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Ivanchuk and Carlsen in Thriller

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/7/09, 2:30 PM.

The final match of the rapid tournament in Leon, Spain, between Vassily Ivanchuk and Magnus Carlsen went right down to a final sudden death game in a thrilling climax to the competition.

After two draws in the opening 2 games, Ivanchuk took the lead in game 3 by taming Carlsen's Dragon.  Then, faced with a must-win situation Carlsen showed his mettle in game 4 by striking back to take the match into tie-breaks.

After the first blitz game was drawn, Carlsen came close to winning the second as he pressed hard in a Rook and Knight v Rook ending.  Despite the pressure, Chucky defended accurately and found a nice stalemate tactic to end the torture.

However, it was all in vain for the Ukrainian, as Carlsen kept his cool to win the sudden death game with the white pieces and win the match.  Congratulations to both players for a truly thrilling final!

 


 
 
 
 
 

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  • 6 years ago

    littleAlekhine

    Very exciting battle between two very strong players with great games

  • 6 years ago

    george1977

    Jeje, in the game cited by salaskan, it may be interesting, yes!

    Bishop+Knight vs. king's mate is not so hard as people comment :) but with a few seconds on clock may be a bit complicated xD

    Well, I think Magnus would give this checkmate in seconds!

  • 6 years ago

    qixel

    It was the orange juice...Carlsen's Gatorade.

  • 6 years ago

    stefanchess

    those players are so cool

  • 6 years ago

    dsachs

    hehe, much better :P he looked kinda dopey in the other one

  • 6 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @dsachs - I'll see what I can do!  It's hard to find good free pics of players.

  • 6 years ago

    ProVteur

    96th move cud have been stalemate too

  • 6 years ago

    dsachs

    How about some new pictures of the players? I think you've been using this one of carlsen for a year now...

  • 6 years ago

    chris1011

    i think given time carlsen will be one of the greatest masters ever easily comparable to kasparov or fischer

  • 6 years ago

    Salaskan

    I would love to have seen:

  • 6 years ago

    iliosis

    Too close, these guys are equals.

  • 6 years ago

    TOKI

    well planned

  • 6 years ago

    Plasmic

    I see 96. Rf5 with the same stalemating tactic.

    Or 99. Rxf6 for that matter.

  • 6 years ago

    irish84271

    epic stalemate!

  • 6 years ago

    Plasmic

    Good stuff.

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