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Magnus Carlsen vs Vladislav Kovalev
Tata Steel Masters (2020), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Neo-Orthodox Variation (D55)  ·  1-0



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Jan-22-20  cormier: 17... Bf6 18. e4 Bc3 is giving away the two Bs advantage ...
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  ajk68: 19...Qxa3? according to computer analysis.

I guess black needed to get some pieces off the board and play some defense instead of taking a solo excursion into white's territory for the pawn. These calculations are beyond me - and it seems Kovalev too.

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  ajk68: 15...f5 was a positional mistake. It created a weak pawn (backward) on e6 and blocks the light-square diagonal for his own bishop. g6 would have blocked the mate threat without creating structural defects and weakening the position around the king.
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  HeMateMe: Pretty nice tactics.
Jan-22-20  MordimerChess: First of all, Bf4 was disadvantage for Magnus but forced Kovalev to be out of his theory and that was potential chance for world champion to outplay him - and that's actually what happened.

And then later of course black needed to develop Bc8 and Ra8, as we see taking Qxa3 followed by Qa5, Qc7 is waaaaaay to slow. That's three moves!

Obviously f5 was also crazy, silent g6 with bishop on longest diagonal could be more solid, but still difficult to do as white developed all pieces and were pretty active.

Later Magnus Carlsen decided to do procaic win, instead of destroying the opponent in style - too lazy to calculate the lines? :D

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  HeMateMe: When you pin--you win! KISS, Magnus chess philosophy, still working for him.
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  al wazir: 24. Ng6 looks pretty strong. Black must lose the exchange.

A) 24...Rf7 25. Ba2 Kg7 26. Bxf7 Kxf7 27. Nh8+ Kg7 28. Re8 Qd7 29. Rde1.

B) 24...Rf6 25. Re8+ Kf7 26. Qb3+ Kxe8 27. Qg8+ Rf8 28. Qxf8#.

C) 24...Rd8 25. Rxd8+ Qxd8 (25...Nxd8 26. Ba2+ Nf7 27. Re7) 26. Qb3+ Kg7 27. Ba2 Be6 28. Qxe6 Qg8 29. Qxg8+ Rxg8 30. Bxg8.

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