18230 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I was looking through games of the 2011 Tal Memorial and I found this particular ending shocking and disappointing.
Unless I have missed something entirely, I believe that Carlsen completely blundred his lead. Then, soon after, Nakamura resigns (in what I believe to be a drawn position). I have not thoroughly looked this through, but I still believe my conclusion to be correct. If anyone could provide some insight as to what happened here, please do!
the black bishop defends the kingside pawns while the black king walks over to white's queenside pawns. white's bishop cant defend both sides of the board
I believe that you are incorrect in this. I believe this is drawn. But, even if you are correct, do you have any insight as to why Carlsen blundered like this? His blunder either prolonged the game or drew the game.
He is correct it is losing for white. Whits bishop cannot defend the a pawn from the black king, and it is also incapable of stopping blacks king side pawns. The king cannot be in both places at once.
Can you point out the Carlsen blunder? I skipped through the game pretty quick but I didnt see anything.
i put the position in fritz 12 and clicked go until white resigned
Its winning for black. White is basically in zugzwang. The winning idea is: Bh5!!, then he moves his king along the light squares over to the kingside, and wins the pawns and gets a passed pawn. The h pawn is invulnerable, if ever Kh2 trying to win the h3 pawn, f2!, and white cant get back to stop the pawn from queening because the h3 pawn blocks g2 and and the f2 pawn blocks g1. And of course, the king cant move away from the kingside.
So white has to shuffle the bishop back and forth along the h2-b8 diagonal or the king has to shuffle back and forth between g1 and f2, and watch as black gets another passed pawn on the queenside and wins, and I'm sure naka didn't want to see that played out for him.
"2015 European Individual Championship Round 7 Hosts GM Alon Greenfeld and GM Alik Gershon"
3/3/2015 - Mate in 3
by diamondpawn1 a few minutes ago
Is it ok to study openings at 1600
by patzermike 3 minutes ago
Your message was not sent because you have not yet verified your email address.
by Keshav1517 6 minutes ago
What would be the rating of a top chess player in the late 1800s today
by carlospelegrini 12 minutes ago
what would be the best variations to play against french
by Reb 12 minutes ago
Chess openings that suit tactical players fancy?
by I_Am_Second 23 minutes ago
Group with no leader?
by RonaldJosephCote 25 minutes ago
Hmmm...What Shall I'll Play Today ?
by ROBB_CHESS 25 minutes ago
Show Me Your Favorite Chess Clock...
by ROBB_CHESS 28 minutes ago
Policy against cheaters-A suggestion
by DrCheckevertim 28 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!