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Magnus Carlsen vs Hans Krogh Harestad
"Hans on Experience" (game of the day Oct-24-11)
XXV Politiken Cup (2003)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0
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Oct-17-12
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK5U...

Oct-18-12
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: LINE-OPENING SACRIFICES: TARGET -> LOOSE SQUARE
Oct-18-12
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  notyetagm: Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003

Some *incredible* <LINE-OPENING SACRIFICES> by Carlsen in this game.

And at the age of 12(!!).

Oct-18-12
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: NOTYETAGM'S ABSOLUTE FAVORITE GAMES
Dec-13-12  pericles of athens: My goodness. What a tremendous game.
May-19-13  jffun1958: 35. ... Kxh6 36. Nxf6 Kg7 37. Qxh7 37. Kf8 38. Qg8#
Jul-17-13  phil6875: <Magic Castle> Yes, 36...gxh5 regains the piece but then 37. Bxf6 Bxf6 38. d6 now if 38...Qxd6 or 38...Ne4 it's Mate in 9 if 38...Ke8 Mate in 6.
Aug-20-13  senojes: >i wander if any engines would have got this combo from move 33 even???

Houdini 3 x64 after 33...Bd7 sees the combination beginning with 34. e5 dxe5 35. Nh5+ but gives as best 34. Nh5+ gxh5 35. e5. I have never seen Houdini 3 miss a sound combination that a human saw. How could it when it considers every legal move, and at one point on my quad core system was calculating ~10926 thousand nodes per second (i.e. nearly 11 million positions a second), to a depth of 22-ply (11 moves each player)?

A great game by the 12 year old Carlsen, which is probably better for depth of strategy than the ~5 months older Capablanca's famous win as black against J. Corzo, much of which was a prepared variation. Even back then Carlsen must have been able to calculate multiple complex sacrificial variations accurately to a depth of at least 10-ply (5 moves each player). His opponent Harestad was ~29 when this was played and became a FIDE master.

This is the first game in Mikhalchishin & Stetsko's "Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen" (2011) and I hope to play through on Fritz 13/Houdini 3 every one of Carlsen's 64 games in that book.

Feb-15-14  MarkFinan: This is still my favourite Carlsen game! I don't care if he was 13 year old, it's definitely his first classic. In 200yrs when future versions of us are interacting on a future version of this website and they're talking about 'That past great. Magnus Carlsen!' they'll talk about this game the same way some of us do about one of Morphy's early games. It's one of those games you don't forget 😃
Feb-15-14  john barleycorn: Great game. Is 14. ..Ra7 a patent by Harestad? 14....Rb8 is the recommendation since

G A Thomas vs Rubinstein, 1925

Sep-03-14  MarkFinan: Love this game. Even if black had played 35..kh8 and white played BxN.. fxg5 (??) and Qg3. It's still impossible to defend the e5 pawn because of the knights threatening f7+ . Masterpiece.


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Sep-03-14  morfishine: Black should be "arestad" for falling into this
Sep-03-14  MarkFinan: <morfishine: Black should be "arestad" for falling into this> Lol. Easy Mark, long time no speak.. I don't think it would matter what black played after Bxh3?? You're playing a young Carlsen = A loss.

Nov-14-14  jatr: This game has been featured in the Danish weekly Donald Duck magazine. The magazine was released on the 13th of November 2014 and Magnus Carlsen is co-author of the story.
Dec-09-14  Reavvan: so what if black bishop defends the e pawn then white knight f7 to check?? it's not mate anyway
Dec-09-14  Bureaucrat: <MarkFinan: Even if black had played 35..kh8 and white played BxN.. fxg5 (??) and Qg3.>

If 35...Kh8, I think even stronger is 36.Nxf6!, which threatens the Knight on g6. If the Knight moves, White mates with Nf7+, Qxh7+ and Qg8, and after 36...Bxf6 37.Rxf6 Qxf6 38.Bxg5 Black must give up his Queen to avoid immediate mate.

Nice game, indeed.

Dec-09-14  Bureaucrat: <the Knight on g6>... should be g5.
Feb-12-15  ToTheDeath: Piece of cake... for Carlsen.
Apr-14-15  MSteen: I just can't believe the depth of thought and the incredible calculation at this age from young Magnus Carlsen. One for the ages!
Aug-24-15  MarkFinan: This game or this game Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 (kibitz #76) ?

I still prefer this one.

Feb-26-16  Alexandro: I think that 31. N x N would be better to black. Q x N+, kh8...
May-10-16  Alexandro: 15. g6? What a weak move of black! Harestade has started to lose at that point of game...
May-10-16  Alexandro: 15. g6? What a weak move of black! Harestade started to lose at that point of game...
Jul-02-16  kishore4u: Great finish by carlsen!!
Apr-21-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Black should have played 22. ..Rxa1 23. Qxa1 Nc4 to get some play on the Q side and prevent Carlsen from diverting his own Q to the sidelines.
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