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Magnus Carlsen vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Gashimov Memorial (2019), Shamkir AZE, rd 5, Apr-04
Tarrasch Defense: General (D32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Count Wedgemore: <CHC: If black believes in his attack he'll play Rh8>

He can play ...Bg4 first if he so wants.

Apr-04-19  ChessHigherCat: <CW> Well he didn't so wanted despite your generous authorisation
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  Count Wedgemore: He did play 23...Rh8, what <CHC> suggested. But I do think he might have played 23...Bg4 first. Anyway, I don't believe much in Black's attack.
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  Mateo: 23...Rh8 was the most ambitious move, but it is a bit risky. 24.Ra4 could be a key move now.
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  Count Wedgemore: <CHC> You see how fun we can have watching chess together, as long as we don't mention Trump, Putin or Russia :)

It's like that scene from Fawlty Towers: "Don't mention the war"..

Apr-04-19  ChessHigherCat: Black has a good attack with Mamed the Mammoth behind it but he can't afford to trade everything down with Ne4
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  Count Wedgemore: I guess the natural follow-up for Black is to play ...hxg3. I don't think he would have played 23...Rh8 if that wasn't his plan.
Apr-04-19  ChessHigherCat: Glad my connection was interrupted b4 my last message was posted because it wasn't very nice...
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  Messiah: <ChessHigherCat> did you try to be as rude as Justin?
Apr-04-19  Atking: I still do not see where is the "attack" on King side?
Apr-04-19  BOSTER: With hxg3 black open h file.
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  Count Wedgemore: <Atking: I still do not see where is the "attack" on King side?>

Nothing wrong with your eyes. There is none! Now after 25...Ne4, White can exchange both sets of minor pieces, and after that he has absolutely nothing to worry about.

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  Mateo: 26.Nxe4 was a cautious move. 26.Qxb4 Nxg3!? should be what Carlsen was fearing.
Apr-04-19  ChessHigherCat: <Messiah: <ChessHigherCat> did you try to be as rude as Justin?>

For someone as consistently obnoxious as you are your "Emily Post" act is pretty pathetic

Apr-04-19  ChessHigherCat: I said he had to avoid trading down the minor pieces to maintain the attack.
Apr-04-19  Atking: I took time to me to see what White should play on 25...Qe6 26.Qb1 Qg4 27.Re5 Qf3 28.Qxe4 Rh1... Time to sleep 26.d5! as 26...Qh3 27.Qa1 this check disconnects the link R and Q and on 27...f6 28.Ra7
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  chancho: Shakilligan's Pawn Islands.
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  Count Wedgemore: The Pawn Islands of Dr. Moreaudyarov.
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  Mateo: What do you think about 33.Qxh5?
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  chancho: They agreed to a draw.
Apr-04-19  BOSTER: My opinion this is wrong because Qxb3.
Apr-04-19  Pedro Fernandez: Black b-pawn is too much dangerous. Carlsen's best is a draw.
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  Count Wedgemore: As noted by others here, Qxh5 was too dangerous because of ...Qxb3. After 33.Qxh5 Qxb3, White has nothing better than to force a perpetual (Qg5+, Qd8+ etc.).
Apr-04-19  Pedro Fernandez: <<Mateo>: What do you think about 33.Qxh5?> Perpetual.
Apr-04-19  Ulhumbrus: <Atking: I took time to me to see what White should play on 25...Qe6 26.Qb1 Qg4 27.Re5 Qf3 28.Qxe4 Rh1... Time to sleep 26.d5! as 26...Qh3 27.Qa1 this check disconnects the link R and Q and on 27...f6 28.Ra7> I assume that you mean not 25...Qe6 etc but 28...Qe6 etc. Thus if Black's queen prepares to occupy the h file the answer is for White's queen to prepare to occupy the long diagonal. An instructive variation.
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