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Mega-exciting Chess Game: Magnus Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Sinquefield Cup (2017)

Instructive game tags: Complex variations, complex struggle, winning exchange favourably, nuances in position, tactical nuances, tactical liabilities, difficult to analyse, king safe enough on light squares, seemingly vulnerable rook on d5, structural changes, long term passed pawn, dangerous advanced pawn, missed win opportunity, resourceful defence against passed pawn, simplifying to winning endgame [Event "Sinquefield Cup"] [Site "0:00:33-0:13:33"] [Date "2017.08.05"] [EventDate "2017.08.02"] [Round "4"] [Result "0-1"] [White "Magnus Carlsen"] [Black "Maxime Vachier-Lagrave"] [ECO "A34"] [WhiteElo "?"] [BlackElo "?"] [PlyCount "142"] 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Bf5 8.Nd2 Nc6 9.e4 Bg6 10.Bb5 Rc8 11.h4 h5 12.Re1 e6 13.a4 Be7 14.g3 O-O 15.a5 Rfd8 16.a6 b6 17.Kc2 Ne5 18.f4 Ng4 19.Kb3 f6 20.Nc4 Nf2 21.e5 Ne4 22.Be3 Bf5 23.Rg1 Rd5 24.Rae1 Kf7 25.Bc1 Bh7 26.Re3 Rcd8 27.Bc6 Nf2 28.Re2 Nd3 29.exf6 gxf6 30.Bb5 Rg8 31.Bd2 Rgd8 32.Be3 Be4 33.Rd2 Rg8 34.Ka4 Rgd8 35.Kb3 Rg8 36.Ka2 f5 37.Rh2 Rc8 38.Rd2 Rg8 39.Re2 Bf3 40.Rh2 Bf6 41.Nd2 Bg4 42.Rf1 Rgd8 43.Nc4 e5 44.fxe5 Bxe5 45.Bg5 Bxg3 46.Rg2 Bh3 47.Rxg3 Bxf1 48.Rf3 Be2 49.Bxd8 Bxf3 50.Bxb6 axb6 51.Bc6 Be4 52.a7 Rd8 53.Nd6+ Rxd6 54.Bxe4 Rd8 55.a8=Q Rxa8+ 56.Bxa8 Ne5 57.Kb3 f4 58.Kc2 Kg7 59.Kd2 Ng6 60.Kd3 Nxh4 61.Ke4 f3 62.Ke3 Kf6 63.b4 c4 64.Bd5 Kf5 65.Bxc4 Kg4 66.Kf2 Ng6 67.Be6+ Kf4 68.Bf7 Ne5 69.Bxh5 Nd3+ 70.Kf1 Kg3 71.Bf7 Nf2 0-1 â–ºKingscrusher chess resources: â–ºKingscrusher's "Crushing the King" video course with GM Igor Smirnov: â–ºFREE online turn-style chess at or realtime at (use my discount code KINGICC for 10% off) â–ºSupport the channel by donating via PayPal: â–ºKingscrusher's training books at Chessable: â–ºPlaylists: â–ºFollow me at Google+ : â–ºPlay and follow broadcasts at Chess24: Thumbnail By GFHund (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons By Euku (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons