Originally posted by @marinkatomb
Mine is definitely Kramnik v Carlsen corus 2008. This was just before Magnus became World number one. I believe this is his first classical win against Kramnik. I just love the way black provokes white into over stretching and then unleashes the kingside pawns! The whole game has a really nice flow.
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...[text shortened]... xd2 Nxd2 55. Rb2 Nf3
56. Kf1 b3 57. Kg2 Rc2 0-1
What is your favourite game and why?
When I first saw that rook move, I was thinking white was forced to take and then pawn takes but then I saw an intermediate move that keeps the pawn on the B file, RXR, N-E1 + forking king and rook and allowing knight to take the rook and thus keep the pawn on the b file which looks to me like an easier job to get a queen. If pawn takes rook the white knight goes to c1 which is a bit of a pain but I don't think the black king gets there in time to support the pawn. With the white knight on c1, the white king has a hole to get into the action whereas before, the white knight where it was and be black knight where it is keeps the white king confined. When the white knight moves the king has a hole to crawl through to get to attack the black pawn but it looks like the pawn pushes through after the black knight forks rook and king.
Looking further, not so sure about that. If bxR, N-c1, N-e1+ and k-f1, then N-d3 attacking the c1 knight and king is not close enough to defend so NXN, e4XN, king is helpless to get there in time, K-e1, e-c1, queens. So I guess that is more exact than immediate knight forking rook and king.