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  1. 29 Mar '13 16:05 / 2 edits
    Ending from the 2013 Candates.


    White (Carlsen) has just played 6.Bb5-f1.
    The Bishop does not move again during the game and is infact offered up
    as a sacrifice so Magnus can nick a b7 pawn (the dreaded QNP!) and win
    with his passed pawns.

  2. 29 Mar '13 16:32
    Carlsen doesn't like his light-squared bishop, he prefer to trade it for a knight. He should begin to play the exchange variation of the ruy lopez.
  3. 30 Mar '13 17:41 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34



    hits the f7 pawn so Black cannot play any fancy tricks with Bxf1

    But he can Bxf1 draws after Qf3.
  4. Standard member Elloc
    Elloc
    31 Mar '13 00:40
    The withdrawing of a Bishop to f1 was often played by Capablanca.
    He claimed that at f1 the Bishop was defended by the King, did not impede any other of his pieces and prevented any surprises on the first rank.
    If this move was good enough for Capablanca and Carlsen, then who are we to argue against it?
    Elloc
  5. 31 Mar '13 02:12 / 1 edit
    Hi V

    It looked good to me. Does Bxf1 really draw.
    I did look a it but liked what I was seeing. White takes the f-pawn with a check
    and checks again on a black square. (perhaps a bit of jiggling to get the Queen
    to a critical sqaure.)
    If it is drawn then it was beyond Gelfand. Wonder if MC spotted what ever the
    drawing line is but went for it.

    I missed the Qe7 idea though just skipped that bit to get to Bishop sac idea.

    Good game, reminds me of one I've seen before but cannot quite nail it.
  6. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    31 Mar '13 04:02
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi V

    It looked good to me. Does Bxf1 really draw.
    I did look a it but liked what I was seeing. White takes the f-pawn with a check
    and checks again on a black square. (perhaps a bit of jiggling to get the Queen
    to a critical sqaure.)
    If it is drawn then it was beyond Gelfand. Wonder if MC spotted what ever the
    drawing line is but went for it. ...[text shortened]... to Bishop sac idea.

    Good game, reminds me of one I've seen before but cannot quite nail it.
    What round was that game played? Who is carlsen playing I think in the last round remaining?
  7. 31 Mar '13 12:28
    That game was from round 10.

    Two rounds left.

    Vladimir Kramnik 8 pts.
    Magnus Carlsen 7.5 pts

    today
    Radjabov - Carlsen
    Kramnik - Gelfand

    Last round
    Carlsen - Svidler
    Ivanchuk - Kramnik
  8. 31 Mar '13 14:04
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Does Bxf1 really draw.
    Is there a winning line? I can't find one.

  9. 31 Mar '13 14:56 / 1 edit
    Hi V.

    Looks like there is more in it. Some nifty play by Carlsem. (he's a swindler!)
    (no doubt RJ with enter using his favourite 'P' word.)

  10. 31 Mar '13 15:40
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Now I see Qe5+
    Yes, so no win there either. So it looks like White had to play Qe7 to objectively win instead of b6 - practical chances may differ. Very tricky endgame even for top GMs.
  11. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    31 Mar '13 20:04 / 1 edit
    It looks like Kramnik has the better psychology during these games. He hasn't lost a game so far.