Mag­nus Carlsen v Bu Xiangzhi, Biel, 2007

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Fu­ture world cham­pion Carlsen here met a Chi­nese op­po­nent who at one time was the youngest-ever grand­mas­ter but missed out on the top 20. Carlsen, as of­ten, went for a small endgame edge where he kept pos­ing small prob­lems for the de­fence un­til Bu fi­nally erred. The Bei­jing GM still hoped to halve out here as his rook and bishop seem to con­tain Carlsen’s pawns. But the Nor­we­gian had seen fur­ther. One move, and Black re­signed. What was White’s win­ner, and why did Black give up? (An­swer on page 62.)

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