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Magnus Carlsen vs Viktorija Cmilyte
BNbank Blitz (2009) (blitz), Oslo NOR, rd 6, Nov-28
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Warsaw Variation (A88)  ·  1-0



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Apr-02-19  lost in space: A wood-pusher overlooks the ranks.
" --- Russian Saying

Not today. I found it. Surprisingly

28. Rxc5 Qxc5 29. Bxc6 and White win a rook. 1:0

Apr-02-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Per the engine Black would actually have had the advantage if he'd sacced the knight on Move 27. So the earliest the puzzle could have started is Move 28.
Apr-02-19  DonChalce: well, easy puzzle. thought it was Monday for a moment.
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  HeMateMe: Why would these two be playing?
Apr-02-19  jith1207: Viktori!! Ja! I Saw thy Lyte.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I see white winning, but not by a whole rook after 30.Rxc5 Qxc5 31.Bxc6 Rxe3, below.

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  agb2002: White has a bishop for a knight and a pawn.

Black threatens Nxa4 and cxd5.

The rook on d5 blocks Bxc6 and the d-pawn blocks Rxd7. Therefore, 30.Rxc5:

A) 30... Qxc5 31.Bxc6 wins decisive material. For example, 31... Rxe3 32.fxe3 Qxe3+ 33.Kh2 Qf2+ 34.Bg2 Re7 35.Rxd6 Re3 (35... Re2 36.Qc6 followed by an attack against the black king) 36.Rd7+ Kh6 37.Qf4+ Qxf4 38.gxf4 Ra3 39.Re2 + - [B vs p].

B) 30... dxc5 31.Rxd7+ (wins the knight but it's quicker than A due to the airy position of the black king)

B.1) 30... Kh6 31.Qf4+ g5 32.Qxg5#.

B.2) 30... Kh8 31.Qf4 followed by Qh6 wins.

B.3) 30... Kg8 31.Qc4+ Kh8 32.Qf7 and mate soon.

Apr-02-19  saturn2: I saw 30. Rxc5

30..Qxc5 31. Bxc6 and white does not only get back the exchange but will be a bishop up.

30..dxc5 31. Rxd7+

Apr-02-19  saturn2: Not sure I would see 28 Rd5 in a nonblitz game.
Apr-02-19  Lambda: Am I missing something, or can black go 31...Re4 32.Bxe4 fxe4 33.Qxe4 and only be a pawn down? Which is bad, but probably not resignable just yet.
Apr-02-19  tino72: Lambda - you are missing 33.Qxd7 - that pawn on c6 is no longer there.
Apr-02-19  malt: Seen 30.R:c5 Q:c5 31.B:c6
Apr-02-19  cocker: Black's best is 31 … Rxe3, as given by <Jimfromprovidence>
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  ferrabraz: 29...Qb7!
Apr-02-19  saturn2: <Jimfromprovidence> I think it is never a whole rook but always a bishop. Also in your line.
Apr-02-19  zb2cr: After 30. Rxc5, Qxc5; 31. Bxc6 wins back the sacrificed Rook, leaving White up by a piece.
Apr-02-19  Otoy: I solved the puzzle.
Apr-02-19  AlicesKnight: Saw it quickly. Looks like MC saw it ages ago .....
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  offramp: “Cmilyte Culture.”
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  dorsnikov: I did not get Monday's "Very Easy" but I did get today's "Easy" with no problem. Very curious?
Apr-02-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: <Jimfromprovidence>,

Black could also just have left White's rook uncaptured, another line in which he's down a piece but not a whole rook.

Apr-02-19  TheaN: Tuesday 2 April 2019


After <30.Rxc5> any recapture will allow <31.Bxc6 +-> with a twofold attack on a Rook, doesn't really matter which. Black could have attempted 31....Rxe3 with some tricky play but I guess she'd rather not go into a technically lost endgame against Carlsen and rightfully so.

On an entirely different sidenote: interesting how pretty much everyone addressing genders goes with double he. Pretty sure someone doesn't agree.

Apr-02-19  TheaN:

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31....Rxe3 32.fxe3 (else Rxg3+ or retreating Rd7) Qxe3+ 33.Kg2 Qe2+

Actually, perhaps this position was missed: there are opportunities for White to slip up around Black playing f4! for example after the retreat to h1: 34.Kh1? f4! 35.Bxd7?? (Rg1 ⩲) fxg3 #5!

Of course, White does win by playing relatively logical moves, as SF gives 34.Kh3 Qg4+ 35.Qxg4 hxg4+ 36.Kg2 Rd8 +- as best, but that's technically still lost.

Apr-02-19  Momentum Man: Enjoy this era of Magnus Carlsen, the greatest human chess player ever
Apr-02-19  schachfuchs: 31...Rxe3
1) +2.50 (29 ply) 32.fxe3 Rc7 33.Bf3 Qxe3+ 34.Kg2

2) +1.72 (28 ply) 32.Bxd7 Rxg3+ 33.Kf1

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