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Magnus Carlsen vs Anish Giri
World Blitz Championship (2018) (blitz), St Petersburg RUS, rd 13, Dec-30
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Botvinnik Line (A28)  ·  1-0



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  MissScarlett: This was an absolute tonking. Recalls a quote attributed to Nimzowitsch after Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1931 - <He deals with us like inexperienced fledglings.>
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  Sally Simpson: ***

This was the first game of the second day of Blitz. According to Mr. Barden in The Guardian (4th Jan 2019) Giri lost on time. After the win Carlsen told Norwegian T.V.:

"There are many who have fantasies as to what is the best way to start the day. This is mine.”

Mr Barden also points out the missed Queen Fork here:

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22.Bxa7 Rxa7 23.Qd4.


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  saffuna: 25. Rb8+ finishes it off quickly.
Jan-11-19  DansChessLounge: Check out the video of this game here --->
Feb-24-19  thegoodanarchist: < saffuna: 25. Rb8+ finishes it off quickly.>

You of course meant 25...Rb8+, but yes, that is my candidate move as well.

26.Kxb8??? Qa8#
26.Kd7 Rd1 wins the queen
26.Kd7 and White can also analyze 26...Qa4+ to see if this zwischenzug is better than 26...Rd1

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