The Weekly Show: The New in Chess Classic

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5/4/2021 – In his "Weekly Show" IM Lawrence Trent will take a look at the New in Chess Classic where Magnus Carlsen won his first Meltwater Champion Chess Tour title. | Lawrence's show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The game of the day will be game three of Match two where, despite losing the first game, Magnus bounced back in glorious style with a beautiful exchange sacrifice. He beat Hikaru and pretty much locked up the match.

But first, a warm-up: This is a position from the first game between Nakamura and Carlsen. Hikaru ended up winning this game but in this position, did the World Champion overlook a brilliant shot?


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lajosarpad lajosarpad 5/5/2021 11:51
Well, the f4B is closing the f line, the d2R is protecting g2, so neither of them protects the d6 pawn really and if the d6 pawn did not exist and White was to move, then he would have a difficult situation, having to decide whether he wants to run with the rook along the second line, taking on d7, allowing mate in time trouble with the hope that Black does not see it or allowing a rook exchange on d2. Unpleasant. So, the move that puts that d6 pawn out of existence is...