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Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2009) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 9, Mar-24
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0



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Mar-24-09  brucejavier: 1sttt
Mar-24-09  volvak: Magnus really exploited black's isolated pawns so well.
Mar-24-09  Jim Bartle: I swear it happens over and over. Carlsen looks like he's got nothing, then all of a sudden he's won.
Mar-24-09  Woody Wood Pusher: This is a great game from Carlsen!

Looks like Karjakin forgot his tennis racket this time!


Mar-24-09  Hesam7: <Carlsen won the rapid game: ‘I played a quiet but poisonous line and when he didn’t play accurately, he ended up in an endgame in which he could practically not move.’ He was satisfied about 27.Ra5, which was clearly more precise than 27.Rxe5+ as that would free the e5 square for the black knight. But he was definitely not happy about 38.Bxf7, where he found he should have played 38.Nd8. Had Karjakin played 38...Rxf7, White’s task would have been complicated, but the Ukrainian replied with a mistake on his part, 38...Kxf7. Now it was plain sailing for Carlsen and without any further hiccups he converted his advantage.> official site commentary
Mar-24-09  Atking: <brucejavier: 1sttt> what do you mean? Is it about you? Or about Carlsen? :( Yes an incredible performance. Especially in rapid.
Mar-24-09  positionalgenius: what a game!
Mar-24-09  Poisonpawns: I don t see anything special, Karjakins play from moves 26-32 was quite suspect.
Mar-24-09  Augalv: <brucejavier: 1sttt>


Mar-24-09  Augalv: There's commentary on this game at:
Mar-24-09  Hesam7: In "Revolution in the 70s" Kasparov discusses this line and mentions the game: Piket vs Kramnik, 1997, where White played 13.Nd2 in the annotations Kasparov gives 13.Bb3 Bg4! I guess that needs a revision as it seems that the endgame even if objectively drawn is hard to defend.

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