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Magnus Carlsen vs Oystein Hole
Classics IMA (2001)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  0-1
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May-08-05  soberknight: This game would make a nice, easy tactics puzzle on Black's 35th move. By that time, Carlsen had fallen into a deep Hole from which there was no escape.
May-08-05  maoam: <sobernight>

I want you to know that you've made a grown man cry... I got so angry reading your puns I accidentally beat up one of my friends.

May-08-05  soberknight: I find that hard to believe. Even if it's true, I wasn't the one who hit your friend.
May-08-05  soberknight: Besides, <maoam>, I've already eaten your brains.
May-08-05  maoam: <soberknight>

I think not. If anyone has done any brain eating around here, it's me.

May-09-05  roni.chessman: this match = brain eating?
May-09-05  maoam: <roni.chessman>

Click on the link in my profile, all will become clear.

Apr-16-16  Sergash: Oystein Hole is a Norvegian international master. He was born in 1971 and his highest rating achieved was 2410 in 1990.

Apparently this was also the first time Carlsen was playing against the Caro Kann defense in a tournament game.

This game also tends to indicate that Carlsen had a problem with the management of his time during the game. Again, he commited serious mistakes between move 30 and move 40...

<9...Be7?!>

Practice has shown 9...Bb4! to be superior. 9...Bb4! 10.Na4 (Samir Le´lic (2401) - Ralf Akesson (2437), Norrk÷ping Open (Sweden) 2002, round 4, 0-1) Nb6! 11.Nc5! = Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<15...Bxd3?! 16.Qxd3! >

Better was 15...dxc4! 16.Bxf5! exf5 17.Nf3! c5! = Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<21.Rf3?! Rd7! >

21.Ra3! Qb6 (or 21...Qc7 22.Qe3 = Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT) 22.Be3! = Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

Also note that 21...Rxd4?? would lose on the spot to 22.Bxh6! Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<22.Be3?>

Despite its apparent logic, this is Carlsen's first serious mistake in the game. 22.Qh3! Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<22...Qd8?>

Too bad, Hole missed what looks like a simple way to gain a clear advantage: 22...Qxa2! 23.Qh3 Qb2 Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<26...Nxd4?!>

The simple 26...Kg8 = / would have maintained a tiny advantage to Black. Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

Apr-16-16  Sergash: <32.Qxe6? Rxf2 >

32.Rf1! Qxh5 33.Rxa7 = Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<33.Qh3??>

The only way to survive was through 33.Qd5! Qg3! (threat: 34...Rxg2+ and Qxe1+) 34.Rbb1! R2f5! 35.Qc5! Re8! 36.Qe3! Qh4 Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

Now, Black plays and win! Take a minute to look at this diagram. An IM missed it!


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Hole played <33...Qd2?? 34.Rbb1! > here...

Yes the solution is 33...R8f3! and the game is over!

<34...Qd4?!>

34...R2f4! (threat: 35...Qf2+ 36.Kh1 Rh4 winning White's queen) 35.Kh1 Qf2! 36.Rf1! Qc2! 37.Rfe1! Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<35.Qe3?? Rf1+! >

The final mistake. Carlsen had to play 35.Kh2! = Stockfish 7 - 64 bits POPCNT.

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