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Magnus Carlsen vs Wesley So
Sinquefield Cup (2019), St Louis, MO USA, rd 10, Aug-27
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0



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  beenthere240: Carlsen didn’t exactly blow So away in the opening. I don’t see a gift like this coming In the next game.
Aug-27-19  wordfunph: regular customer of Magnus..
Aug-27-19  csmath: Poor game by Wesley So.

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23. ...Nc6?! seems aimless and the idea of exchanging the rooks was erroneous.

[23. Nc8 with Nd6 attack on doubled pawn followed with f5 and active game seems better.]

White plan materializes faster now, he starts preparing attack on b6.

26. ...Rxd1?
Another bad decision just facilitates attack on b6 [26. Ne7-Nc8 defence of backward pawn is stronger option than tying up the remaining rook with that task under the pin which was played in the game]

29. ...Ne8 [Nd7 is a difficult choice and it is hardly any better]

31. ...Ne7?

is positional blunder though it is not easy to give advice to black.

32. Nd5!

and white is now in a winning positional game:

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because black has rook under pin and 32. ...Nc8?? is not possible (33.Bxc5). 32. ...Re8 is also lost because after the capture of b6 the other queenside black pawns are also up for grabs. Black is forced to exchange the knights creating white passer on d5.

In the followup black attempted to create active game on kingside but he only succeeded in helping white get connected passers and lose the game quickly.

Positional weak game by black completely misjudging the position and plans of the opponent.

Aug-27-19  csmath: The decision of black to try to exchange rooks that started with move 23rd of black was positional error of such magnitude that led quickly first to a difficult game then compounded with another error to a lost game.

"PLAYING FOR A DRAW" is not working very well against Magnus Carlsen.

Aug-27-19  estrick: In the post game interview, Carlsen said he was ashamed of the way he played at the end.

39. Kd2! instead of 39. Ke2?

Wesley So blundered back with 42. … Kf6?

Carlsen thought that 42. ... Kf8 would have held the draw for So.

Aug-27-19  csmath: Nope, Carlsen is wrong. Yes, Kd2 was more precise and 42. Re7?! was not good either but there is nothing in that game that could save black.

Interesting to know that, I missed that and I will watch now.

Aug-27-19  csmath: 42. ...Kf8

43. Ke6

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43. ...Rb4 is the best but
it is still won for white. It is challenging to find 44. Kf3! though fairly straightforward.

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and connected passers WILL prevail regardless.

Aug-27-19  csmath: More.

Following above:

44. Kf3 c4
45. Rxg6 a4
46. Ke3 a3
47. Ra6 Rb3+
48. Kd4 c3
49. Kd3

and black is completely lost and helpless as his pawns are not going anywhere. Stockfish evaluations are well above +4 and the deeper you go the higher they get.

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Aug-27-19  csmath: Magnus conference is revealing.

In this position:

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he said he would have played

43. Re6

and if black played

43. ...Kf7

that he would have played

44. Ke3
[44. Kf3 is stronger]

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This is still a winning position.

The best for black is

44. ...g5
45. Rxh6

and once again connected passers win regardless. He might have not been sure but I think he would have won this as well.

Aug-28-19  torrefan: Best game of the tournament
Aug-28-19  Ulhumbrus: After 25 Be3 White threatens 26 Rxd8 Rxd8 27 Rb1 when after ...Rb8 Black's b pawn is pinned.

Black would like to be able to defend the b pawn from the side but on 25...Rxd1 26 Rxd1 White's rook attacks three ranks , the 6th, 7th and 8 th ranks and Black can't cover all of them. After 26...Re6 27 Rd7 takes the 7th rank.

Black can avoid conceding the d file to White but then in order to defend the b6 pawn from the side as well Black needs to get his N on c6 out of the way.

This suggests 25...Ne7.

Then if White exchanges rooks - and this concedes the d file to Black - on 26 Rxd8 Rxd8 27 Rb1 Rd6 becomes possible, avoiding getting the b6 pawn pinned.

If after 25...Ne7 White plays 26 Rb1, 26...Rd6 once more covers the b6 pawn from the side.

Aug-28-19  Nina Myers: So two in a row.
Aug-28-19  epistle: Let's hope for the best. As the poet says, pawns are made by fools like me, but only God can make a three.


Aug-28-19  wordfunph: make it 3 straight para tuluyan na mabuang mga falakfak boyz.

go Levon!

Aug-28-19  csmath: <Best game of the tournament>


Aug-28-19  Count Wedgemore: This game is the best of the tournament:

Ding Liren vs A Giri, 2019

Aug-28-19  estrick: .

Carlsen also offered a 'fantasy variation' that would have resulted in "a terrible zugzwang" that Seirawan said would have landed Carlsen in "the torture museum."

If Wesley So had not lashed out in desperation with 34. ...f5,

Magnus was hoping for something like:

34. ...f6
35. c4 g5
36. Be1 Kf7
37. Bd2 f5
38. g4 f4
39. Bc3 Kf6
40. Rb2


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  saffuna: <count> < This game is the best of the tournament:> Ding Liren vs A Giri, 2019

Not that I could understand it without somebody analyzing it for me, but I agree.

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