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Magnus Carlsen vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Airthings Masters (2022), Chess24, rd 17, Feb-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D40)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-25-22
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  Gypsy: Reading the names, I have a sense of deja vu.
Feb-25-22  offramp: Nepo has the IQP so he may be trying to win...


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Feb-25-22
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  whiteshark: Playing the IQP-structure again. Let's see how the WC plans to combat this.
Feb-25-22
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  whiteshark: The black king position looks loosened. At the moment there seems to be no danger - let's see how it develops.
Feb-25-22
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  Check It Out: Carlsen gets rid of the IQP, but gives Nepo a pair of aggressive bishops.
Feb-25-22  offramp: It's really good that strong players like to have the IQP. Some medium strength players avoid the IQPs.
Feb-25-22  offramp: Both sides are winning.


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Feb-25-22
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  Check It Out: Magnus may have to exchange sac for that strong bishop. His knight is precarious after f5.
Feb-25-22
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  Check It Out: Those black e and f pawns are menacing.
Feb-25-22
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  perfidious: <offramp: Both sides are winning.>

Could well be.

Feb-25-22
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  Check It Out: Two pawns for a knight, but with better piece activity. Both sides *are* winning!
Feb-25-22
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  perfidious: Carlsen steering towards the drawing haven: a7 is liquidated and Black's airy king position leaves few, if any winning chances.
Feb-25-22  offramp: The games they have, so far, played in the final are bloody good.
Feb-25-22
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  whiteshark: Only gone away briefly - and draw again.
Have I missed anything?
Feb-25-22  offramp:


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If the black pawn disappears then the game will be a draw.

Two candidates for WC could handle a ♖ ♘ v ♖ ending.

Feb-25-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Nepo should have gone for this at the end:

51...Nxa7 52. Rxa7 Rf2 53. g3 Rh2#

Feb-26-22
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  fredthebear: In the final position, Stockfish on fumes says:

1) =0.00 (29 ply) 51...Nxa7 52.Rxa7 Rf2 53.Ra6+ Kg7 54.Kh3 Rb2 55.Ra4 Kf7 56.Rd4 Rb3+ 57.Kh4 Rb2 58.Kg3 Kg7 59.Ra4 Kg6 60.Ra6+ Kg7

2) +78.55 (29 ply) 51...Rf8 52.Rxc6+ Kf7 53.Kh5 Rh8 54.Rxh6 Rc8 55.g5 Kg7 56.Rg6+ Kf7 57.Rb6 Rh8+ 58.Rh6 Re8 59.Rh7+ Ke6 60.g6 Kf5 61.Kh6 Kf4 62.Rc7 Rh8+ 63.Kg7 Rd8 64.Kh7 Kf5 65.g7 Rd4 66.g8=Q Rh4+ 67.Kg7 Rg4+ 68.Kf7 Re4 69.Qg6+ Kf4 70.a8=Q

3) mated-in-10 (28 ply) 51...h5 52.a8=Q hxg4 53.Qg8+ Kf5 54.Qg5+ Ke4 55.Qxf6 Ne5 56.Re7 Kd3 57.Qxe5 g3 58.Rc7 Kd2 59.Qd4+ Ke1 60.Rc2 Kf1 61.Qa1#

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