned in my previous post - in case of 35.Nc5, which defends against both of the above-mentioned threats but also blocks the rook's route to a5, thus making the attack on a2 lethal. A nice piece of geometry - with ...Qc6 Black wins by moving the queen in different lines to c3, a4 (after Rxa2+ Kxa2), and g2.>

What about 35.Rc5? (Instead of 35.Nc5)

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  kamalakanta: Ooops!

<Eyal:(35.Rc5 Rxa2+! 36.Kxa2 Qa4+ 37.Kb2 Qa3#)>

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  HAPERSAUD: ok this is weird! the diagram im watching shows that carlsen can win 52. qxb3!! with the black queen on d5 and bishop on f7 , white queen on c2 and knight on b3! am i mistaken? did carlsen jsut wanted to make fancy moves or just missed it?
Aug-04-09  mrriddler: <HAPERSAUD> Pretty sure this was covered already. 52. Qxb3 results in draw by perpetual because of 53. Qh7+ (53... Kxh7 is immediate stalemate)
Aug-08-09  SuperPatzer77: <Hapersaud> 52...Qd5xb3 is a blunder move because of stalement.

Take a look at the supposed diagram below:

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<Hapersaud> See that White has no legal moves and no pawns remaining on the board. So, you gotta be careful because White has no pawns remaining.

After 52...Qd5xb3??? (Blunder), see below:

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The White's answer is 53. Qh7+! Kf8, 54. Qg8+ Ke7, 55. Qe8+ and so on - perpetual check or stalement. Black isn't able to avoid stalement threats or perpetual checks. That's why Magnus Carlsen made a correct move - 52...Qd5-e5+! (Winning move).

52...Qd5-e5+!, 53. Kb1 (only move) Kg7! (threatening to pin the White Queen with 54...Bg6). Dominguez's getting stuck with the pinning threats and simplification. That's why Dominguez (White) resigns after 54. Qd2 Bxb3!.

See the diagram below (52...Qd5-e5+! (only move for a win)).

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Aug-20-09  SuperPatzer77: After 53...Kg7! (threatening to pin the White Queen with 54...Bg6) - White's one of the tries is 54. Ka2 (instead of Dominguez's move of 54. Qd2) below:

54. Ka2 Bxb3+!, 55. Qxb3 (forced) Qb2+! (forcing simplification), 56. Qxb2+ axb2, 57. Kxb2 g4 (the Black g-pawn goes queening so, White cannot stop the Black g-pawn) 0-1


Oct-07-12  Tigranny: This should be Carlsen's immortal, especially by winning with the Dragon.
Jan-14-14  Ed Frank: Games like these remind me that I suck at chess.
Jul-22-15  Conrad93: White should played 14. h4. Perez must not have done his homework.

Still a nice game from Carlsen.

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