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Magnus Carlsen vs Teimour Radjabov
King's Tournament (2010), Medias ROU, rd 7, Jun-21
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Jun-21-10  Marmot PFL: Black seems Ok until he gives up the bishop pair (Bxf3). That knight wasn't any threat.
Jun-21-10  ounos: Wow, amazing complications before move 20 (these guys are serious!). The endgame seemed all too easy for Carlsen.
Jun-21-10  wordfunph: Magnus strikes again! who's next? ahhh...maybe Boris can stop Magnus rampage..
Jun-21-10  drnooo: the sixteenth move of black seems wrong: perhaps g 4 maintains the tension and keeps the bishop pair
Jun-21-10  Whitehat1963: There was a time I thought these two would be slugging it out for the world title in their 20s. But already I think Carlsen has become too strong for Radjabov. And their head-to-head record supports that claim:

Jun-21-10  Calli: 32...Rc5? is a blunder. 32...Kg6 is good since 33.Rg3+ Kf5 White would likely play 33.Rf3 and probably win a pawn, but Black's king is in a much better position than the game.
Jun-21-10  mortigi tempo: Anyone else think 27... e5 offered good drawing chances for black? I analyzed a few lines to the best of my abilities. To me it looks drawish.
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  HeMateMe: It seemed that with 12... Q-h5 Radjabov was already content to swap queens and take a draw.

Has Fischer fear been replaced by Carlsen Fear? Radjie would just take the draw, and forget about trying to win?

Beautiful Rook + Pawns technique.

Jun-22-10  Pjalle: I guess it's safe to say that there is a 'Carlsen fear' but when you watch a game like this it's easy to understand why.
Jun-22-10  JonathanJ: i think 39. ...kg8 loses the game. according to rybka on chessbomb (i didn't want to ask my old fritz 6) after Rg5+ there would be a Rpp vs Rp endgame which would be perhaps drawable for radjabov.
Jun-22-10  xanadu: think the Rooks of Carlsen were much coordinated than those of Radjabov since the middle game. For instance, Radjabov moved the King´s Rook to c8 allowing Carlsen all the tactic diversion which ended in control of the centre (with his Rook at the center). Instead, the Rooks of Radjabov were at the sides, with difficulties for defending.
Jun-22-10  amaurobius: Just trying to work out how white wins from the final position.

After 64 ... Rg1+ 65 Kf5 Kd7 black captures the c pawn. I would guess that white then instals his rook on the e file to cut black's king off, advances his pawn by degrees to f7, and then does a Lucena to promote. Is that right, anyone?

Jun-22-10 <the sixteenth move of black seems wrong: perhaps g 4 maintains the tension and keeps the bishop pair>

...16.g4 17.Nh2 loses a pawn

Jun-22-10  Catfriend: <...16.g4 17.Nh2 loses a pawn> Technically, no, it doesn't.

17.Nh2 Qg6 18.hxg4 Bxb2 19.Qb5 Be5 20.Qxb7 Bxh2+ 21.Kxh2 Qxg4 with material equality.

But I do agree it's better for White.

Jun-22-10  cuppajoe: Credit to Radjabov: it takes a brave man to play a Sicilian kingside fianchetto system against Carlsen.
Jun-22-10  Catfriend: I think he'd deserve credit for pulling it off. He didn't. It's not bravery - it's a mistake :)
Jun-22-10  cuppajoe: Bold moves can be mistakes, hindsight having vision at least as good as the mean, and all that.


Jun-23-10  tarek1: In the end <63.c7> looks a bit odd, it loses the c pawn but after <63...Kd7 64.Rd8+ Kxc7 65.Rd3> the rook ending is won for white because the black king is cut off.
Jun-25-10  piteira8: I really like Carlsen's play, but very few dare to test Radja' King's Indian defense. Until Carlsen shows that he can conquer Radja's King's Indian I give Radja a chance.
Jun-26-10  Shams: <piteira8> Until Radja shows he can reliably hold against 1.e4 why should Magnus play into his KID? I'm disappointed by this game, though-- wanted to see Carlsen bust the Schliemann.
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  ajk68: The rook moves starting with move 36 are intriguing. At first, I thought it was just trying to get to a time control. But they are actually forcing moves to get behind the e-pawn and cause black to abandon its defense (in order to avoid mate).
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  ajk68: The rook maneuvers in the endgame are also a study.
Jul-03-10  cade: <<amaurobius:> Just trying to work out how white wins from the final position.>

When the black king takes the c-pawn then the white rook cuts off the black king from the f-pawn queening square and black is forced to sack his rook for the f-pawn.

Aug-14-10  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 11..Rfc8 is 11...a6 preparing ..Qc7 and ..Rac8 instead of ..Rfc8 with a more sedate version of the Dragon, now that White has castled on the King side.
Dec-26-10  Eyal: As <Calli> noted, 32...Rc5 was a mistake - 32...Kg6 would have been better, because it allows the black king to remain active after 33.Rg3+ Kf5, whereas in the game White pushes the black king to the back rank (going to the h-file results in mate: 33...Kh6?? 34.Rd8! Kh7 35.Rd4!), and with the white rooks roaming the 7th rank and constantly creating mate threats, Black’s defensive task becomes very arduous.

Later, Radjabov could still improve with 39...Rg5+ 40.Kf1 Kg8 and now after 41.Rhe7 (41.Rxa7 Rxa7 42.Rxa7 Rc5 43.Ra3 Kf7 should probably be drawn), 41...Rf5 with counterplay against f2 can be played without mate; same goes for 43...Rg6 (Carlsen said after the game he thought that was Black’s last chance) 44.Re8+ Rg8 45.Rxe6 Rf8. 46...Rg7 allows White to liquidate immediately into a theoretically won position, but it looks like an attempt to defend the a-pawn with 46…Ra2 should also lose after 47.c5.

Overall, great endgame play by Carlsen in the way he keeps posing problems for Radjabov starting with 31.e5, in a position which should have been drawn with best play by Black.

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