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Etienne Bacrot vs Magnus Carlsen
Dortmund Sparkassen (2009), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-05
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-05-09  Ulhumbrus: The Fritz variation which <virginmind> has given suggests that in some positions if White plays with a R and isolated h and f pawns against the Queen, he may be unable to set up a satisfactory defence.
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  tamar: Good call by <mike1> way back about move 30. He nailed the drawing mechanism
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  Peligroso Patzer: Draw official.

Time to start second-guessing 24. ... Rc7.

Jul-05-09  malthrope: Hehehe.... 46. Rf4 - fortress achieved - draw! ;)
Jul-05-09  virginmind: 12-11 for federrer in 5th...
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  ketchuplover: what about pushing the h pawn?
Jul-05-09  Knight13: <ketchuplover: what about pushing the h pawn?> The black king can stop it easily.

If not, the Black queen'll help. No way White can progress.

Jul-05-09  karnak64: Good game - worth hanging around for. Thanks,, for the broadcast.
Jul-05-09  virginmind: 14-13 in final set for federrer: the longest ever game in wimbledon single men history.
Jul-05-09  Dionyseus: Both Federer and Roddick played an incredible game but Roger showed why he's the best ever. Yay Roger!
Jul-05-09  whiteshark: Bacrot got out of a tight spot.
Jul-05-09  Knight13: Carlsen just won't give up until the very end...
Jul-05-09  skrull: Why not 24.Bh3?
Jul-05-09  Knight13: <skrull: Why not 24.Bh3?> 24...d4.
Jul-05-09  skrull: Then 25.Bxd4
Jul-05-09  skrull: Other 25.Bxd7+ and it wins the queen back
Jul-05-09  acirce: <After spending a huge amount of time reinventing the wheel Bacrot used it to run over his foot.> -- Mig Greengard
Jul-05-09  Knight13: <skrull> Then I guess White needed Bd4 to put some protection on the c3-square in fear of ...c3. But I still don't see why White didn't play Bh3.
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  fm avari viraf: A very thrilling & exciting encounter between these two record holders!
Jul-05-09  SimonWebbsTiger: Bacrot might have made a mistake going into this as Carlsen was well prepared, but it was a slugfest for sure!

24. Bh3 is refuted by some published analysis by Ivanchuk (he introduced Qg7 versus Shirov in 1996).

The interesting story here is that New In Chess Yearbooks 90 and 91 have had surveys on 16...Qa6 and 16...Qb5, by Richard Palliser. The ...Qb5 line mentions some perhaps more dangerous tries for white than Ivanchuk's Qg7 line. What might Carlsen have had up his sleave?

Jul-06-09  chessic eric: <> there is a typo (Bacot) in the gamesheet...
Jul-13-09  chessic eric: <was>
Jul-23-14  fref: Is 34...c2 winning for Black? I can't see the refutation of it.
Jul-23-14  fref: Oh I see now, it's a fortress
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